Anna Feigenbaum

Dr Anna Feigenbaum

  • 01202 961238
  • afeigenbaum at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling
  • Weymouth House W309, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling. Before joining the department of Journalism, English and Communication, I was a Lecturer in Media and Politics at BU from 2013-2015. Prior to this 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.

For me, social change is inseparable from critical thinking and compassionate communication. I actively engage in teaching quality enhancement and learning innovation through my roles as both an Associate and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As part of this commitment, I am an avid supporter of open source pedagogies and collaborative learning, running the wethinking the classroom project and serving on the advocacy forum for the Open Library of Humanities...



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 bar charts or barbed wire fences.

I am currently writing the Data Storytelling Workbook for Routledge. This interdisciplinary project explores how practitioners and researchers are using data to tell factual stories for social good in emotive and effective ways. A visualisation project in itself, the workbook is being designed in collaboration with Minute Works creative studio.

My first monograph Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today is scheduled to come out with Verso in 2017. This research was funded by a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities grant. It uses digital humanities and data storytelling methods to track the movement of tear gas from the trenches of WW1 to the streets of today, asking ‘How did it become normal to police communication with poison’?

I am also co-author of 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. Our edited collection, Protest Camps in an International Context is out with Policy Press in Spring 2017.

In addition to these books, my work can be found in a range of edited collections and peer review academic journals including Sociological Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, ephemera, Feminist Media Studies, and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies...



Journal Articles



  • Frenzel, F., Brown, G., Feigenbaum, A. and McCurdy, P., 2017. Future tents: Protest camps and social movement organisation. Protest Camps in International Context: Spaces, Infrastructures and Media of Resistance. 393-402.
  • Feigenbaum, A. and Frenzel, F., 2016. Austerity and the post-capitalist politics of protest camps: Experiments in autonomy at Occupy London. Popular Culture and the Austerity Myth: Hard Times Today. 123-138.
  • Feigenbaum, A., Frenzel, F. and McCurdy, P., 2016. Protest Camps. In: Salter, M., ed. Making Things International 2 Catalysts and Reactions. Minnesota University Press.
  • 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.
  • Adi, A. and Feigenbaum, A., 2014. Communicating the Occupation: how protest groups shape dissent PR. In: L'Etang, J., McKie, D., Snow, N. and Xifra, J., eds. Routledge Handbook of Critical Public Relations. Routledge.
  • 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., 2017. Feminist Data Visualisation Practices. In: Association of Internet Researchers 5-8 October 2016 Berlin, Germany.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2017. Using Social Media to Monitor Police Use of Force: A Case Study of the RiotID Project. In: International Association of Media and Communications Reserach 27-31 July 2016 Leicester, UK.
  • 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.
  • Feigenbaum, A., 2013. Gameful Pedagogy and Collaborative Learning: a case study of the NetsX project. In: VS Games 11-13 September 2013 Bournemouth.

PhD Students

  • Tim Sontheimer
  • Paul Bradshaw
  • Ross Adamson
  • Daniel Weissmann, 2020. Political Engagement in Post-Trust Communication Environments

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Youth Culture and Media

Profile of Teaching UG

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

Invited Lectures

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


  • Media Literacy versus Fake News: Critical Thinking, Resilience and Civic Engagement (US Embassy, 01 Jan 2019). Awarded
  • Interactive Data Forecasting and Modelling for NHS England's 'prevention at scale' initiative (MRes) (Public Health Dorset, 02 Apr 2018). In Progress
  • BU Datalabs (Fusion Fund CCP, 15 Dec 2014). Completed
  • 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
  • “More than Just a Mud Hole: Protest Camps and the Legacies of Resurrection City” (Emory University, MARBL, Meardis Cannon Fellowship, 01 Jul 2012). 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
  • “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
  • “Canadian Cultural Citizenship” (Max Bell Foundation Grant, 01 Jan 2005). Completed
  • “Feminist Cultural Activism in the 1980s” (Margaret Gillett Research Grant, 01 Jan 2005). Completed

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • 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:
  • 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:

Conference Presentations

  • American Association of Geographers, Tear Gas and the 'Benevolent' British Empire: The Geopolitics of Lethal Lethality in Interwar Colonial Management, 04 Apr 2017, Boston, United States
  • Media Education Summit, Data Visualisation and Media Education: Reflections from the Bournemouth University Datalabs project, 20 Nov 2015, Emerson University
  • Data Power, “Data Stories: Visualising Sensitive Subjects”, 21 Jun 2015, Sheffield
  • WITS University Teaching Exchange, Teaching Exchange Workshop, 05 Nov 2014, WITS University
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Media Education Research Journal Roundtable, 07 Jan 2014, Bournemouth University
  • Media Education Summit, ‘Gameful Pedagogy and Collaborative Play,’, 19 Sep 2013, Sheffield Hallam University
  • VS Games Conference, ‘Gameful Pedagogy and Collaborative Learning: A Case Study of the NetsX project,’, 12 Sep 2013, Bournemouth University


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


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


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


  • 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
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