A&SM#4 – Registration closes Monday 5th Nov

Please note that free registration for A&SM#4 closes on Monday 5th Nov. Following university security procedures attendees must be registered online (see link below) before they can enter the USS campus on the day of the conference.

A&SM#4: Notifications from the Technological Nonconscious

Venue: UEL’s University Square Stratford (USS) campus

Date: Weds 7th Nov 2018

Times: Registration 10.00-11.00*, Conference 11.00-18.45, Book launch 19.00-22.00

Keynote by Patricia Ticineto Clough: The User Unconscious: Embodiment and Thought

Keynote panel includes Gregory J. Seigworth (Millersville), Jessica Ringrose (UCL), Amit Rai (Queen Mary), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Darren Ellis and Ian Tucker (East London).

Programme includes a special guest appearance by the Sensorium’s Prof Kimey Peckpo.

“As our social, cultural, political and emotional lives become increasingly entangled with fake news, hate speech, and misinformation on social media, it’s surely time to reflect” (Peckpo, 2018).

Affect and Social Media#4 also includes

  • 7 panel discussions on emotionally charged social media issues
  • Further interventions by the Sensorium art group
  • A book launch with live music and Sensorium performances

*The conference is free to attend, but all attendees must register online by Monday 5th Nov before checking in at the registration desk at USS between 10-11am on the day of the conference.


Updated conference information including full programme and link to registration: https://viralcontagion.blog/affect-social-media4/

The Affect and Social Media book:https://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/affect_and_social_media/3-156-e43f234f-a8c8-418f-be9a-52e1d465e53b

Best wishes,


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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