Supervisor's Perspectives on the Ethical Supervision of Long Form Writing and Managing Trauma Narrative within the Australian Tertiary Sector

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Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 2017, 14 ((2/3)), pp. 61 - 71
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2017-09-01
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Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation. Miller and Tougaw observe, “If every age has its symptoms, ours appears to be the age of trauma”. Their observation may help explain the emergence of memoir and autobiographical or autoethnographic creative works, not just commercially but also within the tertiary sector. Almost all of this work is appearing within journalism, English and creative writing schools as students turn to creative practice degrees as a means to write through traumatic events. The focus of this paper is to report on the findings of a qualitative research project where a range of Australian academics supervising trauma narrative HDR candidates were interviewed regarding what their needs are in relation to the ethical supervision of their candidates. This paper will also contribute to a better understanding of the supervisory relationship pertinent to candidates undertaking their own personal trauma narrative research and the ways in which academics can provide a safer space for both themselves and Research by Higher Degree students.
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