Affect and Social Media 3.0 – Registration Open!

Affect and Social Media 3.0: Experience, Entanglement, Engagement (including The Sensorium Art Show)

Registration Now Open

When: Thurs May 25th 2017, 10am – 8.30pm

Where: The University of East London, Dockland’s campus (via Cyprus Station on the DLR)

Keynotes: Jessica Ringrose (UCL) and Emma Renold (Cardiff)

In its third year now, the A&SM one day conference at UEL Docklands continues to get to grips with social media culture.

In the first two events (captured in a forthcoming edited collection*) the call focused mainly on the manipulation of feelings, emotions and affect by social media marketing, but now, following recent events like Brexit and Trump, it is imperative to broaden the discussion to include felt experiences, affective entanglements and emotional engagements in these unnerving times.

The 2017 conference brings together an intriguing international programme discussing:

  • The affective politics of social media entanglements with e.g. Brexit, post-truth and strategic cyberbullying.
  • The spreading of refugee and “Punch a Nazi” memes, the affective politics of Iranian sanctions and Trump’s tweets.
  • Public affects and emotional consumption on Ebay, Twitter and Vine.
  • Experiencing digital affect as grasped through the ideas of Simondon, Whitehead and Lévinas.
  • The intersections between digital, art and affect
  • Affective pedagogies and resistances to social media events and affective overspills following the Orlando shooting and Trump’s election victory

Through our keynote speakers we also ask what can be learnt from these recent events and how we can effectively communicate to others whose lives are profoundly affected by (and made vulnerable to) the recent acceleration of socially mediated molecular fascism.

The 2017 Sensorium includes artworks tackling digital memory, social media addiction, emotional recognition, inspirational memes quotes and a collaborative “zine” response to Trump.

The full programme of speakers and art exhibit will be released soon.

Tickets are £3 for non-UEL students and £5 for people working outside of UEL. Price includes entry to the conference and art show with free drinks and nibbles.

*The first two A&SM events are now part of an edited book, Affect and Social Media (eds. Sampson, Ellis and Maddison), to be published as part of the Radical Cultural Studies Series with Rowman and Littlefield International in 2018. The book includes a foreword by Greg Seigworth and over 20 cutting edge contributions.

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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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