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In this short monologue, Jan Blommaert’s long-time collaborator in different roles (student, colleague and friend) Jenny Van der Aa reflects on the intricacies of mentor-mentee relationships in academia. She crafts a space in which trust, intimacy, role play and generosity are carefully examined....

Beste Jan, Ik heb besloten je een nieuwjaarsbrief te schrijven. Ik ben dan wel niet je metekind, maar veel scheelde dat niet…Ik schreef een monoloog over onze vriendschap, die volgende week in premiere gaat[1]. Spijtig dat je die niet meer kan zien. Vorig jaar werd mijn academisch leven ser...

  Jan Blommaert † (Tilburg University) (2016) Translated and annotated by Jenny-Louise Van der Aa (University of Leuven, Theological University of Kampen) (2021) The “mainstream” We generally use the word "integration" as a singular term, representing only a single social traject...

***This paper was presented by Jan and myself at the Babylon Seminar and parts of it were used for the book "Ethnographic Fieldwork". I have revised it recently at the demand of many 'fieldworking' students*** Blommaert, J. & J. Van der Aa (2009, revised 2021). Presented at the Babylon ...

  Eva Vergaelen (Independent Researcher), Jenny-Louise Van der Aa (KU Leuven) & Jan Blommaert † (Tilburg University)   This article was written in co-operation with and is dedicated to Jan Blommaert in 2017 before he passed away in 2021. May his soul rest in peace.   ...

Relational work in overlapping steps   Ethnographic Monitoring (Hymes 1980, Blommaert & Van der Aa 2015) addresses two issues important in the relationship between research and practice. I refer to these as the relational problem, "What must be considered in establishing the most f...

Short Notes on Ethnographic Technique (SNOET) 1: Two layers in the Ethnographic Interview[i] Jenny-Louise Van der Aa[ii] & Jan Blommaert[iii] (2021).   The ethnographic interview contains two layers in analysis, layer 1 and layer 2. (1) Provides ‘information’ on a particular rese...

In this class, I'm dusting off two methods to analyze superdiversity in the city. Enjoy!   https://we.tl/t-zXvsqYLFVd    

Literacy and complex social situations

Abstract Precarious lives often depend on literacy: knowledge of sociolinguistic markers, frames and formats. In this lecture we will delve deeply into the life of Nabijah, a 37-year old Iraqi woman living in Antwerp with her four kids, navigating Belgium's complex social work and youth care ins...

***Nieuw onderzoek naar Jan Blommaert en zijn werk***   Presentatie, 26/04/21, Migrant Belongings Conference, Utrecht University Jenny-Louise Van der Aa (KU Leuven)   Presentation Blommaert_MigrantBelongings

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