Situating research impact in the arts: Beyond Scopus, SciVal, SNIP and SJR.

Year: 2017

Author: Snepvangers, Kim, Davis, Robyn, Ewing, Pat

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Arts and practice based research is at the intersection of contemporary non-traditional or "not elsewhere classified" research as typically it anticipates interdisciplinary categories and codes. Arts based practices typically do not easily fit within existing research codes and other indices of value, impact and engagement. The double coding of being "in the arts" combined with the heightened status of "measurement" cultures in higher education are particularly difficult to navigate with regard to Non Traditional Research Outputs (NTRO) for example. The research topics and names of people involved in presenting with this panel focus comprise the following speakers:
- Dr Kim Snepvangers: UNSW Sydney: Art & Design
- Associate Professor Susan Davis: CQUniversity Australia,
- Professor Robyn Ewing: The University of Sydney
- Professor Pat Thomson: University of Nottingham
These speakers each bring a different institutional perspective to local, national and global issues of significance with regard to increased aspects of measurement, accountability and compliance in arts based research contexts. Across visual and performative domains of practice (as represented in the speaker's areas of specialisation) acronyms are escalating, data capture systems are proliferating and educators, academics and practitioners have new duties in capturing and managing data base systems and concomitant individual research profiles and indexes. Ways to countermand increased compliance and audit cultures will be discussed as well as resourceful ways to navigate research statements, excellence in research initiatives and other contemporary technologies, regimes and systems. The following questions will inform the panel discussion.

- What constitutes impact and engagement in contemporary arts research?
- How do we situate and define contemporary arts research within structures of publishing, measurement and metric culture?
- What are some new developments and possibilities in contemporary arts research culture in a range of university contexts?
- What types/kinds of contemporary arts research forms are developing?
- What are the affordances and constraints of contemporary arts research in the context of impact and engagement?
- What alternative modes of presentation, documentation and capture are developing?