Friday, September 1, 2017

American Name Society's panel under the theme of “Names and Multilingualism”


ANS Panel at the Modern Language Association Conference

January 4-7th, 2018 in New York, NY

Conference Information

The American Name Society will be holding a special panel under the theme of “Names and Multilingualism.” Multilingual and multicultural communities have been developed since the ancient world. The linguistic and cultural contacts within these communities have attracted the interest of a broad range of disciplines, where in some cases different strands have emerged.
The panel will include the following three papers:

  1. Multilingual naming and the Catholicity of Saints Presentation by Christine De Vinne at Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
A 20-year member of ANS, Christine De Vinne studies names in their literary and cultural contexts. After earning her M.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University, she served as faculty member and then Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Ursuline College in Cleveland. After five years in Baltimore at Notre Dame of Maryland University, 2010-15, she returned to Ursuline as an administrator and English Department faculty. She publishes and presents widely on topics related to onomastics, autobiography, and higher education administration and mission. She is a past president of ANS and currently serves as book review editor and member of the Editorial Board for Names: A Journal of Onomastics. She invites anyone who would like to contribute book reviews or who has suggestions of titles for review to contact her at
      2. Multilingual place names in Southern Africa by Lucie Möller at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein (SOUTH AFRICA)

Dr Lucie A. Möller, member of the ANS and MLA, is a research fellow of the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment of the University of the Free State and member of the South African Academy for Science and Art. A geographical names expert by profession, she was delegated from South Africa to the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN); was secretary of the Africa South Division of this Group, and member of the South African Geographical Names Council. She co-presented ten training courses on geographical names in Moçambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland; participated in numerous international conferences on names, and is author and co-author of books, articles and other publications. She has been active in the executive committee of the Names Society of Southern Africa for many years, serving as editorial secretary and secretary-treasurer, and is now an honorary member. She remained on the editorial advisory committee of the journal Nomina Africana of the Society; was guest editor of four recent special editions of this journal; and initiated and co-edited the festschrift A World of Names. 

  1. 3. Name usage in a globalized world: The case of “newcomers” in Japan Lilian Terumi Hatano at Kinki University (JAPAN)
Lilian Terumi Hatano is a Associate Professor in the dept. of Applied Sociology at Kindai University, Osaka, Japan since 2010. Completed Ph.D. at Osaka University and the thesis turned into “How Names of Minorities are treated – The case of newcomers in Japanese Public Schools” (Minority no Namae wa dono youni atsukawareteiru ka – Nihon no koritsu Gakkou ni okeru newcomers no baai) - The Hituzi Syobo Publishing, 2009. She has written mostly about the challenges migrant’s children face in Japanese schools as well as in Brazilian schools in Japan. Her Ph.D. And more recently published ‘The meaning of the real name and Japanese alias of names of foreigners in Japan’ (Nihon Shakai ni okeru Zainichi Gaikokujin no Honmyo to Tsumei 4 no Imi). In: SAWADA, Harumi (ed.) Hituzi Publishing to Semantics: Social Nature of Meaning (Vol 7), The Hituzi Syobo Publishing, 2015. Active researcher and community organizer of Brazilians in Japan and the representative of the Organizing Committee of the Brasil Japan Education Forum since 2013. She is a founding member of an afterschool voluntary group of support for children in school studies and responsible for teaching Portuguese as a Heritage Language since 1999.

Names and Multilingualism Information provides paper abstracts and speaker bios.

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