Dr Kandida Purnell is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Richmond, The American International University in London and has a decade of University teaching experience in the English, Scottish, and US systems. Kandida’s interdisciplinary research focuses on local-global politics of bodies and takes a methodologically innovative, feminist, and de-colonial approach that draws and builds on contemporary international social and political theory.
Kandida’s work explores cases including the covid-19 pandemic, US and UK conduct in the global war on terror, mass casualty events, war repatriations, (un)commemoration processes, and embodied resistance practices. Kandida’s monograph ‘Rethinking the Body in Global Politics’ was published by Routledge in 2021 while ‘When This is Over: Reflections on an Unequal Pandemic’ (a volume co-edited with Professor Jenny Edkins, Professor Lucy Easthope, and Dr Amy Cortvriend) is forthcoming with Bristol University Press (2023). Kandida’s second monograph – ‘The Global Politics of Grievability’ – is currently in preparation.
- BA Politics and International Relations (2008), University of Surrey
- MA International Relations (2009), King’s College London
- PhD International Relations (2016), University of Aberdeen
Teaching & learning
Some of the courses I teach:
- IR7100: Research Methods
- IR7450: Conflict and Post-Conflict Studies
- INR4100: Introduction to International Relations
- PLT3103: Comparative Political Systems
- DEV5200: Research Methods and Practices
- CRM5400: Terrorism and Counterterrorism
- IR6296/8: Senior Seminar I and II (International Relations)
- PL6296/8: Senior Seminar I and II (Politics)
- INR7900: MA Dissertation
- INR7303: Securities and Insecurities: Bodies, Identities, Images
- INR6400: Peace and Conflict Studies
- Purnell, Kandida. 2021. Bodies Coming Apart and Bodies Becoming Parts: Widening, Deepening, and Embodying Ontological (In)Security in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Global Studies Quarterly, Volume 1, Issue 4, December 2021
- Purnell, Kandida. 2021. ‘Rethinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics, and The Body Politic in a Time of Pandemic’, London and New York: Routledge.
- Purnell, Kandida. 2021. ‘Out of Touch, Out of Tune: The Social-Political Construction of Atmospheric Walls during the COVID-19 Pandemic’s First Wave’, Emotions and Society ,vol xx, no. xx,1–18DOI: 10.1332/263169021X16171227433111
- Purnell, K. 2021. ‘Rethinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics, and The Body Politic in a Time of Pandemic’, Routledge Interventions Series.
- Danilova, N. and Purnell, K. 2020, ‘The ‘museumification’ of the Scottish soldier and the meaning-making of Britain’s wars’, Critical Military Studies. Vol. 6(3-4): 287-305.
- Purnell, K. 2018, ‘Grieving, Valuing and Viewing Differently: The Global War on Terror’s American Toll‘, International Political Sociology, Vol. 12(2): 156-171. Impact Factor: 1.923.
- Purnell, K. and Danilova, N. 2018, ‘Dancing at the Frontline: Rosie Kay’s 5SOLDIERS De-Realises and Re-Secures the Global War on Terror’, Critical Studies on Security, Vol. 6(3): 370-375.
- Purnell, K. 2015, ‘Body Politics and Boundary Work Nobodies on Hunger Strike at Guantánamo (2013–2015)‘, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Vol.39 (4): 271-286.
- Purnell, K. 10/09/2020. ‘Fit for purpose? Boris Johnson’s two bodies and the UK “Better Health” strategy’, Somatosphere, URL: http://somatosphere.net/2020/johnson-two-bodies-better-health.html/
- Bird, J, Lawton, K and Purnell, K. 2010, ‘Green and Decent Jobs: The case for local action’, Institute for Public Policy Research, URL: https://www.ippr.org/publications/green-and-decent-jobs-the-case-for-local-action
- ‘Telling a Feminist IR Story’, Roundtable organized by Professor Marysia Zalewski (Cardiff University), ISA Annual Conference, Nashville USA, 2022.
- ‘Micro Actors & Practices’, Panel organized by Professor Renee Marlin-Bennett (Johns Hopkins University), ISA Annual Conference, Nashville USA, 2022.
- COVID-19 and the Politics of Trauma, Workshop organized by Dr Henrique Furtardo (University of the West of England) and Jessica Auchter (University of Chattanooga, Tennessee), January 2021.
- ‘Out of Touch, Out of Tune: The Social-Political Construction of Atmospheric Walls during the COVID-19 Pandemic’s First Wave’, International Feminist Journal of Politics Annual Conference. Online, Feb 2021.
- “Curating Conflict: Political Violence in Museums, Memorials, and Exhibitions”, Webinar organised by BISA/ Reeves, A and Heath-Kelly, C, BISA Online, October 2020
Critical Methods and Methodologies for International Relations’, Webinar organised by the BISA/Poststructuralist Politics Working Group featuring Shannon Brincat; David Duriesmith; Kandida Purnell, Tim Aistrope, BISA Online, August 2020.
- “Researching Army@Fringe through affective engagements: a case-study of InValid Voices (Dir. Helen-Marie O’Malley)”, Panel on Critical Methods and Methodologies for IR organised by Duriesmith, D, BISA Annual Conference, Newcastle, UK, June 2020.
- “Army/Artist Engagement and the Performance of War in Public: Army@Fringe and the Familiar/Familial Embodiment of the Military, BISA Annual Conference, London, June 2019.
- ‘Army@Fringe and the Performance of War in Public’, EISA Annual Conference, Prague, Sept 2018;
- ‘Global Security: Noticing, under-noticing, un-noticed’, 2016 BISA Annual Conference, Edinburgh, June 2016;
- ‘American bodies, American boundaries: Visibility, invisibility and dead American soldier-bodies’, EISA Annual Conference, Giardini – Naxos, Sicily, Sept 2015;
- ‘Dead soldier-bodies and/in international relations’, ISA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, US, Feb 2015;
- ‘Dead Bodies and Boundary Work: An Investigation into the American Politics of Dead Soldier-Bodies’, Junior Scholar Symposium, ISA Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 2014;
- ‘Inhumane tendencies and the politics of life and death itself: What can bodies do?’ EWIS, Gediz University, Izmir, Turkey, May 2014.
- ‘Diffusing, confusing or transfusing gender? The paradoxical politics and practices of the international diffusion (or otherwise) of gender’, ISA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, US, April 2013.
- ‘Violated boundaries and bodies that move: The hungry bodies of Bahía de Guantánamo’, On violence, Re-Thinking Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zadar, Croatia, Sept 2013;
- ‘Body/Border’, ISA North East Conference, Baltimore, US, Nov 2012;
- ‘Bare life and the possibility to resist’, ‘Politics and Knowledge’, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, University of Nottingham, UK, Jan 2010.
Engagement and knowledge exchange
- ‘The Quality of Life, Death, and Commemoration in a time of Covid-19’, Connecting in a Time of COVID-19, Workshop organised by Dr Mark Honigsbaum, City, University of London, 10/03/2022.
- ‘The Visual and Emotional Politics of the COVID-19 Pandemic’, Post-Pandemic Worlds Guest Lecture, Richmond, The American International University in London, 01/10/2021.
- ‘The Politics of Commemoration: After COVID-19: A Roundtable’ House of Lords, Spring 2023.
- ‘In Conversation: Dead Body Politics (in a time of Pandemic) with Dr Kandida Purnell’, Centre For Death and Society, University of Bath. 2022 (date tbc).
- ‘Gender and International Politics: Taster Talk’, Richmond, The American International University in London, 8th May 2021 (Offer Holders Day).
- ‘Rethinking the Body in Global Politics’, Symbolic Objects in Contentious Politics BISA event, University of Aberdeen: Invited Speaker;
- ‘Terrorism in the UK’, European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) UK, King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Oct 2017: Invited Panelist;
- ‘The Scottish Warrior’, Festival of Social Science, Gordon Highlanders’ Museum, Nov 2017: Chair;
- ‘Bodies, Body Politics, Bodies Politics’, Talk for University of Aberdeen’s Politics and International Relations Society (PIRSOC), Sept 2018, Invited Speaker.
- Guest Blogger, Duck of Minerva (2016-2017): Recent Blog posts:
- Purnell, K. 13/09/2017, ‘Why Americans Never Forget to Remember 9/11’ Duck of Minerva, URL: http://duckofminerva.com/2017/09/why-americans-never-forget-to-remember-911.html
- Purnell, K. 22/10/2017, ‘The Politics of Grief and the Forever War: Who Speaks for the Fallen?’, Duck of Minerva, URL: http://duckofminerva.com/2017/10/the-politics-of-grief-and-the-forever-war-who-speaks-for-the-fallen.html
- Purnell, K. 25/02/2018, ‘Re-Branded and Expanded: Visual Politics and the Implications of Guantanamo’s Make-Over’, Duck of Minerva, URL: http://duckofminerva.com/2018/02/re-branded-and-expanded-visual-politics-and-the-implications-of-guantanamos-make-over.html