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The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts

1st Edition

Edited by Michael Biggs, Henrik Karlsson


458 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts is a major collection of new writings on research in the creative and performing arts by leading authorities from around the world. It provides theoretical and practical approaches to identifying, structuring and resolving some of the key issues in the debate about the nature of research in the arts which have surfaced during the establishment of this subject over the last decade.

Contributions are located in the contemporary intellectual environment of research in the arts, and more widely in the universities, in the strategic and political environment of national research funding, and in the international environment of trans-national cooperation and communication. The book is divided into three principal sections – Foundations, Voices and Contexts – each with an introduction from the editors highlighting the main issues, agreements and debates in each section.

The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts addresses a wide variety of concepts and issues, including:

  • the diversity of views on what constitutes arts-based research and scholarship, what it should be, and its potential contribution
  • the trans-national communication difficulties arising from terminological and ontological differences in arts-based research
  • traditional and non-traditional concepts of knowledge, their relationship to professional practice, and their outcomes and audiences
  • a consideration of the role of written, spoken and artefact-based languages in the formation and communication of understandings.

This comprehensive collection makes an original and significant contribution to the field of arts-based research by setting down a framework for addressing these, and other, topical issues. It will be essential reading for research managers and policy-makers in research councils and universities, as well as individual researchers, research supervisors and doctoral candidates.


'This book is the first comprehensive look at concepts such as research, knowledge, creativity, the visual, experiment, quality, and assessment, as they are used in practice-based programmes influenced by the U.K. and E.U. models of higher education.' James Elkins, The Art Institute of Chicago

'this book is a wonderful volume of high quality contributions which make this obligatory reading for all researchers and PhD supervisors active in the domain of artistic research and research through design(ing).' – Johan Verbeke, vice-dean FAK

'The Routledge Companion is a rich resource for those engaged in research as academic practitioners, and those teaching masters or supervising doctoral students. In these latter contexts it is useful to those engaged in the discussion of research methods in the arts and provides students with an important sense of context in which their research outputs might find their voice. For academic practitioners, the essays provide a way to consider how practice might be articulated as research, and evidence of a shared research environment in which they can approach this with some authenticity. Each essay is packed with references to what is now becoming a rich literature on arts research and a useful resource through which to explore the complexity and diversity of approaches in the field.' – Dr Tracy Piper-Wright, Glyndwr University, UK

Table of Contents

List of Figures Notes on Contributors Permissions Preface Forewords Helga Nowotny and Hans-Peter Schwarz Part I: Foundations Chapter 1: University Politics and Practice-based Research Torsten Kälvemark Chapter 2: Pleading for Plurality: artistic and other kinds of research Søren Kjørup Chapter 3: The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research Henk Borgdorff Chapter 4: Some Notes on Mode 1 and Mode 2: adversaries or dialogue partners? Halina Dunin-Woyseth Chapter 5: Communities, Values, Conventions and Actions Michael Biggs and Daniela Büchler Chapter 6: Artistic Cognition and Creativity Graeme Sullivan Chapter 7: The Role of the Artefact and Frameworks for Practice-based Research Linda Candy and Ernest Edmonds Chapter 8: Embodied Knowing Through Art Mark Johnson Part II: Voices Chapter 9: Rhetoric: Writing, Reading and Producing the Visual Joan Mullin Chapter 10: Research and the Self Morwenna Griffiths Chapter 11: Addressing the ‘Ancient Quarrel’: creative writing as research Jen Webb and Donna Lee Brien Chapter 12: The Virtual and the Physical: a phenomenological approach to performance research Susan Kozel Chapter 13: Navigating in Heterogeneity: architectural thinking and art based research Catharina Dyrssen Chapter 14: Insight and Rigour: a Freudo-Lacanian approach Malcolm Quinn Chapter 15: Transformational Practice: on the place of material novelty in artistic change Stephen Scrivener Chapter 16: Time and Interaction: research through non-visual arts and media Henrik Frisk and Henrik Karlsson Chapter 17: Thinking About Art after the Media: research as practised culture of experiment Siegfried Zielinski Part III: Contexts Chapter 18: Characteristics of Visual and Performing Arts Annette Arlander Chapter 19: Differential Iconography Henk Slager Chapter 20: Writing and the PhD in Fine Art Katy Macleod & Lin Holdridge Chapter 21: Research Training in the Creative Arts and Design Darren Newbury Chapter 22: No Copyright and No Cultural Conglomerates: new opportunities for artists Joost Smiers Chapter 23: Evaluating Quality in Artistic Research Michael Biggs & Henrik Karlsson References Index

About the Editors

Michael Biggs is Professor of Aesthetics and former Associate Dean Research at the University of Hertfordshire, UK and Visiting Professor in Arts-based Research in Architecture at the University of Lund, Sweden. He coordinates a network of excellence in the field, and has published widely on research theory in the creative and performing arts.

Henrik Karlsson is Assistant Professor in musicology, former research secretary at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and consultant to Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. He headed the assessment of the Swedish Research Council’s grants to artistic research (Context-Quality-Continuity, 2007) and has edited a great number of anthologies in music and cultural sciences.

About the Series

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Routledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions offer thorough, high-quality surveys and assessments of the major topics in the fields of art history and visual studies. All entries in each companion are specially commissioned and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible, and cutting-edge, these companions are the ideal resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students, and researchers alike.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies