Thank you all for attending first CCT event

I will be publishing a text version of my talk at this event along with some of Iry Hor’s images of Southend in the next few days.

The Cultural Engine Research Group (club critical theory)

The first CCT event

We met yesterday to review the first CCT event and put in place plans for the next.

All of us are very pleased indeed with the turnout, interaction and feedback on the 17th April. Over the moon in fact.

It is great to know that there are so many people in Southend with an interest in critical theory, and ready to come down the pub to engage with it. Please tell your friends about us. We welcome anyone who wants to contribute or just listen (over a pint) to what critical theory has to say about Southend related issues.

We will be publishing a summary document of the first event on this site in the next few weeks. More to follow.

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Re. next event

There will most probably be a change to the initial advertised May 25th date for the Kursaal as Heterotopia special. We want…

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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) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK. As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Sampson has developed a number of funded research projects and public events that aim to bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach a series of local challenges. These activities have included large conferences co-organized with local authorities looking at a range of policies relating to the revitalization of the Essex costal region, developments in the cultural industries as well as a series of community focused events on food cultures and policy, collaborations with arts groups and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres. Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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