Video of book launch event now available

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‘When This is Over: Reflections on an Unequal Pandemic’

If you missed out on a recent book launch event which was held at the University, here’s your chance to catch up with a video which has just been released of the event.

Entitled, ‘When This is Over: Reflections on an Unequal Pandemic’ this important new book examines the impact of the UK’s first lockdown in response to the COVID-19 virus.

It is edited by Kandida Purnell, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University along with Amy Cortvriend, Lucy Easthope, and Jenny Edkins. ‘When This is Over’ combines analysis and critique from a wide range of contributors, as well as poetry, artwork, and personal accounts from those who experienced it, to show how particular persons and communities were affected disproportionately through the pandemic, and how existing inequalities and injustices were exacerbated.

The book launch event, which was chaired by Eunice Goes, Professor of Politics at Richmond American University London, included a bereaved family member/activist, a commentator, disaster planner, and an academic to provide a truly inclusive overview of this global disaster lived up close. Here is a full list of the panellists:

  • Professor Eunice Goes (Richmond, American University London)
  • Professor Gary Young (University of Manchester/Journalist/Author of ‘Who are We’ and ‘Another Day in the Death of America’)
  • Gracie Mae Bradley (Interim Director of Liberty and Author of ‘Against Borders: The Case For Abolition’)
  • Gill Kernick (Author of ‘Catastrophe and Systemic Change’ and ‘Learning from Grenfell’)
  • Professor Lucy Easthope (Disaster Planner and Author of ‘When The Dust Settles)
  • Fran Hall (CEO of The Good Funeral Guide and Former Funeral Director)

Kandida Purnell commented, “We were delighted to welcome all the guests to our book launch event which proved to be a real celebration of this highly collaborative book. It was an honour to be one of the editors.”