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Heidelberg, 7 May 2021

CAPAS in the news

BMBF Special on the new Käte Hamburger Centres

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which is funding our Käte Hamburger Centre, has interviewed our two directors about their expectations, plans for the following years and their personal perspectives on the start of the Centre:

Full Interview (External link, German only)

Spektrum interview on the apocalypse

The German science magazine Spektrum has interviewed Professor Robert Folger, asking him what defines an apocalypse, if the Covid-19 pandemic can be considered one and, to begin with, how he as a romanicist came to researching the (post-) apocalypse:

Full Interview (External link, German only)


Heidelberg, 3 May 2021

Apocalypse now, then when?

CAPAS Online Lecture Series 2021

The Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies at the University of Heidelberg (CAPAS) announces with great pleasure the start of a new lecture series. The CAPAS lecture series undertakes the task of exploring imaginaries and experiences of apocalypses and post-apocalypses from an interdisciplinary perspective.

With this format, the research at CAPAS is made accessible to members of Heidelberg University and the interested public. We cordially invite you to engage in our interdisciplinary discussions. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the lectures will be held digitally.



Heidelberg, 1 April 1, 2021

Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies

A new Käte Hamburger International Centre starts work at Heidelberg University

Press Release of Heidelberg University – No. 27/2021

The cross-cultural phenomenon of predicting the end of the world, in particular in view of current global threats, is the focus of a new transdisciplinary research institution at Heidelberg University. A Käte Hamburger International Centre – the Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) – has begun work with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). To spotlight its topics, CAPAS will invite scholars from all over the world to spend time in Heidelberg doing research. The BMBF has allocated approx. nine million euros to finance the centre over an initial period of four years. CAPAS directors are Prof. Dr Robert Folger, representing Romance languages, and Prof. Dr Thomas Meier, an archaeologist.


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