The upcoming Storm Conference will take place from September 9th to 11th September 2022 – this time in cooperation with the Ferdinand Tönnies Society. The venue is the Handwerkerhaus in the Husumer Süderstrasse. The conference is about Storm and Tönnies.
Ferdinand Tönnies (1855–1936) was a school friend of Storm’s second son Ernst (1851–1913). The poet recognized Tönnies’ extraordinary talent early on. Among his fellow student Theodor Mommsen, Storm thought Tönnies was the most important young man he had met. As a young man he read the poet’s manuscripts for correction. In 1887 he accompanied Storm on a trip to the island of Sylt. Later on, the sociologist Tönnies, who became famous for his work Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft (1887), gave the ceremonial address at the inauguration of the Storm monument in 1898 in the Husum Castle Park. In 1917, on the occasion of Storm’s 100th birthday, Tönnies published his memories of the poet, the so-called Gedenkblätter.