Next Silvertown Session 28th Nov on Youth and the Community

Next CERG event in Silvertown

Community Engagement Initiative

Youth in the Community

This Silvertown Sessions invite you to debate Youth in the
from a range of viewpoints, including strategies for youth empowerment, critical thinking on youth crime prevention
practice and neighbourhood policing, as well as local perspectives from
community leaders on youth safety. We will also hear from Newman Council
about the Mayor’s Youth Safety Board and invite you to have your
say on these policies.

Join the Debate

Youth culture can play an incredibly important role in sustaining
and reinventing the local community. Youth can bring together and refresh

In the past decade, local communities have seen funding cuts to
many youth services and crime prevention agencies supposed to help young people
flourish and maintain stability in the community. The current rise in youth
related violence is arguably a symptom of this decline leaving all of
the community feeling increasingly unsafe.

Can this decline be…

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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), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: Full academic profile:
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