[SIGCIS-Members] Call for papers: Colors in Technology – Technology of Colors
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The following conference might be of interest to some of you doing
research on graphics and visual displays.
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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>
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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
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
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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