Tuesday, July 10, 2012

[Yasmin_discussions] post-doctoral research after art/science/tech PhDs ?


Your PhD program in edinburgh sounds right on target !

the information you give on what the PhD students are doing after your
PhD is very interesting- as it points to the fact that these interdisciplinary
PhD programs have a variety of ways that they allow the hybrids to develop
their careers

This weekend IMERA is hosting the INTR network which
is a network that among things is discussing post-doctoral research
for the "hybrids"


the PhD pipeline in science was designed as an overall pathway
of specialisation and research training from BSc, to PhD to Post-doctoral
researcher-but the equivalent barely exists in the arts and humanities

there are almost no funded post doctoral research positions for
students coming out from art-science PhD programs- things are better
in art/design- engineering as there are positions in technology research

one of the problems faced by art-science PhD and Masters training
is the variety of possible career paths that they are part

i dont know if hybrid is a good terminology // sometimes I feel like a mongrel

incidentally you also make the point that you want to have a PhD that bridges
more widely that art-science- sometimes this is called INTEGRATIVE STUDIES
there is even an international association for integrative studies




On Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 8:55 PM, Simon Biggs <simon@littlepig.org.uk> wrote:
> Here in Edinburgh we have a programme MSc by Research in Interdisciplinary Creative Practices.
> http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees?id=656&cw_xml=details.php
> It's coming to the end of it's first year. We started small, just five students (although for a PhD preparation programme we don't want many more than that). The students background's were computer science, English literature, Film and TV, music and sociology. They came from the UK, USA and the EU.
> One student has gained a fully funded PhD studentship in Informatics and another a job at Harvard. Another is looking at a PhD in neuroscience and music whilst another is looking to be a curator. Another already works part-time as a lecturer but really wants to be a full time artist. Next year's intake looks like it will come from an equally diverse background and will be more international in character, with candidates from India, Mexico and China as well as from the EU and USA.
> The programme has units in computing, creative arts, cultural theory, bio-sciences, art theory, social sciences and geography, amongst other subjects. Our intent is for it to be broader than an arts and sciences programme, engaging subject areas in as many areas of the university as possible. We also seek to be responsive to student requirements, so they can follow a course each semester in any area in the university they are qualified to. The key element is that a large proportion of the work the students do is practice-led research, allowing established practitioners access to a wide range of academic subjects and students from academic backgrounds to develop their work within a practice-based paradigm.
> best
> Simon

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