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Ms Idil Galip

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PhD Candidate: "Art Worlds Online: Memes, Labour and Politics"

Idil Galip
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I am a PhD candidate, research assistant and tutor. I write about memes, digital labour, markets and culture, and also run the Meme Studies Research Network.

You can learn more about the methods I utilise in my doctoral thesis here:

"Niche memes: How online subcultures and entrepreneurial logic collide on Instagram"

[As part of the Data, Culture and Society - Digital Social Science research cluster.]


Dr. Kate Orton-Johnson

Dr. Karen Gregory


(forthcoming in 2021) Galip, Idil. "Digital Patronage" in Wahal (Ed). Unboxing Artificial Intelligence. Milan: Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli

(forthcoming 2021) Galip, Idil. "The Grotesque in Instagram Memes" in Arkenbout, de Zeeuw and Wilson (Eds). Critical Meme Research: INC Reader #15. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures

Galip, Idil. "Digital Life"Information, Communication & Society. 2021. 

Matheson, Parkes, Schofield, Dumbrell, Browne, Bancroft, & Galip. "Understanding the health impacts of the COVID-19 response on people who use drugs in Scotland (PWUD): Implications for COVID-19 infection and transmission among this group and impacts on harm reduction, treatment and recovery", Edinburgh: Chief Scientist Office. 2020.

Galip, Idil. "Book Review: Digital Sociologies"New Media & Society, 2019.

Karakayali, Nedim, Kostem Burc and Galip, Idil. “Recommendation systems as technologies of the self: Algorithmic control and the formation of music taste”, Theory, Culture & Society. Volume: 35 issue: 2, page(s): 3-24. 2017.


  • Co-presenter: "The impact of COVID-19 on Scottish drug markets: A moral economy perspective" with Dr Angus Bancroft 

Drugs Research Network Scotland Knowledge Exchange event: Impact of COVID-19 on people who use drugs

(forthcoming) August 2021.

  • Presenter: "Art Worlds Online: Memes, Labour and Politics"

British Sociological Association, Annual Conference.


  • Presenter: "Digital patronage and countercultural entrepreneurs: Instagram’s niche-meme community"

ENDL-3: Unboxing AI: Understanding Artificial Intelligence - Graduate Colloquium.

Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Milan.

November 2020.

  • Presenter: "Sociological Observatory: Pandemic Futures in Edinburgh"

Design Informatics Webinar: "Susceptible, Infectious, Recovering: tracing responses to the novel coronavirus in the city".

July 16, 2020

A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

  • Presenter: "Monetising Vulnerability: An exploration of Instagram's niche-memes and digital patronage"

British Sociological Association, Annual Conference.

2020 (cancelled due to covid-19).

  • Presenter: "The Memeing of Feminism: Humour on Instagram"

Co-chair: "Digital Research Ethics" Panel

University of Edinburgh, New Directions.

April 19, 2019.

  • Presenter: “Dangerous Words: Online Citizenship and Censorship in Turkey”

Bilkent University, POLS Talks Seminar Series.

December 5 2017, Ankara - Turkey.


"The History of Rummikub: Vignettes from my local shop" on Scottish BAME Writers Network

October 2, 2020

"The Ethnographic Gallery" on

July 3, 2020

"Unprecedented" on the Edinburgh Decameron : Lockdown Sociology at Work

May 14, 2020

"East, West, Hodja" on So-Fi Zine: A sociological fiction publication, Edition #3, pg 32-34

July 2018


Tutor on Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society

from 2019/2020 - continuing

Tutor on Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination: Private Troubles, Public Problems

from 2018/2019 Semester 2 - continuing


Master of Science in Political Sociology

London School of Economics, UK. 2016-2017.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Certificate in Philosophy

Bilkent University, Turkey. 2012-2016.

Research interests

Research interests

Digital Sociology, Digital Social Research, Instagram, Entrepreneurship, Subcultures, Online Communities, New Media, Memes, Niche-Memes, Algorithmic Culture, Art Worlds, Content Creation, Reflexivity, Digital Folklore

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