Huxley Conference

Utolsó módosítás: 2019. november 19.

In Memoriam Aldous Huxley: International Conference at HAS and Eötvös University

Commemorating the 125th anniversary of Aldous Huxley's (1894-1963) birth, HAS and Eötvös Loránd University jointly hosted the international conference Excellence in Arts and Sciences: The Huxley Family on 8-9 November 2019. As the interdisciplinary title suggests, the approximately forty speakers addressed the work of such diversely oriented members of the distinguished Huxley family as biologists T.H. Huxley and Sir Julian Huxley, or the unbelievably popular late Victorian novelist Mrs Humphrey Ward. The presentations discussing Aldous Huxley's prolific and extremely versatile output – both fiction and non-fiction – focused on the genre of the modern utopia (dystopia) and the actuality of Huxleyan thought in the face of the rapidly approaching ecological catastrophe, just as well as on various other aspects of his work, including readings in the fields of art psychology, intermediality and intertextuality. Among the latter, Professor Angelika Reichmann (Institute of English and American Studies) discussed one of the writer's highly experimental, late modernist texts in her talk "Bugs, Burrows, Inquisitor: Dostoevskian Intertexts in Eyeless in Gaza." She also chaired the session "Science and Religion" held at HAS on the first day of the conference. The proceedings of the event are to be published in an English-language thematic volume.



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