Biannual North Georgia Arts and Letters Conference: "Significance of Color in the Humanities and Social Sciences"

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North Georgia College and State University

Feb. 24-26, 2012
Dahlonega, GA

For most of us, colors are ubiquitous in our lives, from colorful language to the natural and material worlds that we inhabit and (re)create. Colors are used to persuade consumers, or to affect our mood. But they can also become symbols in political and social struggle, from international relations to the envisioning of different futures for our society. From Le Rouge et le Noir, the thin red line, to the color-line, colorblind society, and the Green Revolution. This interdisciplinary conference wants to see how we attach (or have attached) importance to colors.

Does our conception of color(s), now or in the past, tell something about us? How has color been theorized in the past centuries? What does it mean for societies to assign different values to colors, when color functioned as one of the most elementary form of communication and signaling? Is color a part of the larger scope of senses and understandings--has it always been that way? Who studies color nowadays (in psychology, advertisement, etc…) and how is this research used or related to larger developments in society?

Color raises interesting interpretative issues about the power of the visual. Understanding our reaction to color brings us to the overall of the cultural and neurological. Are colors simply empty signifiers or are there genuine differences in how our brain reacts to colors? In the latter case, did this change over time?

We welcome contributors on a wide range of topics related to color from all disciplines. Possible themes might include but are not limited to:

- color in arts and literature
- color in fashion and consumption
- the history of the use, meaning and popularity of a particular color
- color in the history of science
- color and emotion, color and the mind
- color as a means of communication and deception
- color as a metaphor in politics and international relations
- color and racism

A selection of contributions to the conference will be published in a peer-reviewed edited volume by North Georgia University Press. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are welcome.

Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words and a brief biography to Dr. Sung Shin Kim at by Sept. 1, 2011.

For more information, please visit the official website of the Biannual North Georgia Arts and Letters Conference at:

I hope to see you all in the beautiful mountains of Dahlonega!