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Another day in Gwanghwamun

I would trade
almost anything

for another day
for us
in
Gwanghwamun.

Soba for lunch,
octopus for dinner,
a book from Kyobo
and a stroll beyond
Insadong.

The sun would set and
a bowl of dongdongju
(without the slice of ginseng and grass)
would set out spirits free.

perhaps with a side of dubu kimchi,
I would ease into the electric night.

I wouldn’t long for another place
other than where I sat, slept, and ate.

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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