UNITED NATIONS GROUP OF EXPERTS ON GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES
International scientific symposium
Place Names as Intangible Cultural Heritage
Under the auspices of:
Accademia della Crusca (Italy), Italian Geographic Military Institute, Government of the Tuscany Region
26 March 2015
10:00’ – Registration of participants.
10:40’ – Opening session
– Cesare Alimenti, Deputy Commander of Italian Geographic Military Institute – Italy
– Anna Marson, Tuscan Regional Minister for Spatial Planning and Landscape – Italy
– Alberto Nocentini, Accademia della Crusca – Italy
– Carlo Alberto Mastrelli, Emeritus professor of the University of Florence – Italy.
11:30’ – First session: Prolegomena
– Andrea Cantile, Chair of the UNGEGN Romano-Hellenic Division – Italy
Place names as intangible cultural heritage: introduction to the symposium.
– Helen Kerfoot, Honorary Chair of the UNGEGN – Canada
UNGEGN, National Names Authorities and cultural heritage.
– Peter Jordan, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Convenor, UNGEGN WG on Exonyms – Austria
Geographical names as part of the cultural heritage – some general thoughts.
12:45’ – Presentation of the Tuscany Region
– Maurizio Trevisani and Umberto Sassoli, Tuscan Regional Ministry for Spatial Planning and Landscape – Italy
Place names of Tuscany. From the cartographic sources to diachronic database.
13:00’ – Lunch
14:20’ – Photo of the participants in the garden of the Italian Army Unified Circle.
14:40’ – Second session: Genius loci, identity, safeguard and preservation of the place names
Chair, Leif Nilsson, UNGEGN WG on Geographical Names as Cultural Heritage, University of Uppsala – Sweden
– Cosimo Palagiano, Emeritus professor of the “Sapienza” University of Rome, Accademia dei Lincei – Italy
Genius loci and identity.
– Enzo Caffarelli, University of Roma Tor Vergata – Italy
The place name in the complexity of transonymic processes. A cultural-historical heritage to be safeguarded
and preserved beyond its primary referentiality.
– Alberto Nocentini, University of Florence, Accademia della Crusca – Italy
Toponymy as source of (pre)history: our oldest river names.
– Elena Dai Prà, University of Trento – Italy
Territoriality and toponyms. Borders and bordering in Trentino historical maps.
16:20’ – Coffee break
16:40’ – Third session: Place names standardization and cultural heritage
Chair, Helen Kerfoot, Honorary Chair of the UNGEGN – Canada
– Leif Nilsson and Annette Torensjö, Co-convenors, UNGEGN WG on Geographical Names as Cultural Heritage –
Place-names as intangible cultural heritage – the example of Sweden.
– Élisabeth Calvarin, UNGEGN, Chair of UNGEGN French-Speaking Division – France
The toponymic heritage of Ile-de-France through public transport.
– Marta Montilla Lillo, Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Spain
Situation and developments in the standardization of geographical names in Spain.
– Andreas Hadjiraftis, President of the Permanent Committee for the Standardization of Geographical Names – Cyprus
Toponymic Standardization in Cyprus, Geographical Names – Intangible Cultural Heritage.
18:30’ – Closing
20:00’ – Social dinner
27 March 2015
9:20’ – Fourth session: Historical and geographical point of view (first part)
Chair, Cosimo Palagiano, Emeritus professor of the “Sapienza” University of Rome, Accademia dei Lincei – Italy
– Laura Cassi, University of Florence, Society for Geographical Studies – Italy
Geographical aspects of place names research. An overview.
– Giuliana Biagioli, University of Pisa – Italy
A cultural heritage: Toponymy in Tuscany. An historical, geographical and linguistic enquiry with GIS
– Matteo Massarelli, University of Florence – Italy
Cultural heritage and landscape in Tuscan toponymy with special reference to the West Coast.
– Nicola Gabellieri, University of Genova – Italy
A changing identity: from an agrarian and manufacturing region to a multi-function territory.
10:40’ Coffee break
11:00’ – Fourth session: Historical and geographical point of view (second part)
– Stefano Piastra, University of Bologna – Italy
The Projection Overseas of a Toponym. The Placename ‘Ravenna’ in the USA.
– Alessandro Camiz, Sapienza University of Rome – Italy
On the origin and persistence of praedial toponyms in Central Italy.
– Furio Ciciliot, Savonese Society of National History – Italy
The Historical Toponymy Project: materials for studying a territory.
– Graziano Ferrari and Gabriele Tarabusi, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, and Nicola di Novella,
Naturalist – Italy
A territory speaking as people: the dialects in place names.
– Andrea Masturzo, University of Bergamo – Italy
Cartography and toponymy: the denomination of the African territory in Italian colonial experience.
– Closing of the International symposium and conclusions.
13:00’ – Lunch
14:30’ – Sightseeing tour: Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo (by reservation).