Profile: Kandida Purnell - Assistant Professor of International Relations

Kandida Purnell - Assistant Professor of International Relations

Kandida Purnell is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Richmond, the American International University in London. Having previously published on the body politics of aspects of the Coronavirus crisis, hunger strike, war commemoration, and war performance and museumification, Kandida is currently finalising her monograph Rethinking the Body in Global Politics (Forthcoming 2020, Routledge Interventions). Kandida is also continuing to collaborate with Natasha Danilova and Emma Dolan on the Carnegie-funded ‘War Commemoration, Military Culture, and Identity Politics in Scotland’ project while her solo research into Bringing Bodies Back: Repatriation and War Performance within Forever War is ongoing.

 

Kandida Purnell's COVID-19 Diary

19 Jul 2020 : On numbers and numbness

I have been wanting to say something about COVID-19 body counting for a while but this post has remained in my 'drafts' for months and therefore contains reflections dating back to early May. However, events in England over the past few days have pushed me to press 'publish'. It is 5th May 2020 and the UK’s official (Government compiled) COVID-19 d...  Read this >>

Kandida Purnell, Assistant Professor of International Relations

26 May 2020 : Weekend, Interrupted

It is Tuesday. I should maybe be feeling refreshed but the UK's three day Spring 'bank holiday' weekend that just past was hijacked by a news story which became quite engrossing. The story 'broke' on Friday and is about a 500 mile round trip from London to Durham and back made by Number 10 Special Advisor Dominic Cummings during the British 'lockdown'. Th...  Read this >>

Kandida Purnell, Assistant Professor of International Relations

03 May 2020 : 'Calm the fuck down'

Walking around the place I live (a commuter town in Surrey, England) I'm being laughed at and told to 'calm the fuck down' (amongst other things) for expecting and asking people to social distance. Confrontations are happening on a more than daily basis - because I won’t let people invade my 2 meter protective space without a fight - and it's wearin...  Read this >>

Kandida Purnell, Assistant Professor of International Relations

29 Apr 2020 : From PhD to Pandemic

It's unusual I think, after re-locating for the PhD and then being on the academic job market for years - going from fixed-term contract to fixed-term contract and moving around accordingly - to then come home. Not by choice (you don’t get a choice, you apply everywhere and when you finally get an offer you accept it), but by chance. In September 20...  Read this >>

Kandida Purnell, Assistant Professor of International Relations

28 Apr 2020 : On Dreams and/of Death

As my first contribution to the Covid-19 Health Diaries, I meant to post this yesterday (on Monday) but was too tired to.. Sleep is elusive and then strange in the time of Corona 'crisis'. This is something noticed by and motivating the University College London (UCL) based Lockdown Dreams project - the aim of which is  to collect up and psychoanaly...  Read this >>

Kandida Purnell, Assistant Professor of International Relations

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