[SIGCIS-Members] Call for papers: Colors in Technology – Technology of Colors

david nofre d.nofre at gmail.com
Wed Mar 1 04:57:59 PST 2017

Dear SIGCISers,

The following conference might be of interest to some of you doing 
research on graphics and visual displays.


David Nofre

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Subject: 	Call for papers: Colors in Technology – Technology of Colors
Date: 	Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:02:02 +0100
From: 	Steinle <friedrich.steinle at TU-BERLIN.DE>
Reply-To: 	Steinle <friedrich.steinle at TU-BERLIN.DE>

Colors in Technology – Technology of Colors

*Call for Papers**
*The 40th History of Technology Conference will be held at the 
Klostergut Paradies in Schlatt near Schaffhausen, Switzerland on 17 and 
18 November 2017. The Conference has served as an out-standing platform 
for the exchange of ideas between research, teaching and industry since 
1978. The speakers and the invited guests come from universities, 
libraries, collections and museums or contribute their business and 
industrial experience. The conferences are renowned for the breadth and 
topicality of the papers presented. You can find information on previous 
conferences at: www.eisenbibliothek.ch.

This international and interdisciplinary event is organized by the Iron 
Library (Eisenbibliothek), Foundation of Georg Fischer Ltd. 
Responsibility for the content of the conference is in the hands of a 
scientific advisory board consisting of Dr. Gisela Hürlimann (ETH 
Zurich), Prof. Reinhold Reith (University of Salzburg) and Prof. 
Friedrich Steinle (TU Berlin), and it is they who decide on the 
selection of the speakers.
We kindly invite interested persons involved in research, teaching and 
practice to apply to present a paper.

Conference topic in 2017: Colors in Technology – Technology of Colors

Throughout history, human cultures have used color to decorate their 
artifacts – amphorae and motor cars, textiles and smartphones – and 
technological processes have always been involved in obtaining and 
producing these colors, whether they are dyestuffs, pigments or paints. 
The 2017 Conference on the History of Technology will focus on Colors in 
Technology and Technology (or Technologies) of Colors, both in a 
European perspective and from a global-historical viewpoint.

The subject raises a host of different questions and aspects. How were 
such 'colors' manufactured? By whom and for whom? And how was trade 
organized? What is the social status associated with specific colors 
(dyes, pigments, and paints), with the painter's or dyer's trade and 
with other related trades? What are the gender-specific roles? Dyeing 
textiles and leather has long played an important role in society. 
Indigo and madder, to take but one example, have undergone societal and 
economic ups and downs depending on the particular constellation of 
requirements, resources, processes and markets. In early modern times, 
for instance, indigo production in India, along with the commercial 
network that grew up around it, spelt the end for the flourishing woad 
trade in Europe, but in turn it largely collapsed under the onslaught of 
the chemical synthesis of indigo in the 19th century. Is this pattern 
repeated elsewhere? How and when were hazards to health and the 
environment detected, and what was the impact on the manufacture and use 
of dyestuffs? The early modern age began to standardize colors, starting 
with 17th and 18th century color charts to the binding norms, say, of 
the RAL color chart – what was the background to this standardization in 
terms of natural history, trade and fashion? How were color standards 
designed and developed and how did they gain acceptance given the 
well-known difficulties of quantifying color?

When did people start coloring – painting and dyeing – technical 
artifacts? Which individuals – if any – were involved in the decision to 
do so? What viewpoints are important here, in terms of the societal 
situation and cultural emblems on the one hand and technical or economic 
possibilities and scientific results on the other? Where and how was 
color expertise developed? These and similar questions apply to colors 
used in architecture and on vehicles, colors used in signaling and on 
uniforms and clothing, and colors applied to machinery and objects of 
everyday use. How did the economic, social, and scientific dynamics 
develop that underlie the now ubiquitous use of colors to distinguish 
goods and trademarks with their distinctively gender-specific component? 
Lastly, how have colors been used – and how are they used today – in 
painting, in other figurative arts, and in the media, starting with 
medieval manuscript production to color printing, photography and film 
right up to modern-day display technologies?

The reconstruction and restoration of historical coloring is becoming 
increasingly important, be it in works of art, in architecture or on 
technical objects. In what circumstances are such issues of interest? 
What practices and techniques, what historiographical and natural 
science research findings are in-volved, and how do the results affect 
science and society in turn?

Proposals for papers on these and other color-related subjects are welcome.

Format: The papers may be read in English or in German. Papers in German 
will be translated simultaneously into English at the Conference. The 
papers should not be more than 20 minutes in length. Papers that have 
been prepared to scientific standards may be selected for publication in 
the specialized journal Ferrum, which is published annually by the Iron 

Interested applicants are kindly invited to submit a synopsis of their 
paper – no longer than two A4 pages (4'000 characters) – in English or 
German, along with an up-to-date resume, by 30 April 2017 to the Head of 
the Iron Library, lic. phil. Franziska Eggimann 
(franziska.eggimann at georgfischer.com).

Organizational matters: The Iron Library, Foundation of Georg Fischer 
Ltd, will assume speakers' travel expenses and the cost of room and 
board during the Conference. We expect that speakers will attend the 
entire Conference.

We request you to submit your synopsis by 30 April 2017.
The selection of the speakers will be completed by the end of May 2017.

Date: 17–18 November 2017
Venue: Klostergut Paradies, Schlatt, Switzerland
Organizer: Iron Library, Foundation of Georg Fischer Ltd
Deadline: 30 April 2017

Contact person
Franziska Eggimann Head Iron Library and Corporate Archivist Georg 
Fischer Ltd franziska.eggimann at georgfischer.com www.eisenbibliothek.ch

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Steinle
Inst. f. Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte
Technische Universitaet Berlin, Sekr. H 23
Strasse des 17.Juni 135
10623 Berlin/ Germany
Tel. (+49/ 0)-30-314-24016/-73815/-24841
Fax (+49/ 0)-30-314-25962

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