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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) 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: Full academic profile:

Transmediale 2019 Programme Updates

This year’s Transmediale programme is shaping up well. 31 Jan – 3rd Feb HKW, Berlin “Transmediale 2019 focuses on the role of emotions, empathy, and cultural emergence in digital culture. Responding to this thematic focus, it aims to create an … Continue reading

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Further coverage of A&SM#4 on the UEL website  

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Photo from Silvertown Sessions_Regeneration for ALL

Originally posted on The Cultural Engine Research Group (club critical theory):
The CERG had a wonderfully productive evening with our collaborators at the RDLAC in North Woolwich on Thurs evening. This photo of the second Silvertown Session captures some of…

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A&SM#4 Peckpo (Sensorium) Keynote

Professor Kimey Peckpo keynote speech at the Affect and Social-media conference, as part of the Sensorium#4 Art intervention – University of East London Nov 7th, 2018. Special thanks to Gary Smith (typographic motion graphics) and Paul Greenleaf (additional audio Trumping … Continue reading

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Images from A&SM#4

Here’s some of the images from the 4th conference. More to come…

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Tube Travel to A&SM#4 Tomorrow

Please note there’s a strike on the Central Line tube tomorrow, so avoid it. Stratford Station is also on the Jubilee and DLR, so plan accordingly.

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A&SM#4 Registration Closed & Speaker List

A&SM#4 Registration closed at 12.00am this morning Sorry. We can’t accept any more online registrations. A&SM#4 Speakers List Tony D Sampson (University of East London, UK) Lisa Mooney (University of East London, UK) Stephen Maddison (University of East London, UK) … Continue reading

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