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How am I doing? Challenging normative research methods

Wednesday 7 July 2021, 2 - 4pm

The Practice Research Assembly is pleased to present our Summer 2021 event: How am I doing? Challenging normative research methods.

Continuing our discussions on the distinctive qualities of practice research, this session takes a look at How research methodology and methods are developed, utilised, and challenged.

In an online presentation we will hear keynotes from award-winning writer and critical theorist, Dr Isabel Waidner, University of Roehampton, and Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, Dr Rama Gheerawo, who will be considering each of their own practices in terms of non-normative research methods.

This session is intended for anyone interested in practice research across the disciplines supported by SGSAH, which include architecture, art, design, film, music, performing arts and writing as well as those who work through interdisciplinarity. Whether intending to apply for PhD study, a current PhD student, or an independent researcher, we invite everyone to join us for what will be an exciting event.

2pm: Welcome and Intros: Professor Maria Fusco, DJCAD, University of Dundee and Dr Colin Herd, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow

2.10-2.50: Keynote ‘Sterling Karat Gold’ followed by Q+A: Dr Isabel Waidner, School of Humanities, University of Roehampton

2.50-3.00: Break

3.00-3.40: Keynote ‘Design.Different - practising inclusive design’ followed by Q+A: Director Dr Rama Gheerawo, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art

3.40-3.55pm: Conversation Between Speakers

3.55-4pm: Closing Remarks

Click here to watch Dr Rama Gheerawo's presentation

Click here to watch Dr Isabel Waidner's presentation

About the Presenters

Keynote Speakers:

Isabel Waidner is a writer and critical theorist. They are the author of three novels, Sterling Karat Gold (2021), We Are Made of Diamond Stuff (2019) and Gaudy Bauble (2017). They were shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Prize (2x), and won the International Literaturpreis.

Rama Gheerawo is an international figure within design. He won a Design Week ‘Hall of Fame’ award in 2019 and was named a 2018 Creative Leader by Creative Review alongside Paul Smith and Björk. He uses design to address diversity through age, ability, gender and race. He is a serial innovator in the field of Inclusive Design and Design Thinking having led over 100 international projects with government, business, academia and the third sector with clients such as Samsung, Toyota, AgeUK and Panasonic. He champions inclusive and empathic approaches through his pathfinding work in Creative Leadership, having trained thousands of people including over 700 civil servants.

Chair: Dr Colin Herd

Colin Herd is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Publications include You Name It (2019), Swamp Kiss (2018), and Click and Collect (2017). Projects include the podcast Influence with Sophie Collins and translingual collaborative poetics between Japan and UK with SJ Fowler, Kyoko Yoshida and Fukudapero, supported by the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

Lead: Professor Maria Fusco

Maria Fusco is Professor of Interdisciplinary Writing at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and is lead academic for Practice Research Assembly. Her own practice research spans the registers of critical, fiction, performance and theoretical writing.   

Research Assistant: Katie Hart Potapoff

Katie Hart Potapoff is based at DJCAD, University of Dundee, researching her practice-led PhD, titled With an Attentiveness Towards Intimacy and Texture: Exploring a Sense of Land and Place Through Creative Practices. At the centre of her practice research is an exploration of the space in-between.


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