2021 ISPN Second Call for Papers

Sixth International Symposium on Place Names 2021:
Standardisation and the wealth of place names - aspects of a delicate relationship

Virtual/Bloemfontein, South Africa
29 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 biennial international symposium on place names, directly preceded by a related virtual workshop.

Topographic features, both natural and made by humans, are often known by multiple names simultaneously, including official, conventionalised, informal as well as other alternative names. With the theme for this symposium we wish to explore the issues regarding multiple place names vis-à-vis processes of standardisation from the perspective of critical toponomy. Of course, there are practical implications for place names as points of reference. Beyond that, place naming is a process of claiming spaces and proclaiming or imposing identity. Viewing place names as linguistic and cultural heritage artefacts, we need to consider what it means to document and use these alternative names. Not only are we interested in how these names come into being, but also in their role in social dynamics.

Potential subtopics
Only a limited number of papers can be accommodated, as all sessions will be plenary. Abstracts (250 words) can be submitted online at http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/ISPN2021 in the following (but not limited to) categories of research by 5 March 2021:

• Forms of multiples names – alternative, conventionalised, official, informal, replaced and restored names, as well as signed place names (i.e. place names in signed languages) and exonyms.
• Processes that produce multiple names – official processes, grass-level practices, processes of conventionalisation, language contact, socio-political dynamics and the dialectic between linguistic communities and different social groups (for example, between established, incoming, transient and external communities).
• Multilingualism and multiple names – translations, transliterations and adaptations; different orthographies, registers and dialects; as well as signed languages and spoken languages without written systems.
• Collecting, recording, recognising, and using multiple, informal or alternative place names, including names in indigenous or minority languages (such as signed languages) and microtoponyms (names of fields, houses, neighbourhoods and small towns).
• Standardisation processes and multiple names.
• The implications of multiple names on cartography, geography, online mapping and the digitisation of place names.
• Other dimensions of multiple place names: administrative, commercial and/or economic, cultural and historical/commemorative, physical, political, and linguistic.

Keynote speakers
• Mr Pierre Jaillard (Chair: UNGEGN)
• Dr Tendai Mangena (Great Zimbabwe University)

Virtual workshop (29 September)
Collecting and documenting informal and alternative place names
Presented by Dr Gerhard Rampl (Chair: Austrian Board of Geographical Names)

Language of the symposium and workshop
English, with professional South African Sign Language interpreters available.

Depending on the number and quality of papers an accredited publication in our regular conference proceedings series with African Sun Media will be considered. 

2021 ISPN Second Call for Papers for further details. Queries can be directed to the facilitator, Dr Chrismi Loth, at kongresETFB@ufs.ac.za.

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