Thomas Macho, born in Vienna in 1952, is a cultural scholar and philosopher. In 1984, he completed his postdoctoral lecturer thesis »On the Metaphors of Death« at the Universität Klagenfurt. He was Professor of Cultural History at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from 1993 to 2016. Since 2016, he runs the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna. His book »Das Leben nehmen« (2017; tr: To Take One’s Own Life) is about the cultural re-valuation of suicide in modernity.