Special Issue "Urban Place Names: Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions"

A special issue of Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sergei Basik

School of Liberal Studies, Conestoga College, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4M4, Canada
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Interests: cultural landscapes; space, power and symbolic landscapes; place names studies; critical toponymy; geography and onomastics; the innovative methods of teaching in geography and geosciences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The proposed Special Issue of Urban Science aims to contribute to the vigorous field of urban studies by exploring modern city landscapes through the prism of the interdisciplinary field of toponymy. The main goal is to bring together contemporary urban toponymic studies scholarship, both from the traditional onomastic perspective and the recently emerged critical toponymy perspective, to examine new areas of spatial relationships between people, language, culture, urban landscapes, development, and political power in different regions of the world. The original research papers and systematic critical reviews that reflect the theoretical development, contemporary condition, and future challenges of urban place names studies from various disciplinary perspectives will be welcomed.

In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following themes:

  • globalization and transformation of urban toponymic systems;
  • urban place naming as a political tool;
  • place names and urban culture;
  • vernacular urban place names and community everyday life;
  • new trends in urban place naming and contemporary toponymic practices;
  • typology of modern urban place names;
  • tourism and commodification of urban toponymic landscape;
  • urban place names as markers of gentrification;
  • toponymic systems of suburbs;
  • place names and place making;
  • GIS and urban toponymic studies

Dr. Sergei Basik
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Urban Science is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • urban place names
  • political toponymy
  • critical place names studies
  • socio-onomastics
  • globalization
  • tourism
  • gentrification
  • toponymic commodification
  • urban cultural landscapes
  • place making
  • vernacular urban place names

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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