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Heidelberg Studium Generale Series "End as Beginning" - December Program

Dec 05, 2022 - Dec 19, 2022

Against the backdrop of the climate crisis, war, the pandemic and a world order undergoing rapid and fundamental change, the question of the tension between end and beginning is of great relevance. How do catastrophes and crises generate not just threats and dangers, but can also serve as a starting point for radical metamorphoses and new world models? How can catastrophe be considered an opportunity for a new beginning, the rise of an alternative history of creation? These questions touch upon experiences and lifeworlds of all generations and cultures. The series, organized by the Heidelberg Worldmaking team in cooperation with the Thematic Research Network "Umwelten-Umdenken-Umbrüche", Käte Hamburger Centre For Apocalyptic and Postapocalyptic Studies (CAPAS), the Academy for Future and the Junge Kantorei, will use different formats (including lectures, discussions, concerts, readings and film screenings) to bring scientists and scholars of various disciplines, public actors, artists and the broader audience into a dialogue.

The lectures will be held in German and will be made available online afterwards.


The lectures will be held at the Aula der Neuen Universität, lecture room 13, and the recordings will be made available digitally afterwards.


Program in December:

5.12.2022, 7:30 PM

Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht – wie Bach die Utopie einer neuen Welt musikalisch entwirft

Prof. Dr. Silke Leopold (Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar, Universität Heidelberg)

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12.12.2022, 7:30 PM

Das Ende des »Ewigen Eises«: Globaler Gletscherrückgang und zunehmende Risiken im Hochgebirge

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Moos (Theologisches Seminar, Universität Heidelberg)

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19.12.2022, 7:30 PM

Wider die Zerstörung der Schöpfung – Was können wir tun? Aktivisten und Aktionen von Greta Thunberg zu Ou Hongyi

Ein Gespräch mit Yang Xifan (Die ZEIT), Umweltjuristen und Aktivisten von Fridays for Future zur Jungen Kantorei

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More information on the series and recordings of past lectures can be found on: