American Name Society Annual Meeting


The first ANS 2024 Annual Conference will be held online, using Zoom, Saturday February 17, 2024. This one-day event will feature presentations from 16 scholars, as well as updates on the ANS and a report on the Name of the Year Discussion.

The meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend!  Each attendee must fill out this form and pay separately.

Detailed information for attendees, along with the book of abstracts, will be sent in January.

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.

The schedule will be available as soon as possible.

For more information about the ANS Conference, please visit our Conference Page.



ANS Panel at the Modern Language Association Conference

Friday 5 January 2024 in Philadelphia, PA, USA
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM


Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. Individually, each word has been used in multiple contexts with varying connotations. Narrative works can create scenes that make space for us to consider deeply the essence of the ideas encased in the labels. In this panel, we ask how literary components of narrative fiction and non-fiction works address DEI concepts through names of characters (charactonyms), places (toponyms), institutions, and events as well as through depictions of socio-cultural, religious, ideological, personal, and political practices of naming, renaming, and unnaming.

Presider: Anne W. Anderson, U of South Florida


Naming ‘Mutiny’: Equatorial Rebellions and Mark Twain’s Following the Equator
Rowshan Chowdhury, U of Massachusetts, Amherst

        Naming Queerness in Writing Fiction Set in Türkiye
        Serkan Gorkemli, U of Connecticut, Stamford

              What If the World Is Like Misfits Like Us: Calling Out Name-Calling in James Howe’s The Misfits
              Iman Nick, American Name Society


              Registration information can be found here.


              For further information, please contact Dr. Anne W. Anderson (


              Past ANS Conferences

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              Other Onomastic Conferences

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