Simone Bignall

Simone BignallSimone Bignall’s primary research interests fall within the field of political philosophy, often informed by her active participation in various communities of practice. Her academic work traverses Continental philosophy and critical political theory, colonial and postcolonial politics and culture, theories of embodiment and agency, feminism, psychoanalysis, and ethics.

While the projects Bignall has developed have been diverse in focus and range, her approach to various problems has been guided by my particular interest in the philosophical lineage from Spinoza to Deleuze, as well as the political philosophies of Foucault and Agamben. Her overriding aim has been to develop aspects and applications of this thought in order to define alternative ways of thinking about agency and the potential transformation of entrenched and habitual social practices. Through this work, she seeks to describe types of practice that encourage diverse peoples to live respectfully, responsibly and joyfully in community with one another.

Her recent publications include:

  • ‘Desire, Apathy and Activism’, Deleuze Studies, Special Issue 2010, pp. 6-21.This paper was published from the proceedings of the ‘Deleuze and Activism’ conference held in Cardiff, Wales, December 12-13 2009, where I was an invited speaker. The paper develops thinking about causation, complex affectivity and politics. It has already attracted international citation (Aitken and An 2011).
  • ‘Postcolonial Agency and Poststructuralist Thought: Deleuze and Foucault on Desire and Power’, Angelaki, General Issue, 2008, pp. 127-49.This article, published in an ERA ranked A* journal, has been cited in international scholarship (eg. Noyes, 2010; O’Byrne and Holmes 2011; Henderson 2010; Flores-Bradshaw 2009). My peers have offered spontaneous correspondence, acclaiming the new directions for research opened up by the argument presented here.’A Superior Empiricism: The Subject and Experimentation’, Pli (Warwick Journal of Philosophy), 18, 2007: pp. 201-217.This essay offers a novel interpretation of Deleuze’s philosophy of the subject, arguing that a concept of complexly embodied agency is evidenced in Deleuze’s work.

She earned her PhD in Philosophy from University of Sydney and her  Bachelor of Arts, Honours (First Class in Politics) from University of Adelaide.

Credits to Open University

Published: 19 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Allen Bishop

Allen BishopAllen Bishop is a psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, teacher, and pianist living in Montecito, California, with his wife Dena. Allen is the immediate president of the Santa Barbara Music Club, and is the founding Director of the Santa Barbara Beethovenfest. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the American Beethoven Society.

Bishop served for 10 years as Chair of the Clinical Psychology programme at Pacifica Graduate Institute. In conjunction with chairing the Psychotherapy programme, he currently serves as the WASC Liaison Officer for Pacifica Graduate Institute.

While Allen has had a life-long interest in the piano and the music of Beethoven, it is only in the last 15 years that he has had the opportunity to study seriously with teachers including Peter Yazbeck, Betty Oberacker, and Glory Fisher. He has performed frequently in the Music Club Concert Series and the Beethovenfest. As co-founder of the Montecito Chamber Players, he has performed at numerous retirement venues in and around Santa Barbara.

Allen serves as the Chair of the Depth Psychotherapy Programme at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

His area of interests are psychoanalysis, music and psychoanalysis, and psychoanalytic practice. He completed his PhD in Educational Psychology from University of Southern California.

You can visit his blog at

Credits to Pacifica Graduate Institute

Published: 19 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015