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Dr. Solvejg Wolfers-Pommerenke

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Dr Solvejg Wolfers-Pommerenke is an applied linguist who conducted her PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick in England. The topic of her thesis was the discursive negotiation of team cohesion among members of a professional football team from Germany.

Since January 2023 Solvejg is a postdoctoral research associate at BIM working in the project “Racism in elite sports” (“Rassismus im Spitzensport”). Previously, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of English Studies at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Apart from her academic work, Solvejg works for the NGO KickIn!, where she, among other things, delivers workshops on discrimination-sensitive language in football.

Research focus


  • Racism and sport
  • Gender and sport
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Identity
  • Humour
  • Ethnography


Curriculum vitae


  • since 01/2023: Research Associate, BIM, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2021 – 2022: Research Associate, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • 2017 – 2021: PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, England
  • 2017 – 2021: Postgraduate Ambassador, University of Warwick, England
  • 2015 – 2016: MSc in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions, University of Warwick, England
  • 2014 – 2015: PR-junior consultant, Brandzeichen PR, Hamburg
  • 2013 – 2014: PR-trainee, BLUME PR, Hamburg
  • 2010 – 2013: BA in Cultural anthropology and Italian, University of Hamburg




  • Jentner, I., Lautenbach, A., Wolfers-Pommerenke, S., Gonçalves Norberto, S. Bienhold, N., Riehn, P. & Henys, J. (2022). Wie uns strukturelle Veränderung der Vielfalt im Sport näherbringt [White paper]. The League Community & Apollo 18 GmbH.
  • Wolfers, S. (2022). Critical reflections on ethnographic data collection in the highly gendered environment of male football. Gender and Language, 16(1), 52-74.
  • Wolfers, S. (2021). Self-directed racialized humor as in-group marker among migrant players in a professional football team: “Dude, just draw the racist card!”. In P. Brunssen & S. Schüler-Springorum (Eds.), Football and discrimination: Antisemitism and beyond (pp. 97-110). Routledge.
  • File, K., Schnurr, S., Clayton, D., Wolfers, S. & Stavridou, A. (2020). Focus on coach talk [Booklet].
  • File, K., Schnurr, S., Clayton, D., Wolfers, S. & Stavridou, A. (2020). Exploring the processes of emergent leadership in a netball team: Providing empirical evidence through discourse analysis. Discourse & Communication, 15(1), 98-116.
  • Wolfers, S., File, K. & Schnurr, S. (2017). “Just because he's black”: Identity construction and racial humour in a German U-19 football team. Journal of Pragmatics, 112, 83-96.



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