Anke Finger


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


Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) Brandeis University

Areas of Expertise

  • German and Comparative Modernism / Interart Studies / Aesthetics
  • Media Studies / Digital Humanities / Multimodal Scholarship
  • Intercultural Communication / Intercultural Literary Studies

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Anke Finger was trained as a comparative modernist in history and literature. She is a specialist on the idea of the total artwork and debates on interart/intermedia 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). New modernism projects focus on German Expressionism, with a book on Women in German Expressionism: Gender, Sexuality, Activism (2023) 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, and she is a member of the Flusser project team (FlusserVision) at Greenhouse Studios.

Comparative/interart literature and media studies also influence her work in intercultural communication. She edited Flusser’s The Freedom of the Migrant and co-edited KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities (2015). The Conviction Project seeks to interconnect intercultural communication and media studies and was part of the Humility and Conviction in Public Life project (2016-2019).

Together with Christoph Ernst (University of Bonn), Anke Finger organized a symposium on “Radical Futures” in March 20-21, 2021, supported by the Humanities Institute. The distinct speakers’ contributions address climate change, environmental media, social justice, and media technologies. Select presentations are available from the Humanities Institute, and it featured her new Flusser project, What If?.



Current projects:

New and recent articles:

  • “Somaesthetics, Gender, and the Body as Medium in Claire Goll’s Racialized Expressionism.” In Women in German Expressionism: Gender, Sexuality, Activism. University of Michigan Press, 2023.
  • “Manifesto Moments: Conviction, Reasonable Dissent, and ‘Vanguards of the Future’.” In Bias, Belief and Conviction in an Age of Fake Facts. Routledge, 2023.
  • Vilém Flusser’s What If? On Designing Radical Futures.” In Theory, Culture & Society.
  • “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.

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