I’ve been thinking a lot about my PhD lately, and how to address the methodology problems VT pushed me on last time we met. I didn’t have a good answer at the time, and just recently as I’ve addressed a few waves of crisis I’ve realised that I’ve been holding myself back with the belief that by engaging in practice-based research would be selfish and not relevant to the broader field of improvisation studies. Liam pointed out that in fact that is very far from the truth, and that the best thing I can really hope for out of this is a strengthened conviction in my own practice and ideas around it.
How to actually go about integrating a more practice-led approach into my PhD is another matter. The idea of reading some of the literature around artistic practice as research makes my stomach turn a little. But I guess that’s going to be an important component. [Cue me churning through a bit of the library catalogue… this is thankfully something I will be unable to do on the island next week.] Okay, so I’ve just perused online a text called Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music which happens to be edited by everyone’s favourite white male academic, Robert Burke, along with Andrys Onsman. Disappointingly, the vast majority of the essays within are by men. Same with most of the titles available in general (and everyone has to refer back to Borgdorff). For sure, I’ll delve into these writings and try to engage with them. But it’s so frustrating to think that even here I might have to try to fit what I’m doing into such a heavily masc-dominated research framework… Of course I know there’s no pure break with patriarchal structures, of which the academy is a big one. Bleurgh, anyway.
Okay! More searching. This is a weird and silly blog post but whatever. Just came across another text, this one edited by Mine Doğantan – a Turkish academic and pianist … and not dude! I’ll be interested to read her take somewhat comparatively to Burke/Onsman, to interrogate my own prejudices and frustrations.
Lots to read and think about, even before I meet with LD tomorrow.