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- Doctoral Supervisors Discussion Group.
- PhD Proposal Development Workshops.
- Critical Design Research Practice.
- Profiling Creative Practice Doctoral Research.
- Reviewing 10 Years of Curatorial Discourse.
- Peer-review processes, metric construction and practice
The Graduate School is conceived of as an open flexible architecture for inter-institutional, inter-disciplinary collaboration. We are currently establishing a number of mechanisms to foster interactions between the graduate school and colleagues and practitioners working across a wide spectrum of disciplines. This page will be used to keep existing and potential collaborators appraised of early stage project development to enable collaborative inputs to commence from project initiation stage and thus ensure a fully collaborative process. If you wish to make contact with the School in connection with a specific initiative please email the named contact person identified in respect of each project.
A new programme of supervisor discussion and exchange workshops fot 2011 will be announced shortly.[Jan 2011]
This discussion group was convened to provide the supervisory teams - of researchers working with the School - with an opportunity to meet each other and inform the School of the relevant issues and needs that the school should address in order to give adequate and approprioate support to their researchers. This is an ongoing series of discussions which will also explore issues of resaercher funding opportunities, new programme development, resaerch funding and related matters. Many of these workshops are open to interested colleagues based in other institutions beyond the four collaborators - DIT, NCAD, UU and IADT - driving the Graduate School project at this time. Expressions of interest in participation are welcome: aidan.mcelwaine(at)gradcam.ie
Previous supervisor workshops include:
- Thursday 10th March 2011 (book publishing workshop)
- Thursday 5th November 2009
- Monday 2nd November 2009
- Friday March 27th 2009
- November 28th 2008
- Friday April 11th 2008
Marian Palmer (IADT) with Dr. Gina Wisker at the conclusion of
the supervisor workshop with 25 personnel from the collaborating
institutions seeking to identify what needs to be done to generate
a sustainable culture of best practice supervision. [11/4/2008.]
Supervisor Consultation Workshop #1
Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Gina Wisker, University of Brighton
10:00 -13:00 Workshop Introduction: Dr. Gina Wisker
Our goal is to build a sustainable community of research supervisors who work together and achieve visibility for our broad sector of research. We have invited Dr. Gina Whisker to lead an introductory workshop on the issues around PhD supervison
14:15-15:30 Workgroups: “Support for the supervisor”
What are the issues that research supervisors face?
How can supervisors be supported most effectively?
How may the Graduate School play a role in this?
“The supervisor as a researcher in her/his own right”
How may the Graduate School play a role in supporting the supervisor as a researcher?
16:45 – 17:00 Next Steps
NEXT SCHEDULED WORKSHOP: The next doctoral proposal workshop is scheduled for 9th February 2012, 11:00-13:00, to reserve a place email aidan.mcelwaine(at)gradcam.ie with a copy of your CV and a short description of your research interest.
These workshops are designed to support researchers in the PhD proposal development stage. The workshops typically consist of a half-day intensive programme consisting of lecture; criticism and analysis seminar; sample proposal evaluation and analysis; and technical writing session. Where appropriate, the workshop is then followed up by a one-to-one 45 minute session based on a detailed discussion of the individual research proposal with members of the Graduate School team.
If you would like to participate in a workshop, simply email an expression of interest to aidan.mcelwaine(at)gradcam.ie including:
(a) a copy of your CV;
(b) a first draft of your research proposal; and
(c) an indication of why the general area of your proposed research is relevant to the goals and remit of the Graduate School.
To help make a first draft proposal see this
Australian website that provides helpful and succinct advice on research
proposal writing. However, the basic issues a proposal should address
can be stated simply as:
(i) what is the enquiry about? what is it that we want to find out?
(ii) why is this worth doing? what has been done in this area before? what's new about this enquiry?
(iii) how will we go about making our enquiry? where do we start? what is the sequence of steps in trying to arrive at an answer?
(iv) who would I like to work with? or what disciplines would I like to draw upon to make this enquiry?
(v) what kinds of resources might I need?
(vi) what materials will I be reading / viewing / accessing to inform my enquiry? (bibliography)
The numbers participating in each workshop are kept small to ensure that each participant is facilitated to evolve the best possible research proposal rooted in their specific personal research interests.
Email expressions of interest to aidan.mcelwaine(at)gradcam.ie
Include the phrase "proposal workshop" in the message title.
"No longer associated simply with objects and appearances, design is increasingly understood in a much wider sense as the human capacity to plan and produce desired outcomes. Engineered as an international discursive project, Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, will map the new capacity, power and promise of design."
This early-stage enquiry takes as its point of departure the attempt to map the potential of design methodologies to re-frame over-arching questions and challenges presented by contemporary social, economic and resource-management systems and processes. The goal of this phase of enquiry seeks to establish a framework discussion that maps the potential of critical design practice with specific reference to contemporary Irish society. Rather than simply address pre-specified "needs" the task we begin with is to identify how such paradigms of "need" are constructed. Central to this process of enquiry is the task of implementing methodologies for participatory, collaborative and interdiciplinary research.
The first step in developing this initiative was to establish a core working group of researchers - comprising both research scholars and associate researchers. These researchers worked with the Graduate School Visiting Fellow for spring semester 2008 - Vanessa Ahuactzin - to develop a series of practical propositions for public dissemination; these propositions will seek to give concrete specificity and detail to the development and application of innovation and design-thinking strategies in an Irish context while articulating the local - global critical interconnections. As part of developing this enquiry we have been keen to investigate the emergence of a locally-inflected "creative cities" discourse and to engage key stake-holders in dialogue about the potential for critical design research to enhance and challenge this emergent discussion.
Currently, the researchers are concluding a phase of research whereby the group has been invesitigating a range of innovative and experimental projects that address topics as diverse as: alternative local economic systems; sustainable fuel systems and micro-infrastructures; alternative public spaces; community and self-organising initiatives; 'DIY' (do-it-yourself) cultural actions; and other city-led and independent interventions into everyday life. The next challenge for the group will be the distillation and critical analysis of the case-study examples so as to identify the key paradigms underpinning innovative strategies and tactics in the attempt to rethink the everyday agency of citizens and the innovative potential of key professions: architects, designers, planners, community development workers, artists, and educators. More here...
Email expressions of interest to email@example.com
Include the phrase "mobilise" in the message title.
Image: Sakia Sassen's work on the globalised mobility of capital and labour.
In engaging the topic 'mobilise' the researchers were conscious of the critique that has been constructed around the techno-utopian tendencies in much transformative and liberatory design discourse. See David Stairs, founding editor of the Design-Altruism-Project and his critical review of such initiatives. Find out more about mobilise...
The School is inviting a range of doctoral researchers working across archtecture, design, visual and performing arts, music and media to participate in an important international conference in May 2008 at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. It is intended that discussions of procedure and emergent national policy guidelines will be informed by direct encounter with live research project work providing a plurality of exemplars and case-studies in arts research and creative practice.
For more details visit our conference page.
talking curators: reviewing 10 Years of curatorial discourse.
Curating Degree Zero is a touring archive of curator's work which will be hosted by the West Cork Arts Centre in March and April of 2008. Curating Degree Zero was launched to research, present and discuss changes in the practice of freelance curators, artist-curators, new-media curators and curatorial collaborations. Beginning in 1998 with a three-day symposium and an ensuing publication, the project now focuses on an expanding archive about these practices, which is touring as an exhibition, accompanied by a programme of live events and discussions. As part of the programme of events taking place the Graduate School will be co-organising a seminar on the condition of curatorial practice after a decade of unprecedented expansion and discussion.
The seminar is scheduled to take place on April 4th 2008 (14:00-17:00) at the West Cork Arts Centre. The seminar will use the opportunity provided by the presentation of the curating degree zero archive in Ireland to explore the current state of curatorial practice and the progress of the debate on curating over the last decade. If you would like to participate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase "curating degree zero" in the message title.
A medium-term goal of the School is to contribute to national and international debates in respect of creative practice research by engaging in a range of meta-research activities including the development of appropriate peer-review processes and metrics. Integral to such an undertaking will be a broader investigation into key axes of debate in the contemporary research enterprise of both public and private players across the European research space.
The school is funded through the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI). Find out more about the specific mission and institutional remit of the School here. See also our five questions answered sheet which provides a succinct introduction to the work of the School. For additional information on the collaborating institutions consult www.dit.ie, www.ncad.ie, www.iadt.ie and www.ulster.ac.uk.