German Studies, Media Studies, and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
ON SABBATICAL FALL 2021
Director DHMS Graduate Certificate, Digital Humanities and Media Studies/UCHI
Affiliated with the Department of Digital Media and Design
Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) Brandeis University
Areas of Expertise
German and Comparative Modernism / Literature and Other Arts / Aesthetics
Media Studies / Digital Humanities
Intercultural Communication / Intercultural Literary Studies
UConn German Studies Media
Anke Finger is a specialist on the idea of the total artwork (with a monograph, Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006; and a collection of critical articles, The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments, 2011), and her discussion of the total artwork ranges from conceptual art and atmospheres to architecture and design. New modernism projects focus on German Expressionism, with particular emphasis on gender and on colonialism.
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 originates from her work on the Czech-Brazilian philosopher Vilém Flusser. She co-authored the 2011 Introduction to Vilém Flusser, among many other publications in media studies. She is a member of the Flusser project team at Greenhouse Studios.
Comparative/interart literature and media theory also influence her work in intercultural communication. She edited Flusser’s The Freedom of the Migrant and co-edited the collection KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities (2015). The Conviction Project seeks to interconnect intercultural communication and media studies and is part of the Humility and Conviction in Public Life project (2016-2019).
From 2016 to 2019 Anke Finger served as the inaugural director of the Digital Humanities and Media Studies Initiative at the Humanities Institute; she also co-founded the German Studies Association’s Network on Digital Humanities and served as co-director from 2017-2019. She founded the NEHC-DH network, affiliated with the New England Humanities Consortium; and she co-founded the CTDH network.
Together with Christoph Ernst (University of Bonn), she organized a symposium on “Radical Futures” in March 20-21, 2021. Select presentations are available on youtube.
Decolonizing Area Studies: Towards Intercultural Citizenship and Social Justice (with Isabell Sluka and Manuela Wagner). Select presentations are available from the May 2021 Symposium.
New and recent articles:
“Design/Shape.” Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism. Edited by Aaron Jaffe, Michael F. Miller and Rodrigo Martini. New York: Bloomsbury, 2021.
“The Gutenberg Galaxy will be Pixelated or How to Think of Digital Scholarship as The Present. An Advisor’s Perspective.” Shaping the Digital Dissertation. Edited by Virginia Kuhn and Anke Finger. Cambridge, UK: OBP, 2021. 65-82.
“Autopoetic Processes within the Avant-Gardes: Fragmenting Authorship.” Constructions of Media Authorship. Investigating Aesthetic Practices from Early Modernity to the Digital Age. Edited by Christiane Heibach, Angela Krewani and Irene Schütze. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2020. 121-130.
“Google, the Medium, and Hermeneutic Principles.” Special Issue on The Google Era, edited by Roger Celestin. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 23.4., 502-511, 2019.
“Go Global, Build Networks, Create Nodes: Integrating the Humanities and the Professions.” With Niko Tracksdorf. Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German 52.2., 203-212, 2019.
Shaping the Digital Dissertation: Knowledge Production in the Arts and Humanities. Editor (with Virginia Kuhn). Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2021.
Vilém Flusser: What If? 22 Scenarios in Search of Images. Edited, with an introduction, and translated (with Kenneth Kronenberg); with an afterword by Kenneth Goldsmith. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. Forthcoming. Part of Greenhouse Studios FlusserVision Project.
Women in German Expressionism: Gender, Sexuality, Activism. Editor (with Julie Shoults). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Forthcoming.
Bias, Belief and Conviction in an Age of Fake Facts. Editor (with Manuela Wagner). London: Routledge, Research in Cultural and Media Studies series; forthcoming.