The general theme of the conference is “Aldous Huxley in Europe”: it chiefly covers Huxley’s European years (1894-1937) but also his American career (1937-1963), which is inseparably connected with European contexts.
A special feature of the Symposium will be the Huxley Forum, a format introduced at the previous Huxley conference at Oxford in order to encourage discussion of an overreaching issue in Huxley studies. This time it will focus on “Aldous Huxley and Self-Realization: his concept of human potentialities, his techniques for actualizing them, and his views of their social consequences,” and the convenors are very grateful to Prof. Dana Sawyer (Maine College of Art) and Julian Piras, M.A. (Belgium), for having organized it and co-ordinated as many as eleven presentations in two large sections.
There will also be a Panel for Young Huxley Scholars with four presentations, which Dr. Gerhard Wagner (University of Münster) has kindly agreed to chair.
The general call for papers has so far resulted in a provisional agenda of 39 talks (including four keynote lectures for different sections of the programme), which can probably all be presented as plenaries, so that, in principle, each participant can choose to attend any talk that he wishes to.
Download the Detailed Symposium Programme here