Book Chapters:

VOLLMER, S. forthcoming (2019). Digital Citizenship for Newly Arrived Syrian refugees through mobile technologies. In: M. COOKE and R, PEUTRELL eds. Brokering Britain, Educating Citizens. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Journal Articles:

VOLLMER, S. 2018a. Syrian Newcomers and their Digital Literacy Practices. Language Issues. 28(2), pp. 66-72.

VOLLMER, S. 2017a. Exploring the digital literacy practices of Rojan, a newly arrived Syrian refugee. Fokus, 68(June), pp.14-18.


SZABLA, M. and VOLLMER, S. 2018b. Key Concepts and Methods in Ethnography, Language and Communication: A Review. Hillary Place Papers. Issue 4. 39-41.

VOLLMER, S. 2017b. An interview with James Simpson on translanguaging and ESOL. Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature, 10(1), pp.85-96.

VOLLMER, S. 2018c. Data on the move. Tlang Blog (as invited author).


Key Concepts and Methods in Ethnography, Language and Communication: A Review

Gosia Szabla (Tilburg University) and I wrote a short review of the Ethnography, Language and Communication short course that we attended in 2017 at King’s College.

2018 Symposium, Stockholm

I’m thrilled to confirm that I have been invited to speak at the 2018 Symposium in Stockholm later this year in October,  run by the Nationellt centrum för svenska som andraspråk (the National Centre for Swedish as a Secondary Language). This year’s theme is based around the topics of literacy and multilingualism. I will speak about the quotidian digital literacy practices of newly arrived Syrians. More info on my presentation is available here.

Syrian newcomers and their digital literacy practices

I wrote a short piece for Language Issues

This paper offers insights into the digital literacy practices of newly arrived Syrian refugees, particularly those displayed on mobile technologies such as smartphones. On the one hand, I provide the reader with a synopsis of my doctoral research project, a linguistic ethnography concerned with newcomers to Leeds. On the other hand, I further contextualize my ongoing research project, by discussing and analyzing a snippet of interactional data from my data-set.

The full article is available here 

TLANG Seminar: Language, social media and migration: the role of mobile communication technologies in migrants’ everyday lives

I’m excited to speak at the Language, social media and migration TLANG seminar next February in Birmingham. My talk will offer insights into newly arrived Syrian refugees’ everyday lives and their respective habitual digital literacy practices. More information can be found below:

Research seminar

Language, social media and migration:

the role of mobile communication technologies in migrants’ everyday lives

Friday 2nd February 2018, 10am – 4:00pm

139, School of Education, University of Birmingham

Hosted by the AHRC-funded project Translation and Translanguaging (TLANG)

This seminar explores the use of social media, particularly as conducted via mobile technology, by individuals in contexts of mobility and migration. It takes into account the fact that digital interactions are usually intertwined with ‘offline’ activities and that social media platforms are generally embedded into physical contexts, with the result that people move fluidly between online and offline environments in performing identity, building relationships and carrying out everyday tasks and negotiations. The methodological implications include the need for a form of blended linguistic ethnography which explores the situated nature of online communicative practices within individuals’ wider lives.

The role of social media in the process of integration into a new country is of increasing significance to many migrants, as they maintain and exploit links to their countries of origin at the same time as making new connections in a host country, and as they seek to resist and subvert the ways in which they can be positioned in a host country. By focusing on how migrants actively exploit digital technology as they integrate into a host country, we also respond to public concern around migration and social integration following such high profile events as the migration crisis in Europe and the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

The seminar brings together sociolinguistics scholars and ethnographers working in these areas, including the TLANG team, in order to share empirical data and insights and to work towards developing theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches.

Invited speakers (confirmed):

Jannis Androutsopoulos, University of Hamburg

Maria Sabate i Dalmau, Universitat de Lleida

Caroline Tagg, Open University (TLANG)

Kristin Vold Lexander, University of Oslo

Stefan Vollmer, University of Leeds

WRDTC Sixth Annual Conference 2017

Stefan-Vollmer sheffield

Earlier this year in June, I gave a short presentation at the annual WRDTC conference in Sheffield. The presentation was based on my paper that has recently been published (Vollmer, 2017).  My talk explored the digital literacy practices of Rojan, one of my participants. In particular, I focused on his interaction with ‘YouNow’, a multimodal live streaming app. To my surprise (see photo), I managed to win the ‘Best Student Presentation Award’ for my pathway (Data, Communication, and New Technology).


Vollmer, S. (2017) Exploring the digital literacy practices of Rojan, a newly arrived Syrian refugee. FOKUS. 68. June: 14-18.