Call for papers: Names in the Economy IV

Names in the Economy IV

International symposium, Turku 14–16 June 2012

Names are a pervasive part of human culture. We are continuously reminded of their existence by our surrounding environment. Names always come about and are used in interaction between people and a language community. We give names to referents worth naming – to objects that are meaningful or valuable for us. Also organizations are increasingly aware of the importance of naming; brands and their names are powerful tools in today’s commercial environment. The approval of names for common use always requires a community with a fairly similar vision of the surrounding world. Culture produces names and names produce culture.

Call for papers

Turku School of Economy at the University of Turku kindly invites the submission of paper proposals for the fourth symposium of Names in the Economy in Turku, Finland 12-14 June 2012. We welcome proposals for both oral and poster presentations.

Contributions may cover the fields of product names, company names, brand names and all other proper names that are of economic interest. The focus of the conference will be on the theme Names and cultures in a commercial environment. Our purpose is to invoke discussion about commercial names from an interdiciplinary pespective, and therefore we warmly welcome paper proposals by scholars from a broad range of disciplines, for instance economics and marketing, onomastics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, semantics and semiotics, cultural sciences, law and cultural geography.

The official conference language is English.

Abstract submission

If you want to present a paper at the symposium, please send an abstract by 30 September 2011 to Abstracts should briefly (max 400 words) show the purpose, perspective and findings of the proposed paper.

Paper proposals will be reviewed by the members of the International scientific committee. The acceptance of proposals and the invitation to the conference will be sent in December 2011.

Registration and payment

The closing date for registration and payment is 15 April 2012. The conference fee for participants is 120 € (students 90 €). The registration fee includes the whole program, the conference material as well as the lunches and coffee, the welcoming reception on Thursday and the conference dinner on Friday. Note that after the closing date the payment will be 170 € (students 120 €).


A selection of papers presented in the symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the symposium short after the conference. Deadline for manuscripts of full papers is 15 July 2012. The contributions are subject to acceptance by two referees. More details will be informed later.

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