End time scenarios like the ongoing COVID-19 crisis or the flood disaster and heat waves due to anthropogenic climate change are just the most recent examples of experiences that act as apocalyptic catalysts and inspire apocalyptic thinking. It is a joint lecture series of the Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) and the project “Epochal Life Worlds: Man, nature and technology in narratives of crisis and change” of the Joint Centre for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective: A Dialogue with China”. It undertakes the task of exploring imaginaries and experiences of catastrophic and (post-)apocalyptic events from an interdisciplinary perspective. The summer semester of 2022 is dedicated to imaginaries and experiences of (post-)apocalyptic and catastrophic events with a special focus on Asia. Read the full program of the lecture series here.
Both centres are advanced research centres which host internationally renowned fellows. With this format, the research at the Centres is made accessible to all members of Heidelberg University. Lectures are going to be held in English.
The lectures will be held at HS 14, Neue Universität, Universitätsplatz 1, 69117 Heidelberg (the respective current pandemic regulations apply). Due to the ongoing pandemic, the lectures will be streamed digitally as well.
Tuesdays 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM
5.7. "Attributions of Extreme Weather Disasters in Chinese Media: A Comparison of Domestic (2021 Zhengzhou Flood) and International (2021 Europe Flood and US Flood) Events”
Han Ziqiang (Fellow, Joint Center for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective”)
12.7. “From Witnessing to Remembrance – The Documentary of Wuhan Lockdown”
Meng Xia (Fellow, Joint Center for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective”)
19.7. “Thoughts on the Relationship Between Apocalypse and Idyll in the Literature of the 'Little Ice Age'”
Joana van de Löcht (Fellow, Joint Center for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective”)
26.7. “Voices of Plants and Landscape in Artful Spaces of the Ming-Qing Transition”
Wang Yizhou (Fellow, Joint Center for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective”)
Video recordings of all lectures are available on YouTube.