Babylon

Babylon, Center for the Study of Superdiversity

Babylon

About Babylon

We focus on interdisciplinary and collective research efforts, in an attempt to explore the limits of current disciplinary frameworks. We focus on a broad range of research topics and areas, covering issues that occur at the strictly local level as well as on the global level, and creating a sound basis for comparative work and theoretical generalization, and we do so by means of paradigmatic orientations towards super-diversity, complexity and mediation, with an immediate contact with partners in the field. The paradigm is superdiversity, and our activities can be summarized as:

  • Developing superdiversity as a research paradigm
  • Developing superdiversity as an international focus of research in a wider and interdisciplinary body of scholarship
  • Giving particular attention to the superdiverse aspects of e-culture.

Babylon has initiated the InCoLaS consortium (International Consortium for Language and Super- Diversity) which brought together leading scholars in the field from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, the United States, China and Australia for furthering the understanding of super-diversity in the social sciences and casting reassessment of key concepts such as community, language and culture. Through InCoLaS, Babylon is also a member of the Max Planck Sociolinguistic Diversity Working Group.

Babylon is also involved in the Toolkit Consortium, the Turkish in Northwestern Europe Network, and the Equaldiv@work Network.

Babylon has further developed a regional Dutch-Belgian consortium of actors involved in language acquisition for newcomers, specifically regarding the use of medium-tech instruments such as the mobile phone in language processing recruitment. Furthermore, the cooperation with actors in the socio-cultural field strengthened through cooperation with Kosmopolis (Rotterdam) and ImagineIC (Amsterdam), the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS) (Brussels), RADAR, agency for equal treatment and against discrimination (Tilburg) and Rode Kruis Opvangcentrum Asielzoekers Menen (Belgium).

In order to lower the threshold of publishing for junior researchers, to stimulate the dialogue and debate on research materials across disciplines, and to improve and expedite the circulation of research materials, we started the electronic working papers series Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies (TPCS) in the Fall of 2011. The series is open access and invites work beyond the domestic teams. 

Babylon welcomes visitors for short as well as longer research visits.