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media historian , university professor , media scholar

Bernhard Siegert is a German media theorist and media historian.


Siegert, Bernhard was born on December 20, 1959 in Bremen, Germany.


Master of Arts, University Freiburg, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy, Ruhr University, Germany, 1991. Doctor Habilitation, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2001.


He followed Friedrich Kittler, with whom he had worked already in Freiburg, to the department of Germanic studies at the Ruhr University Bochum, where he received his doctorate in 1991. In 2001 he earned a Habilitation at the Humboldt University Berlin. In the same year he was appointed to the chair for Theory and History of Cultural Techniques at the department for Media Studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

Together with Friedrich Kittler, Norbert Bolz, and Wolfgang Coy he is regarded as a pioneer of German media theory. Since 2008 Siegert is one the directors (together with Lorenz Engell) of the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy (IKKM) in Weimar.