Kasper Juffermans

Kasper Juffermans

Postdoc

Faculty or Centre Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences Humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l'Education
Research Unit ECCS
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E03 15-140
Email
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9240

I'm a sociolinguist at the Institute for Research on Multilingualism in the Education, Culture, Cognition and Society research unit at the University of Luxembourg (Walferdange Campus). 

Crossing borders is a common theme in my life and work: I grew up as a 1.5 generation immigrant from the Netherlands in Flanders (Belgium) and when not in West Africa for fieldwork, I shuttle between the French-Luxembourg and the Dutch-Belgian borders. I have also studied and worked for brief spells in Hong Kong and in Germany (Hamburg). 

Holding a first degree in African studies, my research is primarily located within the field of sociolinguistics of globalization and I'm particularly interested in language-in-education policies, literacies and linguistic landscapes, and mobility and migration, as well as in intercultural communication and development cooperation. Methodologically, I have a strong preference for ethnographic and discourse analytical approaches, and enjoy most the moments of "deep hanging out" as part of attempts to understand the world through language. 

I have conducted extensive field research in The Gambia (since 2004) and have recently crossed over into new fieldwork in nearby and ethnolinguistically partly overlapping Guinea Bissau (since 2014). From 2010-12 I contributed to research on Chinese complementary education in the Netherlands as part of a HERA-funded research team. 

At UL, I'm the PI of a Core Junior project entitled "Sociolinguistic trajectories and repertoires: Luso-Luxo-African identifications, interactions and imaginations" which investigates discourses of mobility between Africa and Europe, in particular those flows originating in Lusophone West Africa (Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau) and arriving in Luxembourg. I also teach on the trilingual MA programme Learning and communication in multilingual and multicultural contexts.

Visit my Personal website at academia.edu for more information and resources.

Last updated on: Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Employment

Degrees

  • 2010: PhD from Tilburg University (Netherlands)
  • 2006: MA in African studies, Ghent University (Belgium)

Studies



Last updated on: 29 Oct 2015

I have been or am currently involved in the following research projects and networks:

  • 2014-17: FNR Core Junior project Sociolinguistic trajectories and repertoires: Luso-Luxo-African identifications, interactions and imaginations (principal investigator). Visit the project’s research blog here: http://starprojectlux.blogspot.com.
  • 2013- : Globalization in the Margins research network (GiM) (core member)
  • 2010- : Max Planck Sociolinguistic diversity working group/International consortium on language and superdiversity (InCoLaS) (working group member)
  • 2010-12: Toolkit for Transnational Communication in Europe (funded by NWO Internationalisation of the Humanities) (member)
  • 2010-12: HERA CRP Investigating discourses of Inheritance and Identity in Four Multilingual European Contexts (postdoctoral researcher)
  • 2004-10: Local Languaging: Literacy Products and Practices in Gambian Society (research leading to MA and PhD degrees)



Last updated on: 29 Oct 2015

I'm core teaching staff in the Master (académique) Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts where I have taught the following courses:

  • Linguistic landscape studies
  • Digital media, discourse and diversity
  • Masterclass lecture series and symposium
  • Preparation for the poster session



Last updated on: 09 Jul 2014

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2015

See detailResearching bilingual and multilingual education multilingually: A linguistic ethnography
Creese, Angela; Blackledge, Adrian; Bhatt, Arvind; Jonsson, Carla; Juffermans, Kasper; Li, Jinling; Martin, Peter; Muhonen, Anu; Takhi, Jaspreet Kaur

in Wright, Wayne E.; Sovicheth, Boun; García, Ofelia (Eds.) The Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education (2015)

See detailLocal Languaging, Literacy and Multilingualism in a West African Society
Juffermans, Kasper

Book published by Multilingual Matters (2015)

See detailPolycentric repertoires: Constructing Dutch-Chinese youth identities in the classroom and online
Li, Jinling; Juffermans, Kasper

in Li, Wei (Ed.) Multilingualism in the Chinese Diaspora Worldwide: Transnational Connections and Local Social Realities (2015)

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See detailHarmony as language policy in China: an Internet perspective
Wang, Xuan; Juffermans, Kasper; Du, Caixia

in Language Policy (2015)

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2014

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See detailAfrican literacy ideologies, scripts and education
Abdelhay, Ashraf; Asfaha, Yonas Mesfun; Juffermans, Kasper

in Juffermans, Kasper; Asfaha, Yonas Mesfun; Abdelhay, Ashraf (Eds.) African Literacies: Ideologies, Scripts and Education (2014)

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See detailDigital language practices in superdiversity
Androutsopoulos, Jannis; Juffermans, Kasper

in Discourse, Context & Media (2014), 3(4-5), 1-120

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See detailDigital language practices in superdiversity: Introduction
Androutsopoulos, Jannis; Juffermans, Kasper

in Discourse, Context & Media (2014), 3(4-5), 1-6

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See detailEnglishing, imaging and local languaging in the Gambian linguistic landscape
Juffermans, Kasper

in Juffermans, Kasper; Asfaha, Yonas Mesfun; Abdelhay, Ashraf (Eds.) African Literacies: Ideologies, Scripts, Education (2014)

See detailField notes and Facebook: An open fieldwork diary in Guinea Bissau
Juffermans, Kasper

E-print/Working paper (2014)

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See detailAfrican Literacies: Ideologies, Scripts, Education
Juffermans, Kasper; Asfaha, Yonas Mesfun; Abdelhay, Ashraf

Book published by Cambridge Scholars (2014)

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See detailDutch–Chinese repertoires and language ausbau in superdiversity: A view from digital media
Juffermans, Kasper; Blommaert, Jan; Kroon, Sjaak; Li, Jinling

in Discourse, Context & Media (2014), 3(4-5), 48-61

See detailTrajectories and repertoires as conceptual tools for a sociolinguistics of globalization
Juffermans, Kasper; Tavares, Bernardino

E-print/Working paper (2014)

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See detailLearning and teaching Chinese in the Netherlands: The metapragmatics of a polycentric language
Li, Jinling; Juffermans, Kasper

in Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao-Lan; Hancock, Andrew (Eds.) Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities: Many pathways to being Chinese (2014)

See detailMigration from West Africa, with special reference to Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau
Tavares, Bernardino; Juffermans, Kasper

E-print/Working paper (2014)

See detailLanguage and migration into Luxembourg
Tavares, Bernardino; Jurdana, Martin; Juffermans, Kasper

E-print/Working paper (2014)

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See detailGlobalization in the margins: toward a re-evalution of language and mobility
Wang, Xuan; Spotti, Massimiliano; Juffermans, Kasper; Cornips, Leonie; Kroon, Sjaak; Blommaert, Jan

in Applied Linguistics Review (2014), 5(1), 23-44

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2013

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See detailThe local in the sociolinguistics of globalization
Juffermans, Kasper

in SemiotiX (2013), XN-10

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See detailEngaging with voices: Ethnographic encounters with the Gambian language-in-education policy
Juffermans, Kasper; Van Camp, Kirsten

in Anthropology & Education Quarterly (2013), 44(2), 142-160

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See detailAnalyzing voice in educational discourses
Juffermans, Kasper; Van der Aa, Jef

in Anthropology & Education Quarterly (2013), 44(2), 111-210

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See detailIntroduction to the special issue: Analyzing voice in educational discourses
Juffermans, Kasper; Van der Aa, Jef

in Anthropology & Education Quarterly (2013), 44(2), 112-123

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See detailGlobalization in the margins
Wang, Xuan; Spotti, Massimiliano; Juffermans, Kasper; Cornips, Leonie; Kroon, Sjaak; Blommaert, Jan

E-print/Working paper (2013)

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2012

See detailPapers of the Anéla 2012 Applied Linguistics Conference
de Jong, Nel; Juffermans, Kasper; Keijzer, Merel; Rasier, Laurent

Book published by Eburon (2012)

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See detailChinese in a superdiverse world
Dong, Jie; Du, Caixia; Juffermans, Kasper; Li, Jinling; Varis, Piia; Wang, Xuan

in de Jong, Nel; Juffermans, Kasper; Keijzer, Merel; Rasier, Laurent (Eds.) Papers of the Anéla 2012 Applied Linguistics Conference (2012)

See detailDisinventing and reinventing language through linguistic landscaping
Juffermans, Kasper

in Jans, Jan (Ed.) Humanities Perspectives: Junior Research at the Tilburg School of Humanities in 36 Snapshots (2012)

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See detailExaggerating difference: Representations of the Third World Other in PI aid
Juffermans, Kasper

in Intercultural Pragmatics (2012), 9(1), 23-45

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See detailMultimodality and audiences: Local languaging in the Gambian linguistic landscape
Juffermans, Kasper

in Sociolinguistic Studies = Estudios de Sociolingüística (2012), 6(2), 259-284

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See detailHow literate, low-literate and non-literate readers read the linguistic landscape in a Gambian village
Juffermans, Kasper; Coppoolse, Jannet

in Hélot, Christine; Barni, Monica; Janssens, Rudi; Bagna, Carla (Eds.) Linguistic Landscapes, Multilingualism and Social Change (2012)

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See detailComparing spelling and segmentation practices in three versions of a Mandinka text
Juffermans, Kasper; Veldhuis, Dorina

E-print/Working paper (2012)

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See detailToolkit lemma: Native speaker
Jørgensen, J. Normann; Juffermans, Kasper

Diverse speeches and writings (2012)

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See detailToolkit lemma: Varieties, codes, lects
Jørgensen, J. Normann; Juffermans, Kasper

Diverse speeches and writings (2012)

See detailChinese complementary schooling in the Netherlands: Experiences and identities of final-year students
Li, Jinling; Juffermans, Kasper

in Grande, Francesco; de Ruiter, Jan Jaap; Spotti, Massimiliano (Eds.) Mother Tongue and Intercultural Valorization: Europe and its Migrant Youth (2012)

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See detailContestation as pedagogy in the complementary classroom
Li, Jinling; Juffermans, Kasper; Kroon, Sjaak; Blommaert, Jan

in NALDIC Quarterly (2012), 10(1), 25-32

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See detailTeaching a language in transformation: Chinese in globalisation
Li, Jinling; Juffermans, Kasper; Kroon, Sjaak; Blommaert, Jan

in NALDIC Quarterly (2012), 10(1), 38-42

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See detailHarmony as language policy in China: An internet perspective
Wang, Xuan; Juffermans, Kasper; Du, Caixia

E-print/Working paper (2012)

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2011

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See detailThe old man and the letter: repertoires of literacy and languaging in a modern multiethnic Gambian village
Juffermans, Kasper

in Compare : A Journal of Comparative Education (2011), 41(2), 165-180

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See detailAnalysing voice in educational discourses
Juffermans, Kasper; Van der Aa, Jef

E-print/Working paper (2011)

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See detailToolkit lemma: Languaging
Jørgensen, J. Normann; Juffermans, Kasper

Diverse speeches and writings (2011)

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See detailToolkit lemma: Superdiversity
Jørgensen, J. Normann; Juffermans, Kasper

Diverse speeches and writings (2011)

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See detailMultilingual Europe 2.0: Dutch-Chinese youth identities in the era of superdiversity
Li, Jinling; Juffermans, Kasper

E-print/Working paper (2011)

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See detailChineseness as a moving target: Intermediate report for the HERA Project, Tilburg Case Study
Li, Jinling; Juffermans, Kasper; Kroon, Sjaak; Blommaert, Jan

E-print/Working paper (2011)

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2010

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See detailHoe (on)geletterden lezen: Receptie van het linguïstisch landschap op het Gambiaanse platteland
Coppoolse, Jannet; Juffermans, Kasper

in Toegepaste Taalwetenschap in Artikelen (2010), 84(2), 19-28

See detailPostcolonial ideologies of language in education: Voices from below on English and local language(s) in The Gambia
Van Camp, Kirsten; Juffermans, Kasper

in Cuvelier, Pol; du Plessis, Theodorus; Meeuwis, Michael; Vandekerckhove, Reinhild; Webb, Vic (Eds.) Multilingualism from Below (2010)

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2009

See detailEen hele kleine plek in Afrika
Juffermans, Kasper

Article for general public (2009)

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See detailHow to write if you cannot write: collaborative literacy in a Gambian village
Juffermans, Kasper

in van de Craats, Ineke; Kurvers, Jeanne (Eds.) Low-educated adult second language and literacy acquisition: Proceedings of the 4th symposium in Antwerp (2009)

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See detailIntroducing African literacies
Juffermans, Kasper; Asfaha, Yonas Mesfun; Kurvers, Jeanne

in van de Craats, Ineke; Kurvers, Jeanne (Eds.) Low-educated adult second language and literacy acquisition: Proceedings of the 4th symposium in Antwerp (2009)

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See detailA sociolinguistic profile of The Gambia
Juffermans, Kasper; McGlynn, Caroline

in Sociolinguistic Studies = Estudios de Sociolingüística (2009), 3(3), 329-355

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See detailPostcolonial ideologies of language in education: Teachers and parents on English and local language(s) in The Gambia
Van Camp, Kirsten; Juffermans, Kasper

in Cuvelier, Pol; Vandekerckhove, Reinhild; Aerts, Ann (Eds.) Multilingualism from Below: Proceedings MIDP Colloquium (2009, September)

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2008

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See detailThe discourse of lending aid on small-scale development project websites: Dutch depreciatory diminutives
Juffermans, Kasper

in Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Africa (2008), 39(1), 125-144

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See detailLocal emplacement and global identities in signboard and billboard literacies in urban Gambia
Juffermans, Kasper

in Simo Bobda, Augustin (Ed.) Explorations into language use in Africa (2008)

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See detailConceptions of globalization in African and Western newspaper corpora
Wolf, Hans-Georg; Juffermans, Kasper

in Wolf, Hans-Georg; Peter, Lothar; Polzenhagen, Frank (Eds.) Focus on English: Linguistic structure, language variation and discursive use. Studies in honour of Peter Lucko (2008)

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2007

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See detail'If I don't learn English, I'm going to suffer': Gambian lower basic school children's voice in the medium of instruction debate
Juffermans, Kasper

in Caligrama: Revista de Estudos e Pequisas em Linguagem e Midia = Caligrama: Journal of Studies and Researches on Communication, Language and Media (2007), 3(2), 1-16

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2006

See detailI love English: Engels en geletterdheid in twee opsteloefeningen in een lagere school in ruraal Gambia, West-Afrika
Juffermans, Kasper

in Koole, Tom; Nortier, Jacomine; Tahitu, Bert (Eds.) Artikelen van de vijfde sociolinguïstische conferentie (2006)

See detail'If I don't learn English I'm going to suffer': Gambian lower basic school's children's perspective on the importance of English
Juffermans, Kasper

in Cheung, Siu-Keung; Traver, Harold; Li, Xiuguo (Eds.) Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association (2006, December)

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2005

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