Programme for CCT Essex Future Conference 15-16th Sept 2016


Here’s the latest programme and web links relating to our guest speakers and respondents for each section of the event.

I hope you agree that we have a potentially fascinating discussion ahead of us.


Club Critical Theory: Essex Futures Conference


Thurs 15th Sept doors open 9.30am


10am introduction to CCT: Tony Sampson (UEL)


Cultural Industries chaired by Andrew Branch


Robert Hewison (Cultural Historian and author of The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain)



Joe Hill (Director of Focal Point Gallery)

Duncan Smith (Artistic Director of Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art)


Break 1-2pm

2pm start


Food Cultures chaired by Giles Tofield (Cultural Engine)


Vic Borrill (Director of Brighton and Hove Food Partnership)


Jack Monroe (Writer, Journalist and Activist)



Fri 16th Sept doors open 9.30am


Place Making chaired by Giles Tofield (Cultural Engine)


Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive of the RSA)


Scott Dolling (Head of Economy, Regeneration.& Tourism, Southend Borough Council)


Robert Bean (Founder of Robert Bean Branding Co)


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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