Dr. Niklas Barth
Niklas Barth is Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a.Z.) at the Institute for Sociology at Ludwig- Maximilians-Universität in Munich. From October 2020 until March 2021, he was Junior Researcher in Residence at the LMU Center for Advanced Studies. From August until November 2022, he was Visiting Fellow at the German Department at Yale University.
He received his Ph.D. with the thesis “Gesellschaft als Medialität. Studien zu einer funktionalistischen Medientheorie” in 2019.
Niklas Barth has contributed to various DFG research projects as junior and postdoc researcher. He is interested in media and social theory, sociology of culture, sociology of medicine, thanatology, platform studies, digital publics and antagonistic communication as well as in the cultural techniques of simulation and dissimulation.
At KWI, Niklas will work on his second book project entitled “(In)Communicability. Forms, Functions and Limits of Tactful Communication”. This exploration calls for cross-disciplinary research perspectives such as systems and media theory, media archeology, cultural studies, history of ideas, philology and qualitative research methodologies. The book assembles systematic studies on a general social theory of tactful communication, media archaeological studies on the semantics of tact as well as empirical case studies on, for example, tact and tactlessness on social media platforms and in palliative care contexts.