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Is there a doctor in the house? A riposte to Victor Burgin on practice-based arts and audiovisual research

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I suggest that to properly understand current resistance within parts of the academy to practice-based doctoral programmes in the creative arts one has to understand the deeply entrenched character of the social division between intellectual and manual labour in our society. Victor Burgin's typology of doctoral candidates for visual arts programmes and tripartite structure of doctoral study is, I argue, hierarchical, privileging traditional humanities scholarship over studiobased methodologies of research.
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Keywords: abstraction; division of intellectual and manual labour; doctorates; visual arts practice research

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Edinburgh.

Publication date: July 31, 2008

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