Launch Event: Proximity and Distance

Launch Event: Proximity and Distance © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Mon, 29.11.2021

11:00 AM

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi

Monday, 29th November 2021, Panel Discussion at 16 hrs

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The Coronavirus compelled the world to keep its distance and regulate the closeness we are allowed to have with others. But what does distancing mean for mega economies and countries like India and Germany?

To engage with the concept of personal distances and closeness, we invite you to the launch of our project “Proximity and Distance”, an online magazine discussing the pandemic and its impact on how we, as humans, and as a society, perceived the concepts of nearness and being away, emotionally, physically, and mentally in countries like India, Germany, Brazil, and South Korea. The magazine elaborates on the global and local perspectives, analyses social changes in society, initiates debates, and draws the outlines of a post-pandemic future.

The Event

Photo-Exhibition: Witness the various illustrations, artworks, and photographs by designers, illustrators, and photographers from India, Germany, South Korea, and Brazil, as they capture the effects of lockdown artistically.

My Safe Distance: How do you define safe distance? Tell us by participating in an interactive activity on the institute lawns with a ribbon-pull out, and get featured on our social-media channels.

Magic Photo-Booth: A Proximity and Distance souvenir for keeps - we invite you to document your visit to the institute and participation in our event, at the very exciting photo-booth. Share your snaps on Instagram, tag us and use the #LockdownLessons #ProximityandDistance to stand a chance to be featured on our social media platforms.

Panel Discussion:

Proximity and Distance - How will the pandemic change our societies in the long run?

To delve deeper into the realm of Proximity and Distance, join us for a one-time panel discussion 4 pm onwards with our project experts from India and Germany as we engage in a cross-cultural exchange on the subject of Proximity and Distance, asking: “What is next? What is here to stay? What is gone?” The focus will be on the future, on changes ushered in by the pandemic: How close to others can we be, and how close do we want to be? How important is physical closeness really and what other forms of proximity are conceivable?

This will be followed by an informal networking session over snacks and beverages.


1. Jan Paul Heisig
Jan Paul Heisig is head of the research group “Health and Social Inequality” at Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB) and Professor of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin. His work focuses on the interplay of inequalities in health, well-being, education, and the labor market. His current projects explore cross-national variation in health inequalities, discrimination in healthcare settings, and social inequalities in the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on physical and mental health.

2. Paromita Vohra
Paromita Vohra is an award-winning Indian filmmaker, writer, curator, and newspaper columnist. She is known for her documentaries on subjects such as urban life, pop culture, and gender. Some of her films as a director are the landmark documentaries Unlimited Girls, Q2P, and Morality TV. She currently runs Agents of Ishq, India’s first feminist digital art platform. Since 2010, she also writes the weekly newspaper column on culture and politics called Paro-normal Activity.

Namrata Kohli
Namrata Kohli is a writer, author, and journalist. She has written across leading publications such as Economic Times, The Times of India and more recently Hindustan Times and Business Standard. She also did a coffee table book on “Luxury Branded Homes” in 2013 and authored "Corona Positives" in the year 2020 chronicling the upside of the pandemic.

Entry Guidelines:

Our first priority is your safety. There are a few simple guidelines you need to follow in order to enter the premises. You must be either:
  • Vaccinated (both shots)
  • Recovered (less than 6 months ago)
  • Tested (a negative RT-PCR test, not older than 72 hours)


1. Registration is mandatory.
2. Please make sure to wear your face mask at all times, and observe all social distancing norms.