‘Not a proper thesis’, that’s how sceptics, and there are many, see the scholarly doctoral work of creative artists. Not ‘proper’ because it doesn’t measure up to the standards and methods widely acknowledged to be the gauge of scientific research and scholarship. Instead, it flies in the face of these measures. It deals with what is felt and experienced rather than what is known objectively.
Inter-subjective knowledge and spaces are vital for both the creative artist and the scholarly doctoral work of artists. The challenge in the art-based, or creative, doctoral thesis is to explore and illuminate an issue with knowledge and insight from two or more different ways of knowing. It is actually an exemplar of transdisciplinary exploration. The chapters in this book reflect some of that creative interplay of one way of knowing with another.
Only by publicly demonstrating to the larger scholarly community the richness of this way of working can we help it to become better understood. The contributors make a convincing argument for the validity of creative production in the academy.
Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 2.921MB). Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.
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