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Lockdown Lessons: Proximity and Distance

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?


Contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic


Current Debates



In this global conversation we debate common narratives of populists in different countries: Has the "elite" really lost contact with the "people"?  What does it really mean to take people's fears seriously? – Let`s discuss!

Day-Afterthoughts in your head © Kitty Kahane

Reflections on a post-corona-time

A virus is showing us how globally networked and yet how fragile our public life is. What does the pandemic mean to and for each of us and for society as a whole?
Here are some responses from intellectuals and artists around the world with regard to our present predicament and what lies in store for us afterwards.

Latitude - Rethinking Power Relations Photo (Detail): © Getty Images, Logo: Tobias Schrank

Rethinking Power Relations
Latitude - Rethinking Power Relations

The Goethe-Institut invites experts and creatives worldwide to exchange ideas on colonial power relations, their consequences and, above all, how to dismantle them: in discourses, interviews, opinion articles and art projects. For a decolonized and non-racial world.

Equality and Gender Issues

Graffiti on house wall, woman as superhero with balloon "I can Vote", Brighton, England, United Kingdom Photo (detail): Moritz Wolf; © picture alliance/imageBROKER

Feminism today

What are the vital issues that women and feminists in South Asia and Germany today consider to be of burning importance, what are they concerned about? And what else is there still to do?

Free Love (detail): Reevu Wangdi / Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

Being Queer
Queer Identities

What does it mean to be queer today? Where is queer seen? Who is queer? A brief journey through queer everyday life in India and Germany.

Migration and Integration

Children of war © pixabay.com

Stories of Migration
Migration – Emigration – Fleeing

Never before have so many people been forced to leave their homes and search of a safe place to stay. They're trying to escape war and conflicts. Some are forced to flee because of ecological crises, poverty, exploitation and helplessness. While all media reports about countries debating the acceptance of refugees, they seem to neglect one of the largest refugee crises and migration movements of recent history.

Further Articles

Priti Salian im  Seniorenhaus Sankt Anna in Arnsberg. © Marita Gerwin

Seniors in society

In India, the elderly are safe and secure, protected by the joint family, but lonely and isolated in Germany? Nothing of the sort! Indian author Priti Salian believes that India could learn a few things by looking at how Germany deals with growing old.

Recently rents have risen more sharply in Berlin than in any other German city. Photo (detail): © Adobe

Worlds of Homelessness

In all German cities, it takes money to live anywhere close to downtown, quite a lot of money in fact. Those who cannot afford the rising rents in cities are pushed out to the periphery. We asked an expert how urban planning could address this widening gap between rich and poor.

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