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Symposium: Ceramics between Change and Challenge – between Past and Present

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21.05.2015

Symposium: Ceramics between Change and Challenge – between Past and Present

With the aim to valorise the role of ceramics in today's society, the symposium covered topics related to the role of ceramics in European culture, history, heritage, and modern trends in design and technology.

The international symposium Ceramics between Change and Challenge – between Past and Present is the first module of the European multidisciplinary project Ceramics and its Dimensions. The Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade organised the symposium together with the National Museum in Belgrade and the German Porcelain Museum – Porzellanikon in Selb. The symposium was focused on the various dimensions of ceramics – its use in all social spheres – observed in a variety of contexts, from Baroque until today. With the aim to valorise the role of ceramics in today's society, the symposium covered topics related to the role of ceramics in European culture, history, heritage, and modern trends in design and technology. It thereby highlighted the continuous use of this material and its sustainability in the context of the new today’s trends.

The presentations were held by twenty experts from ten different European countries. They have been divided into four sessions and the symposium outlined a multidisciplinary approach to ceramics by determining directions for future research.
The first session of the symposium was dedicated to technological and technical solutions in the area of ceramics in the context of new social and societal needs (New Ceramics for New Societal Needs). The second session threw light on the ceramic heritage of European society and its potential for the future (Ceramics Heritage for Tomorrow's Creativity). Within the third session of the symposium, presenters discussed the social and sociological dimensions of ceramics (Social-Cultural Dimension of Ceramics). The last session was dedicated to the role of ceramics in modern culture of living and future challenges in this area (Lifestyle Issues from Present and Future Challenge).

Eminent European experts who study different aspects of ceramics took part in the symposium. The symposium was inaugurated by Wilhelm Siemen, MA, Director of the Porzellanikon in Selb. Holger Raithel, MA, the director of Kahla Thüringen Porzellan GmbH, gave the opening presentation.

Other symposium participants included: Jürgen G. Heinrich of the CIC Ceramic Institute Clausthal; Prof. Jürgen Huber, PhD, of the German Materials Research Society; Valentina Mazzotti of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza; Vesna Bikić, PhD, of the Archaeological Institute in Belgrade, Sylvie Legrand Rossi of the Nissim de Camondo Museum in Paris; Јaime Coll Conesa of the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts in Valencia, Ljiljana Miletić Abramović, Acting Director of the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade; Mateja Kos, PhD, of the National Museum of Slovenia; Biljana Vukotić, Jelena Popović and Biljana Crvenković of the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade, Wilhelm Siemen, the Director of the Porzellanikon in Selb; Marta Šuste of the Association of Culture Institutions of the Riga City Council; Prof. Ray Jonson, PhD, of the Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent; Kai Lobjakas, Director of the Estonian Museum of Ceramics and Porcelain in Tallinn; Rhiannon Ewing-James, graduate student at the University of Ulster; Zora Žbontar of the National Museum of Slovenia; Elisabeth Budde, Director of the Transparent Design Management GmbH, and Biljana Djordjević, Msc, of the National Museum in Belgrade.

The significance of the symposium Ceramics between Change and Challenge – between Past and Present is the starting point for future research into various fields of ceramics. With this aim in mind, the symposium presentations will be published in a book of proceedings.