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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13th International Conference on Jewish Names

The 13th International Conference on Jewish Names will be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 7 August 2017. Please click here to see the programme.

Finnish Conference of Onomastics - November 2017

The Finnish Conference of Onomastics (Nimistöntutkimuksen päivät) will be held at the University of Helsinki on 2-3 November 2017. For full details (in Finnish), follow this link.

Société française d’onomastique - XVIIIe colloque d’onomastique

Après Paris, c’est Toulouse qui accueillera en 2018 le colloque international qu’organise tous les deux ans la Société française d’onomastique. Cette manifestation scientifique, qui se déroulera du 17 au 20 janvier 2018, à l’Université de Toulouse, et en partenariat avec cet établissement, sera consacrée à la terminologie onomastique et à l’onomastique occitane.

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 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).



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.


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