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Color Terms in Past Cultures

Internationaler Workshop unter Leitung von Dr. Denise Reitzenstein (CAS Junior Researcher in Residence).

08.09.2016 – 09.09.2016

Linguists and anthropologists interested in the color terminology of different cultures may approach the question "What color is it?" in different ways, for example by inviting people to name the color of a certain object. When dealing with ancient cultures, we have to rely on written sources in which links between color and objects can be misleading for many reasons, for example due to unfamiliar metaphors or taxonomies. The workshop explores concepts of colors in past cultures with a written record and addresses methodological issues. How can we depict the situation of past cultures sensitively when depending on our own color terminology, taxonomies and ideas of qualities inherent to objects?

Teilnehmer sind u.a.: Mark Bradley (Nottingham), Adeline Grand-Clément (Toulouse), Katerina Ierodiakonou (Athen), Rosel Pientka-Hinz (Bochum), David A. Warburton (HU Berlin).


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