Excellence in Arts and Sciences: The Huxley Family

UPDATE: The conference was successfully held on 8-9 November. We’d like to extend our gratitude to all the participants, sponsors, and organizers who made the event possible with their work. Thank you all!

Excellence in Arts and Sciences: The Huxley Family is an upcoming conference hosted by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, on 8th and 9th November 2019, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Aldous Huxley’s birth. In the best spirit of the ongoing dialogue carried forward by the famous Huxley brothers – Julian and Andrew, as well as Aldous – and their equally renowned forebears – most importantly T. H. Huxley, Matthew Arnold, Leonard Huxley, Julia (Arnold) Huxley, and Mrs Humphrey Ward – the event is meant to highlight the unavoidable mutuality of the two major branches of obtaining knowledge: the humanities on one side and the “hard” sciences on the other. The interdisciplinary conference is designed to promote an enlightening exchange of ideas among the leading international representatives of biology, psychology and the cognitive sciences, general medicine, philosophy, art history, literary scholarship, and religious studies.

Budapest is a particularly auspicious venue, as the conference promises to be a fitting preliminary to the World Science Forum to be held shortly after our event, not to mention the long history of the rich Hungarian reception of the Huxley family’s contribution to universal culture. At a time when it is deemed of primary importance to highlight the communality fostered by familial as well as interdisciplinary relations, an academic event celebrating the heritage of an exceptionally influential family of writers and scientists is bound to receive the attention it undoubtedly deserves.

Our confirmed speakers include Andrew Biswell, Gábor Bodnár, Gregory Claeys, Rodica Dimitriu, Irina Golovacheva, Vita Fortunati, Bernfried Nugel, Csaba Pléh, Stephen Prickett, Mikós Réthelyi, Gábor Sonkoly, and Eörs Szathmáry.

Attendance is free. To secure your seat at the conference, preliminary registration is strongly advised until 6 November (Wednesday) midnight.

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