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Research interests


1) asylum 2.0 and the implication of the internet for the process of asylum seeking practices and the politics of suspicion


2) the institutional responses to super-diversity in urban and non-urban spaces across Europe with a specific focus on regular primary school classrooms and classrooms for the reception of young third country nationals.



3) e-citizenship apprenticeship, e-inclusion/exclusion and the process of enregisterment - through CEFR based language testing ? of newly arrived migrants in discourses of morality and national belonging.


From Jan. 2012: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Culture Studies and Deputy Director of Babylon - Centre for Studies of the Multicultural Society, Faculty of Humanities, Tilburg University.

From Jan. 2012: Deputy Director, Babylon - Centre for the Study of Superdiversity, Faculty of Humanities, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

From January 2011 - Dec. 2012: Researcher at the Social Media and Discourse Unit, Dept. of Languages, Jyväskylä University

From Feb. 2010 - Dec. 2010: Post-Doctoral Researcher within the Fi.Di.Pro scheme (Finland Distinguished Professor Scheme)  at the Dept. of Languages, Jyväskylä University

From Sept. 2008 - May 2009: post-doctoral fellow for the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) Dept. of Languages, Jyväskylä University.

From Sept 2007 - Dec. 2012: researcher / education co-ordinator at Babylon - Centre for the Study of the Multicultural Society / Faculty of Arts, Tilburg University. 

From Sept. 2004 - Sept. 2007: PhD Candidate, Dept. Taal en Cultuur, Faculteit der Letteren, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.   


Lecturer for the following courses:

Language Globalisation and Superdiversity (MA)

Advancements in Ethnography (MA Res)

Research Methodology: Ethnographic Research (MA)

Discourse and Media Theory (BA)

Digital Literacies (BA)

Doing Research Skills (BA)

Master thesis circle MCD: Superdiversity and practices of Integration

Current courses

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PhD supervision

Completed PhD supervision

Jasmina Maric (ext. promovendus) on the construction of social capital among the members of two serbian migrant communities online in Sweden.

Currently supervising:

Leo Kunming (int. promovendus DCU) on being posh or kamp? The dynamics of identification economy amongst chinese Weebo users.

Peter Szabo (ext. promovendus TSH) European Multilingualism as Discursive and Social Practice: An Ethnographic Analysis of Multilingualism in the European Parliament.


External PhD Committees


Internal PhD Committees

External positions

Council for the Dutch Language and Literature (Taalunie)

1 Dec 201730 Nov 2020


  • Language And Minorities
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Education
  • Italian
  • E-Learning
  • Discourse Studies
  • Ethnic Minority Groups
  • Authenticity
  • Language Testing
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Citizenship
  • Superdiversity
  • Identity
  • Ict In Education

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Research Output 2002 2019

New speakers of new and old languages: an investigation into the gap between language practices and language policy

Spotti, M., Kroon, S. & Li, J., 2019, In : Language Policy. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
language policy
asylum seeker

Sociolinguistic regimes across an asylum-seeking centre: L2 learners doing togetherness via a socio-technological platform

Spotti, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Language variation. : A factor of increasing complexity and a challenge for language policy within Europe. . Schoonheim, T. & van Horde, J. (eds.). Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


Globalized linguistic resources at work: A case study of a local supermarket in Finnish Lapland

Spotti, M., 2018, Language and Culture on the Margins: Global/Local Interactions. Kroon, S. & Swanenberg, J. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, Vol. 1. 17 p. (Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism; vol. 14).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

“It’s All About Naming Things Right”: The Paradox of Web Truths in the Belgian Asylum-Seeking Procedure

Spotti, M., 2018, Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives. Gill, N. & Good, A. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, Vol. 1. p. 69-90 21 p. (Palgrave Socio Legal Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Beyond languages, beyond modalities: Transforming the Study of Semiotic Repertoires

Kusters, A., Spotti, M. & Swanwick, R., 2017, In : International Journal of Multilingualism. 14, 3, p. 219-232 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issueScientificpeer-review

spoken language

Activities 2002 2018

Is a ‘new speaker for Europe’ a valid answer to present-day globalisation induced language inequality?

Max Spotti (Speaker)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

6th International Symposium on Multicultural Discourses

Max Spotti (Contributor)
23 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferenceScientific

Raad voor de Nederlandse Taal en Letteren

M. Spotti (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

30 Years and still staggering in the dark: Policy and Literacy for Dutch as L2 in the Netherlands

M. Spotti (Speaker)
18 Apr 201720 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Projects 2004 2006

Prizes / Recognition