Call for papers: Speaking and Writing about Colours (28-29 Nov-2019, Milan, Italy)

Department of Linguistic Sciences and Foreign Literatures, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy

This conference addresses the representation of the phenomenon of colour in linguistics, literature, philosophy, and arts.

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Dr. Maria Grossmann, Glottologia e linguistica, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila Prof. Paolo D’Achille, Linguistica italiana, Università degli Studi Roma Tre Prof. Christine Mohr, Laboratoire d’étude des processus de régulation cognitive et affective, Université de Lausanne Dr. Élodie Ripoll, Romanische Literaturen, Universitat Stuttgart

The conference languages are English, Italian, French, and Russian (the latter three require an abstract in English). Speakers should be prepared for a 20-minute presentation followed by questions.

“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul” ― Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art

The most exquisite paradox of colour is that it comprises the possibilities of the logical (conceptual) and eidetic (sensorial-figurative) ways of world cognition. For philological studies, this peculiarity of colour is fundamental; once the colour is lexically expressed in a literary text, it transforms non-verbal (eidetic) experience into verbal (logical) coding. At the same time, “colour, in a western technical sense, is not a universal concept and in many languages there is no unitary terminological equivalent” (Conklin 1955).

Read the full announcement at: Call for papers. Speaking and writing about colours