Simone 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.
Credits to Open University
Published: 19 March 2014
Last update: 23 April 2015