3M Identities in Motion Network

The 3M network aims to develop a new and innovative research platform for examining relations and tensions between identity, multilingualism and multiculturalism in Nordic and Baltic countries.

The network starts by recognising that multiculturalism and multilingualism are inevitable consequences of mobility, through processes such as migration, cultural flows, international working environment and communication technologies.

Contacts and tensions between different cultural and linguistic groups contribute to an increased need to develop symbolic expressions of identities and to the formation of identities that are hybrid and complex. Identity is always present in practices of multilingualism and multiculturalism and a key element for social organisation. Identities both shape and are shaped by language and cultural expressions.

This network brings together participants from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia within research fields such as linguistics, cultural studies, discourse studies, sociolinguistics, literary studies, and museum studies. Together they explore multilingualism, multiculturalism and mobility and the impact they have on identity from multidisciplinary perspectives.

The network's goal is to synthesise existing research and insights and to offer effective and novel proposals for further analysis and action for research activities, including research training, and for input to policy makers.

Facts about the project
Project leader

Sari Pietikainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland