Byung-Chul Han was born in Seoul/South Korea. The writer and essayist studied Philosophy, German Literature and Catholic Theology. He is a professor for philosophy and media studies at Karlsruhe University of Art and Design (HfG Karlsruhe). His research focuses on the philosophy of cultures and religions. In his latest book »Transparenzgesellschaft« (2012; tr: Transparency Society) Han discusses the dangers of permanent visibility and control in society today.