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Names in Writing

NORNA:s 48th symposium

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

"Oskar" - a modern runic inscription from Western Sweden

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.

Read more: Call for papers

Invited speakers (confirmed)

  • Johan Järlehed (University of Gothenburg)
  • Damaris Nübling (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität 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

The conference is arranged by the Department of Languages and Literatures, Gothenburg University, and Institute for Language and Folklore, Gothenburg.

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

Contact address


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