Dr. Josef Barla - Biography


2010 - 2016 Philosophy (PhD), Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

2008 - 2010 Science, Technology and Society, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna

2006 - 2008 Sociology (M.A.), Department of Sociology, University of Vienna

2003 - 2006 Sociology (B.A.), Department of Sociology, University of Vienna

Academic Employment

10/2023 - Interim Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

04/2018 - 09/2023 Research Associate (Postdoc) at the Institute of Sociology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

09/2017 - 02/2018 Lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria

03/2016 - 08/2016 Lecturer in the Master's program Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria

09/2015 - 02/2016 Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria

09/2015 - 02/2016 Lecturer at the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies, University of Vienna, Austria

09/2013 - 02/2014 Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria

03/2010 - 02/2013 Research Fellow in the interdisciplinary doctoral program “Gender, Violence and Agency in the Era of Globalization" at the Department of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria

02/2005 - 06/2005 Project Assistant at the Institute of Social Ecology of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt in Vienna, Austria

Research Fellowships

2017 Affiliated Researcher, The Seed Box: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, Linköping University

2015 Visiting Researcher, Posthumanities Hub; and GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Linköping University

2012 - 2013 Visiting Fellow, Department of Socioly; and Science and Justice Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz

Third-Party Funding, Honors, and Grants

2023-2028 Principal Investigator of "Fixing Futures: Technologies of Anticipation in Contemporary Societies". DFG Research Training Group based at Goethe University Frankfurt. PIs J. Barla, M. Boeckler, M. Klausner T. Lemke, P. Lindner, L. Richardson, T. Scheffer, & G. Welz (GRK 2836/1)

2023-2024 RMU Initiative Funding for Research, start-up funding for innovative research collaboration in the project "Biohybride Objekte: Zur Entgrenzung von Technik und Leben; together with M. Tamborini (TU Darmstadt)

2021-2023 Principal Investigator of „Ensuring public health through mobilizing death: Expectations as future-making practices in the bioeconomy of transgenic mosquitoes", research project funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung (10/2021-09/2023)

2019 Förderfonds zum Aufbau koordinierter Programme of the presidium of Goethe University for the German Research Foundation research training school proposal “Fixing Futures: Investigating Regimes of Anticipation in Contemporary Societies"; together with Thomas Lemke

2015 Short Term Scientific Mission Grant der European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), Linköping University, Sweden

2013 Research Award Scholarship (Forschungsstipendium) of the University of Vienna

2013 Dissemination Grant of the University of Vienna

2012 Short-Term Grant Abroad (KWA) of the University of Vienna

2006 Scholarship for Academic Excellence (Leistungsstipendium) of the University of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research

Professional Affiliations

  • iGEN – Interdisciplinary Genome Editing Network, University of Lisbon and University of Oxford
  • LaSST – Lab for Studies of Science and Technology, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Cornelia Goethe Center for Women's and Gender Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Posthumanities Hub, Linköping University
  • Queer Death Studies Network, Linköping University and Karlstad University

Referee Activities

  • Behemoth:  A Journal on Civilisation
  • Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Gender(ed) Thoughts
  • International Journal of Robotics
  • Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research


Dr. Josef Barla

Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Sociology
Research Group Biotechnologies,
Nature and Society

Visiting address
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
Campus-Westend – PEG-Building
Room 3.G 021
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Mail address
Campus Westend
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60629 Frankfurt am Main

Tel. +49 69 798 36668


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