Who we are?
AIECM3 is an international association for the study of medieval and modern pottery in the Mediterranean. It organizes the Medieval and Modern Pottery International Conference (CICM3) each three years, arrived at the 10th edition. The work of the association has been essential for new achievements and significant reflections about history of pottery.
In the 2014, after near 40 years of activity, initially informal with the Valbonne Conference of 1978, then official with the establishment of the AIECM3, the International Committee has decided to add new yearly dates to traditional Congress. The International Topical Congress is proposed from time to time by a different hosting Country.
Second International Congress
After the first Topical Congress (Montpellier-Lattes, France, 19th-21st November 2014), the second will be hold in spring 2015 at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza (Ravenna, Italy) and will be titled «In&Around. Pottery&Community».
Material culture is an expression of a will, but at the same time it influences choices. Objects, their shape, their decoration are not neutral element in social dynamics, on the contrary, they interact in human behaviors, both in the moment of acquisition and in the period of use.
The meanings of things is never univocal, but always strictly context depending: same artifacts in different contexts, may play deeply different roles. If that is true for a single person, it is more substantial talking about communities.
The conference topic is the interaction between pottery and communities, that is to say the analysis of the meaning of these artifacts within human group , for instance religious communities, families, crews, whole cities or specific social classes. Tableware, cooking pots and ceramic containers are not the only protagonists of our debate: we are interested in every ceramic artifact related with communities or spaces, such as floors or architectural decorations. Focuses are the using contexts and the consumers.
After the congress
It is intended that the proceedings of this collaboratory will be published as an edited collection. Selected conference papers will be peer-reviewed for the publishing by AIECM3 International Committee members.
Members of AIECM3 International Committee
President: Sauro GELICHI
Henri AMOURIC, Gabrielle DEMIANS D'ARCHIMBAUD, Alberto GARCIA PORRAS, Roland-Pierre GAYRAUD, Suzana GOMEZ, Véronique FRANÇOIS, Aïcha HANIF, Maria Alexandra LINO GASPAR, Alessandra MOLINARI, Platon PETRIDIS, Maurice PICON, Manuel RETUERCE VELASCO, Jacques THIRIOT, Lucy VALLAURI, Carlo VARALDO, Olatz VILLANUEVA ZUBIZARRETA, Fliz YENISEHIRGLIOGLU