Anke Finger


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

Section Co-Chair, German Studies

Co-Director, EUROBIZ

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 1997

Areas of Expertise

German and Comparative Modernism / Literature and Other Arts / Aesthetics

Media Studies / Digital Humanities

Intercultural Communication / Intercultural Literary Studies


Anke Finger’s teaching and research focus on comparative modernism, media studies, digital humanities, literature and other arts, aesthetics, and interculturality. 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 Fragments2011), her discussion of the total artwork ranges from conceptual art and atmospheres to architecture, design (“Acute Aesthetics” in The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art, 2015) and multimodal communication. Current modernism project (with Julie Shoults): 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 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 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 (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 (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.


New Initiative:

Decolonizing Area Studies: Towards Intercultural Citizenship and Social Justice (with Isabell Sluka and Manuela Wagner)

New articles:

“Design/Shape.” Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism. Edited by Aaron Jaffe, Michael F. Miller and Rodrigo Martini. New York: Bloomsbury, 2021.

“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.

Books in progress:

Shaping the Digital Dissertation: Knowledge Production in the Arts and Humanities. Editor (with Virginia Kuhn). Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers.

Bias, Belief and Conviction in an Age of Fake Facts. Editor (with Manuela Wagner). London: Routledge, Research in Cultural and Media Studies series.

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