Troubling the Academic Thesis

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You are invited to engage in a public seminar with Dr Chris Dooks (UK) and Dr Nick Sousanis (USA)*, who along with others will trouble the notion of the academic thesis and consider its alternative. The primacy of words over images and sounds has deep roots in Western culture. But what if the three are inextricably linked, equal partners in meaning-making? Chris and Nick and others will trouble this question in relation to the doctoral thesis. Chris, just completed his PhD at the University of the West of Scotland using a mixture of audio-visual materials, music and found sound, encoded into vinyl records with accompanying text, ( and Nick completed a comics-based doctoral thesis at Teachers College, Columbia University, as an 'experiment in visual thinking’ ( They will be in conversation this Saturday 6 February from 11.30 at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Convenors The School of Education (Diarmuid McAuliffe) and School of Media, Culture and Society (Graham Jeffery) at University of the West of Scotland in collaboration with the CCA and Glasgow Museums.
Period6 Feb 2016
Event typeWorkshop
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map


  • practice-based research
  • arts research
  • research methods
  • academic practice
  • arts education
  • creativity