The Questioning Man - on the oeuvre of Elemér Hankiss

APR 30. 2017  nyomtatási kép

Elemér Hankiss left a lasting imprint on the fields of literary criticism, sociology, political science, philosophy and theology. He left us with questions that we owe ourselves to try and answer. The conference will discuss his rich and versatile oeuvre.

Conference languages: English and Hungarian.

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Venue: Kőszeg, Zwinger-Oldtower (Chernel str. 16.)

Invited speakers:

Izabella, Agárdi, Historian, Researcher, iASK

Károly Binder, Pianist, Liszt Academy

László Bíró, Managing director, InnoTeq Ltd.

Dezső Boda, Physicist, director, UPKC

Anna Bokányi, Researcher, Hankiss Archive, iASK

Péter Bokányi, Head of the Hankiss Archive, iASK

György Csepeli, Sociologist, Researcher, iASK

Sándor Csortos Szabó, Producer, Budapest Film Productions

Judit D. Nagy, Head of Secretariat, HAS Institute for PS

Tamás Dunai, Actor

Balázs Fűzfa, Literary Historian, Researcher, iASK

András Gelencsér, Rector, University of Pannonia

László Huber, Mayor of Kőszeg

Jody Jensen, Political Scientist, Researcher, iASK

Ágnes Kapitány, Sociologist, HAS

Gábor Kapitány, Sociologist, HAS

Juozas Kasputis, Researcher, IASK

Sándor Kerekes, Economist, Researcher, iASK

Norbert Kroó, Physicist, HAS

Mónika Mátay, Historian, Researcher, iASK

Miklós Mezősi, Literary historian

Ferenc Miszlivetz, Sociologist, Director, iASK

Zoltán Mizsei, Head of The Creative Music Center, iASK

Endre Nagy J., Sociologist

Kornél Németh, Quality engineer, iASK

Dimitar Nikolovski, Researcher, iASK

Béla Pomogáts, Literary historian

Ferenc Pongrácz, Development director, IBM

Attila Pók, Historian, Researcher, iASK

Péter Rendes, Managing director, InnoTeq Ltd.

Philippe Schmitter, Political Scientist, European Univ. Institute

György Schöpflin, Historian, Political Scientist

James Skelly, Researcher, iASK

István Sümegi, Philosopher, Researcher, iASK

Igor Stipic, Researcher, iASK

Máté Szabó, Legalist, Researcher, iASK

Eörs Szathmáry, Biologist, Researcher, iASK

Izabella Szász, Project coordinator, iASK

József Takács M., Editor-in-Chief, Helikon Publisher

Zsolt Várnai, Editorial Director, ALON Média Ltd.

Iván Vitányi, Sociologist, Former Member of the Parliament

László Z. Karvalics, Historian, Univ. of Szeged, iASK

Lili Zétényi, Editor-in-Chief, La Femme, Wife of E. Hankiss

Konstantin Ziskin, director, VSO Moscow





10:30  Registration                                                                                                           10:30-13:00

Sounding tubes

Sound installation by János Bali and students of PPCU


11:00  Opening - László Huber, Ferenc Miszlivetz, Lili Zétényi, Iván Vitányi 


11:30  “Reinventing Central Europe" * - Following Hankiss’s footsteps


Mónika Mátay, László Bíró, Péter Rendes, Ferenc Pongrácz

Moderator: Ferenc Miszlivetz


12:00  “Traps and mice" * - Social science, economy 

Ágnes Kapitány, Gábor Kapitány - Thousand faces of self, thousand faces of symbols -

on Hankiss’s perception of symbols

Máté Szabó - Hankiss’s relation to the politics and the political science


Moderator: László Z. Karvalics


String theory

 Etudes to clavichord and table by Zoltán Mizsei


12:40  “Walking coat" * - Politics, history


Mónika Mátay - The traps of the past in the present 

Endre Nagy J. - Hankiss’s set of mind

Attila Pók - What can a Historian learn from Hankiss?

István Sümegi - Science and thinking - on the last works of Hankiss

László Z. Karvalics - Elemér Hankiss, seditious new historicist with soft system approach

Moderator: Izabella Agárdi


13: 40   Break                                                                                                               

13:40-16:30 Naturam furca expellat **

Sound installation by Zoltán Mizsei


14:40  “Black swans" * - About Hankiss

Cantus firmus H A eb eb e e’ e’’ - signal

Anna Bokányi - Treasures of the Hankiss Archive 

György Csepeli - A scholar of the 21st century in the 20th century

Hacking George Sound- image addition to György Csepeli’s lecture

by Mizsei Zoltán


Zoltán Mizsei - “This is how I relentlessly make poems sound - without sounds" *** - Questions and answers set to music

Judit D. Nagy - About Hankiss

József Takács M. - From the Publisher’s perspective

Zsolt Várnai - The “Reinventing…" webpage

 Moderator: Izabella Szász



15:30  “The unfinished man" * - Theology, philosophy


Cantus firmus ’La mi Re re re’ - signal

Jody Jensen - The dialectics of Hankiss-ism

Juozas Kasputis - Hierarchy in the name of rationality: unfulfilled expectations

György Schöpflin - Central Europe and the European "social trap"

Philippe Schmitter - Hankiss and democracy

James M. Skelly - Hankiss’s “toothpaste": Exploring the existential crisis of the self

Moderator: György Csepeli


16:30  Book review              Hankiss bibliography; Quantum mechanics

                                               In memoriam

Péter Bokányi

James M. Skelly: Sarcophagus of Identity: Tribalism, Nationalism,

and the Transcendence of the Self

Izabella Agárdi, Mónika Mátay, György Csepeli


17:00  Herbarium - Album release concert                                             (Europe House, Bibó room)

Károly Binder, Tamás Dunai

Binder Music production


            18:30  Invent yourself - Film screening                                                                                (Zwinger)


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09:00  “Hamlet's change of scene" * - Literature

Cantus firmus ’H A eb eb e e e’ - signal 

Péter Bokányi - Do not splutter…

Balázs Fűzfa - Hankiss and the Savaria University Press

Miklós Mezősi - Impact impulses and aesthetic information: Would Shakespeare be our contemporary? - Crumbs from Hankiss's table

Béla Pomogáts - Hankiss's literary history works


Two images by Uwe Scheer

 Bernadett Scheer, Uwe Scheer, violin

 Moderator: Péter Bokányi


10:00  “In an alien world" * - Interdisciplinarity


András Gelencsér - Impacts of industrial activities on human health and the environment

Norbert Kroó - Quantum mechanics and social sciences

Eörs Szathmáry - Hankiss's game-theoretical work in the light of new research results

Moderator: Dezső Boda

11:00   Break


11:30  “Hankissworld" **** - Creativity, Future University

Cantus firmus ’La mi Re re re’ - signal

Sándor Csortos Szabó - Hankiss’s world

Kornél Németh - Approach to Future University

Sándor Kerekes - Sustainable education

Dimitar Nikolovski, Igor Stipic - Future universities in Central Europe

Konstantin Ziskin - The concept of a new type university

Moderator: Izabella Szász



12:30   Break


14:00  LISTEN-ING - Interactive games

Sándor Csortos Szabó, Izabella Szász 

The hero

Common pasture

Genders’ fight

Prisoner's dilemma

Embroidery ball - Audio-visualization etudes to saxophone and screen
by Dániel Váczi


"Thousand faces of self" *

Award announcement for high school students, presentation of their works


15:00 “House of questions" *

Ferenc Miszlivetz - Plans of the Hankiss Center, “Chernel 10"


Open debate and discourse

 Moderator: György Csepeli


The artists of the Creative Music Center will enrich the conference program with sound-interludes.

 Citations: * Elemér Hankiss, ** Horatius, *** János Arany, **** László Lengyel