Affect & Social Media#4 conference– final call for presentations

A super range of high quality, cross-disciplinary submissions have been coming in since this cfp first went out. Including experienced academics, ECRs and PhD candidates. Final Deadline Sat 15th Sept! Registration opens soon after.


Affect & Social Media#4 conference– final call for presentations

Please note the final call for 15min presentations for the Affect & Social Media#4 conference.

Final submission deadline is 15th Sept 2018. Full details of the cfp and submission info here:

Francesco-Tacchini Illustration by Francesco Tacchini, 2015

Conference date: Wednesday, November 7th 2018

Venue:University Square Stratford Building, East London, UK

Free registration: Opens soon

Our keynote this year is by Patricia Ticineto Clough: The User Unconscious: Embodiment and Thought

There will be a response from Gregory J. Seigworth (Millersville) followed by a special keynote panel discussion with Jessica Ringrose (UCL), Amit Rai (Queen Mary), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Darren Ellis and Ian Tucker (East London).

The conference will be followed by a book launch for the newly published Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018).


Best wishes all,


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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: Full academic profile:
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