AUSSCER Anja Kanngieser

Anja Kanngieser

POSITION: Vice Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellow
TWITTER: @geotransversals

Link to Anja's UOW Scholars Page 



  • PhD, School of Resource Management and Geography (Cultural Geography)/ School of
  • Culture and Communication (Media Studies), University of Melbourne.
  • BA (1st Class Hons), School of Theatre, Film and Dance, University of New South Wales.

Previous Positions

  • Lecturer Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Interests and Expertise

  • Political geography
  • Economic geography
  • Sound studies
  • Labour studies
  • Ecology
  • Political philosophy

My research investigates how shifts in economic and political landscapes are registered in, and through, sound. I am particularly interested in the political ontology of sound: what sounds are perceptible on what human, inhuman and more-than human registers; what it means to translate sound; how bodies and matter are affected by sound – how bodies are subjectivated, racialised, gendered and classed through sound; and how listening to environments can invite political intervention and self-determination. My work is concerned with the ways that sound and communication are shaped by, and shape, human and more-than human relations to architectures and infrastructures, to larger atmospheres and ecologies, and to forces of power and governance that can are experienced and antagonised. Through this lens I have written on themes of voice and space, labour and surveillance, and experimental politics and world making. I am also developing sound based methods and practices through which to pose broader political, ecological and economic questions.

Current Research Projects

Listening to climate and community | Sound-mapping sea-level rise

This project explores the effects of large-scale, rapid environmental transformations on regions and lives in the Pacific. Bringing together sound technologies, site based ethnographies with community organisations and collectives, and field recordings it discovers and maps how individuals and groups, plants, animal species and infrastructures, pre-empt and adapt to ecological, cultural and political changes in urban coastal areas significantly endangered by rising sea-levels. Listening to climate and community | Sound-mapping sea-level rise charts effects in three Pacific Island nations – Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and Fiji – made vulnerable due to geography, migration and resource extraction/ depletion. Working with interactive sound mapping techniques linking geographical sites to audio – the project will build an online platform featuring community, third sector, scientific and policy voices, alongside environmental and climate data sonifications (a sound equivalent of data visualisation) and soundscapes to evidence the multiple lived effects of rising sea-levels. As such, it creates a new way of understanding, and engaging with, the everyday stories of climate change.

Academic Publications

Single Authored Books
  • Kanngieser, A. 2013. Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds. London, Ashgate.
Refereed Journal Articles
  • Hawkins, H. & Kanngieser. A. (2017) Artful climate change communication: overcoming abstractions, insensibilities, and distances, WIREs Climate Change
  • Kanngieser A and Beuret N 2017 On silence and politics in the Anthropocene. South Atlantic Quarterly (Special Issue Autonomism and the Anthropocene) 116(2): 363-380
  • Kanngieser A 2017 Mandatory detention and the deadly reach of logistics: Response to Deb Cowen, forum on ‘The deadly life of logistics: Mapping violence in global trade’. Political Geography (Online first) 1-9.
  • Kanngieser A, Gallagher M and Prior J 2016 Listening geographies: Landscape, affect and geotechnologies Progress in Human Geography (Online first) 1-20
  • Kanngieser A 2016 A brief proposition toward a sonic geo-politics. Journal of Sonic Studies (Special Issue Encounters With Southeast Asia Through Sound) [Online] (Invited contribution)
  • Kanngieser, A 2015 Geopolitics and the Anthropocene: Five propositions for sound. Geohumanities 1: 80-85
  • Kanngieser A. forthcoming. Mandatory detention and the deadly reach of logistics: Response to Deb Cowen. Political Geography
  • Kanngieser, A and Feigenbaum, A. 2015. For a politics of atmospheric governance. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5(1), 80-84.
  • Kanngieser, A., Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. 2014. What is a Research Platform? Mapping Methods, Mobilities and Subjectivities. Media, Culture and Society, 36(3), 302-318.
  • Kanngieser, A. 2013. Tracking and tracing: Geographies of logistical governance and labouring bodies. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(4), 594-610.
  • Kanngieser, A., and Grindon, G. 2013. Introduction: What moves us? Parallax, 19(2), 1-6.
  • Kanngieser, A., and Kogawa, T. 2013. A micro-history of ‘convivial’ radio in Japan. Parallax, 19(2), 85-94.
  • Kanngieser, A. 2012. A sonic geography of the voice: Towards an affective politics. Progress in Human Geography, 36(3), 336-353.
  • Kanngieser, A. 2012. Collaboration, competition, aspiration: Creative labour in Shanghai. Subjectivity, 5, 54-74.
  • Kanngieser, A. 2012. ... And ... and ... and ... The transversal politics of performative encounters. Deleuze Studies, 6(2), 265-291.
  • Kanngieser, A. 2008. It’s our academy: Transforming education through self-organised universities. Arena Journal, 29, 25-34.
  • Kanngieser, A. 2008 ‘Mobility is our goal!’: Challenging perceptions towards citizenship, migration and asylum seeking through performative interventions. Performance Paradigm 4 
  • Kanngieser, A. 2004. The question of authenticity in 1960s - 1970s Californian body art: Posing a challenge to a concept of presence. Australasian Drama Studies Journal, 44, 65-77.

Book Chapters

  • Kanngieser, A. forthcoming. Listening to the Anthropocene: Sounding the ‘natural’ world, in Object Emotions. Edited by Padma Maitland. Harvard University Press.
  • Kanngieser, A. forthcoming. Transversal Geographies: A politics of listening, in Transversal Geographies. Edited by J.D. Dewsbury, Joe Gerlach, Thomas Jellis. Routledge.
  • Kanngieser, A. forthcoming. Revolution is not showing life to people, but making them live: The new communication of Berlin Dada and the Situationist International, in Art, Production and Social Movement: Remapping the History of the Radical Avant-Garde. Edited by Gavin Grindon. Minor Compositions.
  • Kanngieser, A. 2013. Towards a careful listening, in Nanopolitics Handbook. Edited by Manuela Zechner, Bue Rübner Hansen and Paolo Plot. London: Minor Compositions.
  • Kanngieser, A. 2011. Breaking out of the specialist ‘ghetto’: Performative encounters as participatory praxis in radical politics, in Theorising Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas and Potentialities. Edited by Aylin Kuryel and Begüm Özden Fırat. New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi, 115-136.
  • Kanngieser, A. and Shukaitis, S. 2010. Cultural workers, throw down your tools, the metropolis is on strike, in Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists. Edited by Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield. London: Myrdle Court Press, 64-75.
  • Kanngieser, A. 2009. The productivity of disruption: The subversive potential of play and desire in the actions of Berlin and Hamburg Umsonst, in Aesthetics and Radical Politics. Edited by Gavin Grindon. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 1-26.

Non-academic Publications

Research Grants

May 2015 - May 2018: Listening to climate and community | Sound-mapping sea-level rise
University of Wollongong, AUSCCER. 
Vice Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellowship

April 2013-April 2014: Sounding geography
Goldsmiths College, Department of Sociology
British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust

June 2012-June 2013: Creating worlds: The affective spaces of experimental politics
Royal Holloway, Department of Geography
Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research Presentations

  • November 2013: Creating worlds together: A workshop on Experimentations and Protest Camps (with Protest Camps Research Network), Birkbeck College, University of London
  • January 2013: Creating worlds: The affective spaces of experimental politics, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • March - August 2010: Projecting collaborative futures: Imaginaries for a micropolitics of networks and new media workers across Asia and Europe (with Manuela Zechner), (Culture in transition: Creative labour and social mobilities in the Asian century), University of Western Sydney, Institute for Culture and Society and Shanghai. See (via
  • November 2008: Articulating movement: Negotiating a politics of migratory knowledge production (with Aren Aizura), University of Melbourne

Recent Conference and Workshop Papers

  • 2015 ‘Governing Atmospheres’ paper presentation; ‘Decolonizing the Anthropocene’ Session co-organiser. Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers
  • 2015 ‘Listening to the Anthropocene’ paper presentation;‘Is hope radical? Creative methods, experimental politics and diverse adventures in living through environmental change’ Session co-organiser and chair. Association for American Geographers
  • 2014 ‘Listening together: participatory geographies of sound’, Royal Geographical Society- Institute of British Geographers
  • 2014 ‘A proposition toward a politics of listening (geographies and atmospheres)’ Invisible Places: Sounding Cities, International symposium on Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place
  • 2013 ‘A proposition toward a materialist politics of atmospheric listening’, Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers
  • 2013 ‘Creating Radical Political Economies Through Communicating Differently’. Association for American Geographers
  • 2012 ‘Transversing the Subjects of Radical Politics’. Association for American Geographers
  • 2011 ‘Transversal Subjectivities: The Performative Encounter in Radical Politics’. Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers
  • 2011 ‘Exploring the Research Platform: Methods for Transcultural Political Mappings’. Platform Politics
  • 2010 ‘Affective Communication: The Voice and Sound in Political Self-Organisation’. Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers
  • 2010 ‘Talking to Young Workers: Methods of Future-Casting and Mapping’. New Media Workers across Asia and Europe: Research Platform for Interregional Collaborations
  • 2010 ‘Self-Valorisation, Social Mobilities and Creative Labour: Challenges to Methods and Vocabularies’. Rethinking Regionalism from the View of Social Mobilities
  • 2010 ‘Navigating Ambivalence: the Terrains of Creative Labour in Shanghai’. Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads

Invited Talks

  • 2015 ‘Communism and Catastrophe’ Invited speaker. Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference
  • 2015 ‘The Author meets the Critics: Deborah Cowen's The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade’ Invited speaker. Association for American Geographers Annual Conference
  • 2014 ‘Nature and the City’. London Natural History Museum 
  • 2014 ‘Listening to the Anthropocene: Transmissions of the ‘natural’ world’ Keynote Lecture. New Adventures in Sound Art
  • 2013 ‘Sonic Geographies’. Zurich University of the Arts
  • 2013 ‘Voices Along the Supply Chain’. Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 2013 ‘Suspending Time: The Affective Voice of Revolutionary Imaginaries’. Resonant Bodies: Landscapes of Acoustic Tension, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin
  • 2013 ‘Letting Atmospheres Speak’. University of California, Berkeley Townsend Humanities Lab
  • 2013 ‘The Governance of Voice: Technologies of Control and ‘Other Media’ Studies’. Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information
  • 2013 ‘The Politics of the Social in Contemporary Art’. Tate Modern, London
  • 2012 ‘Affective Communication and Protest Camps’. University of Leicester
  • 2011 ‘Creativity and Resistance’. Birkbeck College University of London, Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice
  • 2010 ‘Creative Encounters and Radical Geographies’. University of Bristol, School of Geography
  • 2010 ‘Pirates, Pools and Politics: Creative Experiments as Radical Politics’. Zurich University of the Arts

Awards and Honours

  • 2015 University of Wollongong Vice Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2014 Arts Admin Imagine 2020 Art and Climate Change Lead Artist
  • 2014 British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Research Grant
  • 2013 Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science Award
  • 2013 Live Art Development Agency DIY 10 Award
  • 2013 Progress in Human Geography Essay Prize
  • 2012 Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2011 ‘Wired Labs’ Emerging Artist/ Sound Artist Residency
  • 2009 Nomination, University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence
  • 2009 ArtsAdmin 2 Degrees Artist Commission
  • 2005 Australian Postgraduate Award


Last reviewed: 9 November, 2017


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