Contents: CFP Colour in Context Symposium (University of Bristol). Details of  ‘Journeys through Colour’ Seminar at the Royal Anthropological Institute; full abstracts added. Announcement: Colour Group GB’s Colour and Film Conference at the BFI and Birkbeck; programme details.

Call For Papers: Colour in Context Symposium, Friday 23rd March 2018, University of Bristol. 

Key note speaker: Professor Lynda Nead, Birkbeck.

CFP Colour in Context Symposium Colour – its specific hues, meanings and perception – are a contentious issue in the study of film.  From the history of its technologies and the production of a ‘natural colour’ image to its association with all that is artificial and unreal, the interpretation of colour has been closely linked to its cultural, social and historical contexts. Colour in Context is a one-day interdisciplinary symposium and offers a space in which to discuss the diverse ways in which filmmakers and artists have used colour (and the strategy of its absence) as a technique of cinematic expression as well as those who have made a subversive use of colour that is intended to disrupt cinematic forms of representation in a range of cultural, social or historical contexts.
We welcome papers on the specificities of colour and its contradictions in a range of cultural, social or historical contexts. Topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Colour in the context of a specific theory or work of a theorist/ philosopher.
  • Colour and its contradictions, a context in which colour deviates from the expected.
  • Cultural and historical contexts of colour in cinema.
  • The use of colour/ lighting in exhibition and gallery spaces.
  • Colour technologies and design: Gasparcolor, Dufaycolour, classic Technicolor to digital media.
  • Questions of colour in film archives and their conservation projects.
  • Colour and genre: science fiction, non-fiction, melodrama, travel films, musicals and /or horror.
  • Colour context and perception.
  • Colour and textual analysis: in a genre and in the context of this

To submit an abstract, please send the following details – name, affiliation, abstract (200 words) and short biographical notes – to Dr Liz Watkins no later than the deadline: 15th January 2018.

The Colour in Context symposium is funded by the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies. The symposium is organized by the Special Interest Group on Colour and Film. Symposium convenors: Liz Watkins and Sarah Street.

Screening and discussion:  The Colour in Context Symposium is organised in conjunction with a screening and workshop event about Some People (Clive Donner, 1962) at the Watershed, Bristol 24th March 2018. Tickets: £4.50 can be purchased from the Watershed, Bristol.

The screening: AHRC-funded project The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-85, which is based at the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia.

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Journeys through Colour: experimentation, realism and artifice in non-fiction travel films. Seminar. 18:00-20:00 Tuesday 27th February 2018, Royal Anthropological Institute, London.

With Professor Jeffrey Geiger (University of Essex), Jan Faull (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Liz Watkins (University of Leeds). Introduced and chaired by Dr Natasha Eaton (University College London).

This event is Free, but tickets must be booked. To book a ticket please visit Journeys through Colours Tickets

A study of colour in film – its multifarious technologies and practices – offers a way to question teleological film histories that have written of a progression toward ‘colour realism’. This event explores the aesthetics, rhetoric and meaning of colour in travel films of the 1920s and 1930s. Colour is entwined with the practices of film making, representation and exhibition which associate spectacle and the fantastic as integral to the formation of images and narratives in non-fiction film. The presentations begin to unpick a complex of materials and techniques utilised to mediate views of the world to geographically diverse audiences. Colour signals a discourse of fiction and non-fiction, realism and expression, nature and artifice in travel and expedition films. The speakers discuss topics from the rhetoric of Kodachrome’s ‘living color’ in amateur travel films of the Pacific to the observation and interpretation of ‘natural colour’ in early 1900s expedition films to Everest and the Antarctic. How are landscapes and travel represented in film? Full abstracts and bio notes



updated 13th January 2018

The Colour Group GB’s third International Film Conference on Colour in Film  19th-21st March 2018. Programme Details

The conference is organized by the Colour Group (GB), HTW Berlin and the University of Zurich, in cooperation with the BFI and Birkbeck, University of London.

 updated  13th January 2018