Tony D Sampson – Reader in Digital Culture and Communication
Tony D. Sampson’s Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (Minnesota University Press, 2012) draws on Gabriel Tarde, Gilles Deleuze (and others) to develop a contemporary alternative to the meme, encompassing digital, affective, financial, political and cultural contagions.
His next book, The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (Minnesota University Press, Dec 2017), develops a radical critical theory exploring the “interferences” between the neurosciences, philosophy, art and capitalism.
Tony’s current research interests explore social somnambulism, imitation-suggestibility, assemblage theory, neuroculture, neurocapitalism, care systems, attention/inattention, big data, affect theory, critical-Human Computer Interaction (HCI), third paradigm HCI and contagion theory.
He is the Director of the EmotionUX lab at UEL and organizer of the Affect and Social Media Conferences. He is also a co-founder of Club Critical Theory – a free ‘club’ based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex dedicated to bringing about public engagement in the town through the application of critical theory to everyday life.
Plenary talk at the University of Warwick conference Streams of Consciousness in 2016