The Onomastics Department of the Institute of Polish Language Polish Academy of Sciences
The Polish Language Faculty of the Jagiellonian University
The Society of Friends of the Polish Language
The Polish Academy of Learning

would like to invite you to Kraków from the 21st to 23rd of September 2016 for the:

Onomastics – Neo-Humanities – Social Sciences

The conference aims to provide a space for linguists and other scholars, to explore the role and the place of proper names within the wider context of the understanding of the world, its culture, and civilization. We would like to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of onomastics, trace its evolution through the centuries, determine its current position within the Humanities and Social Sciences, and also to explore directions for future development in this field. This year’s International Conference on Onomastics would be the 20th one, thus providing it with a commemorative character. The conference will remember distinguished linguists and onomasts – Jan Michał Rozwadowski, Franciszek Sławski, Kazimierz Rymut, Henryk Borek. We will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first issue of Onomastica, which has since been issued continuously in Kraków thanks to Professor Witold Taszycki’s initiative.

We would like to propose the following topics:

  • – onyms as a way to discover and to perceive the world;
  • – proper names versus religion;
  • – the oldest, written onyms and their significance in the development of the Polish State and the national language (in connection with the 1050th anniversary of Christianity in Poland);
  • – multiculturalism and monoculturalism versus proper names;
  • – perspectives of the development of onomastics against a background of Humanities and social sciences;
  • – terminology in culture and art;
  • – proper names in different political systems;
  • – onomastics versus semiotics;
  • – globalisation and local identity as reflected in proper names;
  • – a state of the art of Polish and Slavic onomastics.

For the discussion we would like to cordially invite not only linguists and onomasts, but also other humanist and social scientists.