Seminar leader: Irmy Schweiger

Names, both personal names and place names, are part and parcel of social interaction, among persons and with the physical landscape. As any social phenomenon, place names reflect these interactions. Place names when subjected to analysis, provide valuable insight into societies, present or past. Studies on place names in general, and MENA place names in particular, have concentrated on establishing the etymology of the names and for place names in ancient texts, on locating unknown places. The present research rather approaches the study of place names as any “text”. As “text”, the study of place names requires specific approaches and tools.

The following paper is suggested to be read in advance (see attached file below, or on JSTOR):

Margaret C. Rodman “Empowering Place: Multilocality and Multivocality”

American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 94, No. 3 (Sep., 1992), pp. 640-656.

Kollokvier vid institutionen för orientaliska språk HT 2014

Högre seminariet vid Institutionen för orientaliska språk är det centrala forum för doktorander och institutionens forskare såväl som inbjudna gäster att presentera och diskutera sin pågående samt avslutad forskning kolleger emellan.

Kollovier äger rum på fredagar, kl. 14-16 i Asienbiblioteket och avsluter med enklare förtäring.

Colloquia at the Department of Oriental Languages ​​Autumn 2014

The higher seminar at the Department of Oriental Languages ​​is the central forum for graduate students and researchers at the department, together with invited guests, to present and discuss their ongoing and completed research among colleagues. 

Colloquia take place on Fridays at 14:00-16:00 in Asia Library and conclude with light refreshments.