The International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS)

The International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) is the international organisation for all scholars who have a special interest in the study of names (place-names, personal names, and proper names of all other kinds). The aim of the Council is the advancement, representation and co-ordination of name research on an international level and in an interdisciplinary context.

L'International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS)

L'International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) est l'organisation internationale de tous les chercheurs ayant les noms propres pour objet d'étude (noms de personne, noms de lieu et autres noms propres). L'organisation a pour but d'encourager, représenter et coordonner la recherche onomastique au niveau international et en contexte interdisciplinaire. Elle remplace l'ancien International Committee of Onomastic Sciences, ‘club fermé’ réservé aux représentants nationaux cooptés, à l'exclusion des chercheurs individuels.

Der International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS)

Der International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) ist die internationale Organisation aller Forscher, die sich mit Namen (Ortsnamen, Personennamen und sonstigen Eigennamen) beschäftigen. Ziel der Organisation ist die Förderung, die Vertretung und die Koordination der Namenforschung auf internationaler Ebene und im interdisziplinären Zusammenhang. Diese neue Vertretung löst das alte International Committee of Onomastic Sciences ab, das als ‘geschlossene Gesellschaft’ ausschliesslich Vertreter eines Landes kooptierte und Einzelforschern nicht offenstand.

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ONOMA Call for Papers

ONOMA is happy to call for submissions for a non-themed volume, tentatively numbered as 50 and published early next year. While recent volumes have each had a specific theme, this time we will be happy to accept submissions on any aspect on onomastics.

Those interested in submitting a paper are advised to send a one-page abstract by April 30 to onoma@icosweb.net. Accepted authors will be informed by May 31, and the full articles will be expected by September 30.

Ojārs Bušs 1944–2017

Ojārs Bušs
ICOS was very saddened to hear of the death of Ojārs Bušs on 3 January 2017, aged 72. Dr Bušs was a long-standing member and will be remembered fondly. We publish below an obituary written by his close colleague Laimute Balode (Helsinki/Rīga).

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Fourth International Conference on Onomastics: Names and Naming

The North University Centre of Baia Mare (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca) is pleased to announce the Fourth International Conference on Onomastics 'Name and Naming' (ICONN 4), which will be held on 5-7 September 2017. The theme of the conference is 'sacred and profane in onomastics'.

Early registration is open until 1 May. For further information, please see the conference website.

ICOS 2014 Proceedings now published online

We are delighted to announce that Names and Their Environment. Proceedings of the 25th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Glasgow, 15-19 August 2014 has been published online today. The proceedings have been edited by Carole Hough and Daria Izdebska and are available for free download either by volume (five volumes in total) or by individual paper (organised by thematic section).

See here for full details of all ICOS proceedings from 1938 to the present day.

ICOS 2017 website launched

ICOS 26 (Debrecen) logo

We are delighted to announce that the website of the 26th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences has now been launched and will be the place to visit over the coming months for details about next year's event, including the call for papers.

The Congress will be held at the University of Debrecen (Hungary), on 27 August - 1 September 2017, with the theme of 'locality and globality in the world of names'.

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Onoma 52 Call for Papers

ICOS are delighted to announce that the special theme for Onoma 52 will be 'Asian Onomastics', guest edited by Sungjae Choo (Kyung Hee University, South Korea), and co-edited by Peter Kang (National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan) and Multamia Lauder (University of Indonesia).

Those who are interested in submitting a paper should submit a short abstract by 30 June 2016. For full details, please see the full call for papers:

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