Trauma of the Anthropocene

I’ll be attending this really interesting conference in Kraków next week to discuss digital media theory, the collapsing of the nature/culture divide, anthropocene, trauma, inorganic expression, some mention of media geology and others things that might crop up on this panel:

Trauma of the Anthropocene

Discussants:

Mateusz Chaberski (moderator, Jagiellonian University),

Mateusz Borowski (Jagiellonian University)

Tony D. Sampson (University of East London),

Małgorzata Sugiera (Jagiellonian University)

at

Traumatic Modernities. From Comparative Literature to Medical Humanities, organized on April 19-21, 2017, and supported by the European Commission.

Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Jagiellonian University,

 

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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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