I’m currently studying naming practices in 7 countries on a Watson Fellowship. I’m curious how names are defined both by the individuals who bear them and their cultural and historical contexts. The process of naming a child is shaped by considerations that include religious traditions, government restrictions, family history, and cultural icons. I'm interested in how names act as microcosms for societal questions of identity on an international scale.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Today's illogical itinerary:
Reykjavik --> Boston --> Philadelphia --> BURLINGTON, VERMONT.