Critical Edge 2022 Workshops

Make use of our writing and research resources to give your thesis the critical edge it needs to succeed.

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About Critical Edge

Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September

Critical Edge provides a space for Masters and Doctoral students to share ideas and gain new practical tools for their research.

Organised by Dr Farzaneh Haghighi and PhD candidate Leo Baldwin-Ramult at the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, various academic staff, graduates and guest specialists will offer postgraduate students a series of presentations and workshops.

From Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September, Critical Edge 2022 includes a 3-day online series of presentations and workshops via Zoom, followed by a 3-hour in-person writing retreat at the City Campus.

Following topics will be covered:

  • Practice-led methodologies
  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Research funding
  • Thesis writing
  • Peer review
  • Career planning

Zoom presentations and workshops are open to all University of Auckland Masters and Doctoral students.

The writing retreat is for Creative Arts and Industries Masters and Doctoral students and registration is required due to limited spaces available.

Workshop schedule - Tuesday 30 August

Career Planning: A conversation with Creative Arts and Industries PhD Graduates

Recent Creative Arts and Industries PhD graduates will discuss the transition from doctoral studies to a career.

Inclusive Learning: Supporting Neurodivergent Students

Find out how Inclusive Learning supports the academic success of neurodivergent students and helps staff create a safe and inclusive space at the university.

  • When: Tuesday 30 August, 10-11am
  • Presented by: Glenis Wong-Toi
  • Location: Online via Zoom

Ngā Rangahau Kōtuitui

This session will focus on how our Māori and Pacific principles and values of whakapapa and tauihi va assist in facilitating and delivering learning opportunities in our Ngā Rangahau Kōtuitui program. 

Practice-led Methodology Workshop

This workshop places creative practice – particularly within the spatial realm – in the school's wider history and discusses the challenges and opportunities that this methodology creates for those working (or looking to work) in that mode now.

Help! I Need Money to Do My Research

This session will provide an overview of some of the resources available to the University of Auckland staff and students to help you find funding sources (beyond scholarship support) and the things to consider when applying for research funding.

  • When: Tuesday 30 August, 2-3pm
  • Presented by: Denice Belsten
  • Location: Online via Zoom

Transdisciplinary Research in the Creative Arts

In this session, Fabio Morreale will talk about his experience with transdisciplinary research projects and offer practical suggestions to early career researchers on how to get started with this research approach.

Workshop schedule - Wednesday 31 August

Proposal for Funding

This workshop will focus on how to write successful grant applications. You are invited to bring applications you are working on or considering working on, and there will also be ample space to ask questions.

Library Research Support, Services and Resources

This presentation will highlight Te Tumu Herenga resources and services relevant to Creative Arts and Industries postgraduate and doctoral students, including literature and creative practice reviews and the academic writing expectations for these pieces of research. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

  • When: Wednesday 31 August, 11am-12pm
  • Presented by: Fiona Lamont and Ana Maria
  • Location: Online via Zoom

Writing Process for Journal Publication

In this talk, Barbara Ribeiro will explain the process of journal publication and share her experience with several publications.

PhD journey from a Pacific perspective

Karamia and Charmaine will talk about their experiences and journeys completing PhD as Pacific researchers and the value of their PhD (at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the University of Queensland, Australia) for their careers.

"A speculative problem is solved as soon as it is properly stated"

In this talk, Simon Ingram will discuss the question or problem in the research journey by reflecting on his experience with his doctoral study, "Painting as Machine" (Best Doctoral Thesis Award, 2007) and his current research project.

Workshop schedule - Thursday 1 September

Writing for Creative Practice Research

This workshop will explore ways to write about creative practice research, from the personal to the poetic, to the critical and between. Participants will be given time to write about their creative practice research and receive peer-to-peer feedback.

Transdisciplinary Postgraduate Research

This workshop explores the integration of a transdisciplinary mindset into postgraduate research.

Linking Industry and the Academy through Practice and Research: A Case of Design

In this presentation, the speakers will provide insights into their experiences of navigating the process, problematics, and benefits of forging links between the industry and the academy from various contexts with examples from prior practice and research in design. 

Mātauranga Māori

In this presentation, Deidre Brown will discuss visual and built-form creative practices as a form of Mātauranga Māori and how to respectfully engage/create/document them using Kaupapa Māori Research (KMR) methodologies.

Mātauranga Māori: Moving storylines in creative practice research

This presentation will provide an opportunity to talk and reflect upon Mātauranga Māori in Creative Arts research. 

Practice-led Methodology Workshop 2

This workshop explores multidisciplinary approaches common within contemporary art to further your practice-led research. There will be room for conversation and exercises to help you identify or develop your own approaches.

Writing Retreat - Friday 2 September

In this 3-hour writing retreat, with morning refreshments, you will be guided by Associate Professor Susan Carter to work on your ongoing PhD writing. Susan’s expertise is in supporting developing research writing. You will benefit from peer-review, working with other attendees and receiving constructive feedback from Susan. 

For catering reasons and a limited capacity for this session, you are required to email Leo Baldwin-Ramult to register your attendance. 

Contact us

For any enquires please contact PhD candidate Leo Baldwin-Ramult