Ph.D, MA, (Honours) BA
Postcolonial international relations, empire, the politics of development, global citizenship and popular culture
Biography and interests
April Biccum, Canadian born, received an MA in Critical theory and Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from Nottingham University. Her research interests historically have been centred around bringing postcolonial theory closer to the study of politics and IR, specifically through an engagement with International Development. April's theoretical grounding in post-colonial theory has led her to a wider fascination with the concept of empire, not simply what empire is and whether it can effectively be deployed as a category of analysis to describe our contemporary world, but what is at stake in the revival of 'empire'; per se and what it denotes about the foundational crisis in the narrative(s) of modernity. Broad general categories of interest therefore include, empire, modernity, development, identity, communications, globalisation, global governance, popular culture, and mass movements of resistance. April would invite Ph.D proposals in any of these broad areas.
Currently seeking funding to compare government funded development advocacy across metropolitan governments and initiatives that attempt to produce a 'Global Citizen'. Also currently exploring the 'celebritization' of politics, as high profile celebrity interface with the 'new' development advocacy. All current work grounded in the debate over empire and its interface with post-colonial theory.
Areas of interest for student supervision
Empire, modernity, development, identity, communications, globalisation, global governance, popular culture, and mass movements of resistance.