Conviction Project Concept

The project goal is to produce a series of short one-on-one video conversations with guests reflecting on their personal convictions from a number of different perspectives. The focus will be on the idea, the practice, and the communication of personal convictions.

The edited videos aim to be about 4-5 minutes long, and all guests are encouraged to discuss any topics or points they feel are important to the conversation. Conversations will last approximately 30-45 minutes, and the full recording will be displayed on the “Conversations” page. Every guest will have the opportunity to review and approve the final edit of the full conversation prior to publication.

The series is hosted and produced by Anke Finger. Anke Finger is Professor of German Studies, Media Studies, and Comparative Literature in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at the University of Connecticut. She serves as the Public Outreach Director for the “Humility and Conviction in Public Life Project,” and she is the Assistant Director at the Humanities Institute, in charge of Digital Humanities and Media Studies. She is also affiliated with the Department of Digital Media and Design.

Anke Finger was born in a place that no longer exists, the German Democratic Republic, and has traveled to more than 20 countries since her family reunited. Incidentally, “conviction” was a politically charged term pointing to one’s unrelenting faithfulness to the party system in the former East Germany.

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