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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), 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

A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media is now in production with Polity, due July 2020

A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media is now in production with Polity. It will be published in the UK in early July 2020 and in the US in August. Below is the blurb, contents … Continue reading

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Emerging Affinities – Possible Futures of Performative Arts

I have an article (introduction copied below) in this edited collection on the possible futures of performative arts. It adopts a Deleuzian method to critically address the buzzword of the silo. There are further reflections on Lancel/Maat’s E.E.G. KISS, Kuai … Continue reading

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Blurb for A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media

The blurb for the new book, A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media – in production with Polity due in spring 2020 has been decided on… Positing online users as ‘sleepwalkers’, Tony Sampson offers an original and compelling approach for understanding … Continue reading

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Next Silvertown Session 28th Nov on Youth and the Community

Originally posted on Community Engagement Initiative:
Youth in the Community This Silvertown Sessions invite you to debate Youth in the Community from a range of viewpoints, including strategies for youth empowerment, critical thinking on youth crime prevention practice and neighbourhood…

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Virality video back online

This ‘Ted talk animation’ video about virality from 2012 has reappeared thanks to Bozhan Chipev @bochipev and Geoff J. Kim @geoffjkim, who drew the illustrations.

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Two Assemblage Brain related articles published in AI and Society

There are two Assemblage Brain related articles published in the current issue of AI & Society journal. I am more than a little excited about these publications since my school history teacher at an Essex comp in the late 1970s, … Continue reading

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‘Fiction Machines’ cfp deadline looming

Reminder to those working on a submission for this cfp, the deadline is looming. ‘Fiction Machines’ Guest Editors: Charlie Tweed (Bath Spa University), Tony David Sampson (UEL) and Andy Weir (Arts University Bournemouth) In this special issue of the IJCMR we will ask … Continue reading

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