Current events, calls and announcements for work on colour, film, tv, screen studies and cultures by and beyond the BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG.

CFP. Colour Fever: a celebration of colour. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Deadline 15th July 2021. organised by Catlin Langford, Curatorial Fellow in Photography, supported by the Bern Schwartz Family Foundation.

Taking James Clerk Maxwell’s experiments as a launching point, this event seeks to expand the field of knowledge surrounding the experimentation, invention, reception and exhibition of colour photography from 1855 to the present day. The event will take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of colour photography, considering its historical development, present-day practitioners and place and preservation within contemporary collections.

We welcome proposals for papers which can include, but is not limited to, the following themes:

  • The search for colour: development and experimentation in the early years of colour photography
  • Early and contemporary approaches to colourisation
  • Perceptions and opinions surrounding the introduction and practice of colour photography
  • Collaboration and circulation through societies and networks of colour photographers
  • Advertising colour photography: companies, competition and commercialisation
  • Colour photography: art vs amateurism
  • Dilemmas and solutions in publishing colour photography
  • Notable historical and contemporary practitioners of colour photography
  • Preservation and conservation of colour photographs in contemporary collections

The paper should be pitched for a presentation of 10 to 20 minutes.

We welcome proposals from academics, museum professionals, students, researchers, conservators and practitioners. We particularly welcome proposals from those at an early stage of their career.

Please send a 300 word abstract and 100 word biography to the following address:

Deadline: 15th July 2021.

added 21st June 2021

Call for Contributors: The BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG is looking for contributors to its Notes on Colour blog. If you would like to write a short piece (500-1500 words) on colour, film, tv or screen media as a conference report or a piece on research or archival methodologies then please contact : Vicky Jackson, University of Bristol and/or Liz Watkins

added 19th June 2021

BAFTSS Special Interest Groups Newsletter issue 4 June 2021 is now online. The SIGs are the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) network of twenty research groups. Details of SIG activities, CFPs, and funding opportunities can be found in the newsletter.

For further information or to join BAFTSS please get in touch.

added 18th June 2021

BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG is now on Twitter follow us @BAFTSSColourSIG

added 16th June 2021

Exhibition: On Colour, curated by Professor Paul Smith (University of Warwick) and Penelope Sexton, Senior Curator (Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park) in 2021. On Colour “looks at colour theories, from Newton to Josef Albers; and the impact these have played on nineteenth-century, twentieth-century and contemporary artists. In particular, it explores the role of the colour wheel; from scientific investigation to its role as artists’ tool and inspiration, the challenge of accurately capturing the natural world, the impact of artists’ intuition and experimentation, and theory as art in its own right.”. Further details are available via Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, Warwick.

added 19 May 2021

Announcement: A Cultural History of Colour’ Volumes 1-6 will be published by Bloomsbury in June 2021. The series, which is edited by Carole P Biggam and Kirsten Wolf. The series includes a volume on  a Cultural History of Color in the Modern Age which is edited by Anders Steinvall (Umeå University, Sweden) and Sarah Street (University of Bristol, UK.

added 8th April 2021

BAFTSS SIG Newsletter. October 2020. Issue 3. Updates, forthcoming events, reports, CFPs and Funding opportunities for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies’ research network of Special Interest Groups. To join a SIG please sign up through the BAFTSS Membership pages. For information on specific events, please contact the SIG conveners.

added 9th November 2020