Conference 2017: Ceramics of drink

The CHA and the Medieval Pottery Research Group are jointly hosting the MPRG annual conference on the Ceramics of Drink, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June, 2017, University of Leicester.

Thanks to all those who submitted abstracts for the 1st March deadline, we're working on the programme and will be in touch shortly.

mprg logo‘Ceramics of drink’ form a significant part of archaeological assemblages in Europe and beyond throughout medieval and post-medieval periods. Ceramic containers were a preferred way of producing, storing, transforming, and consuming liquid beverages. They are associated with a wide range of human activity from large scale transnational trade, to ceremonial consumption, to intimate daily rituals within the home. They materialized drinking and social practices, with some undergoing significant transformations, and others staying the same. This conference aims to explore the important social and economic roles that ceramics of drink filled and how they can be effectively studied by specialist and non-specialist researchers.


Possible themes include:
- What do the ceramics of drink reveal about flows of liquids on multiple scales?
- How do drinking ceramics reveal and shape traditions of consumption?
- What is the relationship between container and contained?
- How conservative or innovative is the material culture of drink?
- How do ceramics fit into the non-ceramic repertoire of the material culture of drink?


The committee invites 20 minute papers addressing any aspect of the ceramics of drink in medieval and post-medieval worlds. The Centre for Historical Archaeology has a global remit, therefore papers addressing research both in and outside of Britain are warmly welcomed.

A title and short abstract for a paper should be sent to the conference organiser Lorraine Mepham by 1st March 2017.

Click here for a PDF version of the call for papers.

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Funding opportunities - PhD and Masters

Are you a UK/EU applicant doing a Masters? Click here (deadline 9 June 2017). Are you an international applicant doing a PhD? Click here (deadline 1 June 2017).

Research Seminars

The School Research Seminars take place on Wednesdays. Join us for tea and cake in the foyer at 4.30; the talk follows at 5.00 in Ken Edwards, Lecture Theater 2 (KE LT2).

Full programme