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Tommaso Milani

About Tommaso Milani

I joined the Department of Swedish at the University of Gothenburg in August 2017. My research interests include language politics, language ideologies, language, gender and sexuality (with a focus on masculinities), Critical Discourse Analysis, multimodality, and performativity theory.

I completed my PhD at Stockholm University in 2007 with a thesis entitled "Debating Swedish: Language Politics and Ideology in Contemporary Sweden". The thesis explored the ways in which language politics, language ideology and national identity are entwined in debates over the Swedish language. After Stockholm, I moved to the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom where I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow on a large project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) on the ways in which multilingualism is thematised on a website created by the BBC with the aim of promoting linguistic diversity in the United Kingdom.

After Leeds, I moved to the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. There I conducted research on the ways in which gender, sexuality and race are imbricated in public spaces (online communities for men who are looking for other men, queer feminist protests against mainstream LGBT Pride parades, etc.)

I am co-editor (with Susan Ehrlich, York University) of the journal Language in Society, and I sit on the editorial board of the following journals:

African Studies
Critical Discourse Studies
Discourse, Context & Media
Feminist Theory
Fórum Linguístico
Gender and Language
International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies
Journal of Homosexuality
Journal of Language and Discrimination
Journal of Language and Politics
Journal of Language and Sexuality
Journal of Multilingual Theories and Practices
Language, Culture and Society
Language Policy
Linguistic Landscape
Multilingual Margins
NORDAND – Nordiska språk som andraspråk
NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies
Revista Indisciplina em Linguística Aplicada
Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Trabalhos em Linguística Aplicada

Research projects

Citizen and democracy education for newly arrived adult migrants? A policy ethnographic study of Civic Orientation in three urban municipalities in Sweden (VR - dnr 2018-04091)

The role of language in segregation and gentrification processes: linguistic landscapes in Gothenburg, Sweden (VR - dnr 2018-01169)