5th September 2017, University of Sheffield
Names are a feature of all societies in all periods of history. We name people, places, pets, personal objects, planets, planes and political movements – any number of other things. The study of names has often focussed on their linguistic properties or their etymological origins. But names, and the way in which they are used, offer a great opportunity to find out about the society, culture and historical period to which they belong. They also allow us a glimpse into the everyday lives of the people who bore, chose and used them.
This conference will focus on names as historical sources. It will give scholars the chance to reflect on current approaches to how we study names and their use as a means of discovering more about the past.
Topics could include, but are not limited to:
- Personal names, nicknames and bynames
- Name changes and pseudonyms
- Animal names
- Names in literature, film and television
- Names of ‘things’, such as personal objects, houses and products
- Names of groups, such as clans, ethnic groups and associations
Proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes are invited for any topic related to names as historical sources from any period. We would welcome papers from scholars from outside the discipline of history with ideas of how their field of research can be useful to historians. Abstracts from postgraduate and early career researchers are particularly welcome.
Please send abstracts of up to 300 words to James Chetwood at firstname.lastname@example.org by 25th June 2017.