conflict & communication online, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2021
ISSN 1618-0747




Ulrike Greiner, Wassilios Baros, Herlinde Aichner & Paraskevi Fanarioti
Past as future: Utopias in students' crisis narratives during the Corona pandemic

Within the framework of our international study "Futures Literacy – Children's Crisis Narratives as Spaces of Utopias of Solidarity" we try to gain insights into students’ school situation and (life) world in times of the coronavirus crisis through their crisis narratives. The method of youth writing enables us to put their perspectives at the centre of our analyses. We assume that through a multidimensional reconstruction of the children's narratives, narrative styles can be recognised and mental models of crisis processing can be made visible; on this basis the students can succeed to cope with present-day crises in an anticipatory use of ideas about the future. The text material from n=515 student texts was evaluated in the first step with a quantitative-qualitative content analysis (LCA). The second step, the exemplary analysis of individual student texts with the methodology of objective hermeneutics, exemplified by two texts, is presented here.


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The authors:

Ulrike Greiner, Univ.-Prof., DDr., School of Education, University of Salzburg, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg; educational scientist; head of the School of Education; main focus: Professional research and teacher education, development of educational laboratories; Reflective basic education at secondary level I, "Reflective Writing/Epistemic Writing" in school and in teacher training.

Wassilios Baros, Univ.-Prof., Dr., is Professor of Educational Research at Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and heads the Project Group Empirical Migration Research (PREMISA). His research interests include migration policy education research, latent style analysis of communication cultures and recipient research.

Herlinde Aichner, Mag. phil., Salzburg educational laboratories, Salzburg University of Education Stefan Zweig, Akademiestraße 23–25, 5020 Salzburg; Germanist, subject didactician and AHS teacher; main focus: Didactics of literature and reading; set-up of the Salzburg educational laboratories.

Paraskevi Fanarioti is a PhD student, research assistant at the Chair of Educational Research at Paris Lodron University Salzburg, and since 2019 project collaborator at the Project Group on Empirical Migration Research (PREMISA). Her research interests include intercultural and political education, theater and migration, latent style analysis, and communication research.