19th NSSA International Conference

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Call for Papers
September 20, 2016 to September 22, 2016
South Africa
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Communication, Humanities, Languages, Linguistics

19th NSSA International Conference: Symbolism and Instrumentality in Naming

The Names Society of Southern Africa (NSSA) and the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment at the University of the Free State cordially invite proposals for the next bi-annual international conference.

Date:                          20–22 September 2016
Venue:                       Equitas Building, University of the Free State main campus, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Conference page: 
Abstract submissions and registrations are done on-line on the conference page
Topic of the conference:              Symbolism and Instrumentality in Naming
Language of the symposium:     English

The naming of objects and the use of names is part of the daily routine of humanity.  The study of names can fall within any discipline (for example linguistics, history, geography) and there is a variety of themes within the study of names, naming and naming systems.

The focus of this conference is on the symbolism and instrumentality in naming. Symbolism, as coined by poet Paul Verlaine in 1885 (French: symboliste) refers to the practice of representing things with symbols. What role does this play in the naming of objects and what instruments are used to name?

Abstracts (300-500 words) in the following (but not limited to) categories of research:
Anthroponyms  (i.e. personal names; names in religion; nicknames, etc.)
Geographical Names (i.e. toponyms and place names)
Names in history
Literary onomastics (the use of names in literature)
Brand names
Politics of naming in a public sphere

Scientific council and paper selection committee
Theodorus du Plessis (RSA): Director, Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment, University of the Free State
Adrian Koopman (RSA): University of KwaZulu-Natal
Bertie Neethling (RSA): University of the Western Cape
Eventhough Ndlovu (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State
Johan Lubbe (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State
Johan Moll (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State
Lucie Möller (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State
Peter Raper (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State

Prof. Thenjiwa Meyiwa (RSA): Registrar, Durban University of Technology
Peter Raper (RSA): Research Fellow and Extraordinary Professor (Linguistics), University of the Free State

Important dates:
1 March 2016                        Registrations and abstract submissions open
30 June 2016                       Deadline for submission of abstracts
15 July 2016                         Early Bird registrations close
14 August 2016                    Registrations close

Conference fees
Early Bird (academic) - R 2,250
Early Bird (student) - R 1,000
Standard (academic) - R 2,750
Standard (student) - R 2,000

Conference proceedings
There will be no conference proceedings per se. Authors are invited to submit their papers to Nomina Africa, accredited journal of the Names Society of Southern Africa.

Please contact the organisational committee with any queries: kongresETFB@ufs.ac.za


Contact Info: 

Chrismi Loth (conference co-ordinator)

Email address: kongresETFB@ufs.ac.za

Telephone: +27(0)51 401 2476

Fax: +27(0)51 401 9620

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