Jürgen Spitzmüller

Jürgen Spitzmüller holds the chair of Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna, Austria, Department of Linguistics. He was trained in German Studies and Historiography and received his doctorate in Germanic Linguistic at the University of Freiburg, Germany, with a thesis on metapragmatic discourse about Anglicisms in the German media as well as in Linguistics. His second thesis (i.e., Habilitation) dealt with graphic/scriptal variation and the respective communicative ideologies. He has been working at the Universities of Zurich, Hamburg and Vienna. Besides language ideologies and metapragmatics, his research interests cover visual communication, social positioning and discourse.



Mi-Cha Flubacher

Mi-Cha Flubacher is a post doc assistant in Applied Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics, University of Vienna, Austria. She obtained her doctorate in sociolinguistics at the Department of Linguistics, University of Bern, Switzerland in the framework of the LINEE-project (FP6 EU-Project: Languages In a Network of European Excellence). In her thesis she analyzed discourses on integration and their focus on language in Switzerland from a critical Foucauldian perspective. After her thesis she was a researcher at the Institute for Multilingualism, University of Fribourg. Her research interests include ethnographic approaches to the economic commodification of language and multilingualism, to language as a site of the reproduction of social inequality, and to questions of language, gender, and race/ethnicity.