Research & Studies

The Questioning Man – on the oeuvre of Elemér Hankiss

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 C. 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

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

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

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

14:40  “Black Swans” * – About Hankiss

Anna Bokányi – Treasures of the Hankiss Archive

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

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

15:40  “The Unfinished Man” * – Theology, philosophy


Jody Jensen – The Dialectics of Hankiss-ism

 Juozas Kasputis – Hierarchy in the Name of Rationality: Unfulfilled Expectations

 György Schöpflin – Europe, Central Europe, liberalism: Central Europe’s misadventure with the EU

 James Skelly – Hankiss’s “Toothpaste”: Exploring the Existential Crisis of the Self

 Moderator: György Csepeli

16:30  Book Review             Hankiss Bibliography; In memoriam; Quantum mechanics

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


18:00  Invent yourself – Film screening                                                                             (Zwinger)

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09:00  “Hamlet’s Change of Scene” * – Literature

Péter Bokányi (moderator) – 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

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

Dezső Boda (moderator) – Hankiss, Harari and memetics


11:30  “Hankissworld” ** – Creativity, The House of Questions, Future University

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

14:00  LISTEN-ING – Interactive games

            Sándor Csortos Szabó, Izabella Szász

                        The hero

                        Common pasture

Genders’ fight

Prisoner’s dilemma