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 ( 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:

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:

To register for the conference, you can visit the registration page directly here:

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

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.

Schedule available for the 2023 ANS Conference, Online, January 20-22, 2023

The schedule is now available for the 2023 ANS Conference!

Registration is now open. The ANS conference will take place online, on Zoom, from January 20-22, 2023. The meeting will require a passcode, which will be sent via email to all registrants and presenters by January 16th.

The book of abstracts will be available as soon as possible.

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, please visit our Conference Page.

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.

Publication announcement: Names: A Journal of Onomastics 70, no. 4 is now available

The latest issue of Names: A Journal of Onomastics is now available online! Click here to read the latest in onomastics scholarship in volume 70, number 4 of Names. A table of contents appears below. This is a special issue on Names in Children’s Literature.

Names is published as an open access journal available to all via the Journal’s new home at the University of Pittsburgh. All journal content, including the content found in previous volumes, is now available for free online as downloadable PDF files.

Subscribers to the print version of the journal will receive their copies within the next few weeks.


Table of Contents

Editorial by I. M. Nick


Planting Seeds in Literary Narrative: Onomastic Concepts and Questions in Yangsook Choi’s The Name Jar by Anne W. Anderson

“My Name Is…”: Picturebooks Exploring Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Names by Carrie Anne Thomas and Blessy Samjose

The Psammead or It: The Re-naming/Re-gendering of E. Nesbit’s Mythical Creature in French Translation by Mary Bardet

Nazis, Lies, and Lullabies: A Case Study of Charactonyms in the National Socialist Children’s Book Trau keinem Fuchs auf grüner Heid by I. M. Nick

Book Reviews

Mayflies by Susan Behrens

Great British Family Names and Their History by T. K. Alphey


American Name Society Conference Call by I. M. Nick

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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!

About Names: “Cleveland Evans: Dude, call him Jeff, Jeffrey or Jefferson, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing”

Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges at Lebowskifest 2011 (Photo by Joe Poletta, CC-BY-2.0)

Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. In his December 4th column, he looks at the name Jeff.

Happy birthday to Lightfoot, Starman, Rooster Cogburn and Otis “Bad” Blake!

Actor Jeff Bridges was born Jeffrey Leon Bridges on Dec. 4, 1949. Nominated for Best Actor for “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974), “Starman” (1984), and “True Grit” (2010), he won playing alcoholic country singer Blake in “Crazy Heart” (2009). He’s had three Best Supporting nods, including “The Last Picture Show” (1971) and “Hell or High Water” (2016), making him among the youngest and oldest actors nominated.

Jeffrey’s a respelling of Geoffrey, a medieval French name that merged three ancient Germanic ones. The final syllable is from “frid” (“peace”). The first could be “gawia” (“territory”), “walha” (“foreign”) or “gisil” (“hostage”).

Geoffrey was common among the Plantagenets, Counts of Anjou in northern France. The fifth Count Geoffrey (1113-1151) married Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England. Henry proclaimed her his heir, but when he died in 1135 the English weren’t ready for a reigning queen. A civil war ended by making her cousin Stephen king, and her son Henry his heir.

Though Count Geoffrey died before his son became King Henry II, the Plantagenets popularized his name in England. In 1379, Geoffrey ranked 12th for English men, leading to surnames like Geffen, Jeffries and Jefferson.

After 1500, Geoffrey became rare. The 1851 British census found only 1,041 men named Jeffery, Jeffrey or Geoffrey. The 1850 United States census, when the countries had about the same population, had only 475.

That doesn’t mean Jeff was an uncommon nickname in the United States. Veneration of third President Thomas Jefferson made Jefferson a popular first name. Confederate President Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) reinforced that in the South. The 1870 census found 21,630 men with Jefferson as a first name and 8,076 Jeffs, compared to 1,083 Jeffreys.

In 1930, there were 12,431 Jeffersons, 20,904 Jeffs, and 2,719 Jeffreys. By then Geoffrey was booming for babies in England. In the 1930s Hollywood began promoting Jeffrey to Americans.