This handbook sets out the processes and products of ‘digital’ research. It is a theoretical and practical guide on how to undertake and navigate advanced research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Topics covered include:
- How to make research more accessible
- The use of search engines and other sources to determine the scope of work
- Research training for students
- What will theses, dissertations and research reports look like in ten years’ time?
- The storing and archiving of such research
- Ethics and methodologies in the field
- Intercultural issues
The editors focus on advances in arts- and practice-based doctorates, and their application in other fields and disciplines. The contributions chart new territory for universities, research project directors, supervisors and research students regarding the nature and format of graduate and doctoral work, as well as research projects.
Written by experienced practitioners, this handbook is an essential reference for researchers, supervisors and administrators on how to conduct and evaluate research projects in a digital and multimodal age.
Multimodality, Including the Representation and Presentation of Theses and Dissertations
As we pointed out in the Introduction to this handbook, multimodality is not synonymous with digitization. Multimodality preceded the digital by several centuries, but its revival and re-formulation has been brought about partly by the affordances of the digital. A conventional thesis or dissertation can be multimodal by virtue of its texture (e.g. a dissertation about hand-made paper typed on to hand-made paper); its inclusion of images (e.g. Japanese manga in a study of the emergence of study manga); its inclusion of figures and tables and its inclusion of other modes of representation in an accompanying CD Rom. One could even argue that a ‘purely’ written ...