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Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda

+49 (0)441 798 - 4483

Postal Address

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Faculty VI Medicine and Health Services
Department of Health Services Research
Division for Ethics in Medicine
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
D-26129 Oldenburg


Visiting Address

Campus Haarentor, Buildung V04
Ammerländer Heerstraße 140 
D-26129 Oldenburg

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

Project Description

In public and policy debates on the Corona-pandemic, ideas of solidarity and responsibility between the generations emerge as a central but unclear and ambiguous point of reference. Combining sociological analysis and ethical reflection of the media discourse in Germany, the 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. They also offer a chance to address and discuss the fundamental moral constitution of intergenerational relations in contemporary aging societies.

The project is led by Dr. Larissa Pfaller (Institute for Sociology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda (Division for Ethics in Medicine, University of Oldenburg).



The VolkswagenStiftung provides 115 000€ within the funding program „Corona Crisis and Beyond - Perspectives for Science, Scholarship and Society“.


  • Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas / Pfaller, Larissa / Schweda, Mark (2021): Young for old—old for young? Ethical perspectives on intergenerational solidarity and responsibility in public discourses on COVID-19. European Journal of Ageing. Open Access:
  • 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). Open Access:


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