I’m going to assume that people reading this blog aren’t necessarily aware of some more common (or perhaps obvious) resources to think through issues and ideas to do with practice-as-research. This is because I suspect – but definitely don’t know – that PhD and Masters students developing practice-as-research projects will be the main audience for the blog. Hopefully, as the site grows, it can become more useful for quite diverse practitioners, practices, and teachers.
The Practice as Research in Performance project – and associated conferences – marked a key moment in the development of ideas to do with practice-as-research. The website (which stopped being updated in 2006) is here:
It contains a wide range of materials, questions and conversations and to get a sense of its breadth a good place to start is:
In 2002, I was in my second year of my PhD “through creative practice”. At that stage I hadn’t even happened across the term practice-as-research (or practice-led, practice-based research). I was busy building a methodological case for my research through experimental qualitative research methods (using the work of people like Norman Denzin and Laurel Richardson). Encountering PARIP was immensely important in helping me understand in particular the epistemological possibilities (and limitations) of practice-as-research.
I think it’s important to add that many of the arguments – even points of conflict – that you’ll see present in parts of the site still seem to come back quite frequently in conversations I hear (and have) with students and cyber-colleagues.