1st Edition

The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy Challenges for Creative Practice Researchers in Higher Education

Edited By Kate MacNeill, Barbara Bolt Copyright 2020
    224 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy provides a deep understanding of the nuances of ethics in the creative environment and contributes to the critical exploration of the nature of research ethics in higher education.

    Written by world-renown academics with a wealth of experience in this field, this volume explores ethical challenges and responses across a range of creative practices and disciplines including design, documentary film making, journalism, socially engaged arts and the visual arts. It addresses the complex negotiations that creative practice researchers in higher education undertake to ensure that the ethical compliance required does not undermine the research integrity and artistic aspirations. By presenting carefully considered challenges to accepted models of research, this book illustrates critical analysis through a variety of case studies and anecdotal examples that provide an insight into improved ethics practices and policies in higher education.

    This book is perfect for academics, ethics administrators, higher degree research candidates and supervisors looking to engage further in creative practice research and wanting to explore and understand its ethical oversight.

    Introduction, Barbara Bolt and Kate MacNeill

    Section 1: Ethico-aesthetics, the academy and a neo-liberal world

    Chapter 1: Ethical research in a risk averse environment, Kate MacNeill

    Chapter 2: From problems to possibilities: Regenerative concepts of Indigenous childhood & youth in cultural production, Lilly Brown

    Chapter 3: Ethics and neoliberal infrastructure in artistic research, Danny Butt

    Section Two: Relationality and/in ethics

    Chapter 4: Dalja, durna, wurnan: ethics, interpersonal relationships, and song research in the Kimberley, Sally Treloyn and Rona (Googninda) Charles (Ngarinyin, Nyigina)

    Chapter 5: Reflexivity, collaboration and ethical documentary filmmaking: a practice led approach, Steve Thomas

    Chapter 6: Negotiating ambiguous agency: creative collaboration design and research ethics in the context of lived trauma, Lily Hibberd

    Chapter 7: Relationality and ethical know-how in Indigenous research, Estelle Barrett

    Section Three: Institutional ethics and creative practice research

    Chapter 8: But what could possibly go wrong? The role of supervisors in ethics training for creative practice researchers, Craig Batty, Marsha Berry and Neil Haslem

    Chapter 9: Just tick the box – an Indigenous woman’s experience of negotiating the ethics process, Genevieve Grieves

    Chapter 10: ‘an ethics of exteriority’, Susi Attiwill

    Chapter 11: The question, the material and the ethos of creative research, Renee Newman and Lyndall Adams

    Chapter 12: Applying ethical standards when creative practice hurts or harms, Erich Von Dietze

    Section Four: Ethics in (creative) practice

    Chapter 13: How ethical is a ball of string: the embodied ethics of creative practice-led bricoleuse? Annette Nykiel

    Chapter 14: Touch and trace: Ethical methodologies for a phenomenological skin, Tarryn Handcock

    Section 5: In (and out) of trouble with ethics

    Chapter 15: Six (un)ethical things before breakfast: staying with the trouble in cultivating ethical know-how, Pia Ednie Brown

    Chapter 17: Journalism as a research methodology in the academic context: a clash of cultures. Josie Vine

    Chapter 18: Four notes-to-self from contemporary art and design to the ontology of ethical practice, Stephen Loo

    Chapter 19 Pedagogy of a research project, Barbara Bolt, Kate MacNeill, Megan McPherson, Pia Ednie Brown, Estelle Barrett, Carole Wilson, Sarah Miller and Marie Sierra


    Kate MacNeill is Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

    Barbara Bolt is Professor in Contemporary Arts and Culture at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.