Plans for next Club Critical Theory (Southend) event on organising local activism

Message from CCT

Hi all,

We will be meeting in the next few weeks to discuss the next CCT event, which is likely to be in early April and about organising local activism in the Southend area. The event will be chaired by Giles Tofield from The Cultural Engine.

Against the backdrop of a shift to the left in Greece and Spain and the spread of right wing populism in the UK and Germany, as well as the imminent General Election here in May, we need to explore what contribution critical theory can make to local politics. The question of how theory becomes practice is of course crucial at this point in time.

More details soon, but we very much welcome input from everyone on our network via our blog, facebook, twitter, email, mobile, letter, utterance, gesture, smoke signal etc.

CCTx

https://clubcriticaltheory.wordpress.com/next-cct-event/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/clubcriticaltheory/

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About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK. As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Sampson has developed a number of funded research projects and public events that aim to bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach a series of local challenges. These activities have included large conferences co-organized with local authorities looking at a range of policies relating to the revitalization of the Essex costal region, developments in the cultural industries as well as a series of community focused events on food cultures and policy, collaborations with arts groups and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres. Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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