Conference:

100 Years after the Publication of "The Decline of the West":

Oswald Spengler in an Age of Globalisation

and

Award of the "Oswald Spengler Prize" to Michel Houellebecq

On 17-19 October 2018, the newly founded “Oswald Spengler Society” recently held a scholarly conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the publication of “The Decline of the West”, one of the most important –and notorious - works on the philosophy of history of the 20th century. The conference was followed by the first public award of the “Oswald Spengler Prize” to Michel Houellebecq.

The Awarding of the First Oswald Spengler Prize in the Media

  • Michel Houellebecq: Wie man nicht ausstirbt, in: Die Welt 20.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • -: Michel Houellebecq von Spengler-Society ausgezeichnet, in: BRF 20.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • ts: Michel Houellebecq: Der Niedergang und die kommende christliche Erneuerung Europas, in: Bund Sankt Michael 20.10. 2018 (Click HERE)

  • Axel Rüth: Gebärmütter als Hoffnung für das Abendland, in: Die Welt 21.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • Tano Gerke: Michel Houellebecq: Europa begeht besondere Form des Selbstmords, in: Tagesstimme 21.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • Carlos Xavier Blanco: La sociedad "Oswald Spengler" premia al escritor Michel Houellebecq, autor profético sobre la islamización de Francia, in: La tribuna del Pais Vasco 22.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • David Berger: Houellebecq: Den „Untergang des Abendlandes“ mit dem Katholizismus aufhalten, in: Philosophie Perennis 23.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • Sid Lukkassen: Houellebecq: Demography is Destiny, in: dorbraak.be 23.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • David Engels: Ein Mord findet statt, in: Tagespost 24.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • Michel Janva: Houellebecq: “Il vaudrait mieux que la religion catholique reprenne le dessus”, in: Le salon beige 25.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • Geoffrey Lejeune: Déambulation bruxelloise avec Michel Houellebecq, in: Valeurs Actuelles 25.10.2018, 16-20 (Click HERE)

  • Dezsö Csejtei: Oswald Spengler kései Bosszúja, in:  Magyar Idök 31.10.2018 (Click HERE)

  • Marie-Cécile Royen: Le déclin selon Michel Houellebecq, in: Le Vif-L'Express 1.11.2018 (Click HERE)

  • David Engels, The Spengler Society and Michel Houellebecq, in: European Conservative, 19.2.2019. For more information, click HERE.

  • Michel Houellebecq : le suicide de l’Occident résultat de deux déclins, l’un démographique, l’autre religieux, in: Herodote.net, 20.3.2019. For more information, click HERE.

Conference programme:

17th-19th October 2018, German Eifel

(for abstracts, click HERE)

17 October

 

11h                   Latest Departure of the Shuttle Service from Brussels Airport

13h                  Latest Departure of the Shuttle Service from Cologne/Bonn Airport

14h                  Registration of the Participants at conference venue (German Eifel)

14h15              Welcome Address by the Board of the “Spengler Society”

                         Welcome Address by Ludger Kusenberg (download HERE)

 

 

 

Section 1: The Foundations of Spengler’s Thought

 

14h30             Hercules Boshoff, Becoming Unmoved: Aristotle, Spengler and the Development of Automation.

15h15              Marina Christodoulou, Man and Habits. A Contribution to the Addiction of/to Life (Inspired by Oswald Spengler)

 

16h                  Coffee Break

 

Section 2: The Relativity of Cultures

 

16h30             Dezső Csejtei, The Role of Landscape in Spengler’s „Untergang des Abendlandes“

17h15              Gerd Morgenthaler, Das Verhältnis des Rechts zum Weltbild seiner Urheber in Oswald Spenglers Thesen zur Rechtsgeschichte

 

18h                  Break

 

Keynote Speech

 

18h15              Alexander Demandt

 

19h                  Drinks

19h30             Dinner

 

18 October

 

Section 3: The Reception of ‘The Decline of the West’

 

8h45               Jack Dumonde, Between Pessimism and amor fati: the Changing Anglo-American Interpretations of Oswald Spengler’s Philosophy of History

9h30               Jasper Trautsch, Oswald Spengler and ‘the West’: The Changing Interpretations of his Work in the English-Speaking Press

 

10h15              Coffee Break

 

10h45             Sven Günther / Zhang Hongxia, Spengler’s China, China’s Spengler –  Intellectual Discourses between East and West

11h30              Gregory Swer, Science Fiction: Science, Vaihinger and Spengler’s Fictionalist Philosophy of Science

 

12h15              Lunch Break

 

Section 4: On the Margins of Eurocentrism

 

14h                  Christian Roy, Space, Time and the Christian Matrix of the Faustian Man

14h45              David Engels, Spengler on India, Mexico and Babylonia

 

15h30             Coffee Break

 

16h                  Froll Vladimirow, Russland: „ein matter Nachzügler“ des Abendlandes oder „das Versprechen einer kommenden Kultur“?

 

16h45              Common Afternoon Activity

 

Evening Keynote Speech

 

18h15              Max Otte

 

19h                  Drinks

19h30             Dinner

 

19 October

 

Section 5: ‘Spengler heute’

 

8h45               Greg Lewicki, Spengler, Networks and an EU-like Roman Empire. Why We Are Entering a Neomedieval Era

9h30             Sid Lukkassen, Spengler’s Philosophy of History as a Therapy for Naivity and Utopianism

10h15              Coffee Break

 

10h45              Alena Rettóva, Philosophy, Colonialism, and “The Decline of the Occident”

11h30              Closing Remarks by the board of the Spengler Society

12h 15             Lunch Break

 

14h                  Travel to Brussels

17h                  Hotel Check-in

 

Awarding of the Oswald Spengler Price (Brussels)

 

18h                  Ceremony: Award of the first Oswald Spengler Prize

20h                  Dinner

 

20 October

 

10h Departure of the Shuttle to Brussels Airport and to Cologne Airport

First Award of the

Oswald Spengler Prize

19th October 2018

The “Oswald Spengler Society” is pleased to announce the first public award of the “Oswald Spengler Prize” to Michel Houellebecq.

Place of the Ceremony:

Hotel Stanhope, Rue du Commerce 9, 1000 Bruxelles

 

 

 

Provisional programme:

17h30: Arrival of participants

18h00: Welcome address and laudatio of the laureate by the board of the Oswald Spengler Society

 

18h30: Award of the first Oswald Spengler Prize to Michel Houellebecq

 

18h35: Address by the laureate

 

19h00: Drinks

 

20h00: End of the Ceremony

Participation in the ceremony is free; however, for pratical reasons, formal inscriptions would be most welcome (spengler.society@gmail.com).

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© 2017 by the Oswald Spengler Society.