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Worlds Ending - Ending Worlds?

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Annual CAPAS Conference,
28 – 30 April 2022

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Thursday, 28 April 2022


9 – 10 AM                  Opening Address / Key Questions (Robert Folger, Felicitas Loest, Thomas Meier)


10 – 12 AM                Conceptualizing the End of the World (Panel Chair: Felicitas Loest)    

Tommy Lynch (University of Chichester): A Political Theology of the World that Ends (virtual presentation)

Lucas Pohl (Humboldt University of Berlin): The Courage of Worldlessness: Fragments of an Apocalyptic Materialism 

Patrick Ebert (Heidelberg University): The End of the World as the World to Come

Rasmus Nagel (Heidelberg University): Desacralizing the End: Slavoj Žižek’s ‘Apocalypse Without Eschatology’


2 – 3 PM                    South Asian Narratives of Apocalypse (Panel Chair: Rolf Scheuermann)

Jaideep Unudurti (Graphic Novelist/Journalist, India): Pralaya: Competing Apocalypses in Contemporary Indian Science-Fiction

Richard Weiss (Victoria University of Wellington): Hindu Narratives of Apocalypse in Colonial South Asia


3:30 – 5 PM               Worlds Ending - Ending Worlds from Latin American Perspectives (Panel Chair: Theresa Meerwarth)

Michael Schulz (University of Bonn): The Reception of the Christian Apocalypse in the So-Called Books of the Chilam Balam

Alejandra Bottinelli (Universidad de Chile): After the End, the Worlds: Contemporary Restitutions of Peoples in the Southern South (virtual presentation)

Natalia López (University of Bonn): Before, during and after the Catastrophe: Apocalyptic Urban Affectivities in Recent Latin American Literature (virtual presentation)


6 PM                          Distinguished Lecture (Public Event)

                                   Nicole Deitelhoff (Executive Director, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt): The Day After: Ukraine and the Future of European Security, HS/Lecture Hall 13, Neue Universität, Universitätsplatz 1, 69117 Heidelberg.



Friday, 29 April 2022


10:30 – 12 AM           End-Time Politics (Panel Chair: Jenny Stümer)

                                       Marlon Barbehön (Heidelberg University): Governing the End of the World: Temporalities, Subjects and Power/Knowledge-Configurations in Late-Modern End Time Imaginaries

Yogi Hale Hendlin (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Circular Time, Linear Time, and Indigenous Alternatives to the Chaos of Industrialization (virtual presentation)

Matthew Avery Sutton (Washington State University): Donald Trump, the Apocalypse, and the Role of Religion in Modern American Politics


2 – 3:30 PM               Apocalypse and Affect (Panel Chair: Michael Dunn)

Julia Grillmayr (University of Vienna): Man without World at the End of the World

Christine Hentschel (Hamburg University): Stretches of Imagination at the End of Times: Becoming 'Enemies of the Apocalypse'

Léna Silberzahn (Sciences Po Center for Political Research and Cresppa LabTop, Paris): Feeling and Fighting in the Breakdown: Two Faces of Fear


4 – 5:30 PM               Maps of Revelation. The Spatial Dimension of Apocalypses and its Aftermath (XVth-XVIIth centuries) (Panel Chair: Paolo Vignolo)

Chet Van Duzer (UCLA): Mapping the Apocalypse in the Late Fifteenth Century: Huntington HM 83 and Wolfenbüttel, HAB, Cod. Guelf. 442 Helmst. (virtual presentation)

Paolo Vignolo (National University of Colombia): Apocalyptic Imaginaries in Three Early Modern World-Maps: Juan de la Cosa, Pierre Eskrich and Guaman Poma

Patricia Zalamea (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá): Mapping Apocalyptic Space in Latin American Colonial Representations


Saturday, 30 April 2022


10 – 12:00 AM           Narrating the (Post-)Apocalypse (Panel Chair: Hauke Riesch)  

Rebecca Käpernick (University of Oldenburg): Representations of Parenthood and Childrearing in Post-Apocalyptic 21st Century Literature

Jan Knobloch (University of Cologne): Beyond Post-Apocalypse: New Readings of Argentinean Anticipatory Fiction

Ewa A. Łukaszyk (resigned from Jagiellonian University in Kraków and the University of Warsaw in 2018): Borderless Territories, Time of Expectation: The Worlding of Post-apocalyptic Religion in Boualem Sansal's 2084; La Fin du Monde

Kristina Radomirović Maček (University of Ljubljana): Apocalyptic Narratives and Notions in Yugoslavia’s Popular Culture during the Disintegration Crisis


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM   The Apocalypse as Transformation or Conversion? (Panel Chair: Eva Bergdolt)

Andrew Crome (Manchester Metropolitan University): 'Intimately Connected in Prophecy': Nineteenth-Century Prophecies of the Conversion of the Jews and the Ends of Anti-Protestant Worlds

James Crossley (MF Oslo and Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements): Remembering John Ball: Rethinking the Transformation from Old Worlds to New

Daniil Pleshak (University of Tübingen): The Ideology of The Twelve Dreams of Shahainsha in the Middle Ages and the Modern Era


3:00 – 4:30 PM           After the Apocalypse (Panel Chair: Philipp Schroegel)

Alastair Lockhart (Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements and University of Cambridge): A New Concept of World Ending after Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Christian B. Long (University of Queensland): Infrastructure After the Apocalypse (virtual presentation)

Jiajun Dale Wen (Visiting Fellow at Karl Jasper Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University): Corona and Climate: Can We really Follow the Science While Dealing with Crisis? – A Cross Cultural Study


5:00 – 7:00 PM          Re-Imagining the End of the World (Panel Chair: Christopher Coenen)

Chelsea Haith (University of Oxford): Acts of Resistance: Writing the Apocalypse (virtual presentation)

Isabella Hermann (Science-Fiction Researcher): Anti-dystopia as a Way to Escape Dystopian and (Anti)Utopian Visions of the Future

Wenzel Mehnert (Austrian Institute of Technology): Re-Imagined Aftermath

Dan Holloway (Oxford University): The Wheelchair and the Whale: Disability and the End of the World (virtual presentation)



Venue: except where expressly stated otherwise, all events will take place at the Marsilius Kolleg Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1, 69120 Heidelberg.


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