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

Visit to Paris April 23rd

This is open and free, if you happen to be in Paris next week Sampson_Poster_Spring 2019

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Registration opens 1st April for #SSASS: ANIMATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS Society for the Study of Affect Summer School

I’ll be in Lancaster PA with Mikey Georgeson for #SSASS: ANIMATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS Society for the Study of Affect Summer School July 29 to August 02, 2019. Registration will open here on the 1st April as will details about the … Continue reading

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Silvertown Sessions on Community Wealth Building, 9th May 2019 – programme update

Originally posted on Community Engagement Initiative:
The Cultural Engine Research Group (UEL) and the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre present: The Silvertown Sessions on Community Wealth Building Date: Thurs 9th May, 7-10.30pm Venue: Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre,…

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Neuroliberalism in Action

Mona Mannevuo’s long awaited paper first given an airing at the neuroaffect stream at the last affect theory conference in Lancaster PA. Neuroliberalism in Action: The Finnish Experiment with Basic Income Mona Mannevuo University of Turku Article first published online: … Continue reading

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Call for Contributors to Workshop on Community Wealth Building

I’m particularly interested in hosting this CERG/RDLAC event because the main speaker is into affect, Deleuze… See blurb to Julian’s latest book: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319925547  Curious to find out how that works with his work here Community Wealth Building. Call for Contributors … Continue reading

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Video from Transmediale 2019, Berlin

There’s a video of the Reworking the Brain session at Transmediale 2019.

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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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