with Anna Gibbs


This workshop for PhD and DCA students explores the epistemological and philosophical aspects - and the creative possibilities - of the dissertation component of your doctoral work.

Focusing on activating the relationship between creative and critical components of the doctorate we consider ways of moving between the critical and the creative, ways of making the creative critical, and above all, ways of making the critical creative.

Here we understand poetics as at once a theory of practice and a practice of theory, enabling a feedback between creative absorption and critical reflection to generate new knowledge about both the process of making and what is made. It is a form of research-creation in its own right rather than simply something that comes after a research which takes place elsewhere (whether in the studio, the archive or the field).


Course Goals


- To assist in developing a poetics for thesis writing
- To explore new genres in research writing
- To explore creative possibilities for thesis-writing


Detailed Content

For 2018, content for this small workshop will be organised around students' particular topics and needs but will systematically address the course aims.


Required Reading

Ronell. Avital On writing a dissertation. 2013 European Graduate School Lecture

Gibbs, Anna (2015): Writing as Method: Attunement, Resonance, and rhythm. In: Affective Methodologies. Developing Cultural research strategies for the Study of Affect. Eds. Britta Timm Knudsen and Carsten Stage. Palgrave Macmillan 2015, 222-236.
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Suggested Reading

B. Andersonand P. Harrison (eds), Taking place: Non-representational theories and geography, Surrey, Ashgate, 2010

P. Harvey andE. Casella (eds), Objects and Materials, London, Routledge, 2013

S. Jones, T. Adams and C. Ellis (eds), Handbook of Autoethnography, Walnut Creek CA, Left Coast Press, 2013

Knudsen, BT and C Stage (eds) Affective Methodologies : Developing Cultural Research Strategies for the Study of Affect. 2015

P. Vannini (ed), Non-Representational Methodologies, New York, Routledge, 2014.

Lingis, Alphonso. Sensation: Intelligibility in Sensibility. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1996.

Hale, A. Basides, H The keys to academic English South Yarra, Australia ; Palgrave Macmillan

Stewart, Kathleen. (2011) ‘Atmospheric attunements’. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 29: 445-453

Stewart, Kathleen. (2007). Ordinary affects. Durham: Duke University Press.

Carter, Paul Material Thinking: Collaborative Realisation and the Art of Self Becoming. Melbourne: Melbourne UP, 2005.

Forche, Carolyn, and Philip Gerard, eds. Writing Creative Nonfiction: Instruction and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs. Cincinnati, Ohio: Story Press, 2001.

Nelson, Maggie 2015 The Argonauts Graywolf Press

Nettelbeck, Amanda and Heather Kerr (eds). The Space Between: Australian women writing fictocriticism Nedlands: UWA Press. 1998. 1-17

Riley, Denise (2005): Impersonal Passion. Language as Affect. Durham and London: Duke University Press.


Course Materials/Tools

Bring laptops or notebook and pen.

Bring photocopies or print outs of three academic journal articles or book chapters relevant to their work, a pair of scissors or scalpel and a glue stick and paper to the second workshop.