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

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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ANIMATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS

Just booked flights for the SSA Summer School in Lancaster PA this summer. I’ll be doing a double act with artist, performer, musician, Mikey Georgeson. If anyone has PhD, Prof Docs, MAs etc looking for affective toning this summer, then please … Continue reading

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Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines (one day symposium)

Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines Tuesday 16 July, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM The Centre for Media Research Bath Spa University Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Simon O’Sullivan, Professor of art, theory … Continue reading

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Silvertown Session on Community Wealth Building 9th May

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, Albert Road, North Woolwich E16 2J … Continue reading

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cfp: Affect and Violence: Gendering the Middle East

See below the CfP for upcoming workshop ‘Affect and Violence: Gendering the Middle East’ as part of the Gender Studies 2019 Conference: On Violence, to be held at the University of Helsinki, 24-26 October.  For any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact … Continue reading

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Tacit Engagement in the Digital Age

I have a paper accepted for this conference at Cambridge University. Tacit Engagement in the Digital Age 26 June 2019, 09:00 – 28 June 2019, 17:00 A joint conference by the ‘Re-‘ Interdisciplinary Network (CRASSH) and the AI & Society … Continue reading

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