Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Trends in Toponymy 6

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Trends in Toponymy 6 will take place at the Heidelberg University (German: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

from October 7th to 10th 2013.

As the name suggests, the conference is dedicated to both new approaches in toponomastic studies and research on current toponomastic phenomena. The main aim of the conference is the discussion and interdisciplinary exchange about current findings, theoretical innovations and work in progress.

They invite to submit proposals for panels, individual papers and posters regarding original and previously unpublished research addressing place names; the subject can be handled from different perspectives of toponomastics and confining disciplines such as sociolinguistics, geography as well as the social and political sciences.

Trends in Toponymy 4, 2010, Edinburgh

Call for papers

Papers should address one of the three following domains of place name research:

Traditional topics of toponomastic research, e.g. toponomastic-driven contributions on name theory, toponomastic typology and the epistemology of toponomastics.

Topics relating toponomastics and sociolinguistic research, e.g. place names in settings of language contact in multilingual societies and at language boundaries, attitudes towards place names, toponyms in discourse and conversation and research in linguistic landscape – an emergent field connecting sociolinguistics and onomastics.

Computerised presentation of toponomastic data, e.g. the documentation and visualisation of toponymic data via Geographic Information Systems.

This thematic list is not to be seen as exhaustive. Generally, diachronic as well as synchronic perspectives are welcome. PhD students are particularly encouraged to submit a paper based on their work. The abstract should express the central point(s) of the paper and give an outline of the handled subject. It should also include information on the empirical data and the theoretical framework. Only one abstract as single/first author and a second as co-author can be submitted by one person. Abstracts should not exceed 400 words including title and essential bibliography. The conference language is English.

Please send your abstract to

The abstract submission is open until April 30th 2013.

Deadlines and fees

Abstract submission: until April 30th 2013.
Notification of acceptance by May 31st 2013.
Preliminary programme by the end of June 2013.
Final programme by the end of August 2013.

Early bird registration (regular):                    180 EUR
Early bird registration (student):                   85 EUR
Full registration (regular):                              225 EUR
Full registration (student):                             130 EUR
One-day-registration (regular):                      80 EUR
One-day-registration (student):                     50 EUR
Conference Dinner (Tuesday evening):         60 EUR

Early bird registration is open from May 1st until June 30th 2013.

Full registration is open from July 1st until August 31st 2013.

Participants whose papers have been accepted should register by the end of June in order to complete the conference programme as soon as possible. Participation fees include: access to all sessions, programme/collection of abstracts, conference material, lunches and refreshments during the scheduled breaks.


Registration details will be updated by the end of April 2013.

Programme information

The programme of the conference will offer 3,5 complete workdays (Mon, Tue, Wed morning, Thu) with keynote lectures and paper/poster sessions. Tuesday evening, after the conclusion of the paper sessions we have organised the Conference Dinner at a typical restaurant-brewery in the old town of Heidelberg. We are also planning an excursion on Wednesday October 9th (details tba).

Info on precedent conferences:

Trends in Toponymy 5 (University of Berne)

Trends in Toponymy 4 (University of Edinburgh) 

Photos from Trends in Toponymy 4:

Trends in Toponymy 3 (University of KwaZulu-Natal) within the 15th Name Congress of the Names Society of Southern Africa, 7-10 July 2009, Durban, South Africa : [] ???????

Trends in Toponymy 2 (University of Ballarat), November 2008, Australia ???????

Trends in Toponymy 1 (Kárášjohka-Karasjok), August 2007, Norway.

I am already thinking of what I should present.... 


It must be a bomb!!!

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