Thursday, August 17, 2017

Call for Paper Proposals: Names as Memorials (Leeds IMC 2018)


Call for Paper Proposals for a session at the 25th International Medieval Congress on Names as Memorials, July 2-5, 2018, Leeds, England

This year the International Medieval Congress celebrates its 25th anniversary with the special thematic strand “Memory”. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources intends to organize a session (or more than one if we receive sufficient interest!) at the IMC on the subject of “Names as Memorials”.

Names, both personal names and place names, provide a unique way for people, both individuals and people groups, to encode both memories and memorials. These can be memories of individual people, memories of ancient languages, and memorials of saints, miracles, or important events. The special session(s) on “Names as Memorials” seeks paper proposals that reflect this special role that names play. Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):
  • Given names used for specifically memorial purposes.
  • The practice of naming children after dead or living relatives.
  • Memorialising saints in personal names.
  • How place names encode the “memory” of dead peoples and languages.
  • Vernacular personal and place names in early Latin documents as a means of reconstructing our memory of early vernacular languages.
  • Etymology, especially folk etymology, as a way of preserving and constructing memory.
The deadline for paper proposals is September 15, 2017. To propose a paper, send the following information to Dr. Sara L. Uckelman (Durham University) at
  • Paper title
  • Brief abstract (100-200 words)
  • Language of delivery
  • Speaker’s full name and time
  • Speaker’s affiliation, including mailing address, email, and telephone
Speakers will be notified of whether their papers will be included in the DMNES’s session proposal(s) to the IMC by September 25, 2017.
Any question should be directed to Dr. Uckelman.

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