Christian Sperneac-Wolfer


Born 1990 in Mannheim. Bachelor studies in Sociology and Art History, and master studies in Sociology with sponsorship by the Hans Böckler Foundation at Goethe University. From 2016 to 2021 co-editor of Studierendenzeitschrift diskus. November 2018 to April 2019 research assistant at the Department of Catholic Theology at Goethe University. From January 2019 to August 2020 research assistant in the LOEWE research project “Religious Anti-Capitalism?” January 2021 to May 2021 research stay at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, funded by the Fulbright Commission. Since July 2021 research associate at the Institute for Social Research.            

Publications (selection)

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian; Botorog, Andrei and Ferdinand Sutterlüty 2023: ‘Slaves’ Without Coercion? Work-Related Classification Patterns among Romanian Migrant Workers. SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe, 26 (2), 189–208.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2023. Romania’s societal transformation and labour struggles abroad – how missing income opportunities and the fear of dismissal inform practices of labour resistance. SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe, 26 (1), 47–64.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2023. How German Muslims and Christians Criticize Capitalism. Canopy Forum,

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2023. Studying After Auschwitz? The Goethe University, Buna/Monowitz Concentration Camp and the IG Farben. TFMJ Journal for Theater, Film and Media Studies, 67 (1-2), 127–135.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian; Botorog Andrei and Ferdinand Sutterlüty 2023: ‘Slaves’ Without Coercion? Work-Related Classification Patterns among Romanian Migrant Workers. Sociologie Românească 21 (1), 55–74.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2023: Die multiple Prekarität rumänischer Bauarbeiter in Deutschland, in: Sozial.Geschichte Online, 34, 189–217.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2022. Der verdeckte Widerstand rumänischer Bauarbeiter in Echsberg, in: Ferdinand Sutterlüty und Almut Poppinga (Hg.): Verdeckter Widerstand in der demokratischen Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 239–261.

Buzoianu, Cătălin; Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian and Sebastian Țoc 2023: Special Issue: Romanian workers, home and abroad: inequalities, social rights, and labor struggles, Sociologie Românească 21(1).

Als Mitherausgeber der Frankfurter Studierendenzeitschrift diskus

diskus 55(1), 57(1), 57(2), 58(1)

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2023: ‘Slaves’ without coercion? Classifications of work and their social effects amongst Romanian migrant workers, 20th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Warsaw, Poland, digital, 06. July.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2023: Four Styles of a Religious Critique of Capitalism: The Idolatry, the Eschatological, the Social, and the Moral Critique, XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne, Australia, digital, 01. Juli.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2022: ICT and labor resistance amongst Romanian migrant workers in Germany. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) / ESCOCITE, Cholula, México, 10. December.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2022: ICT and labor resistance amongst Romanian migrant workers in Germany. George Washington University, Usable Security and Privacy Lab, Washington D.C., USA, 30. November.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2022: How German Muslims and Christians use Religion to Criticize Capitalism, 117th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Los Angeles, USA, 6. August.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2022: Rumänische Bauarbeiter auf deutschen Baustellen, Vortrag im Institut für Sozialforschung Frankfurt a. M., 23. Juni.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2021: Wer baut die Zukunft? Vortrag im Kolloquium »Familie, Sozialisation, Geschlechterverhältnisse« von Ferdinand Sutterlüty, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M., 07. Dezember.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2021: How German Muslims and Christians use religion to criticize capitalism, Kurzeinführung und Paperdiskussion im »Ethnography of Public Life Paper Workshop« von Paul Lichterman, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Online). 29. Juli.

Sperneac-Wolfer, Christian 2019: An introduction to the approach of Paul Lichterman, Vortrag und Einführung im Rahmen eines Workshops mit Paul Lichterman des Arbeitskreis Familie, Sozialisation, Geschlechterverhältnisse und Arbeitskreis Feldforschung, Institut für Sozialforschung, Frankfurt a. M. 05. Juni.

05. – 06.05.2023: Organisation of the workshop “Arbeit und Migration. Prekäre Arbeits- und Lebenskonstellationen migrantischer Beschäftigter im Fokus“ together with Linda Beck and Andrei Botorog, Frankfurt am Main.

10.12.2022 Panelorganisation »Entangling digital inequalities and upheavals« zusammen mit Anastassija Kostan auf der Jahrestagung der Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) / ESCOCITE, Cholula, México.

07.09. – 16.09.2022 »Romania‘s transition since 2007« Mitorganisation der Seminarfahrt der Hans Böckler Stiftung, Rumänien.

10.11. – 13.11.2016 »Frankfurt gestern morgen – Architekturgeschichte am Main« Organisation des Fachclustertreffens Kunst, Kultur, Philosophie der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, zusammen mit Verena Katz, Frankfurt am Main.

09.04.2014 Organisation und Durchführung eines Workshop für Studierende zu aktuellen Positionen in der Forschungsethik im Rahmen der Jahrestagung der Sektion Biographieforschung in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie

Completed projects:

Project collaborator on “Competencies, challenges and developments in the everyday professional life of medical ethical actors in hospital chaplaincy – a participatory study”

Collaboration in the subproject “Religious Anti-Capitalism? Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Positionings in Comparison” in the Research Context: LOEWE Focus Group “Religious Positioning: Modalities and Constellations in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Contexts”



The results of the research project in the USA: The Role of Membership for Work (University of Southern California Institutional Review Board Approved, January 26, 2021, Study ID: UP-21-00056) are included in the study on Romanian migrant workers

Romanian Migrant Workers in the German Construction Industry: A Study Based on Social Classifications Theory

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