Boris Buden was born in 1958 in what is now Croatia and works as an author and cultural critic in Berlin. He studied classical and modern philosophy in Klagenfurt, Zagreb, and Ljubljana and earned his doctorate in cultural theory at the Humboldt University in Berlin. His essays and articles cover such topics as the theory of translation and language, philosophy, politics, and cultural and art criticism. He regularly publishes on the former Yugoslavia, Western Europe and the United States in German, English, and French, for example in the Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse und Gesellschaftskritik, in Literatur und Kritik and in the Viennese cultural magazine Die Springerin. In the 1990s, he was one of the founders of the Zagreb periodical Arkzin and of its edition Bastard. Buden is one of the best translators of Sigmund Freud into the Croatian language. Among his publications: Transition to Nowhere (Archive Books, 2020); Findet Europa (Turia + Kant 2015); Zone des Übergangs (Suhrkamp 2009); Der Schacht von Babel (Kulturverlag Kadmos 2004). Since 2023 Buden is Vertretungsprofessor at HfG Karlsruhe.