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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 2018

Capitalization of Feminine Beauty on Chinese Social Media

Kunming, L., 2018, S.l.: [s.n.]. 165 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

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

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issueScientificpeer-review

Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Globalization and Superdiversity: Toward Sociolinguistic Repertoires

Blommaert, J. & Spotti, M., 14 Jan 2017, The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society. Garcia, O., Flores, N. & Spotti, M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 161-178 17 p.

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


Complexity, Mobility, Migration

Spotti, M., Blommaert, J. & Van Der Aa, J-L., 2017, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Migration. Canagharaja, S. (ed.). New York: Routledge, p. 349-363 14 p.

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

Crawlers, Footers and Runners: Language ideological attribution to adult language learners in a Dutch as an L2 classroom

Spotti, M., 2017, The Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants. Council of Europe: Mouton de Gruyter, p. 379 - 385 7 p.

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

Open Access
Red Cross

Activities 2002 2017

Multilingual Matters (Publisher)

M. Spotti (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Text & Talk: An interdisciplinary journal of language, discourse & communication studies (Journal)

M. Spotti (Editor)

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

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

Routledge (Publisher)

M. Spotti (Editor)

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

Projects 2004 2006

Prizes / Recognition

Raad voor de Nederlandse Taal en Letteren

Max Spotti (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other marks of recognition

Thesis Award

Max Spotti (Recipient), 2009