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

A&SM#5 call for paper, artwork and two confirmed keynotes

A&SM#5>More-Than> International Conference/Sensorium Art Show – 25-26th June 2020 University of East London, Stratford, USS Building We are very pleased to confirm two keynotes Carolyn Pedwell Carolyn Pedwell is Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Kent. Her research focuses … Continue reading

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A&SM#5 cfp

A&SM#5 presents: MORE-THAN Cfp and artworks 21st Feb 2020 International Conference and Sensorium Art Show 25-26th June 2020 University of East London, Stratford Venues: USS Building and The Dome Stratford Campus Confirmed Keynote: Carolyn Pedwell Registration opens early next year: £20, … Continue reading

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

Important update re. A&SM#5 cfp via A&SM#5>More-Than>June 25-26th 2020

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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: >>More-Than>> A full … Continue reading

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A new, modified blurb for A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media

Social media has taken a dark turn, encompassing both economic and political expropriation of the user experience. Users not only give away ownership of their community relations to big platforms, but the potential for positive change through revolutionary contagion is … Continue reading

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A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media is now in production with Polity, due July 2020

A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media is now in production with Polity. It will be published in the UK in early July 2020 and in the US in August. Below is the blurb, contents … Continue reading

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Emerging Affinities – Possible Futures of Performative Arts

I have an article (introduction copied below) in this edited collection on the possible futures of performative arts. It adopts a Deleuzian method to critically address the buzzword of the silo. There are further reflections on Lancel/Maat’s E.E.G. KISS, Kuai … Continue reading

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