Dr. Paul Buckermann

Thyssen@KWI Fellow

Academic Career

2024
Research fellow at Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen.

2023-2024
Interim professor of political sociology at Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology at Heidelberg University.

2020-2023
Postdoc at Thematic Research Network “Wissensgeltung”/”Validity of Knowledge”, Heidelberg University.

2022
Visiting scholar at Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies at mdw-University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

2019- 2020
Senior assistant (Postdoc) at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Lucerne, Department of Sociology, General Sociology.

2017-2018
Research assistant at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of University of Lucerne, Department of Sociology, General Sociology.

2016-2017
Research assistant at eikones – NCCR Iconic criticism, Module Visual Semantics and Visual Observations, University of Basel, University of Lucerne.

2014-2016
Research assistant at DFG-Research Training Group Automatisms: Cultural Techniques of Complexity Reduction, Paderborn University.


Research interests

  • Sociology of the arts
  • sociology of knowledge
  • political sociology
  • history and sociology of science
  • qualitative methods

Selected Publications:

  • P.B. (2023): Art museums and contradicting ecologies. Worldviews and boundary work. Artis Observatio. Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Kunstsoziologie und Soziologie der Künste, 2(1), 7­–33.
  • P.B. (ed.) (2022): Die Welten der documenta. Wissen und Geltung eines Großereignisses in der Kunst. Weilerswist: Velbrück.
  • P.B. (2021): Ranking Art: Paradigmatic Worldviews in the Quantification and Evaluation of Contemporary Art. In: Theory, Culture & Society 38(4), 89–109.
  • P.B (2023): How is art possible? Niklas Luhmann’s theory of art. In: Rogowski, Ralf (ed.): The Anthem Companion to Niklas Luhmann. London: Anthem Press.
  • P.B. (2020): Die Vermessung der Kunstwelt. Quantifizierende Beobachtungen und plurale Ordnungen der Kunst. Weilerswist: Velbrück.

For full CV, lists of publications and teachings please visit: https://paulbuckermann.com/