The Public (Re-)Negotiation of Intergenerational Solidarity and Responsibility in the Corona- Pandemic – Media Discourse Analysis and Ethical Evaluation (PRISMAE)

Funded by: Volkswagen Stiftung

Duration: 2021-2022


In a nutshell:

In public and policy debates on the Corona-pandemic, ideas of solidarity and responsibility
between the generations appear as a central but unclear and ambiguous point of reference.
Combining sociological analysis and ethical reflection of the media discourse in Germany,
our project critically explores the moral and political significance as well as the ongoing public
(re-)negotiation of intergenerational solidarity and responsibility in the context of COVID 19.
The results not only provide urgently needed clarification and orientation regarding crucial
normative principles in the current crisis, but also offer a chance to address and discuss the
fundamental moral constitution of intergenerational relations in contemporary aging societies.


Project members:

Dr. Larissa Pfaller

Irmgard Steckdaub-Muller

Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda

Niklas Ellerich-Groppe


  • Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas / Schweda, Mark / Pfaller, Larissa (2020): #StayHomeForGrandma – Towards an analysis of intergenerational solidarity and responsibility in the coronavirus pandemic. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 2 (1). Opec Access: