Leading academics examine social and digital media through the lens of felt experience
The emotional experience of bidding on eBay, the affective impact of Brexit on journalists and Donald Trump’s tweets were just a few of the topics explored when nearly two dozen leading thinkers from across the UK and Europe converged on the University of East London (UEL) for the third annual Affect and Social Media conference.
This year’s event focused on social and digital media through the lens of felt experiences, emotional engagements and affective entanglements. Speakers offered perspectives from a range of disciplinary approaches, including psychology, media and communications, education, politics, cultural studies, journalism and social sciences.
UEL’s Dr Tony Sampson, conference organiser, said, “Interest in emotions, feelings and affective experiences with social media has grown considerably since we started the Affect and Social Media conferences in 2015.
“Recently, we’ve had to contend with a deluge of posts about Brexit, Trump, post-truth and fake news, and some of our speakers talked about experiences linked to these political events.”
The conference’s keynote speakers were Professor Jessica Ringrose, of University College London, and Professor Emma Renold, of Cardiff University. Their talks examined feminist and pedagogical understandings of affectivity and power on social media.
The conference concluded with the Sensorium Art Show – an exhibition curated by UEL artists Dean Todd and Mikey Georgeson which responded creatively to the conference themes of experience, engagement and entanglement.
Organisers are currently editing a book based on the first two Affect and Social Media conferences, and discussing the possibility of creating a journal using material from the 2017 conference. Plans are also in the works for UEL to host a conference in 2018.
13 June 2017 – Orginal: https://www.uel.ac.uk/news/2017/06/uel-hosts-third-affect-and-social-media-conference