German Studies, Media Studies, and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
Assistant Director at the UConn Humanities Institute, Digital Humanities and Media Studies
Section Head, German Studies
Co-Director of the German Studies Association’s Network on Digital Humanities
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. A specialist on the idea of the total artwork in modernism (Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006; 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 completing a monograph on perception, aesthetics, and the avant-garde (Everyday Modernism: A Sensorium of the Avant-Gardes), and serves as co-editor (with Julie Shoults) for a critical collection on Women in German Expressionism: Gender, Sexuality, Activism.
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 co-authored the 2011 Introduction to Vilém Flusser and serves on the advisory board of FlusserBrasil. Her latest project, Flusser 2.0: Remediating Ideas, Reimagining Texts, is a multimodal collection composed with Scalar (forthcoming Spring 2018).
Comparative/interart literature and Flusser’s ideas on post-nationalism, post-history, dialog, and migration also influence Anke Finger’s work in intercultural communication. Her most recent work in this area, entitled KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities, was published by Walter de Gruyter in 2015. The Conviction Project, focusing on affect and action in public debate, seeks to interconnect intercultural communication and media studies and presents part of the Humility and Conviction in Public Life project.