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dr. M. Spotti

Assistant Professor 

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Department of Culture Studies



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.


News items

  • A badly shaped pubquiz
    We think we know what "integration" means, or at least governments believe they do, by spelling out integration as a set of skills and truths that someone should master while living in a host country.

  • Every ethnographer is a Borat but is every Borat an Ethnographer?
     Will ethnography survive the challenge brought by the social media? It is early days still, but it seems that they will become odd bedfellows to say the least.
  • The True Cost of Education
      All companies, even those outside his immediate field of expertise, did ask him for an interview. They then dismissed him with the line: ?Your CV looks great, your profile is purely outstanding but
  • Facebook and Matters of Life and Death
    Facebook is an archive that stores everything we submit there and when we die, our online selves carry on living.

Principal publications

  • Spotti, M. & J. Blommaert (2017) Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Globalization, and Superdiversity: Toward Sociolinguistic Repertoires. In: Garcia, O., Flores, N. & M. Spotti (Eds) The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society. New York:Oxford University Press, 161-178.
  • Arnaut, K. & M. Spotti (2015) Superdiversity Discourse. The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi138
  • Spotti, M. (2011) Modernist language ideologies, indexicalities and identities: Looking at the multilingual classroom through a post-Fishmanian lens. Applied Linguistics Review 2.Vol.2, 29-50.
  • Spotti, M. (2011). Ideologies of Success for Superdiverse Citizens: the Dutch Testing Regime for Integration and the Online Private Sector. In: Blommaert, J. Rampton, B. & M. Spotti (Eds.) Language and Superdiversity - Special issue of Diversities Journal Vol.13 (2), 39 - 52. Max Plank/UNESCO.
  • Spotti, M. (2008). Exploring the construction of immigrant minority pupils? identities in a Flemish primary classroom. Journal of Linguistics & Education, 19(1), 20-36.

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Last amended: 11 June 2018