Anselm Jappe was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1962. Raised in Cologne and then in the Périgord region of France, he studied in Paris and Rome, completing his doctorate under the supervision of the Italian philosopher Mario Perniola. He is the author of several major works of critical theory, most famously Guy Debord (1992), and is a contributor to the German ‘critique of value’ journal Krisis. He lectures in both art history and sociology at a number of different universities across France and Italy, including a long running seminar series at the EHESS, Paris, on ‘The Adventures of the Subject’. In 2015 Jappe was listed by Le Magazine littéraire as one of 'Thirty Names in French Thought to Watch Out For' and in 2014 he was the subject of a thirty-minute radio interview on France Culture. His books have received international interest and been translated into a number of languages.