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: Full academic profile:

transmediale 2019 HKW, Berlin

Very pleased to say I’ve been invited to talk and take part in a panel at the next transmediale in Berlin.  The blurb (below) looks fantastic! “New technologies of feeling”, “structures of feeling”… The programme will be out soon. transmediale … Continue reading

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A&SM#4 postcards

The A&SM#4 postcard programme is here! Thanks to Dorota Piekorz for graphic design and Francesco Tacchini for “Assemblage Brain” image…

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Picture archive of A&SM#1 #2 & #3

A&SM#1   A&SM#2 A&SM#3   A&SM#4  

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A&SM#4 Full Programme

We are very pleased to confirm the full programme (see below) for the fourth Affect and Social Media one day conference at UEL’s USS building in Stratford, east London on Nov 7th. The 2018 event marks the publication of the … Continue reading

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The Sensorium at A&SM#4

Artists Dean Todd and Mikey B Georgeson will be curating more Sensorium events at this year’s 4th A&SM conference. Expect more liminal performances, the Actual Occasion silent disco and live music at the Affect and Social Media book launch from … Continue reading

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Disconnect published

Looking forward to reading Tero Karppi’s new book.  I chaired a panel he spoke at in Aarhus this summer. Exciting stuff! Recommended reading.

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A&SM#4 – click to register

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