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Anke Finger

Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies; Affiliated with the Department of Digital Media and Design; Section Chair, German Studies


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

Contact Information

Office/Hours: Oak Hall 226; Fall 2015: Tue 9-11am and by appointment
Phone: 860-486-3313


Anke Finger's teaching and research focus on modernism, media studies, digital humanities (DH), literature and other arts, aesthetics, and interculturality. Before coming to the University of Connecticut in 2001, she held an assistant professorship in German Studies at Texas A&M University.

A specialist on the concept of the total artwork (Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006), she edited (with Danielle Follett) a collection of articles entitled The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments (2011). Her discussions of this concept range from conceptual art and atmospheres to architecture and design. In a new monograph entitled Everyday Modernism, she ties the total artwork to somaesthetics, sensory perception, neuroscience, and the traditional avant-garde. A PDP fellowship for Spring 2016 will support creating the DH accompaniment for this hybrid project.

A co-founder and co-editor (2005-2015) of the online journal Flusser Studies, Anke Finger's related scholarship in media studies and theory originates from her work on the Czech-Brazilian philosopher Vilém Flusser. She is co-author of the 2011 Introduction to Vilém Flusser (with shorter versions available in German and Portuguese). Currently, her focus lies in digitizing and visualizing scholarship using the platform Scalar with a DH project on "ReMEDIAting Flusser: From Print-Text to the Image-Flood" (forthcoming 2016). She is also translating Angenommen (Suppose That), Flusser's only film script, as an integrated print project.

Latest publications:

KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities, edited with Gabi Kathöfer and Christopher Larkosh), de Gruyter 2015.

"Acute Aesthetics" in The Death and Life of the Total Artwork, edited by Carsten Ruhl, Rixt Hoekstra and Chris Dähne, Jovis Verlag 2015.

Flusseriana. An Intellectual Toolbox, edited by Siegfried Zielinski, Peter Weibel and Daniel Irrgang, univocal 2015 (with entries on key concepts in Flusser's philosophy)