Category: social media

A&SM#5/Sensorium registration open, full programme published

The organisers of the 5th Affect and Social Media/Sensorium Conference and Art Show (25-26th June 2020) are very pleased to announce that registration is now open.

The confirmed full programme for A&SM#5 MORE-THAN is published here: https://viralcontagion.blog/asm5-summer-2020/

There is also a link to registration on this official UEL event page: https://www.uel.ac.uk/events/2020/06/affect-and-social-media-conference

As with previous events, we have tried to keep costs down so that the conference is affordable to colleagues from other institutions on hourly paid or fixed term contracts, students and artists. The event is free for all UEL staff and students.

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Very best wishes,

Tony

A&SM#5/CfP Closed/Registration Open

A&SM#5 International Conference and Sensorium Art Show

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25-26th June 2020

University of East London, Stratford Venue USS Building.

Registration Now Open

Link to Registration: £20, Concessions £10, free for UEL staff and students:

Programme

Confirmed Keynotes

Carolyn Pedwell

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Carolyn Pedwell is Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Kent. Her research focuses on affect, habit, embodiment, digital culture and social transformation. Carolyn is the author of Transforming Habit: Affect, Assemblage and Social Change in a Minor Key (forthcoming, McGill-Queens UP), Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy (2014, Palgrave) and Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice (2010, Routledge). Her new research project, ‘Digital Media and the Human: The Social Life of Software, AI and Algorithms’, examines the production of the human, non-human and more-than-human in the context of emergent media ecologies.

Tero Karppi

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Tero Karppi is Assistant Professor at the ICCIT & Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. A Finnish-born new media scholar, his book Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds was published by the University of Minnesota Press in October 2018. In it Karppi contends that platforms like Facebook see disconnection as an existential threat — and have undertaken wide-ranging efforts to eliminate it— Karppi’s focus on the difficulty of disconnection, rather than the ease of connection, reveals how social media has come to dominate human relations.

Keynote Panels

In addition to a full programme of presentations and sensorium performances (tbc), there will be a keynote panel, including responses and discussion with Amit S Rai (Queen Mary), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Ian Tucker and Darren Ellis (UEL). Chaired by Tony Sampson.

FULL PROGRAMME

Coming Soon!

PANELS INCLUDE

MORE-THAN INTIMACY 1

MORE-THAN SUBJECT

MORE-THAN INTIMACY 2

MORE-THAN DATA

MORE-THAN CONTENT

MORE-THAN NEWS

MORE-THAN EMOTION

MORE-THAN CAPITAL

MORE-THAN EXPERIENCE

WORKSHOPS

SENSORIUM ART SHOW

BOOK LAUNCH

 

A&SM#5 CfP deadline fast approaching

Senior researchers, ECRs and PGRs all welcome.

Call for Papers and Artworks Deadline 21st Feb 2020

Affect & Social Media#5 & Sensorium Art Show

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Stratford, East London: 25-26/06/20

Confirmed Keynotes

Carolyn Pedwell (Kent)

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Tero Karppi (Toronto)

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Keynote Panel: Amit S Rai (Queen Mary), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Ian Tucker and Darren Ellis (UEL). Chaired by Tony Sampson.

Full details of CfP on the theme of More-Than: https://viralcontagion.blog/asm5-summer-2020/

Call for papers and artwork deadline to A&SM#5/Sensorium Fri 21st Feb

The deadline for submission to Affect and Social Media#5 and the Sensorium Art Show is fast approaching.

Call for Papers and Artworks Deadline 21st Feb 2020

Affect & Social Media#5/Sensorium

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Stratford, East London: 25-26/06/20

Confirmed Keynotes

Carolyn Pedwell (Kent)

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Tero Karppi (Toronto)

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Keynote Panel: Amit S Rai (Queen Mary), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Ian Tucker and Darren Ellis (UEL). Chaired by Tony Sampson.

Full details of CfP on the theme of More-Than: https://viralcontagion.blog/asm5-summer-2020/

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A new, modified blurb for A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media

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Social media has taken a dark turn, encompassing both economic and political expropriation of the user experience. Users not only give away ownership of their community relations to big platforms, but the potential for positive change through revolutionary contagion is under threat. What was once the domain of pro-democratic movements has been annexed by the far right.

Tony Sampson focuses on the role social media play in this somewhat abrupt capitulation to the dark refrain of post-truth, fake news and hate speech. Positing online users as “sleepwalkers”, he argues that by understanding their collective behaviour we can identify the different lures that are used to capture them and which, in turn, produce their subjectivities.

Drawing on a wide range of theories, this book offers compelling ways to understand social media at a time when it is more important than ever. It is an important reference for students and scholars of media theory, digital media and social media.

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A New Syntax of the User Experience. Diagram by Mikey B Georgeson

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

A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media

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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 and a collection of wonderful matter-flow illustrations and diagrams the artist Mikey B Georgeson produced for the book and our related collaboration at the Society for the Study of Affect Summer School in Lancaster PA this year. They will become part of an exhibit planned to coincide with the book’s launch in the summer.

The Blurb for A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media

Positing online users as ‘sleepwalkers’, Tony Sampson offers an original and compelling approach for understanding how social media platforms produce subjectivities.

Drawing on a wide range of theorists, including A.N. Whitehead and Gabriel Tarde, he provides tools to track his sleepwalker through the ‘dark refrain of social media’: a refrain that spreads through viral platform architectures with a staccato-like repetition of shock events, rumours, conspiracy, misinformation, big lies, search engine weaponization, data voids, populist strongmen, immune system failures, and far-right hate speech. Sampson’s sleepwalker is not a pre-programmed smartphone junkie, but a conceptual personae intended to dodge capture by data doubles and lookalikes. Sleepwalkers are neither asleep nor wide awake; they are a liminal experimentation in collective mimicry and self-other relationality. Their purpose is to stir up a new kind of community that emerges from the potentialities of revolutionary contagion.

At a time in which social media is influencing more people than ever, A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media is an important reference for students and scholars of media theory, digital media and social media.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Intro

1        Feeling Facts and Fakes

2        On the Viral Spectra of Somnambulism

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3        The Virality of Experience Capitalism

Segue    A Dark [Viral] Refrain

4        Immunity, Community and Contagion

5         Deeper Entanglements

Outro    Disrupting the Dark Refrain

Notes

Index

Illustrations and Diagrams

 

 

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…

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Mikey B Georgeson’s Fictioning Machine performance of the Somnambulist at the Society of Affect Summer School in Lancaster PA, USA in August 2019.

Positing online users as ‘sleepwalkers’, Tony Sampson offers an original and compelling approach for understanding how social media platforms produce subjectivities.

Drawing on a wide range of theorists, including A.N. Whitehead and Gabriel Tarde, he provides tools to track his sleepwalker through the ‘dark refrain of social media’: a refrain that spreads through viral platform architectures with a staccato-like repetition of shock events, rumours, conspiracy, misinformation, big lies, search engine weaponization, data voids, populist strongmen, immune system failures, and far-right hate speech. Sampson’s sleepwalker is not a pre-programmed smartphone junkie, but a conceptual personae intended to dodge capture by data doubles and lookalikes. Sleepwalkers are neither asleep nor wide awake; they are a liminal experimentation in collective mimicry and self-other relationality. Their purpose is to stir up a new kind of community that emerges from the potentialities of revolutionary contagion.

At a time in which social media is influencing more people than ever, A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media is an important reference for students and scholars of media theory, digital media and social media.

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 on gadgets have on the struggle for new kinds of solidarity, political articulation and intelligence? In this groundbreaking study, Joss Hands explores the new political and social forces that are emerging in the age of social media.
Gadget Consciousness examines the transformation of our consciousness as a historical political force in two senses: as individual consciousness – in terms of sentience and will – and also as class consciousness. Exploring a range of manifestations in the digital commons, he investigates what forms digital solidarity can take, and asks whether we can learn from the communisms of the past and how might solidarity be manifested in the future?
Today, the ubiquity of networked gadgets offers exciting new opportunities for social and political change, but also significant dangers of alienation and stupefaction.
Endorsements:
Our obsession with gadgets is a key token of how deeply computer-based connection is now embedded in everyday life and consciousness. Joss Hands offers a highly thoughtful and theoretically astute reading of the possibilities for human reflexivity and agency that still remain’ –  Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science
‘A Swiss army knife of a book, unfolding tools to convert digital devices from exploitation and isolation to meaning and connection. Joss Hands gives us a handheld manifesto for gadget communism’ – Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths University of London
‘Takes the seemingly apolitical and trivial concept of ‘the gadget’ and transforms it into a fascinating path to explore not only the most recent phase of capitalist techno-fetishism, but also, with exemplary radical experimentalism, the blasphemous idea of ‘gadget communism” – Nick Dyer-Witheford, University of Western Ontario

A&SM#4 Registration Closed & Speaker List

A&SM#4 Registration closed at 12.00am this morning

Sorry. We can’t accept any more online registrations.

A&SM#4 Speakers List

Tony D Sampson (University of East London, UK)

Lisa Mooney (University of East London, UK)

Stephen Maddison (University of East London, UK)

Mikey Georgeson (University of East London, UK)

Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths, UK)

Camilla Møhring Reestorff (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Heather Radwan Jaber (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Vered Elishar-Malka (Yezreel Valley College, Israel)

Yaron Ariel (Yezreel Valley College, Israel)

Dana Weimann-Saks (Yezreel Valley College, Israel)

Suzanne van Geuns (University of Toronto, Canada)

Maximilian Stobbe, (Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany)

Orsolya Bajusz (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)

Fadi Safieddine, (Queen Mary University, UK)

Fulla Abdul-Jabbar (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA)

Angie Voela (University of East London, UK)

Sarah Cefai (London College of Communication, UK)

Ali Lara (University of East London, UK)

Elena Pilipets (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)

Andreas Schellewald (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Josie Barnard (Middlesex University, UK)

Annelot Prins (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

Trenton Lee (University of Westminster, UK)

Antonia Hernández (Concordia University, Canada)

Patricia Clough (CUNY, USA)

Greg Seigworth (Millersville, USA)

Jessica Ringrose (University College London, UK)

Amit Rai (Queen Mary, UK)

Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths, UK)

Ian Tucker (University of East London, UK)

Darren Ellis (University of East London, UK)