Thursday, November 16, 2017

Call for papers: "Names in Writing" Conference in Sweden

University of Gothenburg

NORNA:s 48th symposium

29–30 November 2018, University of Gothenburg and Institute for Language and Folklore, Gothenburg

Call for papers

The study of writing has gained increasing importance within linguistics and culture studies in recent years. The field has widened substantially focusing not only on graphemics and spelling principles, but also on the mediality of writing, writing practices and social dimensions of writing. Within name studies, the study of writing has not yet been recognized as a field in its own right, even though written names have been a recurring subject of analysis. At the same time, there are studies outside the traditional field of name studies that focus on written names from several of the above named perspectives.
The theme of this symposium is names in writing. It will give scholars a chance to reflect on the significance of writing in the study of names and provide a platform to discuss approaches from different fields.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • The graphemics of names, names and orthography
  • Nomenclature
  • Names in different writing systems
  • Language development in written names
  • Written names in language contact
  • Typography and graphics of names
  • Written name and identity
  • Written name and authority
  • Written names in the public sphere

We invite proposals for 20-minute paper presentations or for posters on any topic related to names in writing, from both modern and historical contexts. Please send an abstract of up to 300 words (excluding references) to by 20 February 2018. Include your name, email address and affiliation in your abstract. Feedback and letters of acceptance will be provided by 30 April 2018.

Invited speakers (confirmed):

  • Johan Järlehed (University of Gothenburg)

            • Damaris Nübling (University of Mainz)

Conference languages

Nordic languages, English


We plan to publish conference proceedings using a peer review process. An invitation for submission of contributions will be sent out separately after the conference.

Practical information

Practical information on organizational matters will be published here by January 2018.
The conference is arranged by the Department of Languages and Literatures, Gothenburg University, and Institute for Language and Folklore, Gothenburg. Venue: Olof Wijksgatan 6, Gothenburg ("Gamla hovrätten").

Contact information

Organizing committee

Maria Löfdahl, Institute for Language and Folklore, Gothenburg
Michelle Waldispühl, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Gothenburg
Lena Wenner, Institute for Language and Folklore, Gothenburg

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