This presentation seeks to unpack the problems and possibilities of publishing a practice-based thesis in the arts as a native website. It builds on my own experience as an author of “Tactile Paths: on and through notation or improvisers” (www.tactilepaths.net), a PhD dissertation accepted by Leiden University in 2016, among other web-based publications.
“Native” web publications refer to texts that are written for digital media, rather than to those built for print media and later posted (e.g. as PDFs) on the web. In the context of artistic research, web publishing offers many advantages over print:
“While digital dissertations have been around for twenty years or more,” digital rhetoric scholar Virgina Kuhn notes in her forthcoming anthology on digital dissertations in the humanities, “the precise processes by which they are defined, created and defended remain something of a mystery.” This presentation thus aims to offer some practical thoughts and reflections to help remedy this situation.
During this session, we will
Participants are welcome to present their own web-based projects briefly at the end of the presentation. Please contact Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in doing so.