Fourteenth International Conference on Jewish Names, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, June 3, 2019

On Monday, June 3 2019, the Fourteenth International Conference on Jewish Names will be held. The day-long conference will take place in the Midrasha (Building 405), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. The conference is supported by the Faculty of Jewish Studies and the Koschitzky Fund, Bar-Ilan University.

The complete program may be downloaded here.

For information:

The Public is Welcome!

Call for Papers: KU-ICL Kuwait University International Conference on Linguistics, Kuwait, March 29-30 2020

The International Conference on Linguistics (ICL) at Kuwait University aims to bring together leading academics, researchers and students of Linguistics to explore and share current research findings and scholarly contributions in the field. Providing a much-needed forum in the region, keynote speakers, presenters and panelists will introduce and discuss current research trends, concerns and practical challenges in the diverse field of Linguistics.

Deadline for abstract submission: November 15th, 2019

Call for Contributions:

Contributions are welcome in various subfields of linguistics. ICL main language is English, but it accepts presentations of thorough research findings in Arabic and/or French. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Syntax
  • Morphology
  • Phonology
  • Phonetics
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Computational linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Bilingualism
  • Language acquisition
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Neurolinguistics

Languages of the Conference:

Although English will be the main medium of presentation, applicants are welcome to submit abstracts of research findings in Arabic and/or French.

Abstracts Format and submission guidelines:

Abstract are to be submitted online to Authors may submit the pdf’s of up to two abstracts. Applicants should indicate their presentation preference: plenary session, research presentation session (paper presentation), workshop session, poster or virtual paper session. Abstracts are expected to meet the following guidelines:

  • Up to 400 words (not counting references)
  • Times New Roman 12 points only
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • 1.5 cm left and right margins
  • 2.0 cm top and bottom margins
  • Up to seven keywords
  • No tables, charts, or graphics

For further information and enquiries on abstract submission, contact Dr. Amin Almuhanna at (

For general inquiries contact Dr. Khaled Albahri at (

Call for Papers: ANS 2020, New Orleans, LA, January 2-5, 2020

The American Name Society (ANS) is now inviting proposals for papers for its next annual conference. The 2020 conference will be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America. Abstracts in any area of onomastic research are welcome. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is July 30, 2019. To submit a proposal, simply complete the 2020 Author Information Form.

Please email this completed form to ANS Vice President Laurel Sutton using the following address: <>. For organizational purposes, please be sure to include the phrase “ANS 2020” in the subject line of your email.  Presenters who may need additional time to secure international payments and travel visas to the United States are urged to submit their proposal as soon as possible.

All proposals will be subjected to blind review. Official notification of proposal acceptances will be sent on or before September 30, 2019. All authors whose papers have been accepted must be current members of the ANS and need to register with both the ANS and the Linguistic Society of America. Please feel free to contact Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins or Laurel Sutton should you have any questions or concerns.

A downloadable PDF of the Call for Papers can be found here.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Speaker Series: “Place Names of Contra Costa” April 28 2019, Lafayette, California, USA


Why are place names important? Many names have long since disappeared but are still found on old maps and documents. Some names have interesting or amusing stories attached to them. Others have been misunderstood. Several have mysterious origins and some have fascinating historic events associated with them. This talk will briefly explore a few of these aspects behind historic place names. This compilation stems from years assisting researchers and genealogists at the Contra Costa County Historical Society.

William Mero – Author of “Shadows on the Hills” is the guest speaker on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center’s Don Tatzin Community Hall.

Call for Papers: The Fourth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature, Ahwaz, Iran, February 1-2 2020

The Fourth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature is organized by different universities and research centers. Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research regarding current issues of linguistics, languages, dialects, literature and translation in English, Arabic or Persian. The conference will be an opportunity for academics, university lecturers and researcher to share their latest research findings and to keep abreast of the most recent developments in the field. Researchers and scholars from around the world are invited to submit their papers to be evaluated for inclusion in the conference program. The abstracts will be evaluated by International Scientific Committee Members based on their originality, novelty, rigor and relevance to the conference theme. The accepted papers will be scheduled for oral or poster presentations. The selective full papers of the conference will be published as the book of conference and also will be indexed in CIVILICA (however, the book of abstracts will be published too).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30th November 2019.

Click here for registration and submission information.

Lecture: “Medieval Landscapes of East Oxford through Place Names”, April 24 2019, Oxford (UK)

KATIE HAMBROOK will speak on “Medieval Landscape of East Oxford through Place Names” in Cowley History Group. They meet at The Venue, 242b, Barns Road, Cowley OX4 3RQ (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre (on main bus route). They meet the last Wednesday in the month. Free Refreshments served from 6.30pm and after the Speaker.

Further information:
Call: 07392 606040 or 07754 406060

Program of the 28th SNSBI Spring Conference 2019

The 28th annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland will take place at the University of Nottingham from 26 to 29 April 2019. The University of Nottingham is home to the Institute for Name-Studies and has a long-standing connection with the field, housing the library and offices of the English Place-Name Society for over fifty years. The conference will bring together papers on a wide range of topics from Britain, Ireland and further afield, including the Cameron Lecture, to be given by Professor Lesley Abrams on the Saturday evening.

The program and abstracts can be found here.

Call for Papers: They, Hirself, Em, and You: Nonbinary pronouns in research and practice, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, June 11-13 2019

They, Hirself, Xem, and You (THEY) is a three-day conference bringing together linguists and other researchers and practitioners working on topics relating to nonbinary pronouns in English. The conference will be held at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, June 11-13 2019. The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers working on topics relating to nonbinary gender (usage, users, and user experiences) in language, particularly in pronouns, in order to both raise the profile of this research within linguistics and other disciplines, and to build resources that can be used by educators, policy makers, community advocates, and researchers in other fields. Admission to the conference will be free.

It will include two interleaved tracks of talks and presentations: one featuring research from linguistics (L-track), and one featuring scholars and practitioners from other fields (O-track). There will also be a series of four invited keynote talks, open to the public, and one of the conference outputs will be a resource compiling information and resources on nonbinary pronouns, for general use. Please see the conference website for more information.

L-track proposals are due March 31, 2019.

O-track proposals are due April 30, 2019.

A downloadable Call for Papers can be found here.


Call for Papers: 2019 Geographic Names Conference of COGNA, Baton Rouge, LA, August 5-9 2019

The 2019 Geographic Names Conference of COGNA (Council of Geographic Names Authorities in the United States) will take place August 5-9, 2019, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They are seeking presentation content, geographic names in nature, including regional topics, toponymic and cartographic themes encouraged. Presentations are for individual presentations or panel discussions.

This conference is the only conference that brings together the State Geographic Names Authorities (SNAs) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) and provides participants a unique opportunity to share information and knowledge about the geographic naming process and research. There is no better way to network and benefit from the expertise of members and staff of the BGN, SNAs, Tribal authorities, other State and Federal mapping agencies, and members of the geospatial and academic communities.

The conferences are open to the public for registration fees.  Registration fees included all conference materials, welcome & closing receptions, and admission to all daytime conference sessions.  Conferences conclude with an optional an educational-toponymic field workshop.

You can download the call for papers here. The deadline for abstracts is April 30, 2019.

Additional information on the conference is available at their website.

1st Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, April 29 – May 3, 2019, New York

The 2019 Session of the “new” United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) will be convened from 29 April to 3 May 2019 at the UNHQ, in New York.

The session, organized by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, brings together over 150 experts from national naming authorities and academia. The 2019 session heralds the first session of the new body, with a new agenda and over 90 papers for information and discussion, covering  topics such as toponymic training, place names supporting sustainable development, toponymic data files and gazetteers, romanization systems, exonyms, geographical names as cultural heritage, and toponymic guidelines for map and other editors for international use.