American Name Society Annual Meeting
ONLINE, January 22-24, 2021

Registration is now open! You can register at the event page on our chosen online platform, Crowdcast.

Registration is US $20.00 per person. The conference schedule can be found here.

The conference proceedings will be recorded and will be available to registered attendees after the event.

After serious deliberation of an official proposal made on the 8th of May 2020, the Executive Council of the American Name Society unanimously voted to hold the 2021 Annual Conference online, January 22-45, 2021. All presentation sessions will be held online during the three days of the conference. This means that our conference will NOT be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America meeting, which will be held online January 7-10, 2021.


ANS Panel at the Modern Language Association Conference

January 6-9, 2022 in Washington, DC

Literary Onomastics: Theory and Practice

Literary onomastics is a burgeoning subject, still in the process of establishing its status, with very few book-length studies examining the discipline in detail. Notable 21st-century examples include Leonard Ashley’s Names in Literature (2003), Alastair Fowler’s Literary Names: Personal Names in English Literature (2012), and Martyna Gibka’s Literary Onomastics: A Theory (2019). Champions of the discipline often argue that it provides an additional lens that complements extant approaches to the language of literature, rather than making any claims for general theories of literary names and naming. Papers accepted for this panel will explore literary onomastics in theory and practice. Examples of themes that can be addressed include literary names and stylistics; literary onomastics and literary theory; literary names and social or cultural theory; socio-onomastics and literature.

For more information about MLA 2022, check out the official website.

Proposal submission process:

  1. Abstracts proposals (350 words) should be sent as an email attachment (PDF format) to Dr Maggie Scott (
  2. Proposals should include “MLA 2022 proposal” in the subject line of the email
  3. All submissions must include an abstract, title, full name(s) of the author(s), the author(s) affiliation(s), and email address(s) in the body of the email and NOT with the abstract
  4. DEADLINE: Proposals must be received by 8pm GMT on 29 March 2021. Authors will be notified about the results of the blind review on or by 5 April 2021
  5. Contributors selected for the thematic panel must be members of both MLA and ANS in order to present their papers, and members of MLA by 7 April 2021
  6. For further information, please contact Dr Maggie Scott (

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


Past ANS Conferences

For programs from past American Name Society conferences, click here.

Other Onomastic Conferences

For other onomastic conferences, click here.