Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies

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The Käte Hamburger Center for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) at Heidelberg University focuses on the question of how catastrophes and end-time scenarios affect societies, individuals and environments. The aim is to describe past and present system upheavals and collapses in a differentiated way on the basis of a transdisciplinary research approach and to distinguish between them. The reactions to apocalyptic scenarios as well as future designs for the time after the catastrophe are also to be understood, analysed and questioned against the background of their respective historical and cultural frameworks.

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CAPAS Fellows are the core of the Centre's academic research. CAPAS awards about ten fellowships each year to international researchers from a variety of academic disciplines, for the conduct of collaborative research projects on theoretical and practical dimensions of the end of the world and what comes after. The time at CAPAS offers each Fellow a unique opportunity to engage in free, transdisciplinary discussions outside the day-to-day commitments of academia.


We have identified three integrated research areas for CAPAS that allow us to study apocalypses and post-apocalypses in a systematic way: An Archive of Imaginaries of the Apocalypse, Historical Experiences of Apocalypse and Postapocalypse, and Apocalypses of the Present.


Science communication at CAPAS aims to create transdisciplinary opportunities for open exchange and mutual learning on a broad range of apocalyptic and post apocalyptic topics in research, society, and politics – building on the areas of expertise of CAPAS’ fellows and staff.