A conversation with Anna Feigenbaum

This week Suchitra Vijayan spoke to Dr Anna Feigenbaum, who is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University. Her work focuses on communication and social justice. She is a co-author of Protest Camps with Fabian Frenzel and Patrick McCurdy (Zed 2013), author of Tear Gas (Verso 2017) and the forthcoming Data Storytelling Workbook (Routeldge 2020). Her research can be found in a variety of academic journals as well as in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Le Monde, The Financial Times and Vice among other outlets.

I recently read Anna’s, incredible book, “Tear Gas — From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today”, that tells the story of how a chemical weapon went from the battlefield to the streets. In this conversation, we speak about her work, how she came to write the history of tear gas, as both the history of state violence and resistance.

I asked Anna for five things that have influenced her intellectual and political journeys, and she picked

1. Donna Haraway – Cyborg Manifesto 

2. Adrienne Rich – Cartographies of Silence (poem)

3. Capitalism is the Crisis Banner 

Capitalism is Crisis, Banner

4. Woomera Fence 

Protesters rip down the fence at the Woomera detention centre, freeing many asylum seekers imprisoned under inhumane conditions. Australia, 2002.

5. Photo – US Troops use Tear Gas on Bonus Army 

US troops use tear gas on Bonus Army

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