Tag: UEL. University of East London
Wonderful to see one of UEL’s Media and Communications final year undergrads published in Dazed last week. Nice coincidence that he asked to talk to me about this example of habit forming interaction design just as I was preparing to do a similar talk at the Are We All Addicts Now book launch at Central St Martins.
Leading academics examine social and digital media through the lens of felt experience
The emotional experience of bidding on eBay, the affective impact of Brexit on journalists and Donald Trump’s tweets were just a few of the topics explored when nearly two dozen leading thinkers from across the UK and Europe converged on the University of East London (UEL) for the third annual Affect and Social Media conference.
This year’s event focused on social and digital media through the lens of felt experiences, emotional engagements and affective entanglements. Speakers offered perspectives from a range of disciplinary approaches, including psychology, media and communications, education, politics, cultural studies, journalism and social sciences.
UEL’s Dr Tony Sampson, conference organiser, said, “Interest in emotions, feelings and affective experiences with social media has grown considerably since we started the Affect and Social Media conferences in 2015.
“Recently, we’ve had to contend with a deluge of posts about Brexit, Trump, post-truth and fake news, and some of our speakers talked about experiences linked to these political events.”
The conference’s keynote speakers were Professor Jessica Ringrose, of University College London, and Professor Emma Renold, of Cardiff University. Their talks examined feminist and pedagogical understandings of affectivity and power on social media.
The conference concluded with the Sensorium Art Show – an exhibition curated by UEL artists Dean Todd and Mikey Georgeson which responded creatively to the conference themes of experience, engagement and entanglement.
Organisers are currently editing a book based on the first two Affect and Social Media conferences, and discussing the possibility of creating a journal using material from the 2017 conference. Plans are also in the works for UEL to host a conference in 2018.
13 June 2017 – Orginal: https://www.uel.ac.uk/news/2017/06/uel-hosts-third-affect-and-social-media-conference
UEL offers postgraduate scholarships to Syrian refugees
From the UEL website…
The University of East London has responded to the refugee crisis currently gripping Europe by committing to offer ten postgraduate scholarships to Syrian refugees. The scholarships will cover all academic fees.
The move comes after the UK Government announced it would allow 20,000 Syrian refugees to settle in the country over the next five years.
Tens of thousands of Syrian men, women and children have been desperately making their way to Europe this summer to escape war and persecution in their homeland.
Charities and local authorities have been quick to respond to the escalating crisis. In east London, the London Borough of Newham Council has already announced it will provide accommodation for ten Syrian families.
As a leading centre for the study of forced migration and refugees, the University of East London is offering the new arrivals the opportunity to build a successful future in the UK by studying free of charge for a postgraduate degree.
“No-one could fail to be moved by the plight of these desperate people,” said UEL’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin. “This University is passionate about migration issues so this crisis goes to the very core of who we are.
“We are ideally placed to help. East London has a long and proud history as a place of settlement for refugees and is now one of the ethnically diverse areas in the capital. This is mirrored in our University, where we welcome students from more than 120 countries.”
The University of East London is home to the Refugee Council Archive – one of the largest collection of materials about the study of forced migration and refugees. It also conducts internationally acclaimed research at its Centre of Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, based in the School of Social Sciences.
Professor Joughin said he hoped the scheme would provide stability for the new arrivals and the chance to pursue their academic ambitions in a safe, tolerant and supportive environment.
“These people have endured considerable trauma,” said Professor Joughin. “Our hope is that these scholarships will give some of them the chance to realise their potential and flourish in the future.”
Any student interested in applying will have to fulfil the following criteria:
- Meet the general academic entry requirements for the programme
- Meet the general English language entry requirements
- Complete an assessment with the compliance team
For more information, please contact UEL at email@example.com