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.

Media Systems, Multimodality and Posthumanism

Media systems, multimodality and posthumanism


Various accounts can be made about the origins, nature and purposes of the dissertation (used in this chapter to refer to all levels, from undergraduate to PhD) as a text, process, qualification and set of social practices. Its status is in many ways iconic; seen as the centrepiece and crowning achievement of the degree, and a key opportunity for the student to produce an in-depth and to some degree original piece of work. In that regard, it is both a symbolic carrier of academic tradition, but also arguably a crucible within which new forms of academic expression may be forged. In the early twenty-first century social and academic context, ubiquitous digital networks increasingly permeate our day-to-day ...

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