Dr. Josef Barla - Biography

Education and Studies Abroad

08/2015 - 09/2015 Visiting Researcher at the Posthumanities Hub and at GEXcel Inernational Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Linköping University. Invitation by Cecilia Åsberg.
10/2012 - 03/2013 Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology and at the Science and Justice Research Center, University of California at Santa Cruz. Invitation by Karen Barad.
2010 - 2016 “Graduiertenkolleg: Gender, Violence and Agency in the Era of Globalization”, University of Vienna. PhD in Philosophy, May 2016
2008 - 2010 “Science, Technology and Society“, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna (all but thesis)
2006 - 2008 “Sociology” (M.A.), Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
2003 - 2006 “Sociology” (B.A.), Department of Sociology, University of Vienna


Academic Employment

04/2018 - 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
01/2017 - 12/2017 Affiliated Researcher (Post-Doc) in “The Seed Box: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory”, Linköping University, Sweden
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


Funding and Grants

2021 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 Kongressreise Grant of the German Academic Exchange Service for a talk given at the 4S 2019 Conference in New Orleans, USA
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
2019 GRADE Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt Grant for the workshops “Fragility and Extinction in the Anthropocene” and “Methods in Multispecies Ethnographic Research”; together with Franziska von Verschuer, Anastassija Kostan, and Markus Rudolfi
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



  • iGEN – Interdisciplinary Genome Editing Network an der University of Lisbon und der University of Oxford
  • 4S Society for Social Studies of Science
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie
  • Fachgesellschaft Geschlechterstudien
  • ATGENDER: The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation
  • EASST: The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology


Referee Activities

  • Behemoth:  A Journal on Civilisation
  • Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Gender(ed) Thoughts