The Scottish Place-Name Society’s annual Autumn Day Conference, Arrochar, UK, November 2, 2019

The Society’s annual Autumn Day Conference will be held at the Three Villages Community Hall, Arrochar, on Saturday 2 November 2019.


The program is as follows:

Ronald Black: Place-names in the Dewar Manuscripts

Alan Cameron: The Place-names in the Poem Flory Loynachan

Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson and Elizabeth Carmichael: Arrochar Place-names and the Hidden Heritage Project

Peter Drummond: The Cobbler and his Neighbours: Some Mountain Names around Arrochar

Alison Grant: The Nicolaisen Archive

Bill Stephens: Sneaky Swans: Ealaidh in Place and Tradition

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.

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.

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:

Registration opens for the 2020 ANS Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2-5, 2020

American Name SocietyRegistration is now open for the 2020 ANS Conference in New Orleans, LA. The ANS conference will take place in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of American (LSA) Conference from January 2-5, 2020.

To register, you must join the ANS or renew your ANS membership.

LSA Registration is now open! Go to the LSA Meeting page to register. You must be a member of the LSA (as well as the ANS) in order to attend.

You can also reserve your room at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside via the LSA. Use the LSA link to receive a special discounted room rate.

Once your membership is up to date, you can register online here, or download a PDF of the Conference Registration Form and mail it to ANS Treasurer Saundra Wright, as per the instructions on the form.

For more information about the ANS Conference and the LSA Conference, including rate and hotel information, please visit our Conference Page.

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

The deadline is fast approaching!

The American Name Society (ANS) is 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!

Greek Onomastics: East of the Mediterranean Naming and Culture in the Roman Near East and the Greek Far East, June 28-29 2019, Oxford, UK

A two-day conference of the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names “Greek Onomastics East of the Mediterranean: Naming and Culture in the Roman Near East and the Greek Far East” will be held at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University, in June 28-29 2019.


Its convenors are Ted Kaizer ;Robert Parker  and Jean-Baptiste Yon. Attendance is open to all without charge but those wishing to attend should please inform

Please find the programme here.