German Studies, Media Studies, and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
Assistant Director, Digital Humanities and Media Studies, Humanities Institute
Section Head, German Studies
Affiliated with the Department of Digital Media and Design
Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) Brandeis University 1997
Areas of Expertise
German and Comparative Modernism
Media Studies / Digital Humanities
Interart Studies / Literature and Other Arts / Aesthetics
Intercultural Communication / Intercultural Literary Studies
Anke Finger studied German and American Literature and History at the University of Konstanz in Germany and graduated with a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1997. She taught at Babson College and Boston College and held an assistant professorship in German Studies at Texas A&M University before coming to UConn in 2001.
Anke Finger’s teaching and research focus on modernism, media studies, digital humanities, literature and other arts, aesthetics, and interculturality. Based on her early interests in art connections and multimedia, she specializes in the idea of the total artwork in modernism (Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006), and she edited (with Danielle Follett) a collection of articles on The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments (2011). Her discussion of the total artwork ranges from conceptual art and atmospheres to architecture and design (The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art, 2015). She is currently completing a chapter on media-authorship for a monograph on the early avant-gardes and sensory perception.
A co-founder and co-editor (2005-2015) of the multilingual, peer reviewed, open access journal Flusser Studies, Anke Finger’s closely related scholarship in media studies and theory originates from her work on the Czech-Brazilian philosopher Vilém Flusser. She is co-author of the 2011 Introduction to Vilém Flusser (with shorter versions available in German and Portuguese) and serves on the advisory board of FlusserBrasil. Her latest project, Flusser 2.0: Remediating Ideas, Reimagining Texts, goes digital again, a multimodal collection composed with Scalar. The introduction is available on Vimeo.
Most recent publications in intercultural communication include a collection of essays on KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities, published by Walter de Gruyter in 2015.
She is a co-organizer of the new German Studies Association Network on Digital Humanities.
LCL Courses taught Spring 2017: LCL5020 and CLCS1002 (Reading Between the Arts).