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20122019
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Research interests

Clare Woodford is Principal Lecturer in Political Philosophy in the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE)  School of Humanities, University of Brighton; director of the CAPPE Critical Theory research group strand; degree leader for BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Ethics; and co-editor of Rowman and Littlefield’s Polemics series. She is the author of articles and chapters on democratic disorientation and ambivalence, the work of Rancière, Butler, Cavell, Honig, Rawls, Laclau and Foucault with respect to performance, extremism, transnational populism, democratic activism and the ethics of friendship. Her first book Disorienting democracy: politics of emancipation (London; Routledge) juxtaposed Rancière’s thought with that of Butler, Cavell, Menke and Derrida to draw out the practical implications of his writing for emancipatory politics. She is currently working on a second book on love and desire in democratic theories of the subject. Clare works at the interstices of political philosophy, poststructuralism and democratic theory. Questioning the division between theory and practice, passivity and action, she rethinks ethics, education, literature and aesthetics for a powerful conceptualization of democracy as ongoing egalitarian emancipatory struggle.

Clare’s research is primarily motivated by concern about the relationship between inequality and violence and unrest and how this plays out in advanced capitalist democracy. In a more general sense she is fascinated by concepts of social order and disorder; finitude and the edges of being and knowledge; the inter-play of faith, reason, belief and action; performance and politics and the varied ways in which social animals communicate with one another and both make themselves (or fail to make themselves) understood and how we seek (or fail to seek) to understand others.

Clare is available to supervise PhDs in any of the above areas. Please email enquiries to c.woodford@brighton.ac.uk.

Current PhD funding opportunities:

http://www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

http://www.techne.ac.uk/

 

Supervisory Interests

I welcome enquiries for doctoral research. Successful applicants join CAPPE's thriving Critical Theory research community and benefit from our international exchange programme and research network with Johns Hopkins; Berkeley, UoC; NUI Galway; PoliTesse/Arendt Centre, Verona; University of Buenos Aires; University of Recife; and UNAM. I currently supervise in the areas of radical democratic theory; populism; post-Marxism; poststructuralist thought; queer theory; and housing, but will consider applications across any area of my work. Current competitive funding opportunities are available through University of Brighton; AHRC http://www.techne.ac.uk/; and ESRC https://www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk/; current call: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2019-scdtp-solutions-housing-crisis.aspx

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton

External positions

Philosophy Chair, Arts and Humanities Research Council

1 Jan 2019 → …

Reviewer, DAAD

1 Jan 2019 → …

Member, AHRC Techne Peer Review College

1 Sep 2018 → …

Co-editor, Rowman and Littlefield Int.

4 Jan 2016 → …

AHRC Peer Review College

1 Jan 20161 Jan 2021

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy, UK

1 Jul 2011 → …

Keywords

  • JC Political theory
  • democracy
  • ethics
  • aesthetics
  • queer theory
  • equality
  • poststructuralism
  • critical theory
  • continental thought

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Research Output 2012 2019

Davide Panagia: Ranciere's Sentiments

Woodford, C., 10 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Review of Politics. 81, 2, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook ReviewResearch

Logics of Revolt: Laclau and Ranciere

Devenney, M. & Woodford, C., 1 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) Populism: the logic of revolt or a revolt against logic?. Stagnell, A. & Payne, D. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Giving Life to Politics: Ethics of sex, nonviolence and the body

Woodford, C., Huzar, T., Devenney, M., Butler, J., Honig, B., Cavarero, A., Guaraldo, O., Bernini, L., Battersby, C. & Forti, S., 1 Aug 2018, (Accepted/In press) Fordham University Press. 230 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearch

Hatred and Democracy? Populism in Europe

Woodford, C., 1 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary European Social Movements. Feenstra, R. & Fominaya, C. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Is democracy dead or alive? What democracy exactly are we supposed to nourish?

Woodford, C., Gagnon, J-P. & Urbinati, N., 2 Feb 2018, The Conversation Trust UK.

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Open Access

Activities 2016 2019

  • 7 Invited talk
  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Post-redemption politics

Clare Woodford (Presenter)
18 Jun 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

The Analytic Continental Divide

Clare Woodford (Presenter)
24 Apr 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Debt, dependency, emancipation

Clare Woodford (Invited presenter), Gulshan Khan (Presenter)
9 Jan 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Democracy, Paradox, Property

Clare Woodford (Presenter)
25 Jan 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Jaume I University

Clare Woodford (Visiting researcher)
24 Jan 201830 Jan 2018

Activity: Visiting positionVisiting an external academic institution