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UEL to host fifth Affect and Social Media Conference

The fifth international, interdisciplinary Affect and Social Media conference and sensorium art show will be hosted at the University of East London

The conference asks established academics, postgraduate writers, artists and media practitioners to broadly conceive of a more-than social media.

Held at UEL’s University Square Stratford building, the conference is organised by Dr Tony Sampson, reader in digital media cultures and communications at UEL and will take place between 25-26 June.

Speakers will include Carolyn Pedwell from the University of Kent whose research focuses on affect, habit, embodiment, digital culture and social transformation and Tero Karppi, Assistant Professor at the ICCIT and Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. In his book, Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds, Tero contends that platforms like Facebook see disconnection as an existential threat — and have undertaken wide-ranging efforts to eliminate it— revealing how social media has come to dominate human relations.

In addition to a full programme of presentations and sensorium performances, there will be a keynote panel, including responses and discussion with Amit S Rai (Queen Mary), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Ian Tucker and Darren Ellis (UEL).

Dr Sampson will also be launching his latest book on social media with Polity Press, who are sponsoring the launch.

To attend, tickets are £20, £10 for students and free for UEL staff and students, register to attend

For updates, follow Dr Sampson's blog

Photo credit: Mikey Georgeson

Thursday, 25 June 2020 9:00 to Friday, 26 June 2020 17:00


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