Toponyms as a means of expressing identification, location, possession, belonging, division, and res


Romano-Hellenic Division

International Scientific Symposium

“Toponyms as a means of expressing identification, location, possession, belonging, division, and respect for peoples’ cultures”.

Roma [Rome] – Italia, 11th - 13th September 2024


 The Romano-Hellenic Division (RHD) of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) announces its fourth International Scientific Symposium focused on

 Toponyms as a means of expressing identification, location, possession, belonging, division, and respect for peoples’ cultures

The event will be held in Roma [Rome], Italia, at “Villa Celimontana”, headquarters of Italian Geographical Society, from 11th to 13th September 2024, in close cooperation with the Italian Geographic Military Institute and the Italian Geographical Society.

Members of UNGEGN, geographers, historians, linguists, planners and cartographers are cordially invited to take part in the symposium. Participation is free of charge. Language: English.

Contributions may still concern the following topics: 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, endonyms/exonyms, role of national and regional geographical names authorities.


-          30th May 2024 for submissions of abstracts (max. 400 words);

-          2nd December 2024 for final version of papers, complete with images and captions.

Scientific committee:

-       Andrea Cantile, Chair of the Romano-Hellenic Division, University of Florence (Italia);

-       Claudio Cerreti, President of the Italian Geographical Society, University of Roma Tre (Italia);

-       Elena Dai Prà, University of Trento (Italia);

-       Monica Dumitrascu, Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy (Romania);

-       Peter Jordan, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Austria);

-       Helen Kerfoot, Former Emeritus Scientist Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Chair of UNGEGN (Canada);

-       Cosimo Palagiano, Emeritus of Sapienza - University of Rome, Accademia dei Lincei (Italia).

Andrea Cantile, e-mail:;