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Affect and Social Media Conference 4

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Notifications from the Technological Non-conscious

From Russian hackers and fake ‘bot’ accounts, to the tweets of President Trump, the effect that social media is having on society is never far from the news agenda. A calm and considered debate is needed now more than ever.  
The University of East London is proud to present its fourth Affect & Social Media Conference.

The conference organiser is Reader in Digital Media Cultures and Communications Dr Tony D Sampson. He said, 
”Social media has proved to be a challenging force in the world, but these platforms are neither good nor bad per se.  They have not developed in isolation of politics, economics, business agendas, and cultural life. If we see good or bad things then it is associated in some way to a particular context. This conference explores social media in the context of the emotional and felt experiences people have with these technologies.”

The Conference starts at 11am, with welcome talks, followed by panel presentations, discussions, Sensorium performances, a keynote session and after-conference book launch.

A special keynote talk will be given by Patricia Ticineto Clough – author of The User Unconscious: Embodiment and Thought.  A response will be given by Gregory J. Seigworth Professor of Communication Studies at Millersville University.

This will be followed by a keynote panel discussion featuring …

Amit Rai (Queen Mary), the author of Rule of Sympathy: Race, Sentiment, and Power (Palgrave: 2002). 
Jessica Ringrose (UCL), Professor of Sociology of Gender and Education, at the UCL Institute of Education and co-Chair of the Gender and Education Association. 
Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and Co-Director of the Methods Lab. 
Ian Tucker (UEL) Reader in Psychology research focuses on the social psychological elements of social media, community mental health, emotion and surveillance. His book ‘The Social Psychology of Emotion’ was recently published for Sage (with Darren Ellis UEL).
Darren Ellis (UEL) is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of Psychosocial Theory and Practice at the University of East London.

The conference will be followed by the launch of Affect and Social Media: Emotion, Mediation, Anxiety and Contagion, a new book edited by Tony Sampson, Stephen Maddison and Darren Ellis.

Also, one of the editors Tony Sampson explains what inspired it,

“We ran three very successful A&SM conferences at UEL, starting in 2015, and built up a substantial international network of researchers working in affect studies and related areas. I had thought about developing a special issue journal, but it was Stephen’s idea that we should bring it all together as an edited book.”

Wednesday, 7 November 2018
10:00-22:00

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