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Die offiziellen Sprachen des ICOS sind Englisch, Französisch und Deutsch.
Les langues officielles de l’ICOS sont l’allemand, l’anglais, et le français.

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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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Conference “Language and Culture Dialogue in 21st Century Onomastics” (Lithuania)

Dear Colleagues, We invite you to participate in the 5th International Scientific Aleksandras Vanagas’ Conference “Language and Culture Dialogue in 21st Century Onomastics”. The Conference will be held on November 7–8, 2024. Venue: The Institute of the Lithuanian Language, P. Vileišio St. 5, LT-10308 Vilnius and in Zoom platform. Suggested Topics Keynote Speakers Conference languages: Lithuanian, Latvian, English.   Duration of...

Frédéric Giraut: Toponymie critique et Néotoponymie

The lecture series Onomastics Online continued on 7 February 2024 with a presentation given by Professor Frédéric Giraut (Université de Genève) with the title “Toponymie critique et Néotoponymie : Pour une théorisation “. 0:00 – 3:00 Introduction 3:00 – 42:53 Presentation 42:53 – 1:01:58 Discussion

Onomastics Online Lecture: “Toponymie critique et Néotoponymie”

Le champ de la toponymie critique ou politique, après quelques travaux précurseurs au XXème siècle, s’affirme au niveau international depuis les années 2010. La chaire Unesco en toponymie inclusive « Dénommer le Monde » participe à sa visibilité, tant d’un point de vue académique (Manuel de synthèse, Mooc et réseaux de recherche) que du...

ONOMA 58 (2023)

A new issue of ONOMA journal has been released ! The sessions “Place names as (part of) cultural heritage” with 16 papers, smoothly fitting into the overall conference theme, were contributed and organized by the Joint ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy (“Politics, Uses and Governance of the Past” in Lecce (Italy), 26–28 May 2021). A selection of these papers,...

Second circular letter of the ICOS Congress 2024

Welcome to Helsinki! Organizing committee: Terhi Ainiala (chair), Lasse Hämäläinen, Milla Juhonen, Johanna Lehtonen, Minna Nevala, Minna Saarelma-Paukkala, Paula Sjöblom Abstract evaluations The scientific committee has completed evaluating the paper abstracts, and the letters of acceptance or rejection have been sent to the submitters. If you have not received the letter, please check your...

Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences

Dear Colleagues,We are pleased to announce that all three volumes of the Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Onomastics Scinces have been published online (OA) on the Jagiellonian University Press website: The full bibliographic record for each volume (including DOI numbers) is as follows: We also wanted to inform you that currently, only entire volumes...

The OnomOs Diachronic Corpus Unveiled

The Czech National Corpus, hosted by Charles University in Prague, has recently unveiled a linguistic treasure – OnomOs. This diachronic corpus is the result of collaborative efforts led by researchers from the Department of Czech Language at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava, spearheaded by Jaroslav David and his team. OnomOs stands out...

CfP: 58th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Names

Dear ICOS members,    Please find attached the call for papers for the 58th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Names (CSSN) (June 15-16, 2024, McGill University, Canada). The conference will be held in conjunction with the Congress of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) of Canada.   The theme of the...

XXe Colloque d’Onomastique

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