You can join us online at this free research seminar on Wednesday.
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 first Affect and Social Media book (Rowman & Littlefield International).
Together with 7 panels, featuring cutting edge international research and curated sensorium performances, there is a special keynote by Patricia Ticineto Clough followed by a keynote panel and audience Q&A.
The event will culminate with the A&SM book launch, live music from The Indelicates and refreshments.
A&SM#4 is free, but advance online registration is essential to gain access to UEL’s USS campus building.
To register and see more information on the conference visit: https://viralcontagion.blog/affect-social-media4/
Affect and Social Media#4 Programme
University Square Stratford, east London, UK, 7th Nov 2018, 10am-10pm
All Rooms TBC
|10.00-11.10am Entrance to the University Stratford Square Campus Building||Registration
Please note that before entering the campus all attendees must register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/affect-social-media4-notifications-from-the-technological-nonconscious-tickets-46972453874
Room USG.17 Main Lecture Theatre
|Welcome to A&SM#4 by Tony D Sampson
plus Sensorium One
Parallel Sessions A
Choice of three panels
Panel 1: USG.17
Panel 2: USG19 or US2.30
Panel 3: USG20 or US2.31
|Panel 1 Chaired by Greg Seigworth
Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths, UK) Haunted Data
Camilla Møhring Reestorff (Aarhus University, Denmark) Affective Governmentalization: Backlashes again the #Metoo-movement in Denmark
Heather Radwan Jaber (University of Pennsylvania, USA) Sexual harassment and social media in Egypt: Reorienting the resonance machine
|Panel 2 Chaired by Darren Ellis
Vered Elishar-Malka & Yaron Ariel (Yezreel Valley College, Israel) Social media, Legacy media, and the public, in the Trump(ing) era
Suzanne van Geuns (University of Toronto, Canada) Rational Virtuosity and Religious Promise: Aspiring toward Jordan Peterson in Reddit Debates
Fadi Safieddine, (Queen Mary University, UK)
Factors contributing to the continuing failure in combating the spread of fake news on Social Media
|Panel 3 Chaired by Ian Tucker
Maximilian Stobbe, (Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany) My Reaction Can Be Summed up by the Guy at 2:23!” – YouTube Reaction Videos as Affective Practices
Orsolya Bajusz (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary) The affective dynamics of online shaming and liberal moral outrage
Fulla Abdul-Jabbar (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA) Why did you cry when you read that poem
|Break 5mins||Find next panel|
|Parallel Session B
Choice of two panels
Panel 4 in USG. 19/20 or USG. 19
Panel 5 in USG.20 or US2.31
|Panel 4 Chaired by Darren Ellis
Angie Voela (University of East London, UK) Fragile masculinities and contemporary psycho-power: The Case of InCel
Ali Lara (University of East London, UK) Affective Modulation in Positive Psychology’s Regime of Happiness
Trenton Lee (University of Westminster, UK) Feeling the Burn: Effect of Digital Capitalism on the Mental Health of Creators
|Panel 5 Chaired by Stephen Maddison
Sarah Cefai (London College of Communication, UK) Stupid in the Moment: Excavating the Patriarchal Nonconscious of Humiliation
Christina Riley (George Mason University, Virginia), The Affective Flux of Feminist Digital Collectives or What Happened to the Women’s March of 2017
Annelot Prins (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) How Much Do You Want To Meet Taylor Swift? The Cruel Optimism of Online
In USG.19/20 and/or the Foyer
|The Sensorium 2
The Actual Occasion – a silent disco with Mikey B Georgeson
|Parallel Session C
Choice of two panels
Panel 6 in USG. 19/20 or USG. 19
Panel 7 in USG.20 or US2.31
|Panel 6 Chaired by Ali Lara
Antonia Hernández (Concordia University, Canada) The Simple, the Compound, and the Spurious: Assemblages of Bots and Humans on a Sexcam Platform
Elena Pilipets (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria) Sleeping with Netflix: The (Dis)Connected Body of Serial Binge Viewer
Andreas Schellewald (University of Edinburgh, UK) Going down the algorithmic rabbit hole: approaching affective engagement in montage videos on social media platforms
|Panel 7 Chaired by Stephen Maddison
Vered Elishar-Malka, Dana Weimann-Saks & Yaron Ariel (Yezreel Valley College, Israel) The Secret Online World of Women: Intimacy and Exposure among Women’s Closed Facebook Groups
Josie Barnard (Middlesex University, UK) The Multimodal Writer
4.15-6.45.pm in Main Lecture Theatre USG.17
Patricia Ticineto Clough: The User Unconscious: Embodiment and Thought
Opening response by Gregory J. Seigworth (Millersville)
Jessica Ringrose (UCL), Amit Rai (Queen Mary), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Darren Ellis and Ian Tucker (East London)
Audience Q&A with panel
Session D chaired by Tony D Sampson
USG.19/20 and USS Foyer
|Affect and Social Media book launch & Sensorium Performance 3 including
Live performance by The Indelicates
For the past two years I have been working in collaboration with artist Katriona Beales on her Welcome Trust funded project Are We All Addicts Now? The project developed off the back of her 2015 work White Matter, which I commissioned as part of my Group Therapy exhibition with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). The project will culminate in a major exhibition of new artwork by Katriona at Furtherfield, London this September.
Are We All Addicts Now? is an artist-led enquiry into digital hyper-connectivity and the normalization of addictive behaviours through our everyday interactions with digital devices. While internet addiction is not yet considered an official psychiatric disorder, it is gaining increased recognition as a behavioral phenomenon in both scientific study and the press.
I have edited the Are We All Addicts Now? book in collaboration with medical doctor and neuroscience researcher Henrietta Bowden-Jones. It combines visual and textual research, including artistic works from Katriona, alongside essays from contributors in the fields of anthropology, digital culture, psychology and philosophy. Informed by the latest scientific research, the book acknowledges the increasing difficulty many people experience in controlling their online habits. At the same time, it also thinks beyond the biological model of internet addiction toward the social and political dimensions that shape everyday online activities and habit-forming behaviour. This book is the first interdisciplinary exploration of this burgeoning diagnostic territory.
The book also features some amazing visuals by designer Stëfan Schäfer (see featured image).
List of contributors:
Mark D. Griffiths with Daria J. Kuss & Halley M. Pontes
Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice
It’s due to be published on 15 September and is available from the Liverpool University Press website
Most academics would perhaps support an open access policy to their research, but it would appear that the current direction of government policy, albeit pointing toward freedom of access, is entering the all too often grey area of what it means to be open.
For those familiar with evil media stratagems, the so-called “gold” route is, it would seem, exemplary grey media.
Here’s a summary
- The Government is pushing academic publishing to a ‘pay-to-say’ model in order to achieve open access to publicly funded research
- This ‘gold’ route to open access, which levies Article Processing Charges, (as proposed in the Finch Report and taken up by RCUK and HEFCE) poses a major problem for academics in the UK:
- It threatens academic freedom through pressures on institutions to distribute scarce APC resources and to judge work by standards other than peer review
- It threatens research funding by diverting existing funds into paying for publications (and private journal profits) rather than into research
- It increases academic inequality both across and within institutions, by linking prestige in research and publishing to the capacity to pay APCs, rather than to academic qualities
- It threatens academic control of research outputs by allowing for commercial uses without author consent
- In response, academics should:
- Practice and lobby for ‘green’ open access of all post-peer reviewed work within journals and institutions
- Lobby against proposed restrictions on REF2020 and against compliance pressure for ‘gold’ open access
- Demand clear policies from Universities around open access funds
- Ensure institutional resources are not unnecessarily spent on APCs
- Protect the integrity of scholarly journals by rejecting the pressure for ‘pay-to-say’ publishing
There’s a pdf version of the full piece here Open Access: HEFCE, REF2020 and the Threat to Academic Freedom