This handbook sets out the processes and products of ‘digital’ research. It is a theoretical and practical guide on how to undertake and navigate advanced research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Topics covered include: How to make research more accessible The use of search engines and other sources to determine the scope of work Research training for students What will theses, dissertations and research reports look like in ten years' time? The storing and archiving of such research Ethics and methodologies in the field Intercultural issues The editors focus on advances in arts- and practice-based doctorates, and their application in other fields and disciplines. The contributions chart new territory for universities, research project directors, supervisors and research students regarding the nature and format of graduate and doctoral work, as well as research projects. Written by experienced practitioners, this handbook is an essential reference for researchers, supervisors and administrators on how to conduct and evaluate research projects in a digital and multimodal age.

Disciplinary ‘Specificity’ and the Digital Submission

Disciplinary ‘Specificity’ and the Digital Submission

Susan Melrose


My main concern in this chapter, given the relatively recent entry of expert performance-practitioners into the postgraduate and higher degree programme of the British university and more widely, is with some of the implications for the higher degree/postgraduate submission and its examination, when the research enquiry is itself pursued, in significant part, through a creative practice that continues, in the digital age, to involve a performance-making whose outcome is real-time and event-based, combining live performance and spectating – hence that continues to cohere with certain notions of disciplinary specificity and identity.

In other words, these are creative practices that might still be called ‘dance’ or ‘movement-based performance’, or ‘dance theatre’, or ‘collaborative performance’, in ...

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