Tom Lamberty

Brief Biography

Tom Lamberty is a German media theorist and corporate consultant who has been at the forefront of new production and distribution developments in text-based media for the last twenty years. He is the publisher of cultural theory specialist Merve Verlag GmbH and strategic consultant at Cisco Inc.

Achievements in both the cultural and corporate worlds give him a unique perspective on sustainability issues in the digital humanities. Lamberty was co-founder of Bewegliche Ziele (Moving Targets) in 1982 which became the founding platform for interfilm, the Berlin International Short Film Festival, and during the same period he ran the Kino im K.O.B. programme and launched the video-print company Videa. In the late 1980's he was instrumental in creating computing infrastructures in German cultural institutions including Literaturwerkstatt Berlin and Kino Babylon.

In 1990 he joined newly formed Siemens-Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG (a merger of Siemens IT and Nixdorf Computer AG) and in 1994 he moved to Dresden to work on R&D recruiting during establishment of Siemens Microelectronics Center (SIMEC), a semiconductor production site. He subsequently became HR Manager of Siemens Nixdorf Eastern Europe focusing on regional HR departments in the Russia, Poland and Ukraine subsidiaries. Lamberty moved to Munich in 1998 to take over a senior consultancy role at Siemens headquarters, driving strategic projects in leadership development, and contributed to creation of the corporation's global HR organization. In 2002 Lamberty joined the European organization of Hewitt Associates, a U.S. based HR consulting firm, to help establish a strategic HR consulting practice addressing large European clients.

In parallel with this career he developed a collaboration with Berlin-based publishing house Merve Verlag, co-editing and producing titles on contemporary culture in the late 1990's. Shortly afterwards in 2002 he joined Merve Verlag as a co-owner and publisher. Lamberty has subsequenlty been instrumental in publishing more than 200 titles covering a broad range of topics including political theory, arts, architecture and poetry. Among these authors are well known names including Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Guy Debord, Félix Guattari, Friedrich Kittler and Michel Serres. More recently he has added important new-comers to German readership including Armen Avanessian, Karen Barad, Nicholas Bourriaud, Byung-Chul Han, Dave Hickey, François Laruelle and Isabelle Stengers.

Merve has also become one of the first publishing houses to experiment with new forms of digital text delivery—including the first books made available specifically for cell phone reading in 2010 and the first VR text reader realized with Humboldt University's GameLab in 2016.