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Expert in the spotlight in December 2013: Tom Moring

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Tom Moring is working as professor at the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. His research fields are journalism, media and communication.

Research projects are:

  • DYLAN - Language dynamics and management of diversity (in Swedish)
  • DY-LINE - Språklig mångfald inom den högre utbildningen i Finland och övriga Nordeuropa (in Swedish)
  • European minorities and the prospects of constructing the European public sphere

Face to face with Tom Moring

What is your background in the field of regional and minority languages/education/ multilingualism?
I started out as a journalist in Swedish language media in Finland. After a break, during which I wrote my dissertation, I was called back to journalism as Director of Swedish Radio Programmes at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE). Then I was appointed Secretary General for the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (1999-2001), after which period I for three years served as Expert for the Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. A main research interest throughout has been languages, minorities and media.

What do you think is the major challenge in your field of work?
The knowledge of media’s importance for language is weak among decision makers. Research has gradually (but slowly) built convincing evidence of the complex but important relationship between language, media and identity. This field needs more attention from researchers as well as from policy makers in their particular situations in different parts of the world.

What is one of the hottest new projects / items you are working on?
I am at the moment working with the Swedish media in Finland on a project that aims at creating conditions for a sustainable presence for Swedish media in Finland at a level that can secure that media in Swedish language convincingly can support the public in their social and cultural everyday life.

Are there any important references such as articles, links, etc. you would like to mention?

Towards Ethnolinguistic Identity Gratifications  / Tom Moring

In:

Vincze, L. & Moring, T.  (2013 ) Social Media and Minority Languages: Convergence and the Creative Industries. Haf Gruffydd Jones, E. & Uribe-Jongbloed , E. (eds.). Bristol: Multilingual Matters, p. 47-57 11 p.  A3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

Mike Cormack & Niamh Hourigan ( 2007)  (Eds.) Minority Language Media: Concepts, Critiques and Case Studies. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd.- isbn 9781853599637

Elin Haf Jones and Enrique Uribe- Jongbloed (ed.) Social Media and Minority Languages : Participation, Policy and Perspectives. Multilingual Matters -  isbn 9781847699046

Vincze, L. 2013, The Bilingual Screen. Ethnolinguistic Identity and Television Viewing among Three Language Minorities. SSKH Skrifter 35. Helsinki: Swedish School of Social Science at University of Helsinki.

See also Tom Moring’s personal webpage

 

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