MemberAnke Finger

Anke Finger’s teaching and research focus on modernism, media studies, digital humanities, literature and other arts, aesthetics, and interculturality. Based on her early interests in art connections and multi-media, she specializes in the idea of the total artwork in modernism (Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006), and she edited (with Danielle Follett) a collection of articles entitled The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments (2011). Her discussion of the total artwork ranges from conceptual art and atmospheres to architecture and design (The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art, 2015), including e-literature and multi-modal publishing. A co-founder and co-editor (2005-2015) of the multilingual ejournal  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 is co-author of the 2011 Introduction to Vilém Flusser (with shorter versions available in German and Portuguese) and serves on the advisory board of FlusserBrasil. Her latest Flusser project goes digital again, a cross-art collection composed with Scalar. The introduction to this multimodal publication is available on Vimeo. Her most recent publication in intercultural communication, a collection of essays entitled KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities, was published by Walter de Gruyter in 2015. She also co-authors a blog on intercultural tool sets, “PracticingDifference,” with Manuela Wagner. Anke Finger serves as the Assistant Director of Digital Humanities and Media Studies (DHMS) at the UCONN Humanities Institute.

MemberDaniel Williams

…pprentice to Deception: L. P. Hartley and the Bildungsroman.” Anglia: Journal of English Philology 134.1 (2016): 43–69.“Stem and Skein: Order and Evolution in Hopkins.” Victorian Poetry 53.4 (2015): 423–454.“Atmospheres of Liberty: Ruskin in the Clouds.” ELH: English Literary History 82.1 (2015): 141–182.“Rumor, Reputation, and Sensation in Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 46.1 (2013): 93–115…

British Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, Romanticism, South African Literature, Novel, Poetry, Literary Theory and Criticism, Philosophy, Intellectual History, Science, History of Science, Literature and Science, Mathematics and Literature, Law and Literature, Animal Studies

MemberYan (Amy) Tang

I am a PhD candidate in English at the University of Victoria (2015– ). My research interests include twentieth-century British and Irish literature, modernism, critical theory, affect studies, and environmental humanities. My dissertation looks at the relationship between aesthetic feelings, literary forms, and the experience of history in twentieth-century novel series, especially works by Ford Madox Ford, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Lawrence Durrell, and Kazuo Ishiguro. I am the co-founder and co-organizer (with Kevin Tunnicliffe) of “The Mod Squad,” an interdisciplinary modernist reading group at UVic. In the past, I worked as the project manager of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism online (2015–2017) and Sessional Instructor of ENGL 135 “Academic Reading and Writing” at UVic (Fall 2017–Spring 2018).

MemberCaitlin Duffy

‘This Mansion of Gloom’: Visualizing Edgar Allan Poe’s Atmospheres of Horror”
My blog. I’m currently blogging my comprehensive exam lists as a method of studying.


Online Communities Management Intern, MLA (Summer 2017)
English Department Senator, Graduate Student Organization, Stony Brook University (2016-17)
Organizing Committee Member, Stony Brook University English Graduat…

I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on 19th century American gothic literature and contemporary horror films. I’m currently working on my dissertation, which traces a thread between early American gothic fiction and contemporary American horror films through the dual lens of 19th century American liberalism and present-day American neoliberalism. In particular, I’m interested in the ways that these two modes of reasoning depict what it means to be American, as well as the ways that 19th-century American gothic texts and contemporary American horror films challenge, support, and subvert these depictions through the deployment of repeated figures and environments. Outside of my academic life, I’m a podcast aficionado, tea addict, and novice yogi. Some of my favorite days are spent going to the theatre.

MemberMaura Coughlin

• Looking at Leviathan: Live Cetaceans in Victorian Britain, Kelly Bushnell, University of West Florida
• Ruskin’s Storm-Cloud and Tyndall’s Blue Sky: New Materialist Diffractions of Nineteenth Century Atmospheres, Polly Gould, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London



My recent research concerns French Atlantic visual culture, coastal ecology, the rise of marine sciences in France and it encourages dialogues between 19th and 21st century aesthetics and ecological ethics. I work with first-hand experience of coastal landscapes, primary research in museums, archives and artist communities with a methodology informed by ecocriticism, new materialism and trans-corporeality. Across my projects is a shared fascination with the material flows of fish and animals, seaweed, salt, people, sand, stones, boats and other actors that move across and through the tide line, and the ways in which the visual culture of the shore visualizes intensely local perceptions of tide, geology, beach morphology, and marine botany.  I am Professor of Visual Studies in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University in Smithfield RI (USA); I am Vice President of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, an interdisciplinary organization that has grown to be a major conference venue for historians of 19th-century art and visual culture.


…Phenomenology: Lifeworld, Natural Attitude, Homeworld and Place, in K. Galvin, ed. A Handbook of Well-being. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

2017    Architecture, Place, and Phenomenology: Buildings as Lifeworlds, Atmospheres, and Environmental Wholes, a chapter in Janet Donohoe (ed.), Phenomenology and Place (pp. 247-263). Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield.

2017    A Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Reading of Rem Koolhaas…

David Seamon (PhD, 1977, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts USA) is a Professor of Environment-Behavior and Place Studies in the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Trained in behavioral geography and environment-behavior research, he is interested in a phenomenological approach to place, architecture, environmental experience, and environmental design as place making. His books include: A Geography of the Lifeworld (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979/Routledge Revival series, 2015); The Human Experience of Space and Place (edited with Anne Buttimer, London: Croom Helm, 1980); Dwelling, Place and Environment: Toward a Phenomenology of Person and World (edited with Robert Mugerauer; New York: Columbia University Press, 1989); Dwelling, Seeing, and Designing: Toward a Phenomenological Ecology (Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1993); and Goethe’s Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature (edited with Arthur Zajonc, Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1998). Seamon’s A GEOGRAPHY OF THE LIFEWORLD was reprinted in Routledge’s “Revival” series in 2015. His book, LIFE TAKES PLACE, will be published by Routledge in 2018. He is editor of Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, which celebrated its 25th year of publication in 2014. DOIs for many of my books, articles, and chapters are available at the ORCHID website at Dr. David Seamon, Architecture Department, Kansas State University, 211 Seaton Hall, Manhattan, KS. 66506-2901 USA. Tel 1-785-532-5953; Most of his writings, including articles and book chapters, are available at:

MemberErik Malcolm Champion

UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Visualisation, and Professor at Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, in the Humanities Faculty of Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. The purpose of the Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on virtual heritage sites and facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally-recognized researchers and teaching staff of Curtin University and other institutions throughout the world.   My recent books are Critical Gaming: Interactive History and Virtual Heritage for Routledge’s Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities Series, Playing with the Past (Springer, 2011), editor of Game Mods: Design, Theory and Criticism (ETC Press, 2012) and co-editor of  Cultural Heritage Infrastructures in Digital Humanities (Routledge, 2017).