Creative Practice Research in the Humanities module (HU32002)

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Module code


  • Level 3
  • Semester 2
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%

Practice research and creative practice are significant and growing modes both within humanities disciplines and as a way for the humanities to be practiced beyond the university. This module examines both intellectual and practical dimensions including the articulation of research questions and concepts, the value of ‘knowing by doing’, documentation of ephemeral practices, and the role of audience (including participation and social engagement). The module encourages an interdisciplinary approach – you might be a creative writer, a filmmaker, a comics artist or engaged in another form of creative practice. This module will offer a grounding in critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives on practice research and support you to develop your own practice research project. Successful completion of this module is a requirement for Level 4 practice-research dissertation projects.


Dr Johanna Linsley


  • Critical content 20%
  • Final project portfolio 50%
  • Project framing essay 30%


Indicative Reading

  • Allegue, M., S. Jones, B. Kershaw and A. Piccini, eds. Practice-as-Research in Performance and Screen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • Bishop, C. Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (Verso, 2012)
  • Carter, P. Material Thinking: The Theory and Practice of Creative Research (Melbourne University Press, 2004)
  • Brouillette, S. Literature and the Creative Economy (Stanford University Press, 2014)
  • Clarke, C., S. Jones, N. Kaye and J. Linsley Artists in the Archive: Creative and Curatorial Engagements with the Documents of Art and Performance (Routledge, 2018)
  • Hilevaara, K. and E. Orley, eds. The Creative Critic (Routledge, 2018)
  • Jones, A. and A. Heathfield, eds. Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History (Intellect and University of Chicago Press, 2012)
  • Kester, G. Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art (University of California Press, 2010)
  • Kwon, M. One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2002)
  • McRobbie, A. Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries (Polity Press, 2016)
  • Nelson, R. Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Indicative case studies


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