Color Studies

The Color Studies Working Group is built on the temporal and geographic ubiquity of its central subject. Color is a material, visual, philosophical, aesthetic, and cultural concern that has significance to research nodes in the arts, humanities, sciences, technology, and practice. Color studies researchers explore cultural encounters, local knowledge, communication, practice, and other topics to understand the nature of color and its effects in global environments. Its combination of universality and specificity makes color uniquely situated to explore ideas of change and continuity in multidisciplinary settings.

This group brings together scholars are engaged in color-inclusive research and those who want to explore color studies to benefit their work. We want to enhance your knowledge about color and help you build alliances among those who study color. At our meetings, you’ll have opportunities to workshop a paper or presentation, lead or contribute to discussions of formative works, and work together on Zoom-based hands-on projects. We will learn from each other about new (and old!) approaches to research about color. Diverse approaches welcome.

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Upcoming Meetings

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Group Conveners

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    Sarah Lowengard

    I am a historian of technologies and sciences. First a dyer and pigment maker, then a dix-huitièmiste, I am currently involved in a multi-format, multi-dimensional effort to trace the movements of a color and its production processes around the world over approximately eight centuries. I have taken this on as a way to explore how the enlaced significances of a color affect people, production, products, and the ideas about color.


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    Elizabeth Savage

    Elizabeth Savage (School of Advanced Study, University of London) is a historian of art and print. She specializes in pre-industrial western printing techniques, especially for printing color in late medieval and early modern Europe.


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    Giulia Simonini

    Giulia Simonini is a science and art historian, and a graduate conservator. Currently, she works as a postdoc in the research group “Dimensions of techne in the Fine Arts” (Technische Universität Berlin) led by Magdalena Bushart. Her research focuses on color history, color science, botanical and zoological illustrations between the seventeenth and the early nineteenth century. Recently, she authored “Calau’s Punic Wax, Lambert’s Farbenpyramide (1772), and Prefabricated Watercolour Cakes” (2023).


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