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Personal profile

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

A peek into Salvini's taxonomy of migration

Spotti, M., Jan 2019, In : Diggit Magazine. p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Open Access
  • Interactional regimes of sociolinguistic behaviour: An ethnographic exploration of the scales at play across the spaces of an asylum-seeking centre

    Spotti, M., 2019, p. 1-24, 18 p. (Max Planck Working Papers; vol. 19, no. 6).

    Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperScientificpeer-review

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

    Spotti, M., Kroon, S. & Li, J., Nov 2019, In : Language Policy. 18, 4, p. 535-551 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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

    Spotti, M., 2019, 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. 53-67 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-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


    EU COST Network

    Max Spotti (Consultant)
    2 Dec 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

    Springer (Publisher)

    Max Spotti (Reviewer)
    1 Jul 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Bloomsbury Academic (Publisher)

    Max Spotti (Reviewer)
    7 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    NWO OC Digitalisering

    Max Spotti (Consultant)
    13 Nov 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

    On being trapped into the bureaucratic wheels of integration: An ethnographic perspective

    Max Spotti (Speaker)
    20 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


    Prizes / Recognition

    BAAL Book Prize

    Max Spotti (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Other marks of recognition

  • Raad voor de Nederlandse Taal en Letteren

    M. Spotti (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Other marks of recognition

    Research Fellowship - Meertens Institute

    Max Spotti (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Fellowship