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prof. dr. J.M.E. (Jan) Blommaert

Full Professor 

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Department of Culture Studies

Babylon, INCOLAS and Max Planck

I am the director of Babylon, Center for the Study of Multicultural Societies, and in that capacity also the coordinator of an International Consortium on Language and Superdiversity (INCOLAS), involving colleagues from the UK, Denmark, Finland, China, Australia and the US. INCOLAS is the core of a Max Planck Sociolinguistic Diversity Research Group, attached tp the MP Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (director Steve Vertovec).

Babylon publishes a working papers series called Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies, Find us on Facebook under 'Tilburg papers in Culture Studies'.


I am active in a number of fields - linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and literacy research - and concerned with issues of language, culture and globalization, especially (a) the emergence of 'superdiverse' environments and (b) issues of social and cultural inequality that accompany these globalization processes, with (c) an eye on the social-theoretical implications of all this. I investigate superdiversity in both online and offline contexts. As for the latter, my work has addressed issues and phenomena in Europe, Africa, and Asia.


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  • Published: "Durkheim and the Internet". London: Bloomsbury 2018
    In Durkheim and the Internet, Blommaert proposes new theories of social norms, social action, identity, social groups, integration, social structure and power, all of them animated by a deep understanding of language and social interaction. In drawing on Durkheim and other classical sociologists including Simmel and Goffman, this book is relevant to students and researchers working in sociolinguistics as well as offering a wealth of new insights to scholars in the fields of digital and online co

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Last amended: 03 July 2018