A camera is a tool that teaches people how to see without a camera. This perspective from Dorothea Lange is indicative of my work. My research is informed by my photography, and my photography has been influenced by scholarly approaches to visual politics, social semiotics, language and identity. My photographs have been published in The Guardian, PDN Magazine, the Financial Times. My academic research in peer reviewed journals as well as forthcoming journal and book chapters. I am the Co-founder and Director of Critica Research and Analysis LLC.
2018. PhD, University of Hong Kong
2017. Documentary Finalist. The Independent Photographer.
2016. Glasgow/HKU Early Career Award Recipient.
2015. Louis Cha Postgraduate Research Fellowship.
2014. World in Focus Finalist. PDN Magazine.
Peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters
Anfinson, A. and Al-Dayel, N. (2020). 'Landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices: The Lingering Terror of the Islamic State', Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.
Anfinson, A. (2020). 'Hong Kong's Paper Cities: Heterotopia and the Semiotic Landscape of Civil Disobedience.' In Malinowski and Tufi (eds.) (2020) Reterritorializing Linguistic Landscapes. Bloomsbury
Anfinson, A. (2019). "The Treachery of Images: visualising ‘statehood’ as a tactic for the legitimisation of non-state actors. Terrorism and Political Violence.
Al-Dayel, N. and Anfinson, A. (2018). ‘In the Words of the Enemy: the Islamic State’s reflexive projection of Statehood’. Critical Studies on Terrorism. 11 (2): 45-64.
Essays and commissioned photography
2019. Proteste in Hongkong – Interview mit Fotograf Aaron Anfinson. Xplicit Asia.
2019. Hong Kong's Table Talks By Tammy Ho Lai Ming. World Literature Today.
2019. 35 Degrees. Cha:An Asian Literary Journal.
2018. Voice and Verse Magazine. March
2017. Exhibiting Hong Kong: Rejections. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.
2017. Cover Image. Hong Kong Studies Journal. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.
2017. Mongolia. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.
2017. Goldfish [Digital Image] in ‘Maybe’ by Tammy Ho Lai Ming. berfrois.
2017. ‘Blackout showcases talented black performers’ The City Pages.
2017. In ’Can We Say Hong Kong?’ by Tammy Ho Lai Ming. the Offing.
2017. In ‘Some of the Things I heard about Hong Kong in 2016’ by Tammy Ho Lai Ming. berfrois.
2017. 'I feel emancipated': FT's Jamil Anderlini on his move from Beijing to Hong Kong. Financial Times.
2016. ‘Hong Kong’s Voice’. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.
2015. ‘The Insiders Cultural Guide to Hong Kong’. The Guardian.
2014. PDN Magazine. ‘World in Focus Winners’.
Conference presentations and speaking engagements
2018. Nottingham Contemporary Art Museum, UK. Movements: Protest, Politics and Activism. 6 July
2018. Bath, UK. The British International Studies Association. 13-15 June.
2017. University of Swansea, UK. Terrorism and Social Media (TASMconf). 27-28 June.
2017. University of Hong Kong, HK. School of English. 27 April.
2016. University of Copenhagen, DK. InCoLAs PhD Seminar. 8-10 August.
2015. University of Hong Kong, HK. Sociolinguistics Today and Tomorrow. 2-3 October.
2015. University of California Berkeley, USA. Linguistic Landscapes (LL7). 7-9 May.
2015. University of Hong Kong, HK. Sociolinguistics of Globalisation. 3-6 June.
2014. University of Hong Kong, HK. School of English Seminar. 27 March