Pre-election CCT special at the Railway Hotel 3rd May (Bank Holiday Weekend)

Pre-election CCT special at the Railway 3rd May (Bank Holiday Weekend)

We have now confirmed the date of our next CCT event – a pre-election special on Sunday 3rd May at 8pm – the Bank Holiday weekend before the election. We will be upstairs at the Railway, probably back in our usual room. More details will follow, but we are focusing on the role critical theory can play in making political activism work in Southend.

In times of relentless austerity drives that affect the poor more than anyone, and the scapegoating of immigrants and people on benefits, while the rich evade their taxes and hide away in gated palaces in London and offshore utopias, surely this isn’t the time to turn to the right; to UKIP! So why are so many people in this area doing so? Why do the working class people of Essex seek their own repression?

Our guest speaker, Prof. Jeremy Gilbert, has recently published this excellent book

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: Full academic profile:
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