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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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ICOS Congress 2021: “in situ” or “ex situ”?

Dear Colleagues, Participants of the 27th ICOS Congress in Kraków, The Organizing Committee of the Congress has been closely observing the global outbreak of the COVID-19 disease and its consequences. The situation is still uncertain. We wanted to ensure you that the Congress will take place on the planned date 22-27 August 2021. But the...

The 6th International Symposium on Place Names 2021

Standardisation and the wealth of place names – aspects of a delicate relationship Virtual/Bloemfontein, South Africa29 September – 1 October 2021 The Department of South African Sign Language and Deaf Studies at the University of the Free State (RSA), in partnership with the Joint IGU/ICA Commission on Toponymy, is pleased to announce the next...

Toponymic project of our colleague got a considerable funding

The project titled “Swedifying the other: place-name policymaking in the large-scale cadastral maps of the Swedish Empire (1630–1700)” has received a grant from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ). The latter is a Swedish independent foundation with the goal of promoting and supporting research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The project with a funding volume...

In memoriam Nicolae Felecan (1941–2020)

Dear Colleagues, in the name of ICOS, Onoma and all staff members, we like to express our deep sadness about Prof. Nicolae Felecan’s death. He was a distinguished linguist, onomastician and long-time member of ICOS. Our deepest sympathy goes to his son Oliviu Felecan and other relatives in this time of grief. Born in northern...

“L’Empreinte des lieux” par Stéphane Gendron

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Journal “Onomástica desde América Latina”

We are glad to announce that the Journal Onomástica desde América Latina has interface in English and is receiving articles  to compose its volume 2, numbers 3 and 4,  with publication scheduled, respectively, for the first and second semesters of 2021. Student´s papers are welcome, as there is a section called Works that receives articles from...