Selected keynotes, invited talks, chairs and conference papers
Co-organizer of Club Critical Theory’s Seaside Cultures, Upstairs at the Railway, Southend, Fri 17th November.
Guest speaker at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, London) on Tues 7th November at a special public symposium to discuss a new book called Are We All Addicts Now? co-edited by Vanessa Bartlett and Henrietta Bowden-Jones (Liverpool University Press, Sept, 2017). My talk will probably be titled “Tap My Head and Mike My Brain: Neuromarketing and Addiction” – the title of my chapter in the book.
Keynote Panel talk at “VIRAL/GLOBAL Popular Culture and Social Media: An International Perspective” Regent Campus, The University of Westminster Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), Sept 13th 2017.
Speaker on the “Assembling Empathy” panel at the SLSAeu Empathies conference at the University of Basel on 22nd June 2017 with Greg Seigworth, Darren Ellis and Ian Tucker.
Co-organizer and introductory speaker at Club Critcal Theory’s Food Cultures: A Food Plan for Southend at The Focal Point Gallery, The Forum, Southend, Essex, 10th June, 2017.
Organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media#3 conference, University of East London, 25th May 2017.
Guest panel member. 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 Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, April 19-21, 2017.
Talk with Jussi Parikka: Experiencing Digital Culture, Anatomy Lecture Theatre, 6th Floor, King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS, 7th March, 2017 7-9pm. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/experiencing-digital-culture-tickets-31933122830
Keynote at the Rietveld Studium in Amsterdam at an event called What is Happening to our Brain? on Tues 8th Feb 2017. This event is open to the public and includes Franco “Bifo” Berardi.
A book launch collaboration with artists Mikey Georgeson and Dean Todd as part of Georgeson’s The Deadends exhibit at the Studio One Gallery in South West London on Thurs 23rd Feb, 2017.
MC and introductory talk at CCT’s Essex Futures Conference in Southend, Essex 15-16th Sept, 2016
Guest speaker at roundtable symposium at the University Lincoln, UK, on the theme of ‘Cybernetic Subjectivities and the Mediation of Trust and Empathy’. Inaugural founding event marking the establishment of the Centre for Entangled Media Research, hosted by the School of Film and Media, University Lincoln, UK, 24th-25th May.
Plenary speaker at Streams of Consciousness: Data, Cognition and Intelligent Devices conference at Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick University, 21st and 22nd of April 2016 (see top of page).
Hosting the Affect and Social Media Symposium#2 at UEL Docklands on 23rd March 2016. Full details will appear on this blog in mid Jan.
Talk at a Club Critical Theory special at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London 3rd March 2016. A response to Conway Actants by artists Deborah Gardner and Jane Millar.
Invited talk “Waking the Somnambulist: The Capture of Affect, Attention and Memory (and why we need new weapons to stop it)” at The Image of Network symposium, Winchester School of Art (Southampton) organized by Yigit Soncul and Jussi Parikka, Tuesday June 16, 2015.
Invited talk at the Vital Mobilizations: Care and Surveillance in the Age of Global Connectivity conference at the Collège d’études mondiales, Paris, 1-2 June, 2015.
“On Crowds, Publics and the Potential of Assemblages.” An introductory talk at a pre-election Club Critical Theory special event called Where is the Common Ground: Making Local Activism Work In Southend, Upstairs at the Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Sunday 3rd May, 2015.
Organiser and chair for the Affect and Social Media Research Seminar at UEL, Docklands campus, Friday 27th Feb, 2015.
“Start Spreading the News: Audiences, News and Contagion”, From Multitude to Crowds in Social Movements – publics, gatherings, networks and media in the 21th century, 26-27 January, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, 2015.
“The Rhythmic Brain: Attention Deficit and the Care of Youth” at Concerning Relations: Sociologies of Conduct, Care and Affect Symposium, Exeter Medical School, University of Exeter, 28 – 29 November 2014.
Chairing Club Critical Theory discussion on “Kursaal as Heterotopic Space” with Angie Voela (UEL) and Jane Millar (artist and curator), 2014.
In recent years an increasing interest in materiality, space, technology and embodiment has developed in the humanities and social sciences combined with an ëaffective turní (Clough, Massumi, Thrift, Seigworth and Gregg, Ahmed) to immaterial dimensions of these phenomena. This has re-actualised early sociological theories about affective suggestion, contagion and imitation (e.g. Gustave Le Bon and Gabriel Tarde), which offer valuable insights to the analysis of a contemporary cultural landscape characterised by for instance viral/memetic phenomena, mediated/networked/rhythmically coordinated crowds, affective online communication and political modulation of citizen affects (Blackman, Borch, Gibbs, Sampson, Butler). During the summer school we wish to collectively explore the immaterial dimensions of the material social world and vice versa, discuss the potentialities, implications and risks of such analysis in an open interdisciplinary environment.
Professor Georgina Born (Music and Anthropology, Oxford University), UK
Professor John Protevi (Philosophy and French Studies, Loyola University Chicago), US
Keynote at the “Affective Capitalism” symposium at University of Turku, Finland, June 5-6, 2014.
This symposium aims at describing and understanding a regime we call affective capitalism. In cultural theory, affect is considered to be a fruitful concept in analysing how something evokes our body and mind. Affect makes us act. Affect exceeds or precedes rationality. In our daily lives we are constantly affected by a plethora of things; our work, our friends, our surroundings, our technologies (Gregg & Seigworth 2010). Unsurprisingly perhaps, we are seeing attempts to capture affect in different fields of contemporary culture from labour to social networks and politics. In these contexts, affect and affection are in an extensive manner organised, produced, and maintained for the needs of capitalism.
Affective capitalism is lucrative, tempting and even sneaky. It merges with established therapeutic discourses and blurs the limits of intimacy at work (Ross 2003; Illouz 2007; Gregg 2011). It is both cognitive and non-cognitive (Sampson 2012); we are being evoked to act in order for companies to make profits in a market economy. Affective capitalism transforms us into assets, goods and services by appealing to our desires, needs and social relationships, or by making us act on a mere gut-feeling.
This two-day symposium brings together researchers, thinkers and artists to discuss different areas of affective capitalism. We want to challenge affective capitalism on its own ground. To do this we will analyse specific examples of affective capitalism at work and map its defining factors. We are seeking new ways to understand affective capitalism through its ambivalences and complexities. At the same time, we ask how we could resist it and develop alternatives for it.
“From Taylor to Neurolabour: Continuities and discontinuities in the three paradigms of HCI” guest talk HCID 2014 at City University, April 23rd, 2014.
“Deleuze, Contagion and the New Brighton” guest talk at Club Critical Theory, upstairs at The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. April 17th, 2014.
“From Virality to Neuroculture” invited talk at the Bochum Colloquium for Media Studies (bkm) hosted by the Institute of Media Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. 3rd Dec, 2013.
Guest panel member at the Meme Control event, the Future Human Salon, 7-9.30pm, Nov 20th at The Book Club, Shoreditch, London, 2013.
“Viral Networks” invited talk at the Royal College of Art, London, Oct 30th, 2013
“Memes, spam, nodes, moods and super–clusters of attention” invited talk on Virality and Neuroculture at Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick, 15th Oct 2013.
“Leaking Affects and Mediated Spaces” paper presented at at the Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 1-3rd July 2013.
“Virality, Chaos and the Brain” invited talks for a two day workshop on virality and neuroculture organized by The Bureau of Melodramatic Research based in Bucharest – 22nd-23rd June, 2013.
An invited talk on Virality as part of the “I am Algorithm” show by the artist Charlie Tweed. 6pm on Wednesday 19th June at the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, 2013.
“Too Much Connectivity” invited speaker at Brunel and Oxford Brookes University series on Networks and Society, Friday 24th May 2013.
From Virality to Neuroculture at the Contagion: transforming social analysis and method workshop. Invited talks for the Dept in Geography at Exeter University, 13th-14th May, 2013.
“Putting the Neuron Doctrine to Work,” invited talk at the Copenhagen Business School series on Crowds and the Brain, April 11th 2013. See event poster
“Anomalies, Archaeology and Contagion” discussion with Jussi Parikka and Tony D. Sampson at Kings College, London, 20th March 2013.
“Tarde’s Phantom Takes a Deadly Line of Flight” invited speaker at The Operations of the Global – Explorations of Dis/Connectivity Conference, Warburg-Haus, University of Hamburg, 6th-8th October 2011.
‘Press Delete’ The Politics and Performance of Spamculture panel session, the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Dortmond, Germany, 23 to 27 August 2010.
Viral Love, research presentation for the Thinking Network Politics: Methods, Epistemology, Process Conference, ARU, Cambridge, 25 & 26 March 2010.