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[ecrea] Affect and Social Media 3.0 conference

Tue Mar 14 07:03:04 GMT 2017

Affect and Social Media 3.0: Experience, Entanglement, Engagement (including The Sensorium Art Show)*
Registration* Now Open <>*/


*When: Thurs May 25^th 2017, 10am – 8.30pm*

*Where: The University of East London, Dockland’s campus (via Cyprus Station on the DLR)*

*Keynotes: Jessica Ringrose (UCL) and Emma Renold (Cardiff)*

In its third year now, the A&SM one day conference at UEL Docklands continues to get to grips with social media culture.

In the first two events (captured in a forthcoming edited collection**) the call focused mainly on the manipulation of feelings, emotions and affect by social media marketing, but now, following recent events like Brexit and Trump, it is imperative to broaden the discussion to include felt experiences, affective entanglements and emotional engagements in these unnerving times.

The 2017 conference brings together an intriguing international programme discussing:

  * The affective politics of social media entanglements with e.g.
    Brexit, post-truth and strategic cyberbullying.
  * The spreading of refugee and “Punch a Nazi” memes, the affective
    politics of Iranian sanctions and Trump’s tweets.
  * Public affects and emotional consumption on Ebay, Twitter and Vine.
  * Experiencing digital affect as grasped through the ideas of
    Simondon, Whitehead and Lévinas.
  * The intersections between digital, art and affect
  * Affective pedagogies and resistances to social media events and
    affective overspills following the Orlando shooting and Trump’s
    election victory
Through our keynotes speakers we also ask what can be learnt from these recent events and how we can effectively communicate to others whose lives are profoundly affected and made vulnerable by the recent acceleration of socially mediated molecular fascism.

The 2017 Sensorium includes artworks tackling digital memory, social media addiction, emotional recognition, inspirational memes quotes and a collaborative “zine” response to Trump.

The full programme of speakers and artists will be released soon.

*Tickets are £3 for non-UEL students and £5 for people working outside of UEL. Price includes entry to the conference and art show with free drinks and nibbles.

**The first two A&SM events are now part of an edited book, /Affect and Social Media/ (eds. Sampson, Ellis and Maddison), to be published as part of the Radical Cultural Studies Series with Rowman and Littlefield International in 2018. The book includes a foreword by Greg Seigworth and over 20 cutting edge contributions.

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