Bernhard Siegert

Eberhard Berent Goethe Chair, Spring 2017;


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Bernhard Siegert is the Gerd-Bucerius- Professor for History and Theory of Cultural Techniques at Bauhaus Universität Weimar, and since 2008 one of the two directors of the International Research Center for Cultural Techniques and Media Philosophy at Weimar. He is also the head of the research group “Media and Mimesis” funded by the German Research Foundation and member of a research project on radiophonics funded by the Swiss National Fund. Bernhard Siegert has published numerous books, articles and edited volumes on the interrelation between media and literature, on media of bureaucracy and governmentality, on interrelations between media history and the history of science, media history and art history, on textile media, media of architecture, on the cultural history of the ocean, and the history and theory of cultural techniques.

Professor Siegert taught at the Ruhr-University Bochum, at the Humboldt-University Berlin, and at the Friedrich-Schiller- University Jena. He has been Max Kade Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, LeBoff Scholar at the MCC Department at NYU, and International Visiting Research Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advances Studies at University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Professor Siegert’s publications include Relays. Literature as an Epoch of the Postal System, Passage des Digitalen. Zeichenpraktiken der neuzeitlichen Wissenschaften 1500-1900, Passagiere und Papiere. Schreibakte auf der Schwelle zwischen Spanien und Amerika, and Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real, translated by Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015). He has also co-edited several volumes, including Der Dichter als Kommandant. D'Annunzio erobert Fiume (together with H. U. Gumbrecht und F. A. Kittler), Thomas Pynchon: Archiv – Verschwörung – Geschichte (together with Markus Krajewski), Europa. Kultur der Sekretäre (together with Joseph Vogl). He is the editor of the journal Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (together with Lorenz Engell) and the yearbook Archiv für Mediengeschichte (together with Friedrich Balke and Joseph Vogl), and serves on the editorial board of Grey Room and Jahrbuch für Technikphilosophie and on the advisory board of Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (Leuphana University Lüneburg).

He received his M. A. in 1987 from Albert-Ludwigs- Universität Freiburg im Breisgau, his Dr. phil. in 1991 from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and his Habilitation in 2001 from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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