Alternative Media

photo by: Jennifer Esperanza

photo by: Jennifer Esperanza

Alternative media is an increasingly vital sector that provides alternatives to traditional corporate structures of media production. Most broadly, alternative media are defined as those media outlets that operate apart from mainstream corporate communication. This can include the alternative press, community and pirate radio, independent filmmaking, activist documentary, indymedia and tactical media. While some ‘alternative media’ are tied in part to larger institutions, other ‘autonomous media’ operate outside of these structures. My interests in this area involves how emergent technologies have shaped both the content and strategic deployment of alternative media practices over time. In particular I am interested in how alternative media operates at  sites of protest and political struggle. What happens when newspapers are written in tents? When films are made on mobile phones from street corners? How do protesters mix existing media practices with social movement cultures, to create innovative new forms of alternative media-making?


Feigenbaum, Anna & Patrick McCurdy (2015) “Protest Camps as Media Stages: A case study of activist media practices across three British social movements” in  Paula do Espírito Santo and Rita Figueiras (Eds.) Beyond the Internet Routledge.

Feigenbaum, Anna , Patrick McCurdy & Fabian Frenzel (2013) The Campfire Chats Project:Exploring The Objects and Affects of Everyday Life at Occupy Protest Camps,” in Kanngieser, A. and Grindon, G. (Eds.) What Moves Us? Affective Micropolitics in Art and Activism. Parallax (April 2013)

Feigenbaum, Anna.(2012) “Written in the Mud: Autonomous Media at the GreenhamCommon Women’s Peace Camp,”
Feminist Media Studies, 12:02.

Feigenbaum, Anna. (2010) “‘Now I’m a Happy Dyke!’: Creating Collective Identity and Queer Community in Greenham Women’s Songs,” Journal of Popular Music, 22:4, pp.367-388.

Feigenbaum, Anna.(2007) “Re-mapping the Resonances of Riot Grrrl: Feminisms,Postfeminisms and ‘Processes’ of Punk”.
Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and thePolitics of Popular Culture, eds. Diane Negra & Yvonne Tasker, (Durham: Duke UniversityPress), pp. 132-153

Feigenbaum, Anna.(2005) “‘Some Guy Designed This Room I’m Standing In’: Marking Gender in Press Coverage of Ani DiFranco”. Popular Music, 24:1, pp. 37-56.

Roundtables & Interviews
Feigenbaum, Anna & Stevphen Shukaitis with autonomedia, Ak Press, PM Press, The Paper, and Occupied journal (2013) “A Roundtable on Autonomous Publishing,”Interface

Feigenbaum, Anna with Kheya Bag, Ken Barlow, Jakob Horstmann, David Shulman, KikaSroka-Miller (2011) “‘Everything we do is niche’: A Roundtable on Progressive Publishing,” Interface 10:10, pp. 448-458

Feigenbaum, Anna. (2007) “Metal Goddesses for Earthly Survival: Remembering the Myths and Symbols of Greenham Common” Locus Suspectus, 1:4, pp. 48-51