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

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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Programme for Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines

Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines Tuesday 16 July, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Commons CM107 and 108 Bath Spa University Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN Programme Schedule   09:15 – 10:00                    Coffee and Registration                                CM.107/108 … Continue reading

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Feeling Facts and Fakes: Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines keynote

My keynote at Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines in Bath next month will draw on material from a forthcoming book (working title) A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media (due with Polity Press, 2020). For those attending it needs to be … Continue reading

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Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines (one day symposium)

From the organizers There are only a few places left for our symposium taking place on July 16th at Bath Spa University. Details of how to register and book tickets are below: Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines (one day symposium) … Continue reading

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Society for the Study of Affect Summer School Early Bird Deadline

ANIMATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS Society for the Study of Affect Summer School July 29 to August 02, 2019 Characteristic post on this event from Greg Seigworth below – I’m the spam/virality/neuro guy 😉 Just to add that we’ll be looking at … Continue reading

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Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines (one day symposium)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Simon O’Sullivan, Professor of art, theory and practice, Goldsmiths College, London Dr Tony David-Sampson, Reader in Digital Media Culture and Communication, University of East London Other Confirmed Participants include: Ami Clarke, Jennet Thomas, Rod Dickinson, Charlie … Continue reading

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