Colour Society Of Australia


ICD 2020 event: The Routledge Philosophy of Colour Project

  • 22 Mar 2020
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online (free webinar)
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  • Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions for joining the webinar a few days before the event.

Registration is closed
Video recordings of our ICD 2020 webinar presentations can now be viewed on the CSA NSW Division YouTube channel. In the first presentation "Colour Subjectivisms: What, Why, and Which One?" Dr Derek H Brown (U Glasgow), co-editor of the forthcoming "Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Colour", discusses the Routledge project and presents a very accessible overview of philosophy of colour. In the second video "What is a Colour?: Scientific Opinion about Colour and Colour Measurement" CSA NSW Division Chair Dr David Briggs explains current orthodox scientific opinion about colour and colour measurement based on his chapter in the Handbook, "Colour Spaces". The videos can be seen at :

We had a great response to our ICD 2020 event with registrations from all over the world, including some AIC royalty! Unfortunately Derek had to travel to his home in Canada shortly before the event to be with his wife and son for the duration of the COVID crisis, which would have required him to give his presentation at 3.30 am central Canada time! We therefore decided to record our presentations as videos and make them available directly online.

You are invited to join us for a free webinar hosted by the New South Wales Division of the Colour Society of Australia to celebrate AIC International Colour Day 2020 and to mark the forthcoming release of the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Colour in June of this year. Please note that our webinar will be held on Sunday March 22, the day after AIC International Colour Day (on March 21 every year).

"The Routledge Handbook "contains twenty nine specially commissioned contributions by leading philosophers and examines the most important aspects of philosophy of colour".... "essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, epistemology, metaphysics and aesthetics, as well as for those interested in conceptual issues in the psychology of colour". The Handbook is organised into six parts:

  • The Importance of Colour to Philosophy
  • The Science and Spaces of Colour
  • Colour Phenomena
  • Colour Ontology
  • Colour Experience and Epistemology
  • Language, Categories and Thought.

Among the contributors to the handbook are two CSA members, Assoc/Prof Barry Maund from Western Australia and Dr David Briggs from New South Wales. This massive and important project was co-edited by Dr Derek Brown and Professor Fiona Macpherson from the Department of Philosophy and the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience at the University of Glasgow.

We are honoured that Derek Brown will  join our webinar to discuss the Routledge project and to present an overview of philosophy of colour, after which David Briggs will give a 30-minute illustrated presentation explaining current orthodox scientific opinion about colour and colour measurement, based on his chapter in the Handbook, "Colour Spaces". 

This webinar is free to Colour Society of Australia members and nonmembers, but registration is essential and limited to 100 participants worldwide, so early registration is advised. Successful registrants will receive a confirmation email on registering and a reminder email containing the link and instructions for joining the webinar (on the Zoom webinar platform) a couple of days before the event. 

Dr Derek H. Brown is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he is also deputy director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience. He is a co-editor of Analysis and Interpretation in the Exact Sciences: Essays in Honour of William Demopoulos (with Mélanie Frappier and Robert DiSalle, 2012).

Dr David Briggs has taught at various post-secondary institutions since 1996 including courses in art history and theory, painting, and drawing at the National Art School from 2009 and courses at the University of Technology, Sydney from 2018. He is the author of an extensive website on the theory and practice of colour for painters, The Dimensions of Colour, and is Vice President and NSW Divisional Chair of the Colour Society of Australia.

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