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.

Establishing the Cybertextual in Practice-Based PhDs

Establishing the Cybertextual in Practice-Based PhDs

Lisa Stansbie


This chapter discusses how a digital online thesis can be a suitable model for practice-based PhDs within the discipline of art and design. It draws from precedents within the field, including my own PhD submission Zeppelinbend: multiplicity, encyclopaedic strategies and non-linear methodologies for a visual practice (2010) Leeds Metropolitan University. It investigates how a digital submission offers a differentiated approach for a reader, who then becomes an active user, drawing parallels with Aarseth's (1997) perspectives on digital literature and interactivity. Part of this discussion will necessitate a brief consideration of how such theses might generate greater dissemination of the work while the immaterial form may pose questions of authorship and copyright.

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