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The Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London invites proposals for Radical Space, a conference to take place at the UEL Docklands Campus on Friday and Saturday, 18th and 19th October, 2013. We are pleased to announce that Deborah Dixon and Carl Lavery of Aberystwyth University have now been confirmed as keynote speakers. They will be joined by Dimitris Papodopoulos (University of Leicester) and the independent artist Joanna Rajkowska.

We are interested in presentations which address the problematics of space both as concept and as lived social reality, with a particular emphasis on the tension between spaces of control in the context of contemporary neoliberalism, spaces of resistance and the apocalyptic spaces which emerge from war, forced migration and the failures of consumer capitalism.

What are the politics of space in contemporary contexts? How can we re-think space beyond the public/private divide? How do spatial arts re-configure space and the way in which it is experienced? What new configurations of space may emerge from burgeoning forms of community? How do the theatres of contemporary war force a re-assessment of spatial concepts? Is it still possible for the notion of virtual space to function in opposition to the striated space of contemporary cities?

We would welcome proposals which take a novel approach to presentation, particularly those which include elements of performance or which make creative use of the spaces made available for the conference.  Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Occupations and other resistant practices

Squatter communities and displacement camps

New theatres of war

Art in/of the street

Imagining extra-terrestrial space

Utopias and heterotopias

New imaginative architectures

Psychogeography in the 21st century

The space of the body and the body in space

Digital architectures and virtual space

Social networking as a new public sphere

Hacking, hacktivism and other digital spatial incursions

Cinema and post-urbanism

Cartography and performance

Class and social space

Music scenes and spaces of community/expression

The apocalyptic city

For further details, please refer to our website  . Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to either Debra Benita Shaw ( or Tony Sampson ( on or before 15th April, 2013.

About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: Full academic profile:
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