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

Proximity and Distance

Will wedding receptions in India be limited from now on to 10 guests instead of 1000? Will the elbow bump replace cheek-kissing as the standard greeting in Brazil? Is the private sphere being dragged into the public in Korea or vice versa? Will FFP2 face masks become a natural matter of course in everyday shopping and train travel in Germany? How do you maintain social distancing in mega-cities like Seoul, Delhi or São Paulo when four generations live in 12 square meters?

What is next? What is here to stay? What is gone?

From Our Experts


Phenomena of Distance

Digital Rooms

Remote Culture

(Not) Allowed Contact

Distance proverbial

New Culture of Availability

Impact on Education and Equal Opportunities

Social Injustice

Children and Adolescents

Digital Education Opportunities

The pandemic has challenged school and education systems worldwide. From one day to the next, students had to stay at home because they could only be taught at a distance – in other words digitally. In a letter exchange, the Indian author Paromita Vohra, the Brazilian artist Rosana Paulino, the Korean philosophy professor Kwang Sun Joo and the German sociologist Jan Paul Heisig discuss the new possibilities based on the situation in their respective homeland.

The Collective Memory

Care and Community

It wasn’t just help that was in demand during lockdown. Sometimes it was about social interaction as well. Illustration (detail): © picture alliance/dieKLEINERT.de/Christina Brets

Neighbourhood help
Better neighbours thanks to corona

Along with the coronavirus, a wave of helpfulness spread through German neighbourhoods in 2020. But will the new solidarity continue “post-corona”?

The Way of Dealing with Death