I. Nyelv- és Irodalomtudományok Osztálya

Excellence in Arts and Sciences: the Huxley family

November 8, Friday

Welcome to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences — Greetings

László Lovász, President of HAS
László Borhy, Rector of Eötvös Loránd University

Plenary 1

Bernfried Nugel, “The Anti-Utopian Drift in Aldous Huxley’s Literary Utopias”; chair: Vita Fortunati

Session 1 (Nightmarish Futures)

Chair: Zsolt Czigányik

Gregory Claeys, “‘Ending Is Better than Mending’: Aldous Huxley and the Ideology of Consumption”

Andrew Biswell, “Dystopia Revisited: Aldous Huxley and Anthony Burgess”

Károly Pintér, “Dream as a Literary Motif and a Scientific Phenomenon in Aldous Huxley’s Dystopian Works”

Plenary 2

Stephen Prickett, “Towards a Truly Scientific Religion: Mrs Ward, Ethnography & History”; chair: Gregory Claeys

Session 2 (Science and Religion)

Chair: Angelika Reichmann

Péter Dávidházi, “Thomas Henry Huxley and the Naming of Agnosticism”

Zsolt Czigányik, “Fictionality and Non-Fiction in Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun

Anna Campbell, “Ectogenesis and Class Politics in Huxley’s Brave New World

Roundtable Around a Family

Keynote: Eörs Szathmáry, “Bulldog, Utopist, Nobelist: Notes on a Remarkable Family”

Roundtable, moderated by Gábor Soós

November 9, Saturday

Welcome to Eötvös Loránd University — Greetings (Room 356)

Judit Friedrich, Chair, Department of English Studies

András Kertész, President, Section of Linguistics and Literary Scholarship of HAS

Plenary 3

Csaba Pléh, “‘Fashions in Love’ of Aldous Huxley and the Re-emergence of Romantic Relations”; chair: Andrea Timár

Session 3a (Science, politics, and history)

Chair: Irina Golovacheva

Sándor Hites, “Science and the State: The Clash of T.H. Huxley and Herbert Spencer over Publicly Funded Research”

Miklós Réthelyi, “Julian Huxley (1887-1975) the Herald of Evolution”

György Kozma, “Karl Mannheim or Julian Huxley: The Imprevisibility Factor when Presidents Choose a UN Unit Director”

Maša Uzelac, “‘The Two Cultures’ from Huxley to Houellebecq”

Session 3b (The Senses and the Body)

Chair: Andrew Biswell

Andrea Timár, “Dehumanisation and Drugs in the Writings of S.T. Coleridge and Aldous Huxley”

Zsuzsa Hetényi, “Sinking in Senses: Huxley and Nabokov”

Ákos Farkas, “Who Nose Best? A Sensory-Ethical Approach to Eyeless in Gaza”

Plenary 4

David Damrosch, “Brave New World Literatures: Aldous Huxley between Empire and Globe”; chair: Péter Dávidházi

Session 4a (Across Boundaries)

Chair: Károly Pintér

Rodica Dimitriu, “Aldous Huxley Revisited: 85 Years of Romanian Reception”

Angelika Reichmann, “Bugs, Burrow, Inquisitor: Dostoevskian Intertexts in Eyeless in Gaza

Gábor Bodnár, “Faith Counters Faith: Arts in the Arts from a Music Theorist’s Point of View”

Session 4b (Peace and War)

Chair: Hites Sándor

Vita Fortunati, “Huxley’s last works: Towards an Ecological and Pacifist Society”

Miklós Lojkó, “In the Shadow of Dictators: Sir Laurence Collier, Eminent Diplomat in the Huxley Family”

Irina Golovacheva, “War and Numbers in Aldous Huxley’s Letters and Brave New World

Plenary 5

Jerome Meckier, “Aldous Huxley and the Cure Scene in Modern Literary Utopias”, chair: Ákos Farkas