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International Council of Onomastic Sciences
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. This new organisation replaces the former International Committee of Onomastic Sciences which, as a closed society, exclusively co-opted representatives of countries and was therefore not open to individual scholars.
L'International Council of Onomastic Sciences
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
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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International Training on Toponymy 2023

You are invited to participate in the International Training on Toponymy with a special focus on “Geographical Names as Cultural Heritage”, which will be held on 19 – 23 June 2023, at Padma Resort Legian, Bali Indonesia. The objectives of the training are to improve awareness, increase knowledge and understanding and strengthen skills in...

Call for ICOS 2024 workshop proposals

The call for workshop proposals for the ICOS 2024 congress in Helsinki is closing on 31 May. Thematic workshops, either 90 or 180 min long, include several thematically connected presentations. A workshop can also have an introduction and/or a final discussion. The workshop convenors decide on the length of presentations in the workshop.The convenors...

“Onoma” Editorial Board Meeting

The members of Onoma Editorial Board have had their meeting on Monday 15 May at 5:00 (17:00) CET. In general, most of the topics comprised a bundle of largely good news. The journal’s readership has greatly increased due its online presence and indexation. Among others, the questions of the trilingual research abstracts and of...

Lecture “Names as resources for identity construction”

Dear ICOS members, Here is a reminder of the ICOS Onomastics Online lecture in May: 9 May 2023, 1:00 PM (UTC)   Emilia Aldrin (Halmstad University): “Names as resources for identity construction“ Link to the Zoom Meeting: https://tuni.zoom.us/j/64438496192?pwd=TUNMN0dPa0NDbmtGaElkemRoMGVjQT09 Abstract here: https://icosweb.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Aldrin.pdf  Please visit https://icosweb.net/onomastics-online/ for the links to the recordings of our past events.

Onoma 57 (2022)

A new issue of ONOMA journal has been released ! The thematic section of Onoma 57 is derived from the papers dealing with onomastics in the West Slavic countries Poland, Czechia and Slovakia, presented at the 27th ICOS Congress in Kraków (guest editors: Urszula Bijak, Kraków; Iveta Valentová, Bratislava; Milan Harvalík, Bratislava). Due to the ongoing war...

Onomastics Online Lecture about Place Names as Brands

The lecture series Onomastics Online continued on 20 April 2023 with a presentation given by Sungjae Choo (Kyung Hee University ) with the title “Place Names as Brands: Academic Achievements and Further Issues “. 0:00 – 9:07 Introduction 9:07 – 44:51 Presentation 44:51 – 1:11:08 Discussion

Call for submissions for the journal “Onomástica desde América Latina”

*** english *** The journal Onomastics from Latin America / Onomástica desde América Latina announces that it is receiving articles for volume 4. The submission must be made through the website of the journal (https://e-revista.unioeste.br/index.php/onomastica ). Once accepted for publication, articles will be published in continuous flow. Onomastics from Latin America began to be...

Place Names as Brands: Academic Achievements and Further Issues

20 April 2023 (CEST: 3 pm, UTC: 1 pm, KST: 10 pm) Abstract: As a valid tool representing social constructs, place names contain various facets, encompassing cultural, linguistic, political and economic ones. When place names are given economic values, they are acting as brands; they are commodified and becoming commodities; they are subject to...