2021 International Conference on Covid-19 and the Givens of Existence: A Global Dialogue About Regional Response

August 28 - October 10, 2021

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 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, Finitude, Relatedness, and Meaning.

Conference Schedule

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