Tony D Sampson – Reader in Digital Culture and Communication
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 current research interests explore social somnambulism, imitation-suggestibility, assemblage theory, neuroculture, neurocapitalism, care systems, attention/inattention, big data, affect theory, third paradigm HCI and contagion theory.
He is finishing writing a new book, The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Times of Neurocapitalism (Minnesota University Press, 2016) which explores the “interferences” between neuroscience, philosophy, art and capitalism.
Sampson is the Director of the EmotionUX lab at UEL and a founding member 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.