Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances

Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances

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Edited by Robin Nelson

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 3mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 1137282908
  • ISBN 13: 9781137282903
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 2 figures
  • Sales rank: 186,891

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This book takes a fresh 'how to' approach to Practice as Research. At the 'performance turn' it argues that old prejudices should be abandoned and that a PaR methodology and its modes of 'doing-knowing' should be fully accepted in the academy. It refines Robin Nelson's earlier models for PaR but sustains the dynamic and dialogic interplay between different modes of knowledge-production in a multi-mode research inquiry. It advances strategies for articulating and evidencing the research inquiry and offers practical guidance to practitioner-researchers on how to conduct a PaR inquiry. With reference to examples drawn from a decade of supervisory, examining and audit experience, Nelson addresses - and offers answers to - the many questions students, professional practitioner-researchers, regulators and examiners have posed in this domain. To broaden the perspective and take account of differing levels of acceptance and development of programmes in PaR around the word, in Part II of the book six international contributors respond to Part I and afford cross-sights from the standpoint of their territory (covering the US, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand).

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Author information

Robin Nelson is Director of Research at University of London, Central School of Speech and Drama, and an Emeritus Professor of Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has published widely on the performing arts and media. Recent books include (co-edited with Bay-Cheng, S. et al) Mapping Intermediality in Performance and Stephen Poliakoff: on stage and screen.

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'...Nelson provides thoughtful guidance on many aspects of PaR projects: from planning to supervision, from documentation to exegesis... Nelson's book should be considered a major contribution to the field of practice as research... the material presented will be of use to anyone engaged in or considering PaR. Nelson's model is clear, effective and persuasively argued.' - Marc Silberschatz, "Scottish Journal of Performance"

Table of contents

PART I: ROBIN NELSON Introduction - The What, Where, When and Why of 'Practice as Research'? From Practitioner to Practitioner-Researcher Conceptual Frameworks for PaR and Related Pedagogy: From 'Hard Facts' to 'Liquid Knowing' Supervision, Documentation and Other Aspects of Praxis ParPhDs - a Guideline/Clew to a Successful Outcome for All (Candidates, Examiners, Administrators, Regulators) PART II: REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES Aotearoa/New Zealand and Practice as Research; S.Little Artists in Australian Academies: Performance in the Labyrinth of Practice-led Research; J.Robson PaR in Continental Europe: A Site of Many Contests; D.Lesage Artistic Research in a Nordic Context; A.Arlander Practice as Research in South Africa; V.Baxter Why Performance as Research? A US Perspective; S.R.Riley