Conference – Radical Space DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED TO APRIL 26th

Subject: [CULTSTUD-L] cfp CCSR Conference – Radical Space – EXTENDED DEADLINE


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 26th 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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