Anke Finger


German Studies, Media Studies, and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

Assistant Director at the UConn Humanities Institute, Digital Humanities and Media Studies

Section Chair, German Studies

Co-Director, EUROBIZ

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 (with a monograph, Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006; and a collection of critical articles, The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments2011), her discussion of the total artwork ranges from conceptual art and atmospheres to architecture and design (“Acute Aesthetics” in The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art, 2015). She is completing a monograph entitled ImMEDIAcy: Avant-Garde Sensory Aesthetics 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 (with Britta Meredith), is a multimodal collection composed with Scalar.

Comparative/interart literature and Flusser’s ideas on post-nationalism, post-history, dialog, and migration also influence Anke Finger’s work in intercultural communication. She edited Flusser’s The Freedom of the Migrant and co-edited the collection KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities, published by Walter de Gruyter in 2015. The Conviction Project, focusing on affect and action in public life, seeks to interconnect intercultural communication and media studies and presents part of the Humility and Conviction in Public Life project at the Humanities Institute.

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