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Thoughts from the back of Nancy’s car on the way to Incheon Airport

Your conversation draws me from my own sullen facade.
A rhythm of friendly banter, of our not wanting to say goodbye.

I listen to each word timed with the lines on the median,
see each tree, newly planted, on those artificial hills, adjacent to Samsung ads,
bright as the angry dawn.

I hear the tires cross each crease, a tap, tap, tap lingering beneath your joyful chatter.
I hear a pulse.

At the airport now. We can only muster a meek goodbye.

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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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