2nd Conference, Ιnternational Association for research on Pottery of the Hellenistic Period – Call for papers

The International Association for Research on Pottery of the Hellenistic Period (IARPotHP) announces its

We invite papers that focus on the phenomenon of cultural contacts and the transmission of ideas during the Hellenistic era as reflected in ceramics on both sides of the Mediterranean.

When the nineteenth century scholar J.G. Droysen applied the designation « Hellenistic » to the centuries following the death of Alexander the Great, he imagined an era in which Greek culture permeated the newly conquered territories and was adopted by local peoples. By the later twentieth century, scholars had replaced this idea with a paradigm of interconnection and cultural transfer between and among Greek settlers and native populations. The challenge remains to identify and assess these connections and transfers. Pottery is one of the best categories of evidence available since ceramic vessels were used everywhere and produced in almost every town or village in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.

People settling far from their native lands brought with them customs and tastes from home – in cooking, dining, drinking, and also in burial and worship practices. Both colonists and locals were confronted with differing traditions and ideas, and faced the choices that confront all peoples in such situations – deciding what to hold fast and what to change. Our aim is to try to understand, at least at a regional level, how people really lived using (or rejecting) various vessels, and what it meant for them to be part of a multicultural and somehow ‘globalized’ world.

We invite researchers to contribute papers that address the intersection of global Hellenistic culture and native/local ways of life. We hope the conference will help illuminate various issues, such as:

  • How involved were different regions in long distance exchanges, whether of commodities or objects? What can the presence of Greek table wares, Aegean amphorae, and imported cooking vessels tell us?
  • Where and when did new pottery production centers develop? What can the distribution of their products tell us about the movements of people and ideas?
    How should we interpret the wide diffusion of new table ware shapes such as fish-plates, echinus bowls, and mould-made bowls? What is the relationship between such new forms and ideas or behaviors?
  • How did the appearance of new shapes of cooking vessels affect culinary habits and attitudes? What is the relationship between cuisine and culture?
  • Further information on the conference and a registration form are available on our homepage:

If you wish to give a paper in the conference, please send a completed registration form and a short abstract (max. 1 DIN A4-page) in English, French, German or Italian

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