Experimental Humanities

Project Status: Current
People Involved: Erin Brannigan, Stephen Muecke

Creative Arts teaching is booming in universities, but without a strong research capacity.

This project traces antecedents in experiment and composition, then builds the foundations for creative arts research as a new branch of the Humanities, which has traditionally been concerned with meaning and critical judgment.

The project will develop post-critical concepts of composition, experiment and performance to facilitate the understanding of contemporary cultural work as serious attempts to harness human creativity to solve real world problems. The project will enhance the research capacity of the creative arts, while developing a new understanding of creativity that will enable widespread application in teaching.