Thursday, June 22, 2017

Call for Papers: "Theorizing Contacts in the Roman Empire"

Classical Studies



We live in a multicultural world, in which every community develops in constant interaction with others. A series of theoretical models have been developed to explain these contacts, which in recent years have been utilized to understand the ancient world. In the context of the Roman empire, these theories are typically used to examine the interactions of various indigenous populations with their rulers. These kinds of studies were once grouped under the heading “Romanization”, though the increased questioning of the term’s validity has given rise to a diverse range of alternatives. These are often drawn from modern theoretical backgrounds: multiculturalism and multilingualism are two recent concepts employed in this realm.

The aim of this conference is to assess the validity and scope of a variety of some of these models, with a particular focus on multilingualism and multiculturalism. By promoting and facilitating dialogue between disciplines, we shall aim to provide effective tools for different fields’ approaches in parallel (e.g. historical and linguistic). This has already been done very successfully in a few cases (e.g. ‘code-switching’), though greater interaction remains a desideratum. It is hoped that the participants will thereby open the discussion for a ‘theory of contact’ in the Roman world.

We invite scholars from a range of fields, including epigraphists and papyrologists, philologists, legal historians, and archaeologists to consider if and how the multiculturalism and multilingualism models can be applied in the following areas:

• Language: onomastics; ancient bilingualism; language preservation and change.
• Law: the interaction between native and Roman law; issues of status.
• Literature: the response of Roman and Greek authors to “others”.
• Art and visual culture: interactions of Roman and indigenous styles; religious and cult imagery.

Papers that consider the role of the individual within these topics are especially welcome.
Confirmed Speakers: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Cambridge), Alex Mullen (Nottingham), Olivia Elder (Cambridge), Christian Djurslev (Edinburgh)

Proposals: We welcome proposals from scholars at any stage of their career. PhD students, early career and independent researchers are highly encouraged to participate.

Papers will be 25 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. For your proposals please include title, name(s) of speaker(s), affiliation(s), an abstract of 300 words, and a select bibliography. Please send to

Posters on particular case-studies or specific concepts will be accommodated in a designated poster session and prizes will be awarded to the three best entries. Proposals for posters should have the same format as that of the papers. Please, use POSTER as the “Subject” of your email.

The deadline for all proposals (papers and posters) is 28th February.
For further information please contact the organizers: Kimberley Czajkowski ( and/or Andreas Gavrielatos (
(Photo: "Handwritten" by A. Birkan, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Public lecture: Old English Place-Names and the Communication of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Public lecture: Old English Place-Names and the Communication of Traditional Ecological Knowledge - 19 Sept 2017, British Academy, London

Place-names are used to communicate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) by all indigenous, aboriginal and First Nations people. Here and for the first time, English place-names are examined through a TEK lens. Specifically, place-names formed in Old English—the language of the Anglo-Saxon—and coined between c. 550 and c. 1100 A.D., are explored. This naming horizon provides the basic name stock for the majority of English towns and villages still occupied today. While modern English place-names now simply function as convenient geographical tags Old English toponymy is shown here to exhibit close semantic parallels with many other indigenous place-names around the world. Seeing Old English place-names as a hitherto unrecognized and unexploited repository of TEK may have exciting and important consequences. By identifying the climatic and meteorological correspondences that can be drawn between the period of place-naming and the present day, this paper explores how early medieval water and woodland names might offer new perspectives on, and perhaps solutions to, flooding, the most serious environmental threat currently facing the UK.

Jones, Richard L.C.. "Responding to Modern Flooding: Old English Place-Names as a Repository of Traditional Ecological Knowledge." Journal of Ecological Anthropology 18, no. 1 (2016)

W. F. H. Nicolaisen Memorial Symposium

Elphinstone Institute

The Elphinstone Institute will host a symposium in memory of much-missed Emeritus Professor W. F. H. Nicolaisen (1927-2016).
The conference of international scholars will be opened by the renowned folklorist, and onetime Nicolaisen student, Professor Simon Bronner, and will feature keynotes from Professor Carole Hough (University of Glasgow), Professor Cristina Bacchilega (University of Manoa, Hawai'i), and Dr Thomas McKean (Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen). The three days will be devoted to three key themes in Nicolaisens's work: Names, Narrative, and Ballads, and will demonstrate his enormous international influence in the fields of Onomastics and Folklore.

Dates of Event
24th July 2017 – 27th July 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
21st July 2017
The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Craig Suite
Tel: 01224 272996

Monday, June 19, 2017

About 245 abstracts submitted for ICOS 2017

26th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences (Debrecen, 2017) 

As is already known, the 26th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences will be hosted by the University of Debrecen (Hungary), between 27 August and 1 September 2017. Approximately 245 abstract submissions were received from more than 250 authors in 43 countries. The abstracts were reviewed by the members of the scientific committee of the Congress. The results of the evaluation were sent to the authors in February and online registration was opened at the end of March. Participants should note that the early-bird registration closes on 19 May 2017, while the final registration deadline is 31 July 2017. News and updates (including a preliminary programme) can be found on the Congress website ( 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Multilingual Education and Multilingualism Onomastics in Kazakhstan


Am 19.6.2017 findet an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien das letzte Slavic Research Seminar im Studienjahr 2016/2017 statt. Es sprechen 
Prof. Dr. Gulmyra Madiyeva, 
Dr. Assem Aksholakova, 
Mag. Dinara Madiyeva
allesamt onomastisch ausgewiesene MitarbeiterInnen des Instituts für allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft der Al-Farabi-Kasachische-Nationaluniversität Almaty.
Veranstaltungsdaten: Mo., 19.06.2017, 17:30-19:00 Uhr, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Institut für Slawische Sprachen, Welthandelsplatz 1, Raum D2.2.228.D2.2.228

Arts minister to lobby the ANC to change South Africa’s name


Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has vowed to lobby the ANC’s National Executive Committee in an open discussion on finding an appropriate name for South Africa, according to a report in the 13 June edition of The Mercury.

Mthethwa who was speaking to party supporters during a cadre’s forum on Sunday, pointed out that South Africa is not the name of the country, but is just “a geographical description of where we are”.
He noted that the ANC had never given itself time to think about the name of the country, and that as his department had power to change the naming of public areas, there was now an opportunity to rename the country to one that was more reflective of the country’s past and its people.
While government had made strides in changing the colonial names of places, there was more to be done in identifying improper names, such as Durban and Empangeni, said Mthethwa.
“To tell the truth, the country does not have a name. It is not there.”
“Benjamin D’Urban named our place, eThekwini, after himself and called it Durban,” he said.
He said he had also recommended a name change for Empangeni because “there is no such name in the Zulu language.”
“The area used to be called Embangweni Wombuso wakwa Mthethwa (infighting over the chiefdom of Mthethwa clans),” he said.

ANC and other responses

Speaking to the Mercury, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said that the issue of the country’s name would be discussed when it was brought before the ANC and that the ANC had not taken any position on the matter.
“If there was one member of the NEC who spoke somewhere, expressing his own ideas he must bring them to the ANC for discussion.”
“There is currently no discussion in the ANC about changing the country’s name,” said Kodwa.
When asked for a response, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlonzi said his party also did not support the current name of the country, but added that it would be “a futile exercise to rename a country that did not belong to you.”
The DA’s Arts and Culture deputy shadow minister Allen Grootboom said his party could not comment on the matter because it had not been discussed internally.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Phoenix mayor wants to change racially-charged street names despite homeowner opposition

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Teachers Oliveira Marques and Teresa Ambrósio in the toponymy of Lisboa


Two great figures from the national culture now give their names to the streets of Lisboa next to the Alameda da Universidade: Rua Professor Oliveira Marques and Rua Professor Teresa Ambrósio. The ceremony to unveil the toponymic plaques took place on June 7 in the presence of Catarina Vaz Pinto, City Concilor for Culture, André Caldas, President of the Parish Council of Alvalade, Fernando Lima, Grand Master of the Grande Oriente Lusitano, family members, academics and friends of the distinguished.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Naming Particulars: A Thirteenth-Century Debate on Whether Individuals Have Proper Names


Naming Particulars: A Thirteenth-Century Debate on Whether Individuals Have Proper Names
By Rachel Anna Bauder
PhD Dissertation, University of Toronto, 2016
Abstract: This dissertation is about a debate that occurred in thirteenth-century philosophy over an apparently bizarre question: Can individuals really have proper names? While scholarly studies have appeared previously on philosophers in the fourteenth century who discussed this question (most notably John Buridan), I show that the question was widespread in the thirteenth century and involved many participants. Historically, I offer the first comprehensive account of how the thirteenth-century debate over the possibility of proper names arose. I argue that it was instigated by Michael Scot’s translation of the Metaphysics and perpetuated by tensions within the new Aristotelian metaphysical and cognitive theories of the 1230’s-1260’s. Philosophically, I offer a detailed analysis of the arguments on both sides of the question, presenting and explicating over 15 arguments for and against proper names, in texts by eight different philosophers: Richard Rufus of Cornwall, Adam Buckfield, Geoffrey of Aspall, Robert Kilwardby, Pseudo-Kilwardby, Roger Bacon, Siger of Brabant, and Richard of Clive.
The questions I ask are the following. First, how was it theoretically possible to doubt the nameability of individuals? To answer this question, I look at the medieval traditions in the language arts. Specifically, I argue that Boethius’s commentaries on Aristotle’s Perihermeneias provide criteria for what counts as a nomen or “name” in a philosophical sense, but those criteria specifically exclude words that might otherwise be regarded as nomina or “nouns” in a grammatical sense.
Granting this distinction, I then ask the second question of the thesis: On what reasonable grounds might a philosopher think that a name of an individual is merely a grammatical “noun” rather than a genuine philosophical “name”? Here the answer seems to be that individuals cannot be named as such because they cannot be understood as such. I investigate two broad motivations in the arguments: (a) human cognitive faculties are not equipped to grasp the individual as such, and (b) individuals are unknowable in themselves because they are composites of matter (which is unknowable) and form (which may be knowable, but which may also be common to many individuals).

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Call for Papers for colloquium session on Applied Onomastics at AAAL 2018

American Name Society

This is a call for participation in a colloquium session on Applied Onomastics at AAAL 2018, to be held in Chicago, IL, March 24-27, 2018. Names figure prominently in our identities and interactions as individuals, families, groups, organizations, and societies. Factors as varied as geography, culture, socioeconomic status, legal constraints, and marketing strategies influence names and naming. The study of names (onomastics), including personal, place, and commercial names, among others, is both multi- and interdisciplinary. Because of the ubiquity and important functions of names, they are also of “enduring interest to the wider public” (Hough 2016), confirmed by the long tradition of collaboration between academics and non-academics in name studies. The aim of this colloquium is to demonstrate how onomastics can offer practical solutions and insights to issues encountered in a wide range of contexts. Proposals are invited on any topic relating to Applied Onomastics, including but not limited to:
names and education
names and media
names and lexicography / name dictionaries
onomastic aspects of marketing and tourism
onomastic aspects of language planning
name-related policies, regulations and laws
onomastics and forensic linguistics
onomastics and psychology or cognition
name-based data mining and technologies
names and bi/multilingualism
cross-cultural naming practices
societal trends in naming
the relationship between Applied Onomastics and Applied Linguistics
the aims of Applied Onomastics as a field
Please send proposals containing a title, key words, abstract (300 words), and brief summary (50 words) by July 10th, 2017 to Maryann Parada (mparada1 AT the Colloquium Organize. Notifications will be sent by July 20th, 2017.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Namen machen Leute: Wie Vornamen unser Leben beeinflussen


Finn ist lustig, Katharina ist erfolgreich, Emilia ist gut aussehend, Jan ist sportlich, und Kevin ist dumm. Namen wecken automatisch Assoziationen in uns, die wir mit einem Attribut verknüpfen bewusst oder unbewusst. Das geht sogar so weit, dass Lehrer Kevin und Justin nicht nur weniger zutrauen als Alexander oder Maximilian, sie benoten sie mitunter auch schlechter. Und das bei gleicher Leistung. Aber woran liegt es, dass wir Menschen anhand ihres Namens beurteilen? Woher kommen die Ströme und Trends? Und mit welchen Namen machen Eltern auf keinen Fall etwas falsch? Namensforscherin Gabriele Rodríguez analysiert Herkunft und Entwicklung von Namen und gibt Tipps für Individualisten, die ihre eigenen Namen kreieren wollen.


  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 250 Seiten
  • Verlag: Komplett-Media; Auflage: 1 (12. Juni 2017)
  • Sprache: Deutsch
  • ISBN-10: 3831204446
  • ISBN-13: 978-3831204441

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

GABRIELE RODRÍGUEZ ist die einzige Namenforscherin Deutschlands, die sich auf Vornamen spezialisiert hat, und gehört zum Team der Namenberatungsstelle der Universität Leipzig. Eltern und Standesämter können bei ihr die Zulässigkeit, Schreibweise oder Geschichte von Vornamen prüfen und sich beraten lassen. Rodríguez studierte Philologie in Kasan (Russland) und Romanistik in Leipzig, wo sie seit 1994 Namen erforscht und die Namenberatungsstelle unterstützt.

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Nuova Toponomastica, 2000 cittadini ancora senza indirizzo

Il Messaggero

di Emiliano Papillo

Il comune di Ferentino ha pubblicato un avviso pubblico sul sito istituzionale con il quale richiama oltre 2000 cittadini che, malgrado la muova Toponomastica di fatto realizzata già da un paio di anni, ma ancora in fase di collaudo, non hanno comunicato la variazione di indirizzo. Dovranno recarsi nel piu' breve tempo possibile all'Ufficio Anagrafe del centro ernico. Si tratta per lo piu' di cittadini residente sulla via Casilina, via Morolense, Tofe, Cartiera, Bagni Roana, Forma Coperta, via Stazione. Dovranno recarsi all'Ufficio Anagrafe con un documento di identità, la denominazione della nuova via, del numero civico e con la ricevuta del pagamento del mattoncino con il numero. Ogni variazione di numero con il mattoncino, costa 5 euro. La situazione ed il motivo dell'avviso pubblico è stato spiegato ieri dalla segreteria generale del comune di Ferentino. "Da nostre verifiche risulta che 2000 cittadini, pari a circa il 10% non si sono mai recate al comune neanche quando in fase di realizzazione della nuova Toponomastica dovevano richiedere un foglio momentaneo che annunciava la nuova via ed il numero civico- ha spiegato la segreteria generale di Ferentino- ora la Toponomastica è in fase di collaudo ed i cittadini debbono recarsi al piu' presto al comune per comunicare la variazione. Chi non abbia poi alcun foglio provvisorio deve anche verificare all'ufficio urbanistico il cambio dalla vecchia denominazione della residenza a quella nuova". "Queste operazioni- ha aggiunto la segreteria generale- non comporteranno ulteriori spese per i cittadini in quanto non si dovrà rinnovare la patente di guida, il libretto di circolazione o la carta d'identità, ma ricevere la modifica che verrà affiancata agli attuali documenti. Oltre ad un fatto di legge in quanto ognuno deve comunicare la variazione della residenza o la denominazione della strada e del numero civico, si tratta anche di senso civico per non creare problemi di notifiche, comunicazioni o anche eventuali soccorsi".

Gli attivisti del movimento regionale Animalisti nella giornata di ieri hanno protestato per le condizioni di un mattatoio dove gli animali soprattutto bovini verrebbero trattatati in modo violento dagli operatori del mattatoio. La protesta si è divisa in due fasi: la prima davanti alla sede della Asl di Frosinone, la seconda lungo la via Casilina. Gli animalisti hanno redatto un dossier con il quale denunciano il trattamento degli animali trattati in modo non consono.

XI Jornada d'Onomàstica Elda i Petrer - 14 cloenda Carmel Navarro

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Call for Papers “The Place of Memory and Memory of Place” International Conference


“The Place of Memory and Memory of Place”
International Conference

14 October 2017 – Cambridge, UK

Organised by

Paper proposals due 30 June 2017

Memory is a major theme in contemporary life, a key to personal, social and cultural identity. Scholars have studied the concept from different perspectives and within different disciplines: philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geography, architecture, urban design, and the interdisciplinary “place studies”. According to Pierre Nora, places of memory or lieux de mémoire refer to those places where “memory crystallizes and secretes itself”; the places where the exhausted capital of collective memory condenses and is expressed. To be considered as such, these sites must be definable in the three senses of the word: material, symbolical and functional, all in different degrees but always present. What makes them a memory site is the interplay of memory and history, the interaction of both factors, which allows their reciprocal over-determination.
“The Place of Memory and Memory of Place” International Conference aims to spark new conversations across the field of memory and place studies. Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:
  • monuments and sites of trauma
  • childhood homes
  • city space and sightseeing
  • burial places (graves, cementaries, necropoleis)
  • ruins and forgotten places
  • heterotopias and heterochronies
  • toponymy and topoanalysis
  • cartography and mapmaking
The conference will bring together scholars from different fields including philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, literature, linguistics, architecture, geography and others.
The language of the conference is English.
Paper proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 30 June 2017 to:
Registration fee – 100 GBP
Conference venue:
The University Centre
Granta Place
Cambridge CB2 1RU, UK

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

NameSummit 2017: A Digital Branding Conference


NameSummit 2017 is bringing the best of the entrepreneurial and digital branding worlds to share their expertise in establishing a digital presence that excites, inspires, and generates ROI.  Building a digital brand — from domain name selection and market analysis, to creating a comprehensive web presence — requires stamina, strategy, and constant attention to trends.  NameSummit 2017’s digital branding and domain industry leaders are here to show beginners and pros how to bring their businesses to market, capture customer engagement, and keep them connected.

Welcome to NameSummit NYC

NameSummit 2017 is coming to New York City this August.  The event brings together the best in the Domain and Branding industries.  Learn from and network with top experts, fellow entrepreneurs, and digital branding superstars.  We’re covering it all–developing and maintaining a brand online, mastering up-to-the-minute SEO algorithms, as well as key insights and trends into what really works and what doesn’t, across multiple online industries and competitive spaces.

Topics include:
  • Securing the right domain name for your brand or campaign
  • Developing and executing on strategy
  • Establishing your brand online
  • Understanding Universal Acceptance and using new TLDs to reach consumers
  • Creating and optimizing users’ digital experiences
  • Maintaining consistency across multiple platforms
  • Engaging users based on behavior patterns and how to use the Big Data that’s already out there and available for you to capitalize on Managing privacy, security and data to make you more profitable And so much more
NameSummit 2017 will also feature sponsored networking events for entrepreneurs, marketing directors, investors, branding specialists, and everyone in between, who want to create the best digital brands out there.
Attendees of the two-day event at Hilton Midtown Manhattan in New York City, will be challenged to reinvent their digital businesses to succeed in ways they didn’t know how to execute.  NameSummit 2017 is here to show you how to make it all work for you.

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Les modifications de noms dans la saga Harry Potter


Le contenu de cet article est issu de notes, informations ou brouillons sur les livres de Harry Potter distillés par J.K. Rowling. En tant que tel, celui-ci peut ou ne peut être considéré comme canonique. Ce choix est laissé à votre entier jugement !
Cet article est le second d’un triptyque traitant des noms initialement portés par certains personnages. Vous pouvez toujours retrouver le premier article qui est consacré aux contenus imaginés par Miss Rowling mais qui n’ont finalement pas été utilisés ou alors attendre le troisième article, qui inventorie les personnages supprimés au « montage final ».

Certains personnages aux noms biens connus et évocateurs d’aujourd’hui, ne devaient initialement pas être appelés ainsi. Il est intéressant d’observer ses différentes appellations, notamment au regard du goût pour l’onomastique et l’allitération de Miss J.K. Rowling !

Suivez le lien pour lire!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Familiennamen als Arbeitsschwerpunkt am Namenkundlichen Zentrum in Leipzig


Das namenkundliche Zentrum mit der Namenberatungsstelle Leipzig durfte im Jahre 2014 seinen 20-jährigen Geburtstag begehen. Nach wie vor bildet nicht nur die Vornamenberatung, sondern auch die Erforschung seltener Familiennamen einen wichtigen Arbeitsschwerpunkt. In der Veranstaltung geben Tobias Hecklau und Gundhild Winkler, Mitarbeiter der Namenberatungsstelle an der Universität Leipzig, einen Einblick in ihre Tätigkeit. Sie werden anhand ausgewählter Beispiele die Methoden der Familiennamenanalyse darstellen sowie  unterschiedliche, bei der  Analyse von Familiennamen auftretende Problemstellungen diskutieren.

Mitglieder der GfN und Interessenten sind herzlich willkommen.
Tobias Hecklau und Gundhild Winkler: Die sprachliche Analyse von Familiennamen als Arbeitsschwerpunkt am Namenkundlichen Zentrum. Mittwoch, den 31.5.2017, 13.00-15.00 Uhr, Universität Leipzig, Seminargebäude, Raum S 126

Friday, May 26, 2017

Actes du colloque national "De la toponymie algérienne: du local au national"

Standford University Library

Actes du colloque national De la toponymie algérienne: du local au national : Jijel, les 25, 26 et 27 juillet 2015

Asqamu Unnig n Timmuzg̳a.
French, Arabic, Berber (Other). Most contributions in French, some in Arabic; 
with some text in Berber.
Alger : ENAG Éditions, [2016]

325, 53 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm

Colloque national "De la toponymie algérienne: du local au national" (2015 : Jijel, Algeria)
Asqamu Unnig n Timmuzigha (Algeria), organizer.

De la toponymie algérienne: du local au national

XI Jornada d'Onomàstica Elda i Petrer - 10 Conferencia JE Gargallo

Congress to Rename Street in Front of Russian Embassy After Murdered Anti-Putin Dissident

Radio Free Ukraine

Lawmakers 'troll' Russia, honor anti-Putin reformer

Congress is moving forward with an effort to rename the Washington, D.C., street in front of the Russian embassy after an anti-regime dissident who was mysteriously murdered due to what many believe was his outspoken criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed a bill to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian physicist and democratic political reformer who publicly battled with Putin. Nemtsov was shot in the back multiple times in 2015 in what many believe to be a political assassination.
The Senate's legislation, led by Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), would rename the street in front of the Russian embassy Boris Nemtsov Plaza. The embassy's address would then become 1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza. All correspondence and other official communication would bear this address.
"Boris Nemtsov dedicated his life to the cause of freedom and human rights for the Russian people" Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), a backer of the bill, told the Washington Free Beacon following the Senate committee's successful vote on the issue. "His murder was a tragedy for his country and the world."
"The creation of ‘Boris Nemtsov Plaza' will send a message to the Putin regime that the United States will continue to provide leadership and support to those who press for liberty in their own lands," Johnson said.
The legislation is certain to irritate Moscow, which would be forced to change the embassy's address to Boris Nemtsov Plaza. All correspondence and other official communication also would bear this address.
One senior congressional official working on the matter told the Free Beacon that there is broad bipartisan support for the renaming effort.
"Boris Nemtsov was a friend of many members on both sides of the aisle, and after his death there's been broad bipartisan support to ensure his cause didn't die with him," the source said. "This is just one way to hold Putin's feet to the fire and make sure that everyone doing business with the embassy remembers the atrocities committed by his regime."
Rubio, who has been pushing the legislation forward, said it is part of an effort to let Putin know that pro-democracy reformers in his country will not be silenced.
"The creation of ‘Boris Nemtsov Plaza' would permanently remind Putin's regime and the Russian people that these dissidents' voices live on, and that defenders of liberty will not be silenced," Rubio said in a statement when announcing the legislation earlier this year. "Whether it is looking at a street sign or thousands of pieces of correspondence addressed ‘1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza,' it will be abundantly clear to the Kremlin that the intimidation and murder of opposition figures does not go unnoticed."
Prominent Russian dissidents have welcomed the move, describing it as a major symbolic show of support from the U.S. for reformers in Moscow.
"There will come a day when Russia takes pride in having Boris Nemtsov's name on its embassy letterhead," Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, vice chairman of the Open Russia movement and chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, wrote in a recent op-ed for the Washington Post. "It will also be grateful to those who, in difficult times, did not allow it to forget."

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Harlem Residents Fuming Over Push to Rename the Area

Spectrum NEWS

It's one of the most well-known neighborhoods in the world, but now some developers and real estate agents want to call Harlem something else. Area residents are outraged. Manhattan Borough Reporter Michael Scotto has the story.

Of all the neighborhood names in America, few are as rich historically, socially, and culturally as Harlem.
But now some realtors and store owners are rebranding the area from 110th to 125th Streets as SoHa, short for South Harlem, in an effort to evoke the trendiness of SoHo.
"No real estate company, no coffee shop, no business should be using the term SoHa to refer to Harlem," said Danni Tyson, a Community Board 10 member.
Community leaders blasted the renaming at a news conference Wednesday, calling it insulting to longtime residents and another sign of gentrification run amok.
They say changing the name bulldozes Harlem's history as the capital of black America.
And they fear it will lead to more high-end development, pushing black residents out and bringing in wealthy white condo owners.
"How dare someone try to rob our culture, and try to act as if we were not here, and create a new name, a new reality as if the clock started when other people showed up?" State Senator-Elect Brian Benjamin said.
The name SoHa appeared in a New York Times story 18 years ago about the first signs of gentrification, but its use has mushroomed in recent years.
Harlem is hardly the first neighborhood to be rebranded; think NoHo, Nolita, and NoMad, not to mention SoHo. They are names that emerged as money started pouring in.
Community leaders are particularly upset with the real estate agency Keller Williams, which has a SoHa team on 115th St. When NY1 stopped by for a comment, employees there refused to talk with us.
On the streets of Harlem, residents have a message for developers who want to rename their neighborhood:
"It's like a slap in the face to me," one woman said.
"We love it and we don't need another name," said another. "Harlem is Harlem all by itself."
Even people who are new to the area think the SoHa brand is a bad idea:
Scotto: What do you want the neighborhood to be called?
Resident: Harlem.
It's a name, residents say, is more powerful than anything a real estate developer can produce.