Creative River Journeys: Using an a/r/tographical framework for a multifaceted PhD project
University of Melbourne
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communication and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications
In my PhD study, Creative River Journeys - an inquiry into postgraduate education and practice-led research at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia - I have employed a/r/tography as my research methodology and a/r/tography underpins the conceptual framework of the research project. Making the connections between the research concerns in the project and the theory of a/r/tography as a practice was a crucial step in the research design process. As the project has unfolded, further unexpected connections have become apparent, particularly in relation to the reflective practice inherent in the project, my own poetic inquiry, and my researcher identity. In this paper, I outline the relationship between the research design and a/r/tography as a methodological approach, and share insights that I have arrived at in my PhD project, especially in relation to how the project has led me to embody the multiple roles of artist, researcher and teacher.