50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Zurich, Switzerland, Sept. 10-13 2017

The University of Zurich will be hosting the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea from the 10th to the 13th of September 2017. Registration for this event will close on the 1st of August 2017. The program for the conference can be found at the website. The conference includes a workshop titled “The grammar of names“, convened by Antje Dammel (University of Freiburg), Johannes Helmbrecht (University of Regensburg), Damaris Nübling (University of Mainz), Barbara Schlücker (University of Bonn) & Thomas Stolz (University of Bremen).

Conference: Theorizing Contacts in the Roman Empire, Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 8-9 2017

From the 8th to the 9th of December 2017, the University of Edinburgh will be holding a conference highlighting the nexus between onomastics, multilingualism, and multiculturalism in ancient Rome. Entitled “Theorizing Contacts in the Roman Empire”, the event will feature scholarly papers from leading experts in classical studies. Although the official call for papers has passed, details about the conference subject matter can be found at the website of the Society for Classical Studies.

The aim of this conference is to assess the validity and scope of a variety of some of these models, with a particular focus on multilingualism and multiculturalism. By promoting and facilitating dialogue between disciplines, we shall aim to provide effective tools for different fields’ approaches in parallel (e.g. historical and linguistic). This has already been done very successfully in a few cases (e.g. ‘code-switching’), though greater interaction remains a desideratum. It is hoped that the participants will thereby open the discussion for a ‘theory of contact’ in the Roman world.

XVI International Congress of Slavists, Belgrade, Serbia, August 20-27 2018

According to an announcement of the American Committee of Slavists featured on Harvard University’s Department of Slavic Language and Literatures, the XVI International Congress of Slavists will be held from August 20-27, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. The program can be found here.

During the six working days, papers are presented in a variety of formats in a series of simultaneous morning and afternoon sessions, each session moderated by a chair.

The International Congress of Slavists has five formats in which contributions are presented: (1) plenary papers, (2) session papers, (3) block papers, (4) round table presentations, and (5) written submissions (scripta).

  • Plenary papers are typically longer contributions presented in plenary sessions by a small number of eminent specialists selected by the Presidium following nominations from the chairs of the various national committees. Plenary speakers are given 40 minutes each.
  • Session papers are single papers grouped into sessions by the host committee according to broad theme. Speakers are given 20 minutes each.
  • Block papers are single papers grouped into a thematically linked block panel composed of five members, all coordinated by a single individual. The block panel typically has a chair functioning as moderator, two speakers who present papers, and two discussants who comment on them. Each participant is given 10 minutes. The moderator and the two speakers on a block panel must represent at least three countries (i.e., three different national committees of Slavists), at least one of which should be a Slavic country. Membership on a block panel does not count against the quota of any member country. Accordingly, the number of block panels allowed at the Congress is limited.
  • Round table presentations are shorter reports on a narrowly construed theme with considerable audience participation anticipated. They are coordinated by a single individual. Speakers are given 10 minutes each. The Composition of a round table panel must also be international, representing at least four countries. The participants on a round table do not count against the quota of any member country. Accordingly, the number of round tables allowed at the Congress is limited.
  • Written submissions are individual papers published along with those of the active delegates of a particular national delegation, but not presented orally at the Congress because the author has alternate rather than delegate status.

Placenames Workshop: Comhdháil na nDéise, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland, June 15 2017

On June 15, 2017, the Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland will be hosting a place names workshop, Comhdháil na nDéise (Waterford Conference). The first Summer Session of the Comhdháil, under the title “Port Láirge: People, Place, Identity” will take place at the Cork Road Campus. The theme of the session will be “Logainmneacha, names of places”.  The event is open to all students, scholars, and enthusiasts of Irish toponymy. Details on the presentation schedule can be found here.

Call for Papers: American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL 2018) Chicago, March 24-27 2018

This is a call for participation in a colloquium session on Applied Onomastics at AAAL 2018, to be held in Chicago, IL, March 24-27, 2018. Names figure prominently in our identities and interactions as individuals, families, groups, organizations, and societies. Factors as varied as geography, culture, socioeconomic status, legal constraints, and marketing strategies influence names and naming. The study of names (onomastics), including personal, place, and commercial names, among others, is both multi- and interdisciplinary. Because of the ubiquity and important functions of names, they are also of “enduring interest to the wider public” (Hough 2016), confirmed by the long tradition of collaboration between academics and non-academics in name studies. The aim of this colloquium is to demonstrate how onomastics can offer practical solutions and insights to issues encountered in a wide range of contexts. Proposals are invited on any topic relating to Applied Onomastics, including but not limited to:

names and education
names and media
names and lexicography / name dictionaries
onomastic aspects of marketing and tourism
onomastic aspects of language planning
name-related policies, regulations and laws
onomastics and forensic linguistics
onomastics and psychology or cognition
name-based data mining and technologies
names and bi/multilingualism
cross-cultural naming practices
societal trends in naming
the relationship between Applied Onomastics and Applied Linguistics
the aims of Applied Onomastics as a field

Please send proposals containing a title, key words, abstract (300 words), and brief summary (50 words) by July 10th, 2017 to Maryann Parada (mparada1 AT csub.edu). the Colloquium Organize. Notifications will be sent by July 20th, 2017.

NameSummit 2017: A Digital Branding Conference, New York, NY, August 7-8 2017

From the 7th to the 8th of August 2017, NameSummit 2017, an international conference on domain names, will be held at the Hilton Midtown Manhattan.  The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for experts in digital branding to discuss the latest trends in domain name selection and marketing.  Information about the conference program and registration process can be found at the website.

NameSummit 2017 is bringing the best of the entrepreneurial and digital branding worlds to share their expertise in establishing a digital presence that excites, inspires, and generates ROI.  Building a digital brand — from domain name selection and market analysis, to creating a comprehensive web presence — requires stamina, strategy, and constant attention to trends.  NameSummit 2017’s digital branding and domain industry leaders are here to show beginners and pros how to bring their businesses to market, capture customer engagement, and keep them connected.

TOTh 2017: 11th International Conference on Terminology and Ontology, Chambéry, France, June 8-9 2017

From the 8th to the 9th of June 2017, the University of Savoie in Chambéry, France will be hosting the 11th International Conference on Terminology and Ontology (TOTh). The theme for this year’s conference is “Theories and Applications”.  Details about the conference can be found at the website, and the program can be downloaded here.

The conference is intended to bring together researchers, professionals and, more generally, all those whose concerns are related to language and knowledge engineering. The conference will cover areas like language for special purposes, specialized lexicography, translation, corpus analysis, lexicon, dictionary, and terminology.

Symposium: Becoming and Belonging: The Significance of Personal Names and Personal Naming, University of Leicester, UK, July 6 2017

On the 6th of July 2017, a special symposium entitled “Becoming and Belonging: The Significance of Personal Names and Personal Naming” will be held at the University of Leicester.  The preliminary programme as well as information regarding registration can be found here. This is a free event with lunch included. Pre-registration is required as places are limited.

The names we have are at the nucleus of our individual identities and our family affiliations, as well as our social and civil-legal identities. Yet, despite the fundamental, ubiquitous and ongoing importance of personal names in everyday life and the high level of popular interest in all things naming-related, the topic of personal names remains an underdeveloped area of study – not least in the UK.

Bringing together scholars from a range of social science disciplines, this one-day symposium offers a programme of talks and discussions focused on personal naming practices. The symposium represents a unique opportunity for an exchange of ideas about the social and cultural significance of personal names and will contribute to a step-change in their interdisciplinary study.

Lecture Series: Maps and Society – The History of Cartography, London, UK, May 18th 2017

The Warburg Institute at the University of London is hosting a scholarly series of lectures devoted to the theme of “Maps and Society”.  The specific theme of this year’s series is the history of cartography.  On May 18th, Dr. John Moore, the Collections Manager at the University of Glasgow’s Library, will give a lecture entitled: “Glasgow and Its Maps: How Cartography Has Reflected the Highs and Lows of the Second City of the Empire”.  Details concerning other lectures in the series may be found here. Admission is free and open to all map lovers.