Pomme van de Weerd (P.)
Pomme van de Weerd is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, since November 2016. The PhD project falls under the discipline of linguistic anthropology, and examines the role of language(s) in practices of identification among students in a preparatory middle-level vocational track (VMBO) in Venlo, the Netherlands. Based on ethnographic data, she analyzes how pupils categorized themselves and each other using what one might call ethno-national terms such as 'Marokkaan', 'Turk', 'buitenlander' and 'Nederlander'. She aims to see how these labels are embedded in, and informed by, a wider social context, as well as how the pupils engaged in local negotiations of their meanings. Furthermore, Pomme examines the role of pupils’ linguistic resources in their everyday school life, and the ideologies surrounding these resources as expressed by both teachers and pupils.
Her research interests are social and linguistic boundary-making, the role of language in identity construction, and the sociocultural dimensions of socioeconomic inequality and social mobility.
Pomme holds an M.Sc. in Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University. Furthermore, she has been actively engaged in research in Chile, both independently and in cooperation with Universidad de Chile. She obtained her B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences at University College Utrecht.