Speakers

Jan Blommaert

Department of Culture Studies
Tilburg University
The Netherlands

Jan Blommaert is Professor of Language, Culture and Globalization, and Director of the Babylon Center at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is of the world’s most prominent Sociolinguists and Linguistic Anthropologists, and has contributed substantially to sociolinguistic globalization theory, focusing on historical as well as contemporary patterns of language and literacy, and on lasting and new forms of inequality emerging from globalization processes.

Alexandra Georgakopoulou

King’s College London
London, England

Alexandra Georgakopoulou is a narrative and discourse analyst with a longstanding interest in how people present themselves and relate to others in significant socialization contexts (family, friendship groups, school, leisure sites, social media platforms). Drawing on sociocultural linguistic and interactional perspectives, she has researched the role of everyday life stories (both face-to-face and on new/social media) in the (re)formation of social relations. She has specifically researched, with ethnographic methods, female adolescent peer-groups, in Greece and in London. 

Dimitris Dalakoglou

Social Anthropology Department
Vrije University
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dimitris Dalakoglou is Professor at Vrije University Amsterdam, where he holds the Chair of Social Anthropology. Since 2004 he is developing an anthropology of material infrastructures which most recently culminated to his current project infra-demos that studies democracy and infrastructures in Greece. He is director of the Lab on Mobility, Infrastructures, Sustainability and Commons (MISC Lab).