Philipp v. Hilgers holds an MA in cultural science, German literature and communication science from the Humboldt-University and the Technical University in Berlin.
He earned a doctoral degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin (cultural science) in 2006 and wrote his thesis on the history of war games (»Kriegsspiele. Eine Geschichte der Unberechenbarkeiten und Ausnahmezustände«).
Von Hilgers was a visiting scholar at the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006/2007 and a visiting student collaborator at the Program in History of Science, Princeton University in 2004/2005.
He is a member of the Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, where he worked as researcher from 2001-2004 and took part at the research project on cultural techniques (»Bild/Schrift/Zahl«).
Currently Philipp v. Hilgers is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin and teaches at the Humboldt University at the Seminar for Aesthetics and the Seminar for Media Science.
He has lectured and published on diverse topics in media studies and history of science, including the siren as an early digital sound processor, early eye gaze tracking systems, on media art, the history of Markov chains, and the history of war games.