Demonstrations against francization of Breton toponyms

In Telgruc-sur-Mer (Finistère), more than six hundred people gathered on the beach of Trez-Bellec to protest against the francization of place names in Brittany.

“We dehumanize the territory. “This is how Armel an Hejer, a Breton artist and coordinator of Kevre Breizh, summed up the presence of several hundred demonstrators on the beach. In Telgruc-sur-Mer, the elected officials named 32 new streets solely in French. In the communes, the elected municipal officials, who are responsible for naming the places, explain that they must number and name the roads and dwellings, in particular to facilitate the work of La Poste and the emergency services.

Conference “Sacred place names in Sámi landscapes”, Tromsø, Norway, November 21-22, 2019

Place names have had a low priority in Norwegian linguistic research over the latest decades, and Sámi place names have always been a neglected field of study in all of the Sámi area. Even so, novel methods, theories, and technology have been developed that provide exciting new possibilities for interdisciplinary and comparative studies within this field. The present conference, which will be a contribution to UNs International year of indigenous languages, aims to summarize the status quo of research and requests for more knowledge about Sámi place names in the Nordic countries and North-West Russia, as well as to suggest a multidisciplinary way forward, starting with a sosioonomastic approach to Sámi sacred place names and past and present landscape use.

Registration deadline: November 1, 2019.

The 21st Finnish Conference of Onomastics, October 31 – November 1, 2019, Helsinki

Finnish Conference of Onomastics is an annual scientific event, where scholarly studies about proper names in Finland and its vicinity are presented. The conferences have been arranged since 1998. Next conference will be from October 31st to November 1st 2019 in the University of Helsinki. The program will be released here.

There will be interesting presentations in different fields of onomastics, conference dinner, choice of name of the year, and so on.

If you would like to present your paper or poster, submit your abstract by September 30, 2019 via

Participating the conference is open and free of charge for everybody. Presentations are mainly in Finnish, but sometimes in Swedish or English.

James Bond: What is the new film going to be called?

Calling all 007 fans, the title for the much anticipated 25th James Bond film has just been revealed. And it’s…No Time to Die. The title was announced on Twitter, and producers also posted that the movie is due to come out in the UK on 3 April 2020.

What else do we know about the long-awaited film?

According to the official plot summary, the British spy comes out of retirement to take on a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist. Filming is already underway, but there have been some problems along the way, including Daniel Craig needing minor ankle surgery after an injury on set in Jamaica. Oscar-winner Rami Malek, who starred in Bohemian Rhapsody, will play a villain.

International Workshop “The politics of place naming in Turkey”, Geneva, Switzerland, September 12-13, 2019

Research questions in this workshop include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Promotion and erasure of toponymical repertoires;
  • Processes of Turkification & modes of resistance;
  • Ottoman, néo-Ottoman, national and post-national historiographies;
  • Actors involved in place naming: National leaders and cults of personality, role of the bureaucracy & local administrations, private sector, civil society, political parties;
  • Gender and naming policies;
  • Geographies of trauma & archaeologies of violence in the politics of naming;
  • Methodologies and sources: archives, oral history, official and alternative cartographies;
  • Labelling, marketization, commodification;
  • Technologies of power & regime change;
  • Time scales, moments of change and transition in place naming

The first day of the workshop is open to the public (program).

The second day is reserved to invited guests.

Plans for all new street names in Cardiff to avoid English

New streets in Cardiff (Wales, UK) could be given names in Welsh only under new plans.

Cardiff council said it is keen for new streets and future developments in the capital to be given names that reflect local heritage. The plans were first announced last year and council officials will make a decision whether to adopt the scheme at a meeting next month. A consultation was held over six weeks between January and March 2019. The responses will now be considered by the council’s cabinet in September. Mabli Siriol, from Welsh language group “Cymdeithas yr Iaith“, welcomed the idea. She said: “It would give a boost to the status and use of the language in the city.”

27th Congress of Onomastic Sciences, 23-28 August 2020 (Krakow, Poland)

Dear colleagues,

The Institute of Polish Language Polish Academy of Sciences (Kraków, Poland), the Faculty of Polish Studies Jagiellonian University (Kraków Poland), the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica (Slovakia), the L’. Štúr Institute of Linguistics SAS (Bratislava, Slovakia), the University in Trnava (Slovakia), the Institute of the Czech Language of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague (Czech Republic) and the congress committee have the honor to invite you to take part in the 27th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences. The Congress will be held in Kraków (Poland) from August 23 to August 28, 2020. Detailed information is available at: