Continental philosophy and Human Geography (Prof. Marcus Doel , Prof. Marcus Doel, and Prof. David Clarke)

Much of our research is focused on the interface between Human Geography and Continental philosophy, especially with respect to deconstruction, structuralism, and poststructuralism. We are particularly concerned with the spatial aspects of the work of Alain Badiou, Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Bruno Latour, and Jean-Francois Lyotard, and their application in a host of geographical contexts.

A new theoretical basis for global-city research (Prof. Marcus Doeland Dr Richard Smith)

We are concerned with making the argument for a new theoretical approach to global urban research. We have moved on from the structuralism of global urban theory (e.g. Sassen, Taylor, and Castells) to engage critically with the metaphysics of presence that informs actor-network theory and social studies of finance. However, the limitations that bedevil all of these approaches have led us toward an alternative conceptual architecture that draws upon Alain Badiou’s rigorous distinction between the situation and the state of the situation. On this basis, it once again becomes possible to re-think global cities in terms of the event.

Jean Baudrillard’s Social Theory (Dr Richard Smith, Dr Richard Smith, and Prof. David Clarke)

Swansea is a leading international centre of expertise on Jean Baudrillard’s social theory. In 2006, we hosted the United Kingdom’s first major international conference on Baudrillard’s work, which attracted 110 speakers, 55 of whom were from outside the United Kingdom. This has resulted in a host of publications, and a number of research projects.