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Permanence, transformation, substitution and oblivion of geographical names

International Scientific Symposium 2021 - Naples


Romano-Hellenic Division

The Romano-Hellenic Division (RHD) of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) announces its third International Scientific Symposium focused on “Permanence, transformation, substitution and oblivion of geographical names”, in close cooperation with the Italian Geographic Military Institute and the Regional Council of Campania – Directorate General for the Government of the Territory.

The event will be held in Napoli [Naples], Italia, from 22nd to 24th September 2021. Participation is free of charge. Language: English.

Topics of the symposium are: preservation of the toponymic heritage, historical maps and toponymy, genius loci and identity, etymological studies, place names of historical linguistic minorities, vernacular place names, new toponyms, role of national and regional geographical names authorities.

Scientific committee of the Symposium:

  • Andrea Cantile, Chair of the UNGEGN’s Romano-Hellenic Division and IGMI’s Commission for Italian Official Toponymy; University of Florence (Italia);
  • Simonetta Conti, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Italia);
  • Monica Dumitrascu, Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy (Romania);
  • Peter Jordan, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Co-Convenor of the ICA-IGU Joint Commission on Toponymy (Austria);
  • Helen Kerfoot, Former Emeritus Scientist Natural Resources Canada, Honorary Chair of UNGEGN (Canada);
  • Cosimo Palagiano, Emeritus of Sapienza - University of Rome, Accademia dei Lincei, Co-Convenor of the ICA-IGU Joint Commission on Toponymy (Italia);
  • Domenico Proietti, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Italia);
  • Annette C. Torensjö, Uppsala University, Convenor of the UNGEGN Working Group on Geographical Names as Cultural Heritage (Sverige).

The event will be held under the auspices of:

  • Italian Association of Geographers
  • Italian Association of Geography Teachers
  • Italian Cartographic Association
  • Italian Centre for Historical and Geographical Studies
  • Italian Geographical Society
  • Society of Geographical Studies (Italia).

Andrea Cantile, e-mail:;

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