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), 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

Slides and images for Tony and Mikey’s SSASS

A few requests for slides from this year’s affect summer school at Millersville, Lancaster PA. Link to PDF containing three sessions, and some images to remember how it looked 😉 All_Sessions_SSASS

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Invite to the next In the City seminar at UEL’s USS building on Weds November 6th

The next In the City seminar is at UEL’s USS building on Weds November 6th The Municipal Commons: Urban governance and the idea of community After nearly a decade of austerity-led neglect, many local urban communities are struggling to cope … Continue reading

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Review of Sergio Tonkonoff’s From Tarde to Deleuze and Foucault: The Infinitesimal Revolution

I have a review of Sergio Tonkonoff’s From Tarde to Deleuze and Foucault: The Infinitesimal Revolution Published in International Sociology Hope you have access, otherwise message me.  

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CfP ‘Fiction Machines’

Originally posted on VIRALITY:
‘Fiction Machines’ After an inspiring day in Bath earlier this month (see above) at this event on fiction machines with Simon O’Sullivan, Charlie Tweed, Mikey Georgeson, and many others, I’m very pleased to announce a related…

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There’s a review of A&SM book in this chapter on Affect Theory

The chapter “Affect Theory” in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory includes a review of Tero Karppi’s Disconnect and our Affect and Social Media collection. Abstract This chapter reviews works in affect theory published in 2018. The chapter … Continue reading

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CfP ‘Fiction Machines’

‘Fiction Machines’ After an inspiring day in Bath earlier this month (see above) at this event on fiction machines with Simon O’Sullivan, Charlie Tweed, Mikey Georgeson, and many others, I’m very pleased to announce a related cfp for a special … Continue reading

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Wavegrower

This on wavegrower's tumblr, makes you feel ugh-some… https://t.co/YlrY8Bu6Im pic.twitter.com/BLvAGE5sAg — furtherfield (@furtherfield) May 18, 2019

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