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.

Reframing the Performing Arts

Zoë Beardshaw Andrews


In this chapter, I set out the main body of my Masters dissertation for the MA in Text and Performance Studies at King's College, London, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (September 2009 to November 2010). The dissertation is not digitally conceived; rather, it is about the incorporation of the digital into arts education. It took a conventional format: the submission of a soft-bound print dissertation. At the end of the chapter, I reflect on the process of undertaking a dissertation with a digital dimension in mind.

In the dissertation I set out to examine some examples of projects devised by performing arts organizations and to explore how far arts education in the UK ...

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