Clare Woodford lectures and researches in the humanities.
Her research interests include theories of gender, ideology and pedagogy, Marxism and post-Marxism, queer theory, psychoanalysis, democratic struggle, activism and the arts, and performance studies.
Dr Clare Woodford completed her PhD at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Professor David Owen and Dr Russell Bentley. Her thesis explored the inter-sections of liberal (Rawlsian) and post-structuralist thought for democracy today, with particular concern for the growing divisions and inequalities in western democracy leading towards violence and extremism. Since completing her thesis, her research interests have continued to expand to incorporate theories of gender, ideology and pedagogy, Marxism and post-Marxism, queer theory, psychoanalysis, democratic struggle, activism and the arts, and performance studies.
Clare’s research is primarily motivated by concerned 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.
This has led her to engage with a diverse range of thinkers and schools of thought with current particular interest in critical perspectives on Rawls’ political liberalism, Foucault, Rancière, Cavell and neo-Gramscian pedagogical theory.
Currently, her interests are manifest in two projects:
Clare’s recent publications include work on democratic responses to the BNP, the ethics of Foucault and Cavell, foreignness and democracy and the radical democracy of Jacques Rancière.
Woodford, Clare (2015) ‘Reinventing modes of dreaming’ and doing: Jacques Rancie`re and strategies for a new left Philosophy & Social Criticism, 41 (8). pp. 811-836. ISSN 0191-4537
Humphrey, Mathew, Owen, David, Hoover, Joe, Woodford, Clare, Finlayson, Alan, Stears, Marc and Honig, Bonnie (2014) Humanism from an agonistic perspective: Themes from the work of Bonnie Honig Contemporary Political Theory, 13 (2). pp. 168-217. ISSN 1470-8914
Woodford, Clare (2012) From Nora to the BNP: Implications of Cavell’s critique of Rawls British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 15 (4). pp. 586-609. ISSN 1467-856X
Owen, David and Woodford, Clare (2012) Foucault, Cavell and the Government of Self and Others. On Truth-telling, Friendship and an Ethics of Democracy Iride, XXV (66). pp. 299-315. ISSN 1122-7893
Woodford, C. ‘Modes of Dreaming and Doing – Jacques Rancière and strategies for a new left’; Journal of Philosophy and Social Criticism [in press]
Woodford, C. ‘Perspectives of ‘Foreignness’’: Honig’s humanism and democratic subjectification’ Contemporary Political Theory, Vol.13, no. 2, pp.175-183.
Woodford, C. ‘Politics, police and purity: Samuel Chambers’ “The Lessons of Rancière”’, Oxford: Oxford University Press’, Political Theory, vol.43, no.3.
Woodford, C. ‘From Nora to the BNP: Implications of Cavell’s Critique of Rawls, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol.15, no.4, pp.586-609.
Woodford, C. And Owen, D. ‘Cavell, Foucault and the Ethics of Democracy’ (co-authored with Professor David Owen) Iride, Vol.XV, no.66, May-August 2012, pp.299-366
Woodford, C. (forthcoming December 2014) ‘Rethinking democratic ‘politics’: activism, education and the arts’, London: Routledge (‘Innovations’ series)
‘Appropriation, equality, performativity: Jacques Rancière, Judith Butler and political disruption’ June 2014, Theatre, Performance, Philosophy conference 2014, Sorbonne University, Paris
‘Politics, equality and critical thinking in Horkheimer, Rancière and Menke’ May 2014, 7th International Critical Theory Conference, John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago, Rome.
‘Between Politics and the Political: Revisiting Ernesto Laclau’s critique of Jacques Rancière’, September 2013, The Society for European Philosophy/Forum for European Philosophy Joint Annual Conference, Kingston University London.
‘The space between: using Cavell to address the post-structuralist critique of Rawls’, May 2013, Continental and Analytical Political Theory: an insurmountable divide? Queen Mary, University of London.
‘Populism or Politics? Rancière and Laclau on the ‘logic’ of disruption’, April 2013, Conference on the Work of Ernesto Laclau, University of Brighton.
‘The voice of the ordinary’ December 2012, Rancière and Cavell symposium, University of Essex.
‘Justice, equality and Politics’ May 2012, Research Centre for Citizenship, Community and Global Governance, 3rd Seminar Series, University of Southampton.
‘Post-structural ‘Politics’ and the Occupy Movement’, February 2012, Cumberland Lodge Politics Symposium, Windsor Great Park, Surrey.
‘Resistance and Radical democracy’, 17th November 2011, Democracy and Popular Protest seminar series, University of Leeds.
‘Ontology and Politics in the work of Rancière and Menke,’ 31st August – 2ndSeptember 2011, MANCEPT workshops in Political Theory.
‘Identification, Mobilisation and Imagination in the work of Jacques Rancière’, June 2011, 11th Essex Conference in Critical Political Theory
‘Perspectives of ‘Foreignness’: Honig’s humanism and radical democratic subjectification’, April 2011, Humanism in Agonistic Perspective – Themes from the work of Bonnie Honig, University of Nottingham
‘Noises of equality: Rancière and Menke on revolutionising and dissent’, September 2010, MMU 7th Conference in Political Theory
‘Making the ordinary extraordinary: revolutionising the relationship between voice and the police’, June 2010, 10th Essex Conference in Critical Political Theory
‘Above reproach and beyond the reach of justice: The Cavellian critique of Rawlsian citizenship’, April 2010, ALSP annual conference 2010: The Future(s) of Democratic Citizenship, University of Southampton
‘Reason versus Emotion: the impact for justice in contemporary democracies’, September 2008, Manchester Metropolitan University Workshops in Political Theory, Fifth Annual Conference
‘Justice or Democracy? Liberal democracy, social justice and public opinion in contemporary western states’, August 2008, ECPR Graduate Conference, Universitat Autonòma da Barcelona, Spain
‘A Critique of the liberal approach to injustice in democracy’, February 2008, Southampton University Annual Politics and International Relations Symposium
On editorial boards for two book series