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.

Ethics and Representation

Ethics and representation
Bronwyn T.Williams and MaryBrydon-Miller


The dissertation has left the page and this shift toward new forms of scholarship demands a fundamental reconsideration of the ethical implications of research using digital media. There are an increasing number of examples of such scholarship. One dissertation on creating connections between deaf and hearing cultures includes video clips of rehearsals, performances and discussions with the participants involved in the project (Davis Haggerty, 2006). Another, this one on the leadership qualities of community activists, incorporates videos of interviews with the participants (Gutierrez, 2008). A Masters thesis on the relocation of residents from an urban public housing project contains a full-length film documentary of the research including interviews and other footage (Schippling, 2007). These examples, as well ...

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