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Poppy’s Royal Holloway University Profile

My PhD – East Africa and Challenging Development Frameworks

“The PhD itself is based around my work in East Africa and challenges development frameworks, asking how we can think differently about the value and impact of performance in the region. I argue that considering the production of atmosphere, of emotion, of affect in live performance, can offer an alternative approach to the linear, cause and effect narratives, that have been peddled by the development industry. I believe culture shifts mindsets. Art and performance can open up opportunities, creativity and imagination, offer alternative careers, relationships and connections to pursue, shifting an often-predefined path. In a time of change, when hegemonic perspectives that
have dominated social, political and economic thought are revealing their dysfunction, I believe in the power of creatives to push the boundaries of existing frameworks and open up new possibilities.”

To read about Poppy’s time studying at Queen Mary, click here.

“Art and performance can open up opportunities, creativity and imagination, offer alternative careers, relationships and connections to pursue, shifting an often-predefined path.”

To read about Poppy’s inspirational volunteer story, click here.

My Experience at Royal Holloway

“Everyone has their own unique experience entering academia, but I couldn’t have asked for more from Royal Holloway, my supervisors and doctoral training programme Techne; everyone is supportive, flexible and championing my work and getting me to the finish line. It is so exciting!”

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