Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies


Fellowships – Call for Applications 2023-24 

CAPAS gathers international scholars and scientists to research collaboratively on ideas and experiences of the doom of worlds and their aftermath. Our mission is to encourage the dialogue between the humanities and the social, natural and life sciences. The Centre is dedicated to innovative research relevant to society at large, particularly in areas beyond traditional academic boundaries.

We invite applications for up to 10 Fellowships from October 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year. The focus of the 2023-2024 academic year is on the imaginaries and concepts of the (post-)apocalypse, with special regard to Europe and Asia. 




Apocalyptica – Call for Papers: Special Issue Nuclear Ghosts

The pressing forward of nuclear apprehensions in recent years is symptomatic of what Avery Gordon identifies as “ghostly matters” or a particular idea of haunting that allows us to “think through repressed forms of violence that bring ‘something to be done’ in the present.” In this special issue we want to summon these formations of nuclear ghosts and explore the return of the (repressed) nuclear ethos in popular culture, literature, art, politics, poetry, and philosophy.




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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