Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Copenhagen-Glasgow PhD Program of the Advancing Onomastic Research (photos)

PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen

The course Advancing Onomastic Research originates in a joint wish on behalf of the Copenhagen and Glasgow name research environments to provide high quality, tailor made PhD-courses for our students of onomastics at the universities in Glasgow, Copenhagen and elsewhere.
This course will have a theoretical as well as a practical focus. Thus, the course will cover different types of theoretical models; look at the diversity of onomastics and the prospects and problems of such a diversified field of study. In addition, onomastics is very much a multi- and interdisciplinary subject and many of the new developments in related disciplines may be utilised with great advantage. Part of the course will be devoted to insight sessions into new technology and their uses.
Being a PhD-student can be one of the greatest times in one’s life where you shape your future yourself. To ease the transition between PhD and the afterlife, Advancing Onomastic Research aims at providing a new, international network between onomastic PhD-students which will not only forge future collaborations but also be shown how to tap into the many external funding opportunities.

Course organiser

Peder Gammeltoft, University of Copenhagen

Course lecturers

  • Prof. Carole Hough, University of Glasgow
  • Prof. Thomas Clancy, University of Glasgow
  • Prof. Simon Taylor, University of Glasgow
  • Assoc. Prof. Peder Gammeltoft, University of Copenhagen


For participation: 3.8 credits and for participation with paper inclding presentation: 5.3.

Registration deadline

Deadline for submission of presentations: Please send your presentation to no later than the 20th of May 2014.

Course Program

Day 1: Monday 2 June

Morning: Presenting Onomastic Research
  • 9.30-10.30: The many facets of Onomastics (Carole Hough)
  • 10.30-13.00: Introductions of individual PhD topics and presentations
Afternoon: Presenting Onomastic Research
  • 14.00-15.00: Introductions of individual PhD topics and presentations
  • 15.00-16.00: The 3-minute thesis (Thomas Clancy, Carole Hough)
  • 16.00-17.00: Workshops on effective presentation (Peder Gammeltoft, Simon Taylor)

Day 2: Tuesday 3 June

Morning: Onomastic Theory
  • 9.30-10.30: Hagiotoponymy (Thomas Clancy)
  • 10.30-11.30: Names and Grammar (Carole Hough)
  • 11.30-12.30: Names and Semantics (Peder Gammeltoft)
Afternoon: Onomastic Methodologies
  • 14.00-15.00: Surveys and sources (Simon Taylor)
  • 15.00-16.00: Toponymics in a multilingual setting – problems and possibilities (Simon Taylor)
  • 16.00-17.00: Onomastics in a monolingual setting – interesting at all? (Berit Sandnes)

Day 3: Wednesday 4 June

All day: Cognitive Toponymy

Day 4: Thursday 5 June

Morning: Online applications in Onomastics Research
  • 9.30-10.30: Online resources (Thomas Clancy, Simon Taylor, Bo Nissen Knudsen) [SPNDb, DOSH, PoMS, BST, DigDag,,]
  • 10.30-12.00: Workshops (led by Thomas Clancy, Carole Hough, Simon Taylor)
  • 12.00-12.45: Remaining Student presentations
Afternoon: Computional Technology in Onomastics Research
  • 14.00-15.30: How to use technology [GIS, online mapping software etc.] (Peder Gammeltoft)
  • 15.30-17.00: Workshops (led by Peder Gammeltoft and Bo Nissen Knudsen)

Day 5: Friday 6 June

Morning: Now and the Future for Onomastics
  • 9.30-10.15: The 3-minute thesis follow-up (Carole Hough, Simon Taylor)
  • 10.15-11.15: Planning funding applications (Carole Hough)
  • 11.15-12.00: Whither Onomastics? (Round-table discussion led by Peder Gammeltoft, Simon Taylor)
  • 12.00-13.00: Creating ideas for future projects (student-led workshops)
Afternoon: Onomastic Collaborations
  • 14.00-15.30: Collaborations and Networking (all)
  • 15.30-16.30: Course evaluation and future plans (all)