Anna Feigenbaum

Dr Anna Feigenbaum

  • 01202 961238
  • afeigenbaum at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Digital Storytelling
  • Weymouth House W431b, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a writer, researcher and educator engaged in a variety of projects on communication and social change.I currently work as a Lecturer in Media & Politics here at Bournemouth University. Before joining BU I taught at Richmond, the American University in London and held fellow positions at the Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Institute for Historical Research at University of London. I graduated from McGill University in 2008 with a PhD in Communication Studies. My doctoral research on communication and creativity at women's peace camps was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada and the Beaverbrook Fund at McGill.

My commitment to social change research is coupled with a dedication to education. For me, social change is inseparable from critical thinking and compassionate communication. Putting my research into practice, I actively engage in teaching quality enhancement and learning innovation through my roles as both an Associate and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy...



Engaging with the history of media, I investigate how technological practices shape political action. My work is concerned with how communication is mediated at sites of struggle–be it by songs, barbed wire fences or pepper spray.

I recently co-authored the book Protest Camps (Zed 2013), which explores the media, governance and social practices of over 50 protest camps across the span of 50 years. From the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to Occupy Wall Street, Protest Camps tells transnational stories, looking at how strategies of resistance travel and adapt as they move around the world. This year my co-authors and I are travelling around the world to deliver invited talks and conference presentation on our protest camps research. We also run a series of public engagement workshops and interdisciplinary exchanges with our Protest Camps Research Network , as well as a project blog:

My current research on tear gas grew out of studying protest camps. It charts the social history of tear gases examining the roles these chemical weapons play in struggles for change and the ways that people engage social media and everyday technologies in their resistance to tear gas. My forthcoming monograph Tear Gas: 100 Years in the Making is scheduled to come out with Verso in 2015. In the lead up to the book I have been working extensively with media outlets to spread information on tear gas policies and politics. This research has appeared in the Guardian,, the Financial Times, BBC Mundo and on, among others...





  • Feigenbaum, A. and McCurdy, P., 2015. Protest camps as media stages: A case study of activist media practices across three British social movements. Beyond the Internet: Unplugging the Protest Movement Wave. 31-52.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2007. Remapping the resonances of riot Grrrl: feminisms, postfeminisms, and" processes" of punk. In: Tasker, Y. and Negra, D., eds. Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture. Duke University Press.


  • Feigenbaum, A., 2016. Vulnerable Warriors: Space, Place and Control in the Marketing of Police Militarization? In: American Association of Geographers 28 March-2 April 2016 San Francisco.
  • Feigenbaum, A., Thorsen, E. and Jackson, D., 2015. Data Stories: Visualising Sensitive Subjects. In: Data Power 22-23 June 2015 University of Sheffield.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2014. The Atmospheric Geographies of Tear Gas. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (AAG) 8-12 April 2014 USA Florida.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2014. Mediating Tear Gas. In: MECCSA Annual Conference 8-10 January 2014 Bournemouth.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2013. Gameful Pedagogy and Collaborative play. In: CEMP Media Education Summit 19-20 September 2013 Sheffield.

Journal Articles

  • McCurdy, P., Feigenbaum, A. and Frenzel, F., 2016. Protest Camps and Repertoires of Contention. Social Movement Studies, 15 (1), 97-104.
  • Feigenbaum, A. and Kanngieser, A., 2015. For a politics of atmospheric governance. DIALOGUES IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 5 (1), 80-84.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2015. From cyborg feminism to drone feminism: Remembering women’s anti-nuclear activisms. Feminist Theory, 16 (3), 265-288.
  • Feigenbaum, A. and Iqani, M., 2015. Quality after the cuts? Higher education practitioners’ accounts of systemic challenges to teaching quality in times of ‘austerity’. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 39 (1), 46-66.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2014. Resistant Matters: Tents, Tear Gas and the "Other Media" of Occupy. Communication and Critical/ Cultural Studies, 11 (1), 15-24.
  • Frenzel, F., Feigenbaum, A. and Mccurdy, P., 2014. Protest camps: An emerging field of social movement research. Sociological Review, 62 (3), 457-474.
  • Feigenbaum, A. and Feigenbaum, A., 2013. Gameful pedagogy and collaborative learning: A case study of the Netsx Project. 2013 5th International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications, VS-GAMES 2013.
  • Feigenbaum, A., McCurdy, P. and Frenzel, F., 2013. Towards a Method for studying Affect in (micro)Politics: The Campfire Chats Project and the Occupy Movement. Parallax, 19 (2), 21-37.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2012. Security for sale! The visual rhetoric of marketing counter-terrorism technologies. The Poster, Volume 2 (Number 1), 75-92.
  • Dowling, E., Feigenbaum, A., Pell, S. and Stanley, K., 2012. Occupy london. South Atlantic Quarterly, 111 (3), 608-615.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2012. Written in the Mud: (Proto)Zine-making and autonomous media at the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp. Feminist Media Studies.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2012. We-Thinking the Classroom. Media Education Research Journal, 2 (2).
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2012. Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America n+1. SOCIAL MOVEMENT STUDIES, 11 (3-4), 454-456.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2010. Concrete needs no metaphor: Globalized fences as sites of political struggle. ephemera theory & politics in organization, 10 (2), 119-133.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2010. "Now I'm a Happy Dyke!": Creating collective identity and queer community in Greenham women's songs. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 22 (4), 367-388.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2007. The teachable moment: Feminist pedagogy and the neoliberal classroom. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 29 (4), 337-349.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2005. 'Some guy designed this room I'm standing in': Marking gender in press coverage of Ani DiFranco. Popular Music, 24 (1), 37-56.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Digital Communication Strategies; Media and Popular Culture; Critical Debates in Contemporary Politics; Social Communications; Online Culture and Behaviour

Invited Lectures

  • 'Crowds and Counter-Power: Trajectories of Urban Protest', Contested Territories, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, October 13, 2014
  • Urban Toxicity and Atmospheric Policing, Birmingham University, October 21, 2014
  • Keynote Panellist, Media, Politics and Protest Camps in the Occupy Social Movement. Media@McGill, McGill University (Montreal, Canada) January 27, 2012
  • ‘Promiscuous Infrastructures of Protest Camps’, RCHA, Rutgers University, Oct 10, 2012
  • ‘The Governance of Voice and ‘Other Media’ Studies,’ Department of Journalism and Media, Rutgers University, April 3, 2013
  • Invited Moderator, “The Organisation of the Organisationless - Talks in Digital Culture #1” with Paolo Gerbaudo and Rodrigo Nunes, Kings College London, October 21, 2013
  • Invited Talk. “Protest Camps and/as Spaces of Consumption”, Wits University, November 6, 2013
  • “Mediating Tear Gas from Brazil to Bahrain,” Uprisings Workshop, Institute for Advanced Study, Birmingham University, September 25, 2013.


  • Communicating Medical Knowledge in the HIstory of Tear Gas (Wellcome Trust, 01 Aug 2014). In Progress
  • Fusing an International Research Network on Tear Gas (Bournemouth University Fusion Fund, 01 Sep 2013). In Progress
  • “Feminist Cultural Activism in the 1980s” (Margaret Gillett Research Grant, 01 Jan 2005). Completed
  • “More than Just a Mud Hole: Protest Camps and the Legacies of Resurrection City” (Emory University, MARBL, Meardis Cannon Fellowship, 01 Jul 2012). Completed
  • “Tactics and technology: Cultural resistance at the Greenham Women's Peace Camp” (The Beaverbrook Fund for Media@McGill, 01 Sep 2007). Completed
  • “Tactics and technology: Cultural resistance at the Greenham Women's Peace Camp” (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Travel Grant, 01 Jan 2006). Completed
  • “Feminist Cultural Activism in the 1980s” (Institute for Historical Research - Mellon Fellowship, 01 Jun 2005). Completed
  • Archiving Ephemera: Memory and Movements in the Digital Age (British Academy, 30 May 2014). Completed
  • “Canadian Cultural Citizenship” (Max Bell Foundation Grant, 01 Jan 2005). Completed
  • “Quality Enhancement and Prospective Quality Assurance through Teaching Exchange workshops in Media and Communications” (Higher Education Academy - Arts, Design and Media, 01 Mar 2010). Completed

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • I run a variety of workshops in digital communication strategies, creative communication and collaboration. I have been invited to give workshops in cities around the world including Montreal, Amsterdam and Johannesburg. For more details see:
  • Through op-eds and interviews, my research has appeared in the Guardian, BBC Mundo, Financial Times, and on LBC and Radio Solnet. Full details can be found at:


  • Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA); Steering Committee, Social Movements & Media Network (MeCCSA); Feminist History Network; Political Science Association (Anarchist Studies Network); Creative Resistance Research Network; Protest Camp Research Network; Network for Social Innovation and Civic Engagement


  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Law (Binghamton University, SUNY, 2002)
  • MA in Culture and Communication (University of East Anglia, 2003)
  • PhD in Communication Studies (McGill University, 2008)


  • AAG Enrichment Grant (American Association of Geographers, 2014)
  • Arts Insights Dissertation Award (McGill University, 2008)
  • HEA/MeCCSA Award for Best Pedagogy Paper (Higher Education Academy, 2013)


  • Higher Education Academy, Associate (2012-),
  • Higher Education Association, Fellow (2013-),
  • MeCCSA Media and Social Movements Network, Member (2013-),
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