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Sharing Practice

Date:13 June 2012, 9:30am to
13 June 2012, 6:00pm
Location:Kingston University, Coombehurst Studio, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
 KT2 7LB

Keynote speakers

  • Professor June Boyce Tilman (Winchester University)
  • Esa Kirkkopelto (Professor of Artistic Research, Finnish Theatre Academy)

Organised by the practice research unit, Kingston University

This one day conference aims to bring together academics from the creative arts concerned with the relationship between Practice as Research (PAR) and practice research led teaching.

Practice research in the creative arts encompasses a diverse range of approaches, methods and performance outputs. How can we share these varied practices in supervising and teaching within higher education?

Playing on the double meaning of ‘practice’ – in PAR and when sharing ‘best practice’ – this event offers the opportunity to reflect on the development of pedagogical principles and what teaching innovation can mean within practice research.

Central themes

a) Practice research fed postgraduate teaching

  • how do we teach Master’s students practice in the arts?
  • what challenges are faced for practice led postgraduate courses?

b) Supervising practice PhDs (and UG/PG major projects)

  • what considerations must be acknowledged in supervising practice research?
  • what forms of output and dissemination are possible in practice PHDs?
  • how should practice PHDs be assessed and disseminated?
  • how do we process applications and interviews for practice PHDs?

c) Practice teaching innovation  in undergraduate teaching

  • how might we implement innovation in teaching practice?
  • how might we assess practice learning?
  • what support is required for practice teaching?
  • how can practice be a contribution to knowledge?
  • how does performance present ideas and learning which can be used as assessment, including synoptic assessment?

Draft programme

9.30 - Registration

10.00 - Introduction: John Mullarkey and Helen Julia Minors

10.15 - Keynote address; Chair: Helen Julia Minors
1: Professor June Boyce Tilman: Issues in Practice-based and practice-led doctorates

11.15 - Coffee

11.30 - Session 1; Chair: John Martin
1. Neil Chapman and Katy Macleod: Writing- as- Art: new PhD submissions in Fine Art requiring supervision which accepts the provisional and contingent
2. Mark James Hamilton: Beyond Ventriloquism: Transmitting a Holistic Vocal Practice

1.00 - Lunch (not provided)

2.00 - Session 2; Chair: Alyson Campell Brunel
1. Maria Mencia: Cityscapes: Social Poetics/Public Textualities- thinking through practice
2. Tim Ewers: How can practice be a contribution to knowledge?

3.00 - Coffee

3.15 - Session 3; Chair: Frank Millward
1. Victoria Perselli: 'The djinni wanted to know why she did it’. Conjuring education as ‘other’ to the seemingly ordinary practice of educating others.
2. Fred McVittie: Call and Response: developing pedagogy through dialogic practice

4.15 - Keynote address; Chair: John Mullarkey
2: Esa Kirkkopelto (title tbc)

5.15 - Thank you, round up comment: Tim Ewers (host)

Followed by drinks, accompanied by music from Jazz pianist, Meredith White


Registration is free for all delegates. Please book your place at

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