Personal Names Symposium 2017

Becoming and Belonging: The Significance of Personal Names Personal Naming Practices Research Symposium

College Court Conference Centre
University of Leicester
July 6th 2017

The names we have are at the nucleus of our individual identities and our family affiliations, as well as our social and civil-legal identities. Yet, despite the fundamental, ubiquitous and ongoing importance of personal names in everyday life and the high level of popular interest in all things naming-related, the topic of personal names remains an underdeveloped area of study - not least in the UK.

Bringing together scholars from a range of social science disciplines, this one-day symposium offers a programme of talks and discussions focused on personal naming practices. The symposium represents a unique opportunity for an exchange of ideas about the social and cultural significance of personal names and will contribute to a step-change in their interdisciplinary study.

This is a free event with lunch included. Pre-registration is required as places are limited.

For an programme and registration form for the Symposium please use the link below.

Symposium programme

Please use the contact details below if you require any further information.

Dr Jane Pilcher (
Associate Professor of Sociology
School of Media, Communication and Sociology
University of Leicester

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