PU Doctoral Training Workshop

Anya Lewin, Roberta Mock, Deborah Robinson, Amanda Russell

Course Description
The 2 days of training are made up of workshops and seminars investigating approaches to Artistic Research along  with one to one sessions focusing on what students can access through the University of Plymouth library.

Day 1 Dr Anya Lewin and Dr Deborah Robinson
"Thinking / Researching through Artistic Practice"

Research, therefore, means the state of not knowing – or even better, not yet knowing along with a desire for knowledge (Rheinberger 1992, Dombois 2006).

Part I
We will consider Henk Bordorff’s article "Artistic Practices and Epistemic Things" as well as modeling our own research practices. We will than move to discuss approaches to artistic research and the ways a practice as research methodology can be undertaken. We will consider how there is potential to involve the self or selves of the maker in the artistic research process, and for the research to be grounded in personal engagement. This suggests a move away from the objectification of subject matter,and can involve methodologies that are premised on embodiment. 

Part II 2:30 - 5:00 PM
The second session will be focused on diffractive methodologies and will be based on a close reading of chapter 2 "Diffractions: Differences, Contingencies, and  Entanglements That Matter`"  of Karen Barad’s  book "Meeting the Universe Halfway." We will also think through how or if diffractive methodologies would be useful to our own projects.

Day 2 Professor Roberta Mock
“Your Practice-Research: Articulating Methodology and Significance”

The purpose of this workshop is to offer you a sense of confidence in locating your project in such a way as to meet the criteria and expectations of practice-research PhD theses in the UK in general, and the University of Plymouth in particular. We will be concentrating on research methodology, significance and articulation, with specific reference to Robin Nelson’s “Dynamic Model for PaR” (2010). At least half of the workshop will revolve around discussions of participants’ projects, including how they might operate within the extended disciplinary and professional networks that confer ‘significance’ (and lead to making an ‘original contribution to knowledge’). You will be briefly introduced to the research groups at the University that engage with artistic/practice research and how you might access their activities. The rest of the session will consider such topics as definitions, characteristics and typologies of practice-research; as well as documentation, collaboration, data and ethics (as time permits).

1:1 Sessions with Amanda Russell, MSC

1:1 sessions with Plymouth University’s librarian, will be aimed at your specific needs whether it is about search strategies for resources management of results, interrogating the right resources, advice on copyright or unraveling the mysteries of Referencing.

Course Goals
To make clear the criteria and expectations of practice-research PhD theses in the UK in general, and the University of Plymouth in particular. To gain understanding of artistic research and its potential in relation to your own practice through discussion and modeling. To identify your own research processes. To identify and articulate your methodology.

Monday July 24, 2017 Lewin / Robinson

11:00 – 1:30  MPH/PHD / PHD APPLICANTS
20 mins: AL and DR present on work (10 mins each) 
30 minutes:  Workshop Participants Introduce themselves 3 minutes each - What motivated you to do a PhD? Where are you in the program? A quick summary of your research project.

11:50 - 12:30
Discussion on Artistic Research (using Borgdorff's article.) 

12:30 - 1:30
Modelling our own research methods

1:30 - 2:30
Library induction MPH

Part 2
2:30 – 5:00 current MPH/PHD

2:30 Intro to diffraction and reflection

2:50 discussion of chapter

3:50 break

4:00 applying diffraction methodologies 


Tuesday July 25, 2017

9:00  -  10:45 and 11:30 - 13:00      
Library individual meetings 

2:00 - 5:00  Roberta Mock seminar for current MPH/PHD students


Required Readings
Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway, (Duke University Press, 2007): read chapter 2

Henk Borgdorff, Artistic Practices and Epistemic Things in Experimental Systems: Future Knowledge in Artistic Research, ed Michael Schwab, (Leuven University Press, 2013)

Suggested Readings
Robin Nelson, Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Required Materials
Prior to this workshop, please prepare the following:

1) A 3 minute presentation of your research, using a single slide, following the rules and guidelines for the Three Minute Thesis Competition:   https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/competition-rules 

(Have a look at the ‘3MT Competitor Guide’ linked from this page as well)

Please note that this will not be an actual competition and you will not be judged! We will be using these presentations as a starting point for our work together. It is recognised that you may only be 1/3rd of the way through your ‘thesis’ journey – that isn’t a problem. You should still be able to consider your outcomes and findings to date.

2) A mind map of the various networks (from the micro/local to macro/international) in which you are (or might be) situated as a researcher. Try also to consider gaps in your map.