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Dis/continuity in the representation of gender in names across languages

Gender names in different colours
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This is a free, online research symposium organised by Dr Jane Pilcher (Nottingham Trent University, UK) and Dr Ivona Barešová (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic) on behalf of the People’s Names Research Network.

Event details

This online research symposium aims to advance the present state of knowledge about contemporary gender-related personal naming practices especially in contexts, observed in many countries, of recent shifts around gender equality and in conceptualizations of gender as non-binary.

The symposium brings together scholars who are examining gender and given names across a range of languages and cultures in Europe (Spanish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Czech and German) and Asia (Japanese and Mandarin Chinese). Contributors incorporate the latest findings about current preferences for expressing gender in names, identifying historical shifts, regional and cultural specifics, and their interactions with more general trends in gender relations and identities.


13.00 – 13.05Welcome

Jane Pilcher

Nottingham Trent University, UK &

Ivona Barešová

Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Symposium organisers

13.05 – 13.25

Paper Session 1

Chair: Ivona Barešová

Carmen Fernández Juncal

University of Salamanca, Spain

Gender distinction in European Spanish anthroponyms
13.25 – 13.45Paper Session 2

Anna-Maria Balbach

University of Muenster, Germany

Given Names and Gender: An Initial Comparison between Germany and Other European Countries
13.45 – 14.05Paper Session 3

Maya Vlahova-Angelova

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

Gender-Neutral Names – A Boundary Phenomenon in the Bulgarian Anthroponomasticon

14.05 –


10 min Q & A

Chair: Ivona Barešová

10 min Q & A

10 min Q & A
14.15 - 14.25 10 mins break10 mins break10 mins break
14.25 - 14.45

Paper Session 4


Raátz Judit*, Takács Judit^, & Haindrich Helga Anna*

*Committee on First Names, Hungary

^Eszterházy Károly

Catholic University, Hungary

Trends and patterns in gender-neutral name requests in Hungary
14.45 - 15.05Paper Session 5

Žaneta Dvořáková, Pavel Štěpán

Czech Academy of Sciences

Gender-neutral names and transgender people in Czechia
15.05 – 15.1510 min Q & AChair: TBC10 min Q & A
15.15 - 15.2510 mins break10 mins break10 mins break
15.25 – 15.45

Paper Session 6

Chair: TBC

Ivona Barešová, Tereza Nakaya

Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Gender-neutral names of the youngest Japanese generation: Characteristics of their phonological and graphic forms

15.45 – 16.05Paper Session 7

Giancarla Unser-Schutz

Rissho University, Japan

The role of baby-naming guides in the (re)creation of gender in names: A case study of a popular Japanese guide



Paper Session 8

Pei-Ci Li,

University of Lorraine, France

Marc Allassonnière-Tang

National Museum of Natural History, France

Gender-specific and neutral naming practice in Mandarin Chinese: A synchronic and diachronic view
16.25 - 16.3510 min Q & AChair: TBC 



Open discussionChair: Jane Pilcher 
16.55-17.00Closing remarks

Jane Pilcher

Nottingham Trent University, UK &

Ivona Barešová

Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

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