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Key Visual: Lockdown Lessons Photo (detail): © John Simitopoulos

Visions of a Post-Pandemic Future
Lockdown Lessons

For a year and a half now the whole world has been preoccupied with a virus. We have experienced the global, if somewhat staggered, nature of the pandemic in multiple phased waves. And already early in the beginning of the global crisis a question emerged: What can we learn from this catastrophe? In five thematic modules, the project “Lockdown Lessons” searches for answers on a global scale.

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Event: Markt für nützliches Wissen und Nicht-Wissen © Goethe-Institut Brussels


Market for useful knowledge and non-knowledge. Licence no. 9
"If we share. Dialogue on scientific and social cooperation"  

19:00 Uhr - 22:30 Uhr - Literaturhaus Berlin, Berlin | Veranstaltung im Rahmen des „Festivals der Kooperationen“

The event will be streamed live from the Literaturhaus Berlin (link to the stream on the event page see below).

Democracy and Solidarity

Illustration: Democracy and Solidarity Photo (detail): © Rob Curren

The pandemic jeopardises not only everyone’s health, but also the well-being of whole societies, testing what solidarity means today. In this module experts ask how much solidarity is needed in times of crisis to keep society from breaking up. Who gets to be represented by whom? Who is legitimised to represent them?

Creative Industry

Illustration: Creative Industry Photo (detail): © Steve Harvey

Creative companies in sub-Saharan Africa, each in their own way, have helped to overcome the privations of lockdown, isolation and immobility. Their products reflect the added value of creative work for wider social questions. In the module “Creative Industry” such creative entrepreneurs come together upon invitation of the Goethe-Institut Namibia and discuss ways of collectively constructing a designable future.

Science and Research

Illustration: Science and Research Photo (detail): © Eric McLean

The coronavirus has changed the social standing of scientists and researchers in the Global North. Researchers in various disciplines are helping us to understand what positive and negative effects the pandemic had on various social groups. The Goethe-Institut Brussels and its partners will address this urgent question and take the chance to look into the future: How do we want to live from now on?

Technological Change

Illustration: Technological Change Photo (detail): © Possessed Photography

This past year has made clear that while our lives are coming to a standstill in almost every domain, the dynamic of digital transformation is accelerating. We need new technologies to break out of the cycle of centralised data storage and surveillance. Blockchain is such a technology, which will be transposed to ways of working in the cultural domain in order to explore the future makeup and organisation of cultural institutions.

Proximity and Distance

Illustration: Proximity and Distance Photo (detail): © Nadine Shaabana

In ways we never imagined a virus now compels the world to keep its distance and regulates the closeness we are allowed to have with others. What happens with us when cultural practices of proximity are so fundamentally questioned? Which forms of distancing has the pandemic required in different social systems? The Goethe-Institut aims to explore these questions in Brazil, Korea, India and Germany. The focus will be on the future: How close to others can we be, and how close do we want to be?