M.A. Peter Kahlert

Former Doctoral Candidate

Digital Media

Peter Kahlert (né Müller) studied sociology, political science and philosophy at the LMU Munich. He currently is a PhD candidate at the digital media lab. He started his position with collaborating in the IMPROVE Project. His experiences with this project are currently processed and refined for purposes of human-computer interaction methodology. However, Peter now focuses on his PhD project on the practical, discursive, and institutional role of creativity in tech and software development, ethnographing hackathons and studying scientific and private publications. He also engages with questions of legal tech (e.g. risk assessment software used in courts), particularly investigating digitalization as a phenomenon intrinsic to law and of significant effect.

  • HCI/social science methodology
  • Creativity (in tech development)
  • Social theory, Pragmatism
  • legal tech/MCTS of law
  • Müller, P., Pöchhacker (2019): Algorithmic Risk Assessment als Medium des Rechts. Medientechnische Entwicklung und institutionelle Verscheibungen aus Sicht einer Techinksoziologie des Rechts. ÖZS, Special Issue. Forthcoming.
  • Müller P., Passoth JH. (2018) Social Science Contributions to Engineering Projects: Looking Beyond Explicit Knowledge Through the Lenses of Social Theory. In: Niggemann O., Schüller P. (eds) IMPROVE – Innovative Modelling Approaches for Production Systems to Raise Validatable Efficiency. Technologien für die intelligente Automation (Technologies for Intelligent Automation), vol 8. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • Müller P., Passoth JH. (2018) Engineering Collaborative Social Science Toolkits. MCTS Methods and Concepts as Devices for Interdisciplinary Diplomacy. In: Karafillidis A., Weidner R. (eds) Developing Support Technologies. Biosystems & Biorobotics, vol 23. Springer, Cham
  • Passoth, JH/Müller, P (2017): Verführung zur Techniksoziologie. Review Roger Häußlings „Techniksoziologie“. Soziologische Revue 40(2). Oldenburg: De Gruyter, S.281-285.

→ Current Course Offerings

  • Methods and methodology of social sciences, MCTS, and HCI.
  • Doing and understanding statistics
  • “Social Science Hackathon”, an Interdisciplinary class for coding social scientists and socio-scientific coders.
  • The digital as an realm for MCTS research
  • Social Theory


  • 2016
    • Making a Mess with Methods
    • Social Science Hackathon
    • Pragmatism as Social Theory
  • 2017
    • Making a Mess with Methods
    • Technology and Society
  • 2018
    • Making a Mess with Methods
    • Technology and Society
    • Handling Statistics
  • “Hacking Creativity”. 2017. Zukunftsprojekt Arbeit 4.0 Konferenz, Stuttgart.
  • “Software on Trial” (together with Nikolaus Pöchhacker). 2017. ÖGS, Graz.
  • “On the Production of Creativity at Hackathons”. 2018. ACM SIGCHI “The 2nd Workshop on Hacking and Making at Time-Bounded Events: Current Trends and Next Steps in Research and Event Design”. Montreal (Canada).
  • “Hacking Citizens and Their Communication Problems. Ethnographic Insights on participatory and project thresholds at citizen hackathons”. 2018. MCTS Graz, Graz.
  • “After the hackathon: on the problematic transition from hackathonian inventions to full-scale innovation projects”. 2018. MCTS Italia, Padova.
  • „Algorithmic Risk Assessment als Medium des Rechts“. 2018. Vierter Kongress der Deutschsprachigen Rechtssoziologie, Basel.
  • „Digitalisierung als rechtsintrinsisches Phänomen“. 2018. Vortrag im Forschungskolloquium Alfons Bora, Bielefeld.
  • “Hackathons as time-spaces of creative togetherness”. 2018. EASST (Meetings), Lancaster.
  • “Tidy Thoughts on Creativity”. 2018. 4S (Transnational) Congress, Sidney, Australia.
  • “Interdisziplinäre Kollaboration als Methode”. 2018. INSIST Nachwuchstagung “Von Menschen und Maschinen”, Karlsruhe.
  • „Machinelle Dividualisierung – Kränkung oder Erlösung?“. 2018. INSIST Nachwuchstagung “Von Menschen und Maschinen”, Karlsruhe.
  • DGS