Gary Hall is a critical theorist working on politics, philosophy, and new media technologies. He is Professor of Media and Performing Arts in the School of Art and Design, and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University, UK, as well as visiting professor at the Hybrid Publishing Lab – Leuphana Inkubator, Leuphana University, Germany. Author of Culture in Bits (Continuum, 2002) and Digitize This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now (Minnesota UP, 2008), and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh UP, 2006) and Experimenting: Essays with Samuel Weber (Fordham UP, 2007), he is also co-founder (in 1999) of the open access journal Culture Machine, a pioneer of OA in the humanities, and co-founder (in 2006) of Open Humanities Press, which was the first open access publisher explicitly dedicated to critical and cultural theory. With over thirty peer-reviewed publications in edited books and academic journals including American Literature, Angelaki, Cultural Studies, Journal of Visual Culture, New Formations, The Oxford Literary Review and Radical Philosophy, his work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Russian and Slovenian. In 2010 he was Visiting Fellow in The Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. Together with Clare Birchall and Joanna Zylinska he published the JISC-funded Living Books about Life (Open Humanities Press, 2011), a series of over twenty open access books about life - with life understood both philosophically and biologically - that provides a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Currently he is developing a series of politico-institutional interventions - dubbed activist scholarship - that draw on digital media to actualise or creatively perform critical and cultural theory; and writing two monographs, Media Gifts and Pirate Philosophy, as well as a co-authored book, Open Education: A Study in Disruption.