Three events now confirmed for late spring/early summer

Very pleased to announce these three events at which I will get a chance to talk about work related to Virality and the follow up; a forthcoming book called The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Times of Neurocapitalism. The first draft manuscript of which will be with the publishers next week 🙂

The first, “On Crowds, Publics and the Potential of Political Assemblages,” is an introductory talk at a pre-election Club Critical Theory special event called Where is the Common Ground: Making Local Activism Work In Southend, Upstairs at the Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea in Essex on Sunday 3rd May, 2015 (7.45pm-12am). This event will also include a special guest talk by Jeremy Gilbert author of Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism (Pluto Press).

At the end of May I will travel to Paris for an invited talk at the Vital Mobilizations: Care and Surveillance in the Age of Global Connectivity conference at the Collège d’études mondiales, 1-2 June, 2015. More to follow on this one.

Finally, I am very pleased to confirm an invited talk at the Image of Network symposium at Winchester School of Art (Southampton) organized by Yigit Soncul and Jussi Parikka, Tuesday June 16, 2015. My talk is called “Waking the Somnambulist: The Capture of Affect, Attention and Memory (and why we need new weapons to stop it).”Other guest speakers include Olga Goriunova whose recent Fun and Software: Exploring Pleasure, Paradox and Pain in Computing (Bloomsbury) was published last year – Should be fun.

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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