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Stefan Niklas

Stefan Niklas is a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy, specialising in the philosophy of culture and aesthetics.

Stefan is currently an Academic Visitor to the Ruskin School of Art and an Early Career Fellow at The Oxford Research Center in the Humanities (TORCH), supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. He is also a corresponding member of the a.r.t.e.s. Research Lab at the University of Cologne. 

Stefan’s research project is concerned with the philosophy of cultural inquiry and focusses especially on the possibilities, limits, and consequences of “morphological” knowledge. Morphology, in this context, means the study of the perceptible form of dynamic phenomena as spread over their manifold concrete instances. As a method it is found in fields like art history, archaeology, or anthropology. An important source for Stefan’s project is the (regrettably unheeded) work of the philosopher and art historian Edgar Wind (1900-1971), whose papers are stored in the Bodleian Library.

Stefan received his PhD from the University of Cologne for a thesis on the concept of aesthetic experience and the phenomenon of mobile music headphone listening (published in German as Die Kopfhörerin. Mobiles Musikhören als ästhetische Erfahrung, Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2014). Stefan studied mostly at the Universities of Cologne (PhD) and Leipzig (M.A.) and for shorter periods also at Columbia University in New York as well as Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca.

He resides in Oxford from June 2016 until December 2017, enjoying the collaboration with philosophers, art theorists, and artists.