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  • 03_Figurines_SaloniqueThe Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki invites you to the opening of the new temporary exhibition FIGURINES a microcosmos of clay on Monday, 3rd April 2017, at 19:00
    • The opening of the exhibition will be held by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Mrs. Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki
Calls for Papers
  • March 2017
  • September 2017
  • This is a call for submissions for the next issue of Les Carnets de l'ACoSt which will appear in Spring 2017.
    • This open access journal incorporates the former ACoSt Newsletter, which is no longer published as an independent entity, but which is incorporated into Les Carnets. Les Carnets also features longer, in-depth articles on coroplastic topics that are subjected to anonymous peer review. Communications submissions should be no more than two pages, not including illustrations and references, while presently there is no limit on the length of submitted articles. Submissions can be in English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish.
    • Les Carnets is published through revues.org, a French center for open electronic publishing.

    • The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017.

    • Please send submissions to the Editorial Secretary (acost@univ-lille3.fr). Submissions must be in a doc. or docx. format and images (.jpg) must be submitted as individual files.
    • Please do not send a pdf, unless it is for clarification.
    • References and bibliography follow the style guidelines of the American Journal of Archaeology (http://www.ajaonline.org/pdfs/AJAInstructions.pdf).

Call for Papers

Terracottas in the Mediterranean Through Time II
March 12–15, 2018
University of Haifa, Israel

The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, the Department of Art History, and the Department of Archaeology of the University of Haifa invites the submission of papers for the conference "Terracottas in the Mediterranean Through Time II" dedicated to the study of terracotta figurines and related objects in the Mediterranean region from the early periods to late antiquity. The first Haifa conference to focus on coroplastic topics was held from March 23 to March 25, 2015.

“Terracottas in the Mediterranean Through Time II” will take place at the University of Haifa in Israel from March 12 to March 15, 2018, and will include fieldtrips. The conference is held under the auspices of the Association for Coroplastic Studies (ACoSt).

The conference aims to bring together scholars and students who often tackle the same issues as they study clay figurines and related objects from different periods and parts of the Mediterranean region. Scholars who research terracottas of illiterate societies often use anthropological and ethnographical methods, while those studying terracottas of historical periods refer to historical sources and artistic analogies. The various viewpoints and attitudes may enrich and deepen our understanding of terracotta figurines and their role in society.   

The scope of issues to be discussed at the conference will be wide and will follow the different stages of the terracottas' lives:

First stage – the artisans or coroplasts: aspects of manufacture; typology and iconography; production of large- and small-scale terracottas; organization of workshops; questions of specialization; new technologies employed in identifying workshops.

Second stage – patterns of distribution: interaction between production centers and markets; trade; imitations.

Third stage – the users: Who used terracottas and who did not; how they were used; usage through space and time; themes and types in specific contexts (sacred, funereal and domestic); choice of types; symbolic meaning conveyed by terracottas; terracottas and gender.

Fourth stage – phasing out: How, why and when terracottas went out of use; patterns of deposition or obliteration; archaeological context of terracottas and its meaning.

A special issue to be discussed in the conference is: Zooming out: terracottas along with… We would like to address terracottas not just as a separate category, but to examine what accompanies them in different contexts, and how did terracottas act beside other objects and materials in all four categories mentioned above. This viewpoint may provide a better understanding of the role terracottas played in ancient societies.

The official language of the conference is English. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. We invite proposals for panels and individual papers on these and related topics.

Abstracts of 200–300 words should be submitted by 30 September 2017 to Dr. Adi Erlich, aerlich@research.haifa.ac.il in Word format including surname, first name, position, affiliation, phone number, email address and title of paper.

The organizers, Dr. Adi Erlich and Dr. Sonia Klinger

Colloquia, Symposia, Seminars…
  • 2016
  • 17-18 novembre  2016, de 9h à 18h — Terres cuites grecques et romaines. 20 ans d’étude et de restauration
    Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France – amphithéâtre Palissy, Palais du Louvre – Porte des Lions , 14, quai François Mitterrand, 75001 Paris
    Comité d’organisation : Violaine Jeammet (musée du Louvre, département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines)Brigitte Bourgeois, Sandrine Pagès-Camagna, Martin Szewczyk assistés de Fanny Matz (C2RMF).

  • A one-day colloquium "Simbolo e gesto: La determinazione di genere nelle statuette fittili del mondo greco" will be held at the Univerisity of Genoa on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. This event will take place in the Aula Magna of the School of Humanistic Sciences, via Balbi 2. Attached is a pdf of the announcement for your examination.

In Focus
  • Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk
    • Following reports of widespread damage and looting at cultural heritage sites in Syria, ICOM decided to publish the Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk with the aim to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Syrian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. In order to facilitate identification, the Emergency Red List illustrates the categories or types of cultural items that are most likely to be illegally bought and sold.


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