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Janet Connor

Assistant Professor

Dr. J.E. Connor
+31 71 527 7210

Janet Connor is a linguistic anthropologist and sociolinguist whose research explores how forms of listening become socially and politically meaningful, in both Norway and the Netherlands. She also teaches about and does research on multilingualism in cities. Since August 2021, she is an Assistant Professor at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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My research examines listening practices as a form of liberal democratic political action. I am currently working on two related projects. The first looks at how ways of listening to others has become key in imagining the future of the Norwegian welfare state. The second looks at how Dutch municipal governments use democratic participatory political projects to listen to citizens, both through face-to-face interactions, and through the assistance of new AI-supported tools.

I also do research on the everyday linguistic practices of minority language speakers in The Hague, as part of an international project exploring urban multilingualism. I have previously done work on regional and minority languages in France.

Curriculum vitae

2021 Ph.D. Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Chicago
2016 M.A. Anthropology
Other Academic Affiliations and Collaborations  
2016-2018 Affiliate and Visiting Scholar, Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing), University of Oslo, Norway


Assistant Professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL Taalwetenschap

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 1.50



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