Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ICOS - "heart of the world onomastics"

ICOS is "International Council of Onomastic Sciences"

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: here

The International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) is an international academic organization of scholars with a special interest in onomastics, the scientific study of names (e.g. place-names, personal names, and proper names of all other kinds). The official languages of ICOS are English, French, and German.

Members research the origin and history of names, the personal name-systems used by different cultures, the demographic patterns of names in different societies, the use and significance of names of characters in literature, brand-name creation, and many related topics in the naming of persons, places, institutions, works of art, and other miscellaneous objects. They are also involved in practical projects such as the international standardization of geographical names. The aim of ICOS (as opposed to the many national societies for name-study) is the advancement, representation and co-ordination of name-research on an international level and in an interdisciplinary context. To that end, it is engaged in the publication of research and the development of research tools as described below. The Council's members are drawn from disciplines such as linguistics and philology, history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, geography and literary research. This organization has replaced the former International Committee of Onomastic Sciences, which was a closed society consisting exclusively of co-opted representatives of countries. The former body was therefore not open to individual scholars as the present one is.

ICOS publishes the annual journal ONOMA, which is its official publication. ONOMA is managed by a General Editor in conjunction with an Editorial Board. It contains topical research reports as well as basic theoretical articles concerning all areas of scholarly name research. Presently, each issue is thematic, and has a guest editor. ICOS also publishes an irregular newsletter.
The ISSN of ONOMA is 0078-463-X.

ICOS has two active working groups, striving:

- to create an international bibliography of name-study

- to help create an internationally-agreed technical terminology for name-study

The International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, which is normally held every three years, is a major academic conference organized on behalf of ICOS by one of its members. The General Assembly of ICOS, which also functions as its business meeting, and at which its officers are elected, is usually held at these congresses. The ordinary business of ICOS is transacted by the elected Board of Directors.


Paris, 1938
Paris, 1947
Bruxelles [Brussels], 1949
Uppsala, 1952
Salamanca, 1955
München [Munich], 1958
Firenze [Florence], 1961
Amsterdam, 1963
London, 1966
Wien [Vienna], 1969
Sofia, 1972
Bern, 1975
Kraków, 1978
Ann Arbor, 1981
Leipzig, 1984
Québec, 1987
Helsinki, 1990
Trier, 1993
Aberdeen, 1996
Santiago de Compostela, 1999
Uppsala, 2002
Pisa, 2005
York University, Toronto, 2008
Barcelona 2011
Glasgow 2014

The Proceedings of each Conference to no. 20, as well as those of no. 23, have been published. Three volumes of no. 21 have also been published, and the first of no. 22, and the rest are in preparation.