18 February 2010

The doctoral thesis in the digital and multimodal age

British Library, Euston Road, London – Conference Centre
Tuesday 18 May 2010 10.15am to 4.30pm

This is the final conference in the ESRC Research Seminar series ‘New forms of doctorate: the influence of multimodality and e-learning on the nature and format of doctoral theses’

Keynote speakers

Gunther Kress, Professor of Semiotics and Education and Director, Centre for Multimodal Research, Institute of Education, London
‘Social fragmentation and epistemological multiplicity: the doctoral thesis in an era of provisionality’

Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing, University of Nottingham ‘Interdisciplinary Research in Mixed Reality Performance - implications for the doctorate’


Andrew Brown, Director of the Doctoral School, IOE, ‘Professional doctorates, electronic theses and other challenges and opportunities in the evaluation of 'a contribution to knowledge in the field'’

Joanna Newman, Head of Higher Education, British Library, ‘Ethos: opening up research'

David Durling, Associate Dean (Research), Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, ‘Designing the doctorate’

Jude England, Head of Social Science Collections and Research, British Library, ‘Preserving the present for the future’

Myrrh Domingo, Doctoral candidate, New York University, ‘Research into interactive multimodal texts’

Lesley Gourlay, Learning Innovation Applied Research Group, Coventry University, ‘Virtual worlds, textual limits? Doctoral research into the multimodal, hybrid and posthuman’

There will be a launch of the guidance document New forms of dissertation: guidance for students, universities and libraries.

Attendance is free.
Coffee, lunch and tea included.

Please register with Richard Sheldrake, Institute of Education, London on r.sheldrake@ioe.ac.uk. We can accommodate up to 200 delegates, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The series and conference is organized by Richard Andrews, Erik Borg, Jude England and Stephen Boyd Davis.

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