University of Hertfordshire

Professor Michael Biggs MA PhD FRSA FHEA

Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics

Michael Biggs

Professor Michael Biggs MA PhD FRSA FHEA

Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics

Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Prof Michael Biggs MA PhD FRSA FHEA is Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, Chair of the Cross-Domain Panel at the Belgian Research Council (FWO) and Member of the Board of the National Research School in Architecture, Sweden. He has been Chair of the Interdisciplinary Panel at FWO, Visiting Research Professor at the Federal University and at Presbyterian University Mackenzie, 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).

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.

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 Michael’s 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].

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