Monday, February 13, 2017

Call for Papers: 2017 Geographic Names Conference of COGNA

The 2017 Geographic Names Conference of COGNA (Council of Geographic Names Authorities in the United States) will take place May 8—12, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. They are looking for papers and panel discussions to explore a full range of toponymic topics such as name standardization policies at the Federal, State, Tribal, and local levels of government, and conflict resolution regarding naming procedures.
Image result for cogna geographicThis conference is the only conference that brings together the State Geographic Names Authorities (SNAs) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) and provides participants a unique opportunity to share information and knowledge about the geographic naming process and research. There is no better way to network and benefit from the expertise of members and staff of the BGN, SNAs, Tribal authorities, other State and Federal mapping agencies, and members of the geospatial and academic communities.
You can download the Call for papers here. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2017.
Additional information on the conference is available at their website.

2017 Geographic Names Conference

The Old Dominion and Beyond:
Four-Hundred Years of Settlement and Naming

Library of Virginia
Richmond, VA

May 8 - 12, 2017


The Old Dominion and Beyond:
Four-Hundred Years of Settlement and Naming

NOTE: The conference program is arranged around our primary purpose of providing a forum for exchange of common-interest information with respect to the official designation of geographic names. The local theme will be woven through the conference program and balanced with other topics of interest to appeal to the National audience of State Authorities, our Federal partners, and our International advisors.

Sunday, May 7th (Early arrival day for some attendees)
Suggestions of what early arrivals to do will be posted when available
Monday, May 8th
  • Suggestions of what to do during the day before Reception will be posted when available.  A tour of the Map Library may be possible.

  • 1:00--5:00 p.m. Registration and displays
  • 5:30--8:00 p.m. Opening Reception with Welcoming Speaker from Host State with Special Presentation by Willie Balderson

Tuesday, May 9th
  • 8:30 a.m.  Registration opens
  • 8:30--10:00 a.m.  Announcements / opening remarks, and Opening address (local geographic names preferred)
  • 10:00--10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m.—Noon: State Reports
  • 12:00--1:30 p.m. Lunch break
  • 1:30--3:00 p.m. State Reports or Presentations on local geographic Names
  • 3:00--3:30 p.m. Break
  • 3:30--5:00 p.m. COGNA Business Meeting
Wednesday, May 10th
  • 8:30 a.m.  Registration opens
  • 8:30--10:00 a.m. U.S. BGN Staff Reports
  • 10:00--10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m.--Noon U.S. BGN Cases
  • 12:00--1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30--3:00 p.m. State/Federal Round-table session 1: State special interest topics
  • 3:00--3:30 p.m. Break
  • 3:30--5:00 p.m. State/Federal Round-table session 2: “The BGN Dr. is in” special interest topics
Thursday, May 11th
     It is suggested that the 1½ hour sessions be broken into different length presentations, such as: Three @ 30-minutes; two @ 45-minutes; one @ 30-minute & one @ 60-minute; or one 1 ½-hour. The length should be up to the presenter’s time requirement and topic to be covered.  To request a Call for Papers, contact Wayne at:

  • 8:30—9:00 a.m.  Roger Payne; “The Roanoke Voyages: Toponymic Mysteries Solved”
  • 9:00—10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion, Workshop, or Academic papers
  • 10:00—10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m.--Noon Panel Discussions, Workshops, & Academic papers
  • 12:00—1:30 p.m. Lunch break
  • 1:30--3:00 p.m. Panel Discussions, Workshops, & Academic papers
  • 3:00--3:30 p.m. Break
  • 3:30--5:00 p.m. Next year’s Invitation and Conference Wrap-up
  • 6:00-- p.m. Social Hour
  • 6:00--8:00 p.m. Closing Reception with Keynote Speaker Ralph Ehrenberg, Library of Congress, retired

Friday, May 12
Toponymic Tour (Optional, $50.00 per person) 
A truly educational event
  • 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Toponymic Tour:  Jamestown Rediscovery:  Arrangements have been made for special tours with guide at Jamestown Island and Yorktown Battlefield

Hotel Information

Arrangements have been made for a block of rooms at the Hilton Richmond Downtown.  The room rate for single or double is $135.00 plus taxes per night.  It is suggested that you reserve a room early by clicking on the following link: You may also call 804-344-4300. 
The hotel has an early departure fee of one night's room and tax at the group rate except in the event of business or personal emergencies.

Please reserve you room before April 17.