Claus Pias

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Claus Pias (1967) is a German media theorist and media historian. He is Professor for History and Epistemology of Media at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM) at Leuphana University Lüneburg, where he is also director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS), the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) and the Digital Cultures Research Lab (DCRL). Main areas of interest are the media history and epistemology of computer simulations, the history of media studies, and the history and epistemology of cybernetics.

After studying Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen and Art History, German Literature, and Philosophy at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn he received a PhD from Bauhaus-Universität in 2000 for his study of the pre-history of the computer game, published in 2002 as Computer Spiel Welten. Before moving to Leuphana in 2010 Pias was Associate Professor for Media Technology and Media Philosophy at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Professor for Communication and Media Studies at the University of Essen, and Professor for Epistemology and Philosophy of Digital Media at the University of Vienna. He is the co-editor of Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft and of Kursbuch Medienkultur: Die massgeblichen Theorien von Brecht bis Baudrillard (1999). Some of the many books Pias has edited include Cybernetics/Kybernetik. Die Macy-Konferenzen 1946-1953 (2 vols., 2003-04) as well as a volume of positions on media studies, Was waren Medien? (2010).

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(in German unless noted otherwise)

Books[edit]

  • Geschaute Literatur. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach und die bildende Kunst, Weimar: VDG, 1996.
  • Computer Spiel Welten, Munich: sequenzia, 2002; 2nd ed., Zürich: diaphanes, 2010, 340 pp. [1]
    • Computer Game Worlds, trans. Valentine A. Pakis, Berlin: diaphanes, 2017, 352 pp. [2] (English)
  • Die Epoche der Kybernetik, Berlin: Alcatel SEL, 2003.

Edited books[edit]

  • Dreizehn Vorträge zur Medienkultur, Weimar: VDG, 1999.
  • with Lorenz Engell and J. Vogl, Kursbuch Medienkultur: Die massgeblichen Theorien von Brecht bis Baudrillard, Stuttgart: DVA, 1999; 2nd ed., 2000; 3rd ed., 2000; 4th ed., 2002; 5th ed., 2004, 544 pp. Contents.
  • Neue Vorträge zur Medienkultur, Weimar: VDG, 2000.
  • Cybernetics | Kybernetik 1: The Macy-Conferences 1946–1953. Band 1. Transactions/Protokolle, Zürich/Berlin: diaphanes, 2003, 734 pp. [3] [4]
    • Cybernetics. The Macy Conferences 1946-1953. The Complete Transactions, Berlin: diaphanes, 2016, 736 pp. [5] (English)
  • Hermann Bahr - Zur Kritik der Moderne, Weimar: VDG, 2004, 300 pp.
  • Hermann Bahr - Die Überwindung des Naturalismus, Weimar: VDG, 2004, 279 pp.
  • Cybernetics | Kybernetik 2: The Macy-Conferences 1946–1953. Band 2. Documents/Dokumente, Zürich: diaphanes, 2004, 512 pp. Introduction. [6] (German)/(English)
  • with M. Warnke and U.M. Schneede, Anna Oppermann in der Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg: Kleine Reihe der Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2004, 47 pp.
  • Hermann Bahr - Der Antisemitismus: Ein internationales Interview, Weimar: VDG, 2005, 152 pp.
  • Hermann Bahr - Studien zur Kritik der Moderne, Weimar: VDG, 2005, 310 pp.
  • Zukünfte des Computers, Zürich: diaphanes, 2005, 304 pp. Preface. [7]
  • Hermann Bahr - Szenarien für den Kalten Krieg, Zürich and Berlin: diaphanes, 2006, 304 pp.
  • Hermann Bahr - Secession, Weimar: VDG, 2007, 219 pp.
  • with C. Holtorf, Escape. Computerspiele als Kulturtechnik, Cologne and Vienna: Böhlau, 2007, 294 pp.
  • Herrmann Bahr - Renaissance: Neue Studien zur Kritik der Moderne, Weimar: VDG, 2008, 191 pp.
  • Abwehr. Modelle – Strategien – Medien, Bielefeld: transcript, 2009, 208 pp.
  • with Wolfgang Coy, PowerPoint. Macht und Einfluß eines Präsentationsprogramms, Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer, 2009, 323 pp.
  • with Thomas Brandstetter and Sebastian Vehlken, Think Tanks. Die Beratung der Gesellschaft, Zürich: diaphanes, 2010, 123 pp. [8]
  • Was waren Medien?, Zürich: diaphanes, 2011, 128 pp. [9]. Review: Kammerer.
  • with P. Berz, M. Kubaczek, D. Unterholzner and E. Laquièze-Waniek, Spielregeln. 25 Aufstellungen. Eine Festschrift für Wolfgang Pircher, Berlin and Zürich: diaphanes, 2012, 368 pp.
  • Kulturfreie Bilder. Erfindungen der Voraussetzungslosigkeit, Berlin: Kadmos, 250 pp.
  • with Inge Baxmann and Timon Beyes, Soziale Medien: Neue Massen. Medienwissenschaftliche Symposien der DFG, Zürich: diaphanes, 2014, 368 pp. [10]
    • Social Media – New Masses, trans. Valentin Pakis, Berlin: diaphanes, 2016, 348 pp. [11] (English)
  • with Stefan Rieger, Vollstes Verständnis. Utopien der Kommunikation, Berlin: diaphanes, 2016, 208 pp. [12]
  • with Ute Holl and Burkhardt Wolf, Gespenster des Wissens, Berlin: diaphanes, 2017, 440 pp. [13]

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