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Tommaso Milani


Tommaso Milani
Professor , Deputy Head
+46 31 786 4418

Room number: E308
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Swedish (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Tommaso Milani

I joined the Department of Swedish at the University of Gothenburg in August 2017 to take up the position of (Full) Professor of Multilingualism. 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 of the journal Gender and Language with Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard, and I sit on the editorial board of the following journals:

African Studies
Critical Discourse Studies
Discourse, Context & Media
Feminist Theory
Fórum Linguístico
International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies
Journal of Homosexuality
Journal of Language and Discrimination
Journal of Language and Politics
Journal of Language and Sexuality
Language, Culture and Society
Language in Society
Language Policy
Linguistic Landscape
Multilingual Margins
NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies
Revista Indisciplina em Linguística Aplicada
Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. 

Latest publications

Making the threatening other laughable: Ambiguous performances of urban vernaculars in Swedish media
Rickard Jonsson, Anna Gradin Franzén, Tommaso M. Milani
Language and Communication, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Language ideology and public discourse
Tommaso M. Milani
The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics ed. by Carol Chapelle, Hoboken, Wiley Blackwell, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

The semiotics of spatial turbulence: Re/deterritorializing Israel-Palestine at a South African University
Natalija Cerimaj, Tommaso M. Milani, E. Dimitris Kitis
Reterritorializing Linguistic Landscapes: Questioning Boundaries and Opening Spaces ed. by David Malinowski and Stefania Tufi, London, Bloomsbury, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Youth styles
Rickard Jonsson, Henning Årman, Tommaso M. Milani
Routledge handbook of linguistic ethnography ed. by Karin Tusting, London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Mediatizing intersectionality
Marie Maegaard, Tommaso M. Milani, Kristine Køhler Mortensen
Discourse, Context & Media, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Navigating normativities: Gender and sexuality in text and talk
Kira Hall, Erez Levon, Tommaso M. Milani
Language in society, Journal article 2019
Journal article

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Crossing boundaries: Visceral landscapes of Israeli nationalism
Tommaso M. Milani, E. Levon, R. Glocer
Sociolinguistic Studies, Journal article 2019
Journal article


Gott syfte men inga pengar
Susanna Karlsson, Tommaso M. Milani
Språktidningen, Magazine article 2018
Magazine article

Rätten till språk är allas ansvar
Sofia Tingsell, Tommaso M. Milani
Språktidningen, Magazine article 2018
Magazine article

Is the rectum a gold mine? Queer theory, consumer masculinities, and capital pleasures
Tommaso M. Milani
Queering Masculinities in Language and Culture / edited by Paul Baker and Giuseppe Balirano., Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Linguistic citizenship in Sweden: (De)constructing languages in a context of linguistic human rights
Tommaso M. Milani, Rickard Jonsson
The multilingual citizen : towards a politics of language for agency and change / edited by Lisa Lim, Christopher Stroud and Lionel Wee., Bristol, UK , Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

The banality of evil-Revisited
Tommaso M. Milani
Book of Abstracts of the International Conference "Words, Images and Ideology of Populism 3.0", Naples 23-24 February 2018, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Queering language, gender and sexuality: Theory and practice
Tommaso M. Milani
Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality, Sheffield, Equinox, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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