Norbert Bolz

Year of birth, place
1953, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Norbert Bolz is a German media and communication theorist and a scholar of design. He studied philosophy, German, English, and religious studies in Mannheim, Heidelberg and Berlin. His dissertation engaged with the aesthetics of Theodor Adorno. He then wrote a Habilitation thesis on philosophical extremism in the interwar period and was a lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin until 1992. From 1992–2002, Bolz was a professor of communication theory at the faculty of art and design of the University of Essen, Germany, focusing on media theory, communication theory and design studies. Since 2002, he has been a professor of media studies and media consulting at the faculty of language and communication at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Bolz is the author of numerous books. Recently he has published Zurück zu Luther (Fink, Paderborn, 2016), and Das richtige Leben (Fink, Paderborn, 2014).