This is Not a Seminar: Creative Research Dialogues (TINAS) is an interdisciplinary forum for practice-led staff and higher degree by research (HDR) candidates with a focus on dialogue and communities of practice. In 2012, TINAS was established to address the needs of HDR candidates in the School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). The fundamental principles of TINAS are to encourage a bridge between disciplinary thought and practice, and to expose practice-led researchers to myriad research platforms and skills across a range of disciplines, approaches and practices.
Inspired by the René Magritte painting The Treachery of Images (1928-29) and the provocation “This is not a pipe”—taken up later by philosopher Michel Foucault (1983)—the program asks its participants to challenge their understandings of research, including what it means to place the researcher firmly at the centre of the research paradigm. In naming the forum This Is Not A Seminar: Creative Research Dialogues, we set up a space for dialogue, challenging hierarchical structures of lectures and lessons, encouraging HDR candidates to facilitate as leadership training, as well as regularly inviting industry liaisons to foreground the relationship of the academy to the world.
TINAS has over 300 members made up of ECU staff & HDR past and present, and creative industries.
TINAS meets every Thursday during the semester. These one-hour sessions cover:
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TINAS reading and writing (TINAS R&W).
Alternating between focused writing and writing game/technique sessions, TINAS R&W meets every Wednesday during semester.
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Choreographies of Thought: an annual roundtable event developed to honour a magnificent thinker and doer, the late Associate Professor Maggi Phillips (PhD).
Adams, L., Newman, R., Hopper, L., & Polain, M. (2020). Interdisciplinary Dialogues in the Higher Degree by Research Practice-led Space. In K. Tregloan & K. Wise (Eds.), Warp Weft. UK: Palgrave.
Newman, R., & Adams, L. (2019). The question(s), the material(s) and the ethics of creative practice research methodologies. In B. Bolt & K. MacNeill (Eds.), The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy: Challenges for Creative Practice Researchers in Higher Education. London, UK: Taylor & Francis.
Yekanians, S., Adams, L., (2018), The Special Team Elite, Austin Macauley Publishers, Austin Macauley Publishers.
Adams, L., Girak, S., (2017), Public Art–Mitchell Freeway Extension: Burns Beach Rd to Hester Ave., Mitchell Freeway Extension: Burns Beach Rd to Hester Ave, Main Roads WA and CPB Contractors.
Adams, L., & Newman, R. (2016). Collisions, Co-opting and Collaboration: Reflections on the workings of an interdisciplinary collaborative project—inConversation. Paper presented at the ACUADS Conference 2015: Art and Design Education in the global 24/7, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. http://acuads.com.au/conference/2015-conference/
Adams, L., Newman, R., Kueh, C., & Ferguson, N. (2015). Beyond Thesis and Exegesis: capturing creative practice to improve supervision of creative arts higher degree candidates. Paper presented at the ACUADS Conference 2014: The Future of the Discipline, Victorian College of the Arts and RMIT University, Melbourne. http://acuads.com.au/conference/2014-conference/
Adams, L., Newman, R., Ferguson, N., & Kueh, C. (2015). Messy never-endings: Curating inConversation as interdisciplinary collaborative dialogue. Paper presented at the ACUADS Conference 2014: The Future of the Discipline, Victorian College of the Arts and RMIT University, Melbourne. http://acuads.com.au/conference/2014-conference/
Adams, L., & Newman, R. (2015). In Conversation: A cross-Disciplinary Collaborative Exhibition. IMPRINT, 50(2), 2.
Adams, L., Kueh, C., Newman-Storen, R., & Ryan, J. (2015). This is Not an Article: a reflection on Creative Research Dialogues (This is Not a Seminar). Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-18. doi:10.1080/00131857.2015.1035630
Adams, L., Newman-Storen, R., & Kueh, C. (2014). inConversation (catalogue). Mount Lawley: Edith Cowan University. https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ecubooks/1/
Adams, L., Newman, R., & Kueh, C. (2014). inbetween. In (wall paper print, unique state, 3m x 1.5m ed.). Mount Lawley: Edith Cowan University.
Adams, L., Newman-Storen, R., & Kueh, C. (2014). inConversation (exhibition). Mount Lawley: Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University.
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