Author Archives: Virality

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

Gadget Consciousness: Collective Thought, Will and Action in the Age of Social Media

On my list… Published today – a new book in the Pluto Press Digital Barricades series – Gadget Consciousness: Collective Thought, Will and Action in the Age of Social Media by Joss Hands Description:  What impact does our relentless fixation … Continue reading

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Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines – final call

Two weeks left to submit your proposals for the Fiction Machines symposium, please see the CFP below: CALL FOR PROPOSALS Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines One-Day Symposium: Tuesday July 16th 2019 The Centre for Media Research, Bath Spa University Newton … Continue reading

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Truly Civic: Strengthening the connection between universities and their places

Originally posted on The Cultural Engine Research Group (club critical theory):
Recent inspiration for the CERG project has arrived through the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission’s final report, Truly Civic: Strengthening the connection between universities and their places, and its desire to…

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#SSASS ANIMATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS Summer School call

#SSASS ANIMATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS Society for the Study of Affect Summer School July 29 to August 02, 2019 About Capacious Journal & the [soon-to-be-established] Society for the Study of Affect are conducting their first-ever summer school seminars! Participants will gather … Continue reading

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A review of the Reworking the Brain session at Transmediale in Berlin on 1st Feb

One of my students sent me this link to a review of Transmediale in Berlin earlier this month. It includes the Reworking the Brain session I contributed to with Hyphen Labs. It’s on the Contemporary Art from East Asia and … Continue reading

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Reworking the Brain at Transmediale, 2019 Berlin

Managed to get through (and survive) my talk at the Transmediale Festival here in Berlin yesterday. This one was with the wonderful Hyphen_Labs talking about their Neurospeculative Afrofuturism project in a session called Reworking the Brain.  We were in the auditorium in … Continue reading

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Meme War at Open Intelligence Lab (OILab) Workshop

Open Intelligence Lab (OILab) Workshop: Digital methods and “deep vernacular web research” – particularly around internet political subcultures.   Based on a pedagogy developed over the course of several graduate new media seminars at the University of Amsterdam, the workshop introduces tools and … Continue reading

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