Visions of a Post-Pandemic Future
Lockdown Lessons: 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?

From Our Experts


Online discussion on 25 August 2021 - Participants (left to right): Paromita Vohra and Kwang Sun Joo (above),  Jan Paul Heisig and Rosana Paulino (below) Screenshot (detail): © Goethe-Institut

Experts in Conversation
Reflections on the Pandemic

Associations, effects, outlooks - what do the Indian author Paromita Vohra, the South Korean professor of philosophy Kwang Sun Joo, the Brazilian artist Rosana Paulino and the German professor of sociology Jan Paul Heisig associate with COVID-19 and the worldwide pandemic in their countries and in a global context?

Phenomena of Distance

Remote Culture

(Not) Allowed Contact

Distance Proverbial

New Culture of Availability

Impact on Education and Equal Opportunities

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

The way of dealing with death

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