On October 16 – 17th, 2015, the Department of Modern Literature and Literary Theory of the Faculty of Humanities of Pécs University and Kronosz Publishers will organize a two-day memorial conference on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the birth (and 30th anniversary of his death) of Tivadar Thienemann, the famed literary professor and psycholinguist.
Tivadar Thienemann was a university professor and a leading light of the interwar period intellectual scene. In 1922 he founded the Minerva Society, whose respected members included Gyula Szekfű, Zoltán Gombocz, Ákos Pauler, János Horváth, Béla Zolnai and Antal Szerb. He initially immigrated to the Netherlands in 1948, then later to the United States, where he lived and worked. His entries and notes from his final years have uncovered numerous important new bits of information about the individuals, institutes, organizations, intellectual groups, events and history making up Hungarian cultural and social (political) life during the interwar period.
To open the conference, the participants will lay a wreath at the Tivadar Thienemann memorial plaque, which will be followed by opening remarks by Péter P. Müller, Vice Dean at the Department of Modern Literature and Literary Theory of the Faculty of Humanities of Pécs University, and a speech by Imre Nagy, university professor. The conference then will progress with ten unique presentations, each one analyzing a different aspect of Thienemann’s works. The final presentation on the first day of the conference will be delivered by Gábor Ujváry, Subject Team Leader of the Miklós Horthy Era Research Team at the VERITAS Research Institute for History. His speech is titled Thienemann and Hungarian Historiography of the Interwar Period.