1992 …2023

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Research interests

Aesthetics and philosophical issues in the creative and performing arts
Non-linguistic communication
The nature of research in the arts

Interdisciplinary research


Prof Michael Biggs MA PhD FRSA FHEA is Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and Member of the Board of the National Research School in Architecture, Sweden. He has been Chair of the Interdisciplinary Panels at the Belgian Research Council (FWO), Visiting Research Professor at the Federal University (USP) and at Presbyterian University Mackenzie (PUM), São Paulo and the University of Lund, Sweden. Following his doctorate at University of Reading, UK (1994) he was postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Bergen. He has degrees in both Fine Art and Philosophy. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (1989), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007), and member of the Honorary Committee of the British Wittgenstein Society (2008). His research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [UK], The British Council [UK], the University of Bergen [NO], the Swedish Research Council [SE], Riksbanken Jubileumsfond [SE], Australian Research Council [AU] and the European Union [EU].

In philosophy, his interdisciplinary research focuses on the boundary of images and text, and how iconicity, notational conventions and grapholinguistics influence our recognition and interpretation of graphic signs. It has application in the pre-interpretational representation and analysis of Wittgenstein's manuscripts and is extensible to text and image representation in printed and digital contexts. He has revised Wittgenstein's published works for Blackwell, Routledge and Intelex. He is the graphical advisor to the Bergen Electronic Edition of Wittgenstein's manuscripts [Nachlass] for Oxford University Press and the open source Nachlass project at wittgensteinsource.org which has been inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World programme.

In the arts, he has been involved in the development of doctoral programmes in Art and Design in the UK and has contributed to national and international conferences on the subject. He was the principal organiser of the international biennial Research into Practice conference and founder of the Professional Doctorates in Design and in Fine Art at UH. He has international experience as a supervisor and examiner of traditional and practice-based PhDs, and of PhD by published works. He is a former member of the Visual Arts advisory panel for the Arts and Humanities Data Service [AHDS] and former member of the College of Peers of the AHRC. He is a reviewer for MIT Press, Blackwell Publishing, and other international presses.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, The Illustrated Wittgenstein: A Study of the Diagrams in Wittgenstein's Published Works, The University of Reading

1 Oct 198810 Oct 1993

Award Date: 1 Jun 1994

Fine Art, MA, Fine Art (Sculpture), The Manchester Metropolitan University

1 Sept 19781 Oct 1979

Award Date: 1 Nov 1979

Fine Art, BA(Hons), Fine Art (Sculpture), University of the Arts London

1 Sept 19751 Jun 1978

Award Date: 1 Jun 1978

External positions

Chair of the Cross-Domain Panel, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)

1 Jan 202223 Apr 2024

Chair of Interdisciplinarity, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2020

Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra

1 Mar 20151 Mar 2021

Visiting Professor, Mackenzie Presbyterian University


Visiting Professor, University of Sao Paulo


Visiting Professor, Lund Univ, Lund University



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  • Language and Interdisciplinarity

    Biggs, M., 30 Dec 2023, In: Bulletin of the European Association of Professors Emeriti. 4, 4, p. 96-97 2 p.

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  • Unspeakable Originality

    Biggs, M., 12 Jun 2023, 5th Interdisciplinary and Virtual Conference on Arts in Education. MusicoGuia (ed.). Madrid: Adaya Press, p. 27-30 4 p.

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  • Speaking, Writing and Thinking: linguistic relativity and research

    Biggs, M., 2023, Teaching and Learning Projects in Arts and Humanities. Pérez-Aldeguer, S. (ed.). Madrid: Adaya Press, p. 1-12 12 p.

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  • What About NOT: a Tertúlia Fenomenológica

    Biggs, M., 2 Oct 2022, In: Phenomenology & Practice. 17, Special Issue 1, p. 172-189 18 p.

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  • Wittgenstein's Picture-Investigations

    Biggs, M., 21 Sept 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) Diagrammatic Representation and Inference - 12th International Conference, Diagrams 2021, Proceedings. Basu, A., Stapleton, G., Linker, S., Legg, C., Manalo, E. & Viana, P. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 103-117 15 p. ( Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series; vol. 12909).

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