Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Reminder: September's Symposium on Gender and Names


A reminder about our 2023 event taking place next month:


Dis/continuity in the representation of gender in names across languages


Friday 22nd September 2023, 13.00 – 17.00, BST


A free, online research symposium organised by Dr Jane Pilcher (Nottingham Trent University, UK) and Dr Ivona Barešová (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic) on behalf of the People’s Names Research Network.


Book your ticket for this free online event via Eventbrite


About the research symposium

This online research symposium aims to advance the present state of knowledge about contemporary gender-related personal naming practices especially in contexts, observed in many countries, of recent shifts around gender equality and in conceptualizations of gender as non-binary. The symposium brings together scholars who are examining gender and given names across a range of languages and cultures in Europe (Spanish, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Czech and German) and Asia (Japanese and Mandarin Chinese). Contributors incorporate the latest findings about current preferences for expressing gender in names, identifying historical shifts, regional and cultural specifics, and their interactions with more general trends in gender relations and identities.

Research Symposium Programme

13.00 – 13.05 Welcome by symposium organisers:

Jane Pilcher, Nottingham Trent University, UK & Ivona Barešová, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

13.05 – 13.25 Paper Session 1. Chair: Ivona Barešová

Carmen Fernández Juncal, University of Salamanca, Spain

'Gender distinction in European Spanish anthroponyms'

13.25 – 13.45 Paper Session 2

Anna-Maria Balbach, University of Muenster, Germany

'Given Names and Gender: An Initial Comparison between Germany and Other European Countries'

13.45 – 14.05 Paper Session 3

Maya Vlahova-Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

'Gender-Neutral Names – A Boundary Phenomenon in the Bulgarian Anthroponomasticon'

14.05 – 14.15 10 min Q & A. Chair: Ivona Barešová

14.15 - 14.25 10 mins break

14.25 - 14.45 Paper Session 4. Chair:

Agata Michnowska, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

'Gender-neutral given names in Iceland'

14.45 - 15.05 Paper Session 5

Žaneta Dvořáková, Pavel Štěpán, Czech Academy of Sciences

'Gender-neutral names and transgender people in Czechia'

15.05 – 15.15 10 min Q & A. Chair: TBC

15.15 - 15.25 10 mins break

15.25 – 15.45 Paper Session 6. Chair: TBC

Ivona Barešová, Tereza Nakaya, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

'Gender-neutral names of the youngest Japanese generation: Characteristics of their phonological and graphic forms'

15.45 – 16.05 Paper Session 7

Giancarla Unser-Schutz, Rissho University, Japan

'The role of baby-naming guides in the (re)creation of gender in names: A case study of a popular Japanese guide'

16.05- 16.25 Paper Session 8

Pei-Ci Li, University of Lorraine, France & Marc Allassonnière-Tang, National Museum of Natural History, France

'Gender-specific and neutral naming practice in Mandarin Chinese: A synchronic and diachronic view'

16.25 - 16.35 10 min Q & A. Chair: TBC

16.35- 16.55 Open discussion Chair: Jane Pilcher

16.55-17.00 Closing remarks: Jane Pilcher & Ivona Barešová

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