Call for Papers: Special Issue of Genealogy “Family Names: Origins, History, Anthropology and Sociology”

From Prof. Dr. Richard Coates:

Dear Colleagues,

We propose to jointly guest-edit a Special Issue of the online periodical Genealogy on the topic of Family Names and Naming. This is a call for papers.

Relatively little is published globally on this topic. We therefore consider that it would be timely to bring together contributions from as many as possible of the different disciplines which have an established or potential professional interest in personal naming at the family level: linguistics/onomastics, lexicography, history, genealogy, social psychology, anthropology, human biology, genetics, computer science and AI, marketing, etc.,  and from as many geographical, linguistic and cultural areas as possible. Much published work involving family names is genealogical (therefore highly specific) and lexicographical (therefore essentially summarizing a current state of historical knowledge).

Seeing just how little is published in comparison with work in toponymy, given-naming and business and institutional naming, for example, we consider that a useful step would be to bring together work of disparate types without a single overarching theme in order to expose scholars in the various fields to the full richness of current thinking about family names and possible directions for further research and cross-disciplinary collaboration. For the purposes of this issue, the Guest Editors will understand “family name” (or “surname”) to include names which perform an analogous role in a range of cultures, such as patronyms and metronyms, clan names, nasab and nisba, etc.—any name, in fact, which explicitly positions the individual within a larger social structure. Lack of family name is also a topic of interest. The Guest Editors will be pleased to consider submissions from any disciplinary area, whether oriented to history, praxis or theory, but will look especially favourably on papers that endeavour to make links across conventional disciplinary boundaries or seek to establish new methodological approaches to the study of family names. We expect submissions may fall into five broad areas:

  1. Projects and methods in family name research;
  2. Systematic aspects of family names and naming;
  3. Linguistic aspects of family names and naming;
  4. Praxis in relation to family naming;
  5. Studies relating to individual family names (in which the focus should be on the  name itself rather than on wider genealogical matters).

We offer a range of references below as an indication of some of the directions that might be followed by contributors, but without seeking to limit submissions to predefined topic areas.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words, in English, summarizing their intended contribution, within one month of this call for papers. Please send it to the Guest Editors (richard.coates@uwe.ac.uk and h.parkin@chester.ac.uk) or to Genealogy editorial office (genealogy@mdpi.com). Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer-review.

For those for whom it is relevant, the policy of Genealogy on article fees is set out at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/genealogy/apc.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please pass on this call to any scholar you think might wish to contribute.

Dr. Harry Parkin
Prof. Dr. Richard Coates
Guest Editors

 

For manuscript submission information, follow the link to the journal here.

On Naming Our In-Laws

“His Mother In-Law” Lithograph by Thomas Worth (1877, Public Domain)

In a Louisville Courier Journal column, Andrew Wolfson writes about what people call their in-laws. Consensus regarding these relational appellatives isn’t so easily met. Wolfson writes: “According to a YouGov poll of Americans in July, 29% of couples call their in-laws by their first names (including Louisville Mayor-elect Craig Greenberg and his wife, Rachel), 17% refer to them as Mom or Dad, and 9% use Mr., Mrs. or Ms. The rest don’t have relationships with their in-laws or aren’t sure what to call them.”

Read more in the Louisville Courier Journal.

Call for Papers: Onomástica desde América Latina, Volume 4

From Márcia Sipavicius Seide:

2023 ODAL call for paper

The journal Onomastics from Latin America announces that it is receiving articles for volume 4. This issue of the journal inaugurates the Dossier section, of a monographic nature, and is dedicated to European Onomastics in America. Contributions to this section may address both toponymy and anthroponymy or other categories of proper name, at present or at any time in the past. This issue is edited by Ana Zabalza-Seguín (University of Navarra, Spain; azabalza@unav.es). The deadline for articles submission is June 30, 2023; the submission must be made through the journal’s website. Once accepted for publication, articles will be published in continuous flow system.

Onomastics from Latin America began to be published in 2020 and so far has edited six issues distributed in three volumes. It publishes articles in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. In 2023 the magazine starts to adopt the continuous flow publication system with an annual volume. All articles undergo peer review (double-blind) and are assigned DOI. The journal follows a policy of free access; there is no publication or editing fee. It is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of national and international onomastic research, aimed at the internationalization of the Graduate Program in Language and Literature of Unioeste (Western Paraná State University of) as a result of an alliance between Unioeste and UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico).

It is registered in the following indexing sources: ERIH PLUS, MLA, Latindex (Latin American Directory), Diadorim, DOAJ , Livre and Qualis.

Link to the journal – v. 3 n. 6 (2022): Onomástica desde América Latina | Onomástica desde América Latina (unioeste.br)

 

Call for Papers: Onomástica desde América Latina, Volume 4

From Márcia Sipavicius Seide:

2023 ODAL call for paper

The journal Onomastics from Latin America announces that it is receiving articles for volume 4. This issue of the journal inaugurates the Dossier section, of a monographic nature, and is dedicated to European Onomastics in America. Contributions to this section may address both toponymy and anthroponymy or other categories of proper name, at present or at any time in the past. This issue is edited by Ana Zabalza-Seguín (University of Navarra, Spain; azabalza@unav.es). The deadline for articles submission is June 30, 2023; the submission must be made through the journal’s website. Once accepted for publication, articles will be published in continuous flow system.

Onomastics from Latin America began to be published in 2020 and so far has edited six issues distributed in three volumes. It publishes articles in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. In 2023 the magazine starts to adopt the continuous flow publication system with an annual volume. All articles undergo peer review (double-blind) and are assigned DOI. The journal follows a policy of free access; there is no publication or editing fee. It is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of national and international onomastic research, aimed at the internationalization of the Graduate Program in Language and Literature of Unioeste (Western Paraná State University of) as a result of an alliance between Unioeste and UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico).

It is registered in the following indexing sources: ERIH PLUS, MLA, Latindex (Latin American Directory), Diadorim, DOAJ , Livre and Qualis.

Link to the journal – v. 3 n. 6 (2022): Onomástica desde América Latina | Onomástica desde América Latina (unioeste.br)

 

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Discourse, Context, & Digital Dating (For the Journal “Discourse, Context, & Media”)

From Riki Thompson:

Dating Apps have fundamentally changed the communicative practices of dating with 270 million adult users of dating apps worldwide in 2020. This special issue, which is being organized for the journal Discourse, Context, & Media (DCM), aims to explore communication and discourses related to online dating contexts. Broadly, this issue aims to provide a critical contribution to the small but growing body of work on online dating and language to inform our understanding of how media technologies influence communication in the search for love, sex, and intimacy (Kavroulaki 2021; Korobov, 2011, Licoppe 2020; Mortensen 2017; Stokoe, 2010. Thompson 2022, Turowetz & Hollander, 2012). Specifically, contributions to this special issue will present empirical research about communicative practices through some form of discourse analysis and/or theoretical and methodological debates within discourse studies in relation to digital dating. Papers may focus on, but are not limited to, studies on digital dating app research methods, platform architecture, geolocation affordances, algorithms, profiles, matching, messaging, and/or online talk. Papers that consider intersections of identity, such as gender, sexuality, race, age, ability, and/or class are also welcome. Please share with your networks!

Important Dates

Deadline for the submission of proposals: Jan 15, 2023
Notification of acceptance: February 1, 2023
Expect submission of full paper (6000-8000 words): August 1, 2023

Submission Information

A 200-word abstract, highlighting research context, main aim of study, methods and analysis framework, and expected contribution to existing knowledge in reference to the aims and scope of the DCM journal.
5 keywords that reflect the topic, data, theoretical and methodological approaches.
A short bio (up to 150 words) bio with name, position and affiliation of all authors.
Submit proposals to Dr. Riki Thompson (atrikitiki@uw.edu) and mention CFP Discourse, Context, & Online Dating in the subject line. Selected authors will be invited to submit a full paper, which will undergo full peer review and determine acceptance of papers for publication.

Journal Information

Discourse, Context & Media is an international journal dedicated to exploring the full range of contemporary discourse work into mediated forms of communication in context. It provides an innovative forum to present research that addresses a variety of discourse theories, data and methods, from detailed linguistic and interactional analyses to wider studies of representation, knowledge and ideology analysed through all forms of discourse analysis.

The journal seeks empirical contributions that also address the theoretical and methodological debates within discourse studies. The journal aims to explore the challenges and opportunities provided to discourse scholars by all forms of media as context-shaped and context-renewing, and to address questions raised by new and traditional media technologies as mediated communication. Such media provide opportunities for new forms of data to be analysed, allow rethinking of existing theories and methodologies and encourage the development of new models of interaction which further our collective understanding of discourse in context. Discourse, Context & Media is especially interested in contributions that make use of innovative methods and media for the analysis and presentation of data.

Guidelines for authors regarding work published in Discourse, Context & Media is available at: http://www.elsevier.com/journals/discourse-context-and-media/2211-6958/guide-for-authors

About the Guest Editor

Dr. Riki Thompson is an Associate Professor of Digital Rhetoric & Writing at the University of Washington Tacoma. She is an internationally recognized communication and internet researcher whose work contributes to understanding how people find connection and belonging through communication literacy. Her work is especially interested in uncovering how people become excluded and marginalized in digital spaces due to technology design and digital literacies. Dr. Thompson’s work has been featured in various venues, including journals such as Visual Communication and Journal of Language and Sexuality, and mainstream media such as The Conversation, Salon, and the Seattle Times. She is currently writing a book about online dating that focuses on dating profiles, discourse, and design to interrogate the intersections of technology, identity, gender, sexuality, and normativity in relation to postdigital intimacies.

Conference: Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference 29 (Hybrid, Online-Boise State University), 9-11 March 2023

From Chris VanderStouwe:

Registration is now open for the hybrid Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference 29, to be held at Boise State University, in Boise, ID, USA March 9-11, 2023. You are invited to attend, and to share this information with any colleagues or students who may be interested in attending, either virtually or in person.

Conference details, including lodging and travel information, are available at the conference website, available here: https://tinyurl.com/lavlang29

To register for the conference, you can visit the registration page directly here: https://commerce.cashnet.com/boisestateLavenderLanguagesConference

For any questions about the conference, please reach out to conference host/organizer Dr. Chris VanderStouwe at cvanderstouwe@boisestate.edu.

About Names: “Cleveland Evans: Why Edgar was once the king of baby names”

Edgar Allan Poe (Photo: Public Domain)

Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. In his January 1st column, he looks at the name Edgar.

Perhaps Jan. 1 should be Founders Day at the FBI.

J. Edgar Hoover, appointed director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at its creation in 1935, was born on New Year’s Day 1895. He remained director until his death on May 2, 1972. During his lifetime, Hoover was lauded as a crime fighter who promoted forensic laboratories. Since his death, his reputation has fallen as his use of abusive means to maintain influence have been revealed. However, he remains one of the 20th century’s most famous law enforcement leaders.

The first famous Edgar (943-975) became king of England at age 16. Though at first a frivolous womanizer, Edgar later promoted justice and religion. There was so little violence during his reign, he’s called Edgar the Peaceful. He was venerated as St. Edgar soon after his death.

Despite that, his name almost disappeared after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Shakespeare surely chose Edgar for the Duke of Gloucester’s honest son in “King Lear” (1606) because it was fit for a character from Britain’s legendary past.

Famous author Edgar Allan Poe’s parents were actors who’d performed in “King Lear” shortly before his 1809 birth. They may have also read “Edgar Huntly” (1799), a Gothic tale of sleepwalking and murder by American Charles Brockden Brown, making Edgar apt for the writer of macabre tales like “The Pit and the Pendulum.”

The hero of Sir Walter Scott’s tragic “The Bride of Lammermoor” (1819) is Edgar Ravenswood. Poe’s fame along with Scott’s and Brown’s characters made Edgar more popular in the United States than England. The 1850 U.S. census found 7,730 Edgars, while Britain’s 1851 census included only 2,273, though total populations were about equal.

In 1880, when Social Security’s yearly baby name lists start, Edgar ranked 61st. It slowly receded along with other Victorian favorites, leaving the top 100 in 1926 and bottoming out at 310th in 1965.

“Spoon River Anthology” poet Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950) and psychic Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) are famous Edgars born during its Victorian heyday.

On Racist Mascot Naming, New York’s Effort to Quell the Practice, and “Land Acknowledgements”

A map showing the early localizations of Native American populations in the State of New York. (Public Domain)

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Kate Cohen argues that educational institutions are making incremental steps toward creating a more inclusive and diverse environment for students, citing the State of New York’s recent decision to prohibit schools’ use of Native American mascots by the end of the year. Cohen points out, however, that “land acknowledgements” can result in the same ends as the mascot:

“Land acknowledgments risk doing — albeit in a far less offensive way — what mascots do: relegate Native people to a hazy past, while relieving us of the responsibility to do anything to know or help Native Americans in the present. No institution should get to make a land acknowledgment unless it is also backing it up with action, whether financial, political or educational. A university, for instance, could offer courses in Indigenous languages, grant free tuition to Native students, repatriate tribal artifacts and even return land.”

Read more over at The Washington Post.

Continuity and Innovation in Naming Sons and Daughters

“Hello my name is Cait” (Photo by Nick Gray, CC-BY-2.0)

A recent article in The Huffington Post by Caroline Bologna asks why parents are more creative when naming girls than boys. The article includes quotations from ANS members Dr. Sharon Obasi, associate professor and program chair of family science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Dr. Cleveland Evans, professor emeritus of psychology at Bellevue University and former president of the ANS.

Read more over at The Huffington Post!