Dr. Robert Gallagher

Prior to joining the Ego Media team, Rob worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University’s Technoculture, Art and Games lab, researching videogame fan cultures and collective creativity. His PhD research, undertaken at the London Consortium, looked at how digital games invite their players to feel and think temporal structures, while his Master’s thesis addressed the queer literary culture of late-Victorian London. His research interests include gender and sexuality, digital aesthetics and interactive narrative. These inform both his academic research and an illustration and animation practice which has developed across a number of online projects and collaborative performances.


Dr. Robert Gallagher's Projects

Dr. Robert Gallagher's Blog posts

Moving Past Present: Digitally Reanimating the Gaiety Girls

Last month the KCL Anatomy museum played host to Moving Past Present, an experiment in digital biography created by artist Janina Lange. Knowing that the theme for the Arts and Humanities Research Institute’s 2016 festival was play, I had approached Janina with the idea of creating an event that would


Podcast: An Archive of Tingles: ASMR Culture and Online Identity

‘Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response’ is a term that’s emerged from online health communities to describe a ‘tingling’ sensation certain people seem to experience in response to particular sensory stimuli and audiovisual cues. In recent years numerous ‘ASMRtists’ have begun using platforms like YouTube to circulate roleplays, readings and performances all


Public Roundtable: Voices and Ethics Part Three with Craig Howes

In the final paper from our Voices and Ethics panel, Professor Craig Howes (Centre for Biographical Research, University of Hawai’i) argues that digital technologies are bringing into being new biographical forms that demand critical attention – from Facebook ‘Year in Review’ slideshows to military drone operators’ ‘kill lists.’


Public Roundtable: Voices and Ethics Part Two with Alfred Hornung

The second paper from our Voices and Ethics panel sees Alfred Hornung (Professor, Chair of American Studies, Department of English & Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg University) reflecting on interdisciplinary collaboration in relation to his experiences working on the project Life Sciences, Life Writing: Boundary Experiences of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation


Public Roundtable: Voices and Ethics Part One with Gillian Whitlock

In the first paper from our September 2015 Voices and Ethics panel Gillian Whitlock (ARC Professorial Research Fellow, University of Queensland) discusses her research on 21st century testimony, addressing texts produced by migrants and asylum seekers detained in Australia’s Nauru processing centre.


Routine Quantification: Habit, Affect and Health

    The third thematic discussion session of our international network meeting addressed the role of habit and repetition in online culture. Beginning by addressing ‘e-health’ and the quantified self, the discussion moved to the methodological challenges facing humanities scholars as they develop research methods attuned to online practices, cultures


Time and Space Online: Liveness, Authenticity, Locality

    The second of our international network meeting’s thematic discussion sessions tackled the question of how we understand the relationship between online and offline – and whether, indeed, this distinction still makes sense. It also asked whether the ways in which digital media encourage us to understand time and space


The Politics of Digital Life

    In September 2015 King’s College London hosted a meeting of Ego-Media’s international network, bringing together academics from around the world who share our interest in how digital media are reshaping understandings of identity and modes of representing the self. The meeting was punctuated by a series of thematic discussions


Who Does the Internet Think You Are?

A few weeks ago London’s Science Museum hosted an evening of talks, workshops and performances on the theme of computing, and the Ego-Media team were there using the defiantly analogue format of the post-it note to ask visitors some questions about online identity. Getting people to stick sheets of fluorescent


Radio Research: An Archive of Tingles

An Archive of Tingles, the radio programme I produced in partnership with Resonance FM and the Arts and Culture Unit, is now available to listen to on Mixcloud and SoundCloud. In it I explore YouTube’s ‘ASMR’ culture, in which users make and exchange ‘whisper videos’ intended to induce what they