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.

Traditional Theses and Multimodal Communication

Dylan Yamada-Rice


… four momentous changes are taking place simultaneously: social, economic, communicational and technological change. The combined effects of these are so profound that it is justifiable to speak of a revolution in the landscape of communication. (Kress, 2003, p. 9)

The changes described by Kress above are now commonly regarded as having brought about a communication ‘revolution’ in ‘Western’ societies away from the predominantly written into multimodal practices (Kress, 2005). This is the combined use of a range of resources such as image, writing, music, gesture and speech known as modes. Although multimodality has always existed, contemporary multimodality utilizes a vast array of digital technologies, which seem to emphasize the lacking of a monomodal written ...

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