Wolfgang Bock (cultural scientist)

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Wolfgang Fritz Bock (born 1957 in Lüneburg ) is a German cultural scientist .


Bock attended the Johanneum Lüneburg and after graduating from high school, studied natural sciences, education, psychology, philosophy and literature at the University of Bremen . He was a research assistant at the Institute for Social Policy and the Institute for Cultural Research and Education. In 1993 he received his doctorate on astrology and enlightenment and in 1996 he received his habilitation in cultural studies with Walter Benjamin with The Rescue of the Night: Stars, Melancholy and Messianism .

From 2001 to 2007 he was a university lecturer for the theory and history of visual communication at the design faculty at the Bauhaus University Weimar . In 2007, he took on a DAAD - visiting professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro , Brazil, since 2011, he has been a professor of German literature. In summer 2017 he was visiting professor at the Muthesius Art Academy in Kiel. In February 2019 he was a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Wolfgang Bock was among other things co-editor of the journal for critical theory from 2003 to 2013 . He researches and publishes on aesthetics, postmodernism, educational theory and new media.


  • Astrology and Enlightenment: about modern superstitions. Diss. Univ. Bremen 1993, ISBN 978-3-476-45066-1 .
  • Walter Benjamin - the salvation of the night: stars, melancholy and messianism. Habil. Univ. Bremen 1996, Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2000, ISBN 978-3-89528-260-7
  • Image - writing - cyberspace; Part 1: Basic course media knowledge. Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2002, ISBN 978-3-89528-349-9
  • Image - writing - cyberspace; Part 2: Media passages: the film in transition into a new media constellation. Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2006, ISBN 978-3-89528-577-6
  • About the whispering of things: language, memory and aesthetics with Walter Benjamin. Lectures in Rio de Janeiro 2007, Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2010, ISBN 978-3-8260-4179-2
  • The expectation of the works of art: aesthetic models by Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno and Georges Bataille. Lectures at the University of Ouro Preto 2008, Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-8260-5151-7
  • Dialectical Psychology: Adorno's Reception of Psychoanalysis. Springer VS, Wiesbaden 2018, ISBN 978-3-658-15324-3

Web links


  1. a b Author entry in: Ralf Bohn, Heiner Wilharm (Hrsg.): Staging and Event: Contributions to the theory and practice of scenography. transcript, Bielefeld 2015, ISBN 978-3-8376-1152-6 , p. 405
  2. Bock, Wolfgang: Adorno and the Psychoanalysis , Zentralbuchhandlung.de (Sigmund-Freud-Buchhandlung Oberweid / Rhön)
  3. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bock | A short prehistory of the media , Muthesius Kunsthochschule , June 27, 2017
  4. https://law.handels.gu.se/forskning/utbildningsdriven_forskning/rattsvetenskap/teoriseminarier
  5. Short biography and reviews of works by Wolfgang Bock at perlentaucher.de