Dr. sc. Karlheinz Barck †

Romance philologist, until 2012 research associate at the ZfL, last position academic advisor to the project The Theory and Concept of an Interdisciplinary Conceptual History


Karlheinz Barck, born on November 28, 1934 in Quedlinburg, died on September 30, 2012 in Berlin, was a Romance philologist. From 1953 to 1958 he studied Romance philology at Humboldt University in Berlin in French, Spanish and Romanian. He then went to Rostock, where he was an academic aspirant in Hispanic Studies at the Wilhelm Pieck University from 1960 to 1964, also earning his doctorate in 1966 with a dissertation on José Ortega y Gasset. In 1966 he returned to Berlin to work at the Institute for Literary History at the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic—until 1975 as a research assistant, later as head of the department for Theory and Methodology of Literary Studies. From 1992 on, he worked at the ZfL as head of research projects on theory and history of aesthetic thought. Particularly noteworthy is the supervision and editing of the seven-volume dictionary Ästhetische Grundbegriffe. From 2001 to 2005 he was head of the research project LEONARDO-Effekte. Exemplarische Konstellationen aus der Trennungsgeschichte von Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften: 1800 – 1900 – 2000 and between 2008 and 2012 worked as academic advisor for the project The Theory and Concept of an Interdisciplinary Conceptual History.
Guest lectureships have taken him to Montréal and Rio de Janeiro, among other places. From 1994 to 1998, Barck also served as member of the advisory board at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik.



  • 1990 Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica of the Spanish King Juan Carlos I
  • 1988 Werner Krauss Medal of the German Academy of Sciences, GDR

Research Interests

  • Modern French and Spanish literary history
  • History of literary studies
  • History and theory of aesthetic thought


[List of Publications Karlheinz Barck (1934–2012)]
edited by Dirk Naguschewski
Interjekte 13, Berlin 2019, 29 pages