[iDC] Praxis-based Ph.D.s
memorse at comcast.net
Wed Jan 17 00:20:40 EST 2007
Dear IDCs, I have been following the exchanges between Chris and
Simon with admiration--to rich to summarize here. Thank you! Thank
you! I've am afraid my comment on Danny's post led to smiley
faces--I found his explanation of the social consequences of
practice-based research satisfying. Thank you! Robert, whom I think
of as a free spirit, poses the question, why not a degree in
creativity and, for example, business management? Chris had earlier
expressed the desire for a Ph.D. in different field than art--which
does nonetheless serve the art practice and teaching of several
artists whom she named. Erin explained the MFA/Ph.D. program
situation in Canada and espoused an approach concerned with how art
produces thought. I don't know what kind of texts to imagine in her
series with Massumi named Technologies of Lived Abstraction, so I'll
check it out. Lynette described a practice-based professional Ph.D.
program in Performance and Practice. " The 'professional' PhD is for
people usually in their 50s-70s who want to take the opportunity to
reflect on their work, and document the creative insights and
contributions to knowledge that it has made." Clearly, we are
dealing with many models that serve different constituencies in
widely varying institutional cultures.
We still haven't heard from someone experienced in the University of
Plymouth or similarly organized programs. Jill Scott gave me some
interesting material about collaborations her students were making
with scientific labs in Zurich. Maybe I can entice her to join us.
This makes me want to collect posts into a little handbook divided
into categories for my own and colleagues reference.
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