Colour and form in the disordered mind conference

Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research
Thursday 3rd (09:30) - Friday 4th May 2018 (17:00)
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A central question in philosophy of mind concerns the nature of visual perception. What is it to see? The standard Aristotelian view is that seeing always involves awareness of colour: we see the shapes and sizes of objects by virtue of seeing their colours.

This two-day conference will provide an interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between colour and form in visual perception, particularly (though not exclusively) in light of findings concerning cerebral achromatopsia or ‘cortical colour blindness’. The conference will bring together experts from cognitive neuropsychology and vision science with philosophers of mind and psychology who specialise in colour vision.

Keynote speakers

  • Kathleen Akins (Simon Fraser University)
  • Keith Allen (University of York)
  • Derek Brown (University of Glasgow)
  • Mazviita Chirimuuta (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Will Davies (University of Birminhgam)
  • Karl Gegenfurtner (Giessen University)
  • Elena Gheorghiu (University of Stirling)
  • Robert W. Kentridge (Durham University)
  • Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow)

The conference is free, though lunch is not provided. Please register here on the conference Eventbrite webpage.

We would like to thank the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust for generously supporting this conference. British Academy