Academic Bibliography on African Place Naming

Overview

Bigon, L. 2016. Place Names in Africa. Colonial Urban Legacies, Entangled Histories. Cham: Springer, 229 p.

Batoma, A. 2006. African ethnonyms and toponyms: An annotated bibliographyElectronic Journal of Africana Bibliography10(1), 1.

Kirchherr, E. C. 1987. Place names of Africa, 1935-1986 : a political gazetteer. Metuchen  & London: The Scarecrow Press.

Unesco. 1984. Ethnonymes et toponymes africains, Paris : PUF, 209 p.

Bibliography on place naming and renaming in Africa

Toponomical dictionaries and gazetteers are excluded here and monographs on name signification, origin and alteration as well, if not dedicated to the social and political process of naming. Those monographs and dictionaries are considered as sources.

Four key thematic issues are highlighted here and indicated  for each reference (at the end in bracket)

Theme 1 Cartography, geographical information and neotoponymy

Theme 2 Urban odonomy, neighborhoods names, addressing policy

Theme 3 Postcolonial and transnational toponymy and the making of linguistic landscape

Theme 4 Territoriality, spatial appropriation, land claim and toponymy

Adebanwi, W. (2012). “Global Naming and shaming: Toponymic (inter) National relations on Lagos and New York streets”. African Affairs, 111, 640-661.  (3, 2)

Ahmouda, A. & H. H. Hochmair (2017). “Using Volunteered Geographic Information to measure name changes of artificial geographical features as a result of political changes: a Libya case study”. GeoJournal, 1-19. (1)

Alexandre, P. (1983). ”Sur quelques problèmes pratiques d’onomastique africaine: toponymie, anthroponymie, ethnonymie (On Some Practical Problems in African Onomastics: Topo-, Anthropo-, and Ethnonymy)”. Cahiers d’études africaines, 175-188. (3)

Baskouda S. (2016). “Attribution toponymique, appropriation symbolique de l’espace et expression politique des jeunes à Tokombere – Cameroun (1970-2011)”. In 4e rencontres des études africaines en France. Paris. (4, 3)

Bassett T.J. (1998). « Indigenous Mapmaking in Intertropical Africa » in  D. Woodward & G. M. Lewis (eds), The History of Cartography Volume Two, Book Three: Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp.24-48. (4)

Batoma, A. 2006. African ethnonyms and toponyms: An annotated bibliographyElectronic Journal of Africana Bibliography10(1), 1.

Bertrand, M. 2001. ”Dynamiques urbaines, composition toponymique : le cas de Bamako (Mali)”. In Nommer les nouveaux territoires urbains (édition electronique), ed. H. Rivière d’Arc, 32. Paris: Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme – Editions de l’Unesco – Open Editions. (2)

Bigon, L. (2016). Place Names in Africa. Colonial Urban Legacies, Entangled Histories. Cham: Springer, 229 p. (2, 3, 4)

Bigon, L. (2008). “Names, norms and forms: French and indigenous toponyms in early colonial Dakar, Senegal”. Planning Perspectives, 23, 479 – 501. (2, 3)

Bigon, L. & M. Ben Arrous (2018) “A Tale of Two Brazzas: Intertwining (Post-)Colonial Namescapes”. Names, 1-14. (4)

Bigon, L. & A. J. Njoh (2013). “The Toponymic Inscription Problematic in Urban Sub-Saharan Africa: From Colonial to Postcolonial Times”. Journal of Asian and African Studies. (3)

Binet, J. (1976) “Urbanisme et langage dans la ville africaine”. Diogène, 90-113. (2)

Boyer F., 2014, “« Faire fada » à Niamey (Niger) : un espace de transgression silencieuse ?”. Carnets de géographes [En ligne], 7 | 2014, mis en ligne le 01 décembre 2014, URL : http://journals.openedition.org/cdg/421 ; DOI : 10.4000/cdg.421

Borok, A. M. & P.-K. Tubi (2017) “Toponyms in the Jos Plateau and the impact on intergroup relations: an ethno-historical perspective”. RJHIS (Romanian Journal of History and International Sciences), 4, 181-208. (4)

Boujrouf, S. & E. M. Hassani (2008). “Toponymie et recomposition territoriale au Maroc : Figures, sens et logiques”. L’Espace politique, 40-52. (4)

Cornevin R. (1984). « The Standardization of the Spelling of African Names: toponyms and ethnonyms » . In African Ethnonyms and Toponyms, Paris: UNESCO, pp.68-79. (3)

Cumbe C., (2016). “Formal and Informal Toponymic Inscriptions in Maputo: Towards Socio-Linguistics and Anthropology of Street Naming”. In Place Names in Africa, Springer International Publishing, 195-205. (2,3)

D’Almeida-Topor, H. (1996). “Le modèle toponymique colonial dans les capitales de l’Ouest africain francophone”. In La Ville européenne outre mers : un modèle conquérant ?, eds. C. Coquery-Vidrovitch & O. Goerg, 235-243. Paris: l’Harmattan. (2)

de Villiers, I. & R. Kesselring (2014) “What’s in a name? Street Names and the Fine Line between Silencing and Predicating History”. TSANTSA, 19, 80-93. (3, 2)

Dorier-Apprill, E. & C. Van den Avenne (2002). “Usages toponymiques et pratiques de l’espace urbain à Mopti (Mali) – La toponymie entre linguistique et géographie”. Marges linguistiques, 152-158. (2)

Duminy, J. (2014). “Street renaming, symbolic capital, and resistance in Durban, South Africa”. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32, 310-328. (2, 4)

Garakcheme, G. (2011). “Références violentes et toponymie des quartiers à Tokombéré”. Sociétés et jeunesses en difficultéhttp://sejed.revues.org/7203 (2, 4)

Gascon, A. (2008). “Chacun devrait porter le nom que l’homme lui aurait donné»: la politique des noms en Éthiopie”. L’Espace géographique, 37, 117-130. https://www.cairn.info/revue-espace-geographique-2008-2-page-117.htm (4)

Giraut, F., S. Guyot & M. Houssay-Holzschuch (2008). “Enjeux de mots: les changements toponymiques sud-africains”L’Espace géographique, 37, 131-150. (2, 4)

Giraut, F. & Antheaume B. (2012). “Toponymy of power, power of toponymy? Colonial and contemporary Togolese place renaming”. In 5thTrend in Toponymy conference. Bern (Switzerland). (2, 4)

Goodrich, A. & P. Bombardella (2012). “Street name-changes, abjection and private toponymy in Potchefstroom, South Africa”. Anthropology Southern Africa, 35. (2, 4)

Guyot, S. & C. Seethal (2007). “Identity of Place, Places of Identities: Change of Place Names in Post-Apartheid South Africa”. South African Geographical Journal, 89, 55-63. (2, 4)

Guillorel, H. (2012). “Hydronymie et politique”. Droit et politique, 161-180. (4)

Izard, M. (1993). “Centralisation du pouvoir : la preuve par la toponymie”. Journal des africanistes, 63, 5-24. (4)

Hien, P. C. (2003). “La Dénomination de l’espace dans la construction du Burkina Faso (1919–2001)”. in Histoire du peuplement et relations interethniques au Burkina Faso. Paris: Karthala, 23-40. (3, 4)

Hoffman, K. E. (2000). “Administering identities: state decentralisation and local identification in Morocco”. The Journal of North African Studies, 5, 85-100. (4)

Houssay-Holzschuch, M. & E. Thébault (2015). “Dis-locating public space: Occupy Rondebosch Common, Cape Town”. Environment and Planning A. (2, 3)

Jenjekwa, V. & L. Barnes (2017) “The transition from KwaMudzviti to the town of Mupandawana : a toponymic perspective”. Nomina Africana: Journal of African Onomastics, 31, 127-139. (3, 4)

Jenkins, E. (2007). Falling into Place: The Story of Modern South African Place Names. Cape Town: David Philip. (2, 4)

Jenkins, E., Raper P. E. & Möller L. A. (1996). Changing place names. Indicator Press. (4)

Jenkins, E. R. (2015). “Some aspects of South African geographical names registered between 2000 and 2014”. South African Geographical Journal, 1-13. (2, 4)

Kasanga, A.L. (2015). “Odonymic changes in Central Pretoria: Representation, identity and textual construction of place”. In International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 27. (2, 3)

Kengue, G. F. (2017). “Dénominations des lieux de villes et rapports aux langues: Le cas des résidences estudiantines à Dschang”. In Sociolinguistics in African Contexts: Perspectives and Challenges, eds. A. E. Ebongue & E. Hurst, 315-331. Cham: Springer International Publishing. (2, 3)

Khumalo-Seegelken, B. (2003). “Socio-political Transformation and Naming Systems Today – for example “oThukela”. In 13th International Congress of the Names Society of Southern Africa (NSA). Maputo. (3, 4)

Kirchherr, E. C. 1987. Place names of Africa, 1935-1986 : a political gazetteer. Metuchen  & London: The Scarecrow Press.

Unesco. 1984. Ethnonymes et toponymes africains, Paris : PUF, 209 p.

Koopman, A. (2007). “The Names and the Naming of Durban”. Onoma, 42, 73-88. (2, 3, 4)

Koopman, A. (2012). “The Post-colonial Identity of Durban”. OSLA Oslo Studies in Language, 4, 133-159. (2, 3)

Kumalo, R. S. (2014). “Monumentalization and the renaming of street names in the city of Durban (Ethekwini) as a contested terrain between politics and religion”. New Contree : A journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa, 219-250. (2, 4)

Lawal AA (1992). “The Traditional Methods of Preserving History and Culture”, Lagos: Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO. In Popular Traditions of Nigeria, pp.10-22. (3, 4)

Leimdorfer, F., D. Couret, J. Kouadio N’Guessan, C. Soumahoro & C. Terrier. 2002. “Nommer les quartiers d’Abidjan”. In Les divisions de la ville, ed. C. Topalov, 313-346. Paris: Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme.  (2, 4)

Lima, S. (2008). “L’émergence d’une toponymie plurielle au Mali”. L’Espace politique, 13-30. (4)

Mamvura, Z., D. E. Mutasa & P. Charles (2017) “Place naming and the discursive construction of imagined boundaries in colonial Zimbabwe (1890–1979): The case of Salisbury”. Nomina Africana, 31, 39-49. (3, 4)

Mangena, T. (2018) “Rhodes, Mugabe and the politics of commemorative toponyms in Zimbabwe”. Geopolitics, 1-22. (3)

Mapara, J. and S. Nyota (2016). “Suburban Blight: Perpetuating Colonial Memory through Naming in Mutare, Zimbabwe“The Postcolonial Condition of Names and Naming Practices in Southern Africa. O. Nyambi, T. Mangena & C. Pfukwa (eds.), Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing289-306. (3)

Marschall, S. (2010). “The Memory of Trauma and Resistance: Public Memorialization and Democracy in Post-apartheid South Africa and Beyond”. Safundi, 11, 361-381. (3, 4)

Mbenzi PA (2009). The Management of Place Names in the Post-Colonial Period in Namibia, United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, Working Paper No. 67. (3, 4)

Meiring, B. (2008). “Proudly South African: A toponymical excursion”. Language Matters, 39, 280-299. (2, 3, 4)

Meiring, B. (2010). “Aspects of Violence Reflected in South African Geographical Names”. Werkwinkel, 5, 95-112. (2, 4)

Meiring, B. (2012). “South African identity as reflected by its toponymic tapestry”, Acta Academica44(3), 24-51.

Menesens, M. P. (2015) “Décolonisation des toponymes au Mozambique en 1975“. Africités.com. (2, 3, 4)

Møller, V. & S. Radloff (2010). “Monitoring Perceptions of Social Progress and Pride of Place in a South African Community”. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 5, 49-71. (4)

Mouiche, I. (2013). “Dénomination et territorialité urbaines, chefferies traditionnelles et question identitaire en pays bamiléké au Cameroun”. Autrepart, 37-54. (2, 4)

Mushati, A. (2013). “Street naming as author(iz)ing the collective memory of the Nation: Masvingo’s Mucheke suburb in Zimbabwe”. International Journal of Asian Social Science, 3, 69-91 (2, 3, 4).

Myers, G. A. (1996). “Naming and placing the other: power and the urban landscape in Zanzibar”. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 87, 237-246. (2, 4)

Myers, G. A. 2016. “The Trees Are Yours’: Nature, Toponymy and Politics in the Interpretation of Cultural Landscapes in Lusaka and Zanzibar”. In Place Names in Africa, ed. L. Bigon, 45-57. Cham: Springer. (3)

Ndletyana, M. (2012). “Changing place names in post-apartheid South Africa: accounting for the unevenness”. Social Dynamics, 38, 87-103. (3, 4)

Ndlovu, S. (2018), “Bulawayo linguistic landscaping as representative of power relations and dynamics” in Power in Contemporary Zimbabwe, eds. E. Masitera & F. Sibanda, 109-118. Routledge. (2, 4)

Njoh, A. J. (2010). “Toponymic inscription, physical addressing and the challenge of urban management in an era of globalization in Cameroon”. Habitat International, 34, 427-435. (2)

Njoh, A. J. (2017)  “Toponymic Inscription as an Instrument of Power in Africa: The case of colonial and post-colonial Dakar and Nairobi”. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 52, 1174-1192. (2, 3, 4)

Nyambi, O., et al., Eds. (2016). The Postcolonial Condition of Names and Naming Practices in Southern Africa, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (3)

Oha, A. C., B. Kumar, B. Anyanwu & O. S. Omoera (2017) “On Nigerian and Indian Toponyms: Socio-Cultural Divergence and Development”. World Scientific News, 268-283. (3, 4)

Okpala-Okaka C (1995). “Changes in Geographical Names: a case study of some Local Government Areas in South-Eastern Nigeria (Part 1)” In Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference, Minna, October 31 – November 4, pp.84-88. Lagos: Nigerian Cartographic Association. (4)

Orgeret, K. S. (2010). “The road to renaming what’s in a name? The changing of Durban’s street names and its coverage in The Mercury”. Journal of African Media Studies, 2, 297-320. (2, 3, 4)

Orman, J. (2009). “Language Policy, Identity Conflict and Nation-Building: The Case of Afrikaans”. In Language Policy and Nation-Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa, 109-137. Springer Netherlands. (3)

Pfukwa, C. and Z. Mamvura (2016). “Names in Space: Some Theoretical Perspectives on the Place Names of the Southern African Urban Landscape“ inThe Postcolonial Condition of Names and Naming Practices in Southern Africa. O. Nyambi, T. Mangena and C. Pfukwa (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing258-269.

Pirie, G. H. (1984). “Letters, words, worlds the naming of Soweto”. African Studies, 43, 43-51. (2, 4)

Pourtier, R. (1983). “Nommer l’espace. Émergence de l’État territorial en Afrique noire”. L’Espace géographique, 12, 293-304. (4)

Raper PE (2005). New Dictionary of Southern African Place Names, 3rd Edition. Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball Publishers. (1)

Roden D (1974). « Some Geographical Implications from the Study of Ugandan Place-names ». East Afr. Geogr. Rev. 12:77-86. (1)

SAGNC (South African Geographical Names Council) (2002). Handbook on Geographical Names, Pretoria: Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. (1)

Siblot, P. (2006). “La bataille des noms de rues d’Alger, Discours et idéologie d’une toponymie coloniale”. Cahiers de sociolinguistique, 1, 145-174 (2, 4)

Snodia M, Muguti T, Mutami N (2010). “Political Dialoguing Through the Naming Process: The Case of Colonial Zimbabwe (1890-1980).” J. Pan African Stud. 3(10). (4)

Snodia M, Tasara M, Nicholas M (2014). “Deconstructing the Colonial Legacy through the Naming Process in Independent Zimbabwe”. J. Stud. Soc. Sci. 6(1):71-85 (3)

Spocter, M. (2018). “A toponymic investigation of South African gated communities”.  South African Geographical Journal: 1-23.

Stolz, T. & I. H. Warnke. 2018. “Comparative Colonial Toponomastics: Evidence from German and Dutch Colonial Place-Names”. In Sonstige Namenarten : Stiefkinder der Onomastik, eds. R. Heuser & M. Schmuck. Berlin: De Gruyter. (3)

Stolz, T. & I. H. Warnke (2016). “When places change their names and when they do not. Selected aspects of colonial and postcolonial toponymy in former French and Spanish colonies in West Africa – the cases of Saint Louis (Senegal) and the Western Sahara”. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 29-56. (3)

Stroud, C. & S. Mpendukana (2009) “Towards a material ethnography of linguistic landscape: Multilingualism, mobility and space in a South African township”. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 13, 363-386. (3)

Swart, M. (2008). “Name Change as Symbolic Reparation after Transition: the examples of Germany and South Africa”. German Law Journal, 9, 105-120. (3, 4)

Taylor, J. J. (2008) “Naming the land: San countermapping in Namibia’s West Caprivi”. Geoforum, 39, 1766-1775. (1)

Traore B., “Toponymie et histoire dans l’Ouest du Burkina Faso”. Journal des africanistes [En ligne], 77-1 | 2007, mis en ligne le 30 septembre 2010, consulté le 18 janvier 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/africanistes/1442

Turco, A. (2004). “Mythos and techne: An essay on the intercultural function of territory in sub-Saharan geography”. GeoJournal, 60, 329-337.

Uluocha, N. O. (2015). “Decolonizing place-names: Strategic imperative for preserving indigenous cartography in post-colonial Africa”. African Journal of History and Culture, 7, 180-192.

Uluocha NO (2010). “A Synopsis of Nigeria’s Indigenous Cartographic Heritage.” Cartographic J. 47(2):164-172.

Unesco. 1984. Ethnonymes et toponymes africains, Paris : PUF, 209 p.

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Wanjiru, M. W. & K. Matsubara (2016). “Slum toponymy in Nairobi: A cultural arena for socio-political justice and symbolic resistance”. International Planning History Society Proceedings, 17.

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