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Creative Thesis: Exploring the Parameters of the PhD Thesis

Course Description

The Creative Thesis series is run by the Slade School of Fine Art (Dr Sharon Morris and Dr Hayley Newman).

This year the course will run as a series of bi-weekly workshops and seminars from October 2014 to June 2015.

The series is primarily programmed on Wednesday afternoons 2.00-5.00 p.m. starting on October 1st with an introductory session by Prof Sharon Morris. All sessions will be held at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Please e-mail Hayley Newman to reserve a place.

The aim of the programme is to investigate the parameters of the doctoral thesis as a Creative Thesis, and in particular doctoral research involving a practice element. The series aims to explicate issues around research practices and methodology, focusing on the possibilities of writing and structuring a PhD thesis in its relation to studio and other forms of practice. The various backgrounds of the contributors will open up different possibilities of research methodology, exploring relations between theories and practice, experimenting with modes of writing and the relation between the visual and the verbal. In response to the demands of the practice-led PhD option at the Slade this series will also address questions associated with the exhibition or staging of the work of art as forms of a research thesis. The series will also explore modes and genres of creative writing that address critical writing through a self-reflexive practice, dove-tailing with the UCL Humanities PhD mode of thesis, Creative Critical Writing.

This year we are again inviting guest writers, artists and curators, in addition to faculty from the Slade and UCL to run the Creative Thesis sessions. Prof. Sharon Morris (Slade School) will run an introductory session on the basics of thesis construction and Dr Hayley Newman (Slade School) will run a session on the parameters of a practice-based PhD research thesis and this will be followed by a series of guests. These include Dr. Uriel Urlow, senior Research Fellow at the University of Westminster, who as an international artist, theorist and writer will be exploring plural methodologies of research; Artist and writer Dr Yve Lomax (Royal College of Art), author of Writing the Image and Sounding the Event, and co-director of the independent publishing company ‘Copy Press’, will focus on writing practice as philosophy; Dr Kristen Kreider, Royal Holloway who will focus on the poetics of experimental writing and writing for performance; David Thorp, free-lance curator and gallerist currently at MOMA Oxford; Saradha Soobrayen, freelance writer, poet and writing tutor; Sally O’Reilly, writer, reviewer and critic and writer in residence at the Whitechapel Gallery, author of The Body in Contemporary Art, 2009.

The spring term in addition to the regular biweekly seminars and workshops (details tbc), this year, we are revising the annual PhD research week at the Slade Woburn Research Studios. We are inviting our colleagues, academics and doctoral students, from the European Art Research Network (EARN - an association of Fine Art PhD Institutions across Europe) to London to take part in a symposium and series of events focusing on practice-led methodologies and their impact on interdisciplinary research. In particular we are welcoming to the Slade Prof. Gertrud Sandqvist from Mälmo Academy, the University of Lund, Sweden, and Dr. Annette Balduf from Vienna Academy. On Fri. 27th Feb. we will host the UCL interdisciplinary FIGS Friday Seminar and on Sat. 28th Feb. we are extending the invitation to doctoral students from the Royal College of Art, Royal Holloway and Birkbeck.

Each session is focused on the pedagogy of practice and many of the workshops ask you to write in situ and to respond directly to issues raised in discussion. Please bring with you hard copy writing materials, pen/pencil and paper. Some of the workshops will also include the opportunity for you to bring short pieces of text addressing particular issues, including problems you may have with thesis writing.

Researcher Development Framework Categories

A3) Creativity
D2) Communication and dissemination

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • Students in Arts & Humanities
  • Students in Built Environment

Course Organisers

  • Organiser - Prof Sharon Morris - (Slade School of Fine Art)
  • Organiser - Dr Hayley Newman - (Slade School of Fine Art)
  • Administrator - Ms Kasia Bronk - (Organisational & Staff Development)





Registration is available from Dr Hayley Newman. Please log your points here after attending the programme

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Page last updated: 22nd July 2010