In the Wake of the Plague: Eros & Mourning

"In the Wake of the Plague: Eros and Mourning" is an interdisciplinary symposium that adopts philosophical, aesthetic (literary, film, theater, music), classical, political, medical, and clinical perspectives on love and loss during a time of plagues. Events will be held April 21st though the 24th, 2022 at Dartmouth College. Live streams will be available for the public audience.

We cordially invite you to RSVP for "In the Wake of the Plague: Eros and Mourning,"  an interdisciplinary conference on COVID, grief, love, loss, and community on Thursday April, 21st through the 24th (4/21-24). This event will be made available in-person at Collis Common Ground (Th 4/21), Haldeman 041 (Fri 4/22), and Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall (Sat & Sun, 4/23-24) and as an online webinar open to the Dartmouth community.

This one-of-a-kind hybrid event features an international cast of extraordinary and renowned scholars: 

  • Slavoj Žižek (U of Ljubljana), author of the two-volume Pandemic! and Less Than Nothing.
  • George Yancy (Emory), author of Black Bodies, White Gazes and Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America
  • Arlene Saxonhouse (emeritus, U of Michigan), author of Fear of Diversity and Free Speech and Athenian Democracy
  • Emily Apter (Comparative Literature, NYU)
  • Rebecca Comay (Philosophy, U of Toronto)
  • Simon Critchley (Philosophy, New School for Social Research) (Zoom)
  • James E. Dobson (English, Dartmouth)
  • Nancy Fraser (Philosophy, New School for Social Research)
  • James A. Godley (English, Dartmouth)
  • Stathis Gourgouris (Comparative Literature, Columbia University)
  • Johanna Hanink (Classics, Brown)
  • Achille Mbembe (Political Theory, U of Witwatersrand) (Zoom)
  • Todd McGowan (Film, U of Vermont)
  • Klaus Mladek (German, Dartmouth)
  • Andrea Nightingale (Classics, Stanford) (Zoom)
  • Donald E. Pease (English, Dartmouth)
  • Kenneth Reinhard (English, UCLA) (Zoom)
  • Kristin O'Rourke (Art History, Dartmouth)
  • Christopher Rüping (Director of Theater Zürich and author of the play Dionysus Stadt) (Zoom)
  • Eric Santner (German Studies, U of Chicago) (Zoom)
  • Samuel Weber (German, Northwestern) (Zoom)
  • Jacqueline Wernimont (Film and Media Studies, Dartmouth)
  • Yi Wu (Comparative Literature, Dartmouth)
  • Alenka Zupančič (Philosophy, U of Ljubljana)


On Thursday, 4/21 at Collis Common Ground, researchers from The Dartmouth Institute will be presenting groundbreaking recent work on the pandemic and federal Covid policy, followed by presentations from Dartmouth undergraduates and an open forum on how the pandemic has affected the Dartmouth community, organized by the Dartmouth Student Union.

And on Saturday 4/23 and Sunday 4/24, faculty from Dartmouth will join physicians, therapists and visiting scholars of grief and death from the Good Grief Festival in the UK to discuss the intersectional challenges of charting the plague.

Details for these events can be found at or the Leslie events calendar.

To RSVP for this event in-person please write to with your name and Dartmouth affiliation. Please note in-person attendance will be limited by room capacity on a first-come, first serve basis. 

To participate online via webinar please go to the conference website at on or after Wednesday 4/20 to register and receive a webinar link.

All events on 4/22-4/24 will be made available as recordings on the conference website after the event.



This conference is sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Dartmouth Institute, the Department of English and Creative Writing, the Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Arts and Humanities, the Palliative Care Program, the Ethics Institute, the Eric Eichler '57 Fellowship for Health Care Leaders, the Society of Fellows, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, the Government Department, Digital Humanities, the Department of Music, the Department of Classics, the Department of German Studies, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Program in African and African American Studies, the Department of Art History, the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Geography, the Dartmouth Student Union, Harvard Humanities Center, the Center for Death and Society (University of Bath), the Good Grief Festival (Lucy Selman, the University of Bristol) and the Why Theory Podcast (Todd McGowan and Ryan Engley).