Dr. Tobias Schlechtriemen


Since April 2020

  • Research Fellow at the KWI Essen (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities)

Since October 2019

  • Assistant Professor at the Institute for Sociology of the University of Freiburg

2016 – 2019

  • Postdoctoral Researcher in the project “Sociological Diagnoses of the Period between Post-Heroism and New Figures of the Extraordinary” in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 948 “Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms. Transformations and Cycles from Antiquity to Modernity” at the University of Freiburg

2012 – 2016

  • Postdoctoral Researcher in the project “The Hero as Troublemaker. The Sociology of Exceptionality” in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 948 at the University of Freiburg

2007 – 2012

  • 2010 – 2012: Associate member in the module “Image and Sociality” of the NCCR “Image Criticism – eikones” at the University of Basel and scholarship of the Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel (FAG)
  • 2007 – 2010: Doctoral Fellow in the DFG (German Research Council) Research Training Group “The Figure of the Third” at the University of Constance


  • Cultural sociology and sociological theories
  • Images of the social and social imaginary
  • History of the science of sociology
  • Social Figures


  • 2019: (co-edited with R. Herbrik), Einsatzpunkte und Spielräume des sozialen Imaginären in der Soziologie (“Scopes of the Social Imaginary in Sociology”), Sonderheft 18 (2), Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Link
  • 2019: (co-edited with N. Falkenhayner and S. Meurer), Analyzing the Processes of Heroization. Theories, Methods, Histories, Special Issue 5: helden. heroes. héros. E-Journal zu Kulturen des Heroischen, DOI: 10.6094/helden.heroes.heros./2019/APH. Link
  • 2018: (with S. Moser), “Social Figures – Between societal experience and sociological diagnosis”, FMSH-WP-2018-140. Link
  • 2014: Bilder des Sozialen. Das Netzwerk in der soziologischen Theorie, Paderborn: Fink.
  • 2010: (co-edited with E. Eßlinger, D. Schweitzer, and A. Zons), Die Figur des Dritten. Ein kulturwissenschaftliches Paradigma, Berlin: Suhrkamp.