Welcome to the 2021 International Conference on Covid-19 and the Givens of Existence:  A Transnational Dialogue About Global Response.  This conference brings together existential thinkers and practitioners across the globe from a variety of existential orientations to present and dialogue about how various geographical regions have responded to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Of course being existentialists, we view our experience through the existential frame and this online conference is designed to create a platform where we can share our reflections with a global audience.  The conference will take place during the entire month of August 2021 and will consists of both keynote speeches and roundtable discussions which will be live-streamed during the weekends.  In additions, taking our inspiration from TED Talks, in place of breakout presentations, conference participants will have the opportunity to watch pre-recorded video presentations from across the globe.  These pre-recorded videos can be thought of as time-capsules where contributors can record a video capturing their reflections during the pandemic to be shared with conference attendees and kept for posterity. Both the keynote speeches and pre-recorded videos will focus on each of the following four givens of existence which will comprise of the following four weekly themes:   Freedom, Relatedness, Meaning, and Finitude.

Conference Schedule (Click on the links below for a detailed schedule)

August 2 – 8, 2021:  Freedom

August 9 – 15, 2021:  Relatedness

August 16 – 22, 2021:  Meaning

August 23 – 29, 2021:  Finitude