Category: neuroaffect

Society for the Study of Affect Summer School Early Bird Deadline

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 post-truthiness by way of songwriting workshops led by the very talented Mikey Georgeson (in the video).

Here’s today’s SSASS-y tidbit! Are you registered yet? If not, time to visit … DON’T BE LATE FOR SSASS!

So, Tony D Sampson (that spam/virality/neuro guy) is co-convening seminar #4 with Mikey B Georgeson … Mikey was/is David Devant from the band ‘David Devant and His Spirit Wife.’ (See their video below!) With this convening duo, you are going to have all of your brain bandwidth and performance skills jammed with post-truthiness. Is this for real? Find out!


Neuroliberalism in Action

Mona Mannevuo is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, Contemporary History and Political Science, University of Turku, Finland. Her research interests include affect theory, labour history, STS studies and, recently, neuromanagement. Her work has been published in journals such as The European Journal of Cultural Studies and The Sociological Review. She is also one of the editors of Ephemera’s special issue ‘Affective Capitalism’.

A review of the Reworking the Brain session at Transmediale in Berlin on 1st Feb

One of my students sent me this link to a review of Transmediale in Berlin earlier this month. It includes the Reworking the Brain session I contributed to with Hyphen Labs. It’s on the Contemporary Art from East Asia and East Europe website. Not sure who the author (EC) is, but if they want to become my agent, please let me know.

Read on… 🙂

Image from Contemporary Art from East Asia and East Europe website


Media Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and the Future of the Humanities

Taking The Assemblage Brain to China!
International Summit Conference: Media Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and the Future of the Humanities
Place: Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
Time: Oct. 27 to 28, 2018
Since 2013, Beijing Normal University hosts an international conference addressing a theme central to humanistic inquiry.  Interdisciplinary in scope, method, and perspective, the conference seeks to provide a forum for exchanging ideas in the Humanities that will be of significance and interest to academic communities in both China and beyond.  Toward that end in keeping with its established practice, this year’s conference brings together sixteen scholars whose work, ranging from media studies, philosophy, cognitive science, and literary and critical theories, promises to help expand the tradition this conference has established.  The possible topics to be explored include: media, technologies and epistemics, media and philosophers, neuroscience, humanism, non-humanism, and anti-humanism, elements and environment, politics of remediation, and others.
Briankle G. Chang, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Mary Ann Doane, University of California, Berkeley
Weigui Fang, Beijing Normal University
David Gunkel, Northern Illinois University
Orit Halpern, Concordia University
Yi Jiang, Beijing Normal University
Myungkoo Kang, Seoul National University
Sybille Krämer, Free University of Berlin
Chao Liu, Beijing Normal University
Yuejia Luo, Shenzhen University
Tony D Sampson, University of East London
Peter Szendy, Brown University
Christian Vagt, University of California, Santa Barbara
Joseph Vogl, Humboldt University of Berlin
Yingjin Xu, Fudan University
Shunya Yoshimi, University of Tokyo
Siegfried Zielinski, Berlin University of the Arts


Venue for A&SM#4

So this is part of the venue for A&SM#4 – the main lecture theatre in the USS building in Stratford, east London.

I was there last week doing this related talk on the A&SM project, conferences and book in the context of criticality and interdisciplinary research.

Thanks to Andrew Branch for grabbing this image.

Tony D Sampson

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Schedule for Neuroaffect streams at the Capacious conference in August

Here’s the schedule and line up for the two Neuroaffect streams at the Capacious conference in Lancaster, PA in August, and below there’s a link to the entire programme, which looks wonderful.

Thursday, August 9

(01:10 PM — 02:50 PM)

S15(02) Neuroaffect (Neuroaffect 2)

Tony D Sampson (chair)

Darren Kelsey: Neuropolitics, affective mythology and murmurations: a critical approach to culture, ideology and consciousness

Ali Lara: The Affective Subject. Ontological considerations from Neurosciences to Psychology

Holly Avella: Neuroplasticity’s Affective Conduits

Brett Ingram: Political Junkies: Affective Politics and Addictive Rhetoric


Saturday, August 11

01:10 PM — 02:50 PM

S15(01) Neuroaffect (Neuroaffect 1)

Mona Mannevuo: Nudging the Unconscious: uses of neuroeconomics in the universal basic income experiment

James Ash: Neuroaffective Design and Fintech: nonintentional experience in high cost short term credit

Tero Karppi: Facebook’s Laboratory of Emotion

Tony D Sampson (chair): The Collective Effect: The politics of [shared user] experience


Full Programme:

Unthought Meets The Assemblage Brain: A Dialogue Between N Katherine Hayles and Tony D Sampson

Unthought Meets The Assemblage Brain:

A Dialogue Between N Katherine Hayles and Tony D Sampson

Fig 4

My dialogue with N. Katherine Hayles has just been published in the latest issue of the excellent Capacious journal with illustrations by Dorota Piekorz (right) and Francesco Tacchini. Timely discussion given preparations for the Neuroaffect stream at the Capacious conference in August.


What transpires in the unmediated space-time excess that moves, at once, between and alongside cognition and recognition, between and alongside formation and information, between and alongside prehension and comprehension? Following upon their most recent books—N Katherine Hayles’  Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Unconscious (University of Chicago, 2017) and Tony D Sampson’ s The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota, 2016), the convergences and divergences that emerge and weave throughout this conversation are quite revealing.


affect, assemblage, neuroscience, neuroculture, biosemiotics

First online: June 3, 2018