Bernhard Siegert is since 2001 the Professor for Theory and History of Cultural Techniques at the Media Faculty at the Bauhaus University Weimar, and since 2008 director of the International Research Center for Cultural Techniques and Media Philosophy at Weimar (IKKM). Since 2013 he is also the spokesperson of the Research Unit "Media and Mimesis" at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, sponsored by the DFG (German Research Foundation). He gained his Dr. phil. in German Literature in 1991 from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and his Habilitation from Humboldt University in 2001. He has been Max Kade Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, LeBoff Visiting Scholar at the Department for Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, International Visiting Research Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia, Eberhard Berent Visiting Professor and Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Department of German, New York University, DAAD Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, UK, and Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies "BildEvidenz" at the Freie Universität Berlin.
He is the co-editor of the journal Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung and of the year-book Archiv für Mediengeschichte. His most recent book is Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real, trans. by Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015). Since more than ten years he has been working on a book on the ship and the ocean as a technological, epistemological, and aesthetic interrelation of culture production.