A&SM#5>More-Than>June 25-26th 2020, East London

The next Affect & Social Media International Conference and Sensorium Art Show will be hosted in east London by UEL at its USS Stratford Building on 25-26th June 2020.

The theme for this 5th A&SM will be:


A full conference call for papers, presentations and artworks along with a submission schedule will follow early in the New Year. For now, please see below a developing list of potential More-Than themes.


A New Syntax for the User Experience – Mikey B Georgeson

More-than connectivity>>More-than data power>>More-than information>>More-than user experience>>More-than democray>>More-than words>>More-than feelings>>More-than art>>More-than design>>More-than atmospheres>>More-than human>>More-than-more-thans

Other possible More-Than Topics

  • The light and dark ages of social media data excess
  • Surplus affect
  • Art excess
  • Breaching thresholds
  • Frustrating immunological systems
  • Anomalous overproduction
  • More-than hate!
  • Time waste management
  • Waste time management
  • More-than platforms
  • More-than atmospheres
    • Dirty clouds
    • Toxic sludge
  • Psychologies of the more-than-human
  • More-than strategies
  • More-than potentialities
  • More-thans, yet to come


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: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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