Speaker Bios                                                                      

1. Zed Adams (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The New School). Adams’s work focuses on moral skepticism, the philosophy of color, and realism in art. Dr. Adams explores the relationship between variation in judgment or perception in different domains (moral, color, aesthetic) and the possibility of truth and knowledge in these domains. He has published several articles on these topics and is currently working on a book-length project on the history of the concept of color, titled ­The Genealogy of Color.

2. Rebekah Baglini is a graduate student in linguistics at the University of Chicago. From March 2011-March 2013 she was the Bloch Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America, and she presently holds the Mellon Foundation University of Chicago Dissertation Year Fellowship.  Baglini's research focuses on cross-linguistic semantics and its interface with morphology and syntax.  She is also a field linguist, and recently compled four months of NSF-funded research in Senegal studying the language Wolof. Baglini's dissertation, titled States in Semantic Ontology, considers variarion in the lexical expression of stativity across languages and argues that an enriched model theoretic semantic ontology is needed to account for the linguistic data. Of special interest is the way that languages encode property concepts, a set of universal concepts relating to abstract properties realized by entities in the world, including dimension, age, speed, value, and  crucially – color. 

3. Francesca Casadio joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 to establish and direct a state of the art conservation science laboratory. As the Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist, she is charged with planning and carrying out scientific research in support of the preservation and study of the Museum’s collections. Dr. Casadio has also established and co-directs the Northwestern University/ Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS). Francesca Casadio received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy. She is the author of over 80 publications in the scientific and conservation literature. She was the recipient of the L’Oréal Art and Science of Color Silver Prize in 2006.with her collaborative research with Professor Richard P. Van Duyne of Northwestern University. Her research interests are the application and development of analytical methods to the study of works of art (including synchrotron and nano-photonics techniques) and interdisciplinary technical art history studies. 

4. Jonathan Cohen (Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego). Professor Cohen’s principal interests are in philosophy of perception and philosophy of language, and especially on questions in these areas that interact with the cognitive sciences. Much of his work in recent years has involved elaborating and defending a relationalist account of color properties --- a view on which colors are constituted in terms of a relation between perceiving subjects and objects. He’s also been writing about interactions between and within perceptual modalities, and the implications of such interactions for our understanding of a range of issues including perceptual architecture, synesthesia, modularity, and sensory substitution. In language, he’s been working on the semantics and pragmatics of context-sensitive expressions (i.e., expressions such as 'I' or 'this' that express different things depending on the contexts in which they are uttered). The author of many works on color, Cohen is also the author of The Red and the Real: An Essay on Color Ontology (Oxford University Press, 2009) and co-editor (with Mohan Matthen) of Color Ontology and Color Science (MIT Press, 2010).

5. Nicholas Gaskill (Assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University at New Brunswick) studies nineteenth and early-twentieth century American literature, culture, and philosophy.  He is the author of several articles and the co-editor of a multidisciplinary collection of essays on the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, titled ­The Lure of Whitehead and forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press (2014). His current book project, Vibrant Environments: The Feel of Color from the White Whale to the Red Wheelbarrow, situates the color terms and images of modern U.S. writers within the sweeping changes to the visual landscape wrought by synthetic dyes and vivid color media. It argues that turn-of-the-century authors treated color as a site both for investigating the sensory and affective impact of cultural environments and, through these investigations, for reconstructing the notions of reading and experience that inform literary practice. 

6. David Hilbert (Professor of Philosophy and Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience, University of Illinois-Chicago). Hilbert’s main areas of research are color, philosophy of perception, and philosophy of mind. He also has interests in philosophy of biology, early modern philosophy (especially Berkeley) and epistemology. The author of many papers on color, Hilbert is also the co-editor, along with Alex Byrne, of Readings on Color, Volumes 1 and 2 (MIT Press).

7. Laura Anne Kalba (Assistant Professor of Art History, Smith College) earned her B.A. from Concordia University, her M.A. from McGill University and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Her teaching and research focus primarily on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European art, architecture and popular commercial visual culture. She has published articles on these subjects in History and Technology (2011), Representations (2012) and Modernism/Modernity (2012). In 2012, she worked as a curatorial consultant for the Smith College Museum of Art's exhibition Debussy's Paris: Art, Music, and Sounds of the City (http://www.smith.edu/bfac/flipbook/). Her book project, Color in the Age of Impressionism: Technology, Commerce, and Art, examines the impact of new color technologies on French visual and material culture, from the early commercialization of synthetic dyes (1857) to the Lumière brothers' perfection of the autochrome photography process (1907).

8. Carolyn Kane (Assistant Professor of Film and Media, Hunter College) specializes in the history and philosophy of new media and digital aesthetics, and is currently completing her book project, Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art, and Aesthetics after Code (in contract with the University of Chicago Press). Professor Kane holds a Ph.D. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University (2011), an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School University (2005), a B.F.A. in New Media from Ryerson University (2003), and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Vermont (2002).

9. Chris Kennedy (Professor and Chair, Linguistics and Humanities Collegiate Division, University of Chicago). Kennedy’s work is geared towards discovering the principles that are involved in relating linguistic forms to meanings, determining how properties of the linguistic system and properties of the context of utterance interact in achieving this mapping, and understanding the extent to which structural and typological features of language can be explained in terms of meaning. Over the past ten years, he has investigated these issues primarily through an exploration of expressions of comparison, amount and degree, and through work on vagueness, though his research has also touched on core issues in the syntax-semantics interface such as ellipsis, anaphora, and quantification.

10. Jordan Martins (Adjunct Professor of Art, North Park University) is a Chicago-based visual artist whose work employs collage techniques to explore notions of multiplicity, hybridity and visual codes.  He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007, and is now based in Chicago, where he teaches at North Park University. Since 2012 he has been the program director at Comfort Station, a multidisciplinary art space in Logan Square, Chicago.

11. Osagie K. Obasogie (Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings, with a joint appointment at UCSF Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences). Professor Obasogie's research attempts to bridge the conceptual and methodological gaps between empirical and doctrinal scholarship on race. This effort can be seen in his recent work that asks: how do blind people understand race? By engaging in qualitative research with individuals who have been totally blind since birth, this project provides an empirical basis from which to rethink core assumptions embedded in social and legal understandings of race. This research provides the basis for his first book, Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind (Stanford University Press, 2014).

His scholarship also looks at the past and present roles of science in both constructing racial meanings and explaining racial disparities. This is tied to his interest in bioethics, particularly the social, ethical, and legal implications of reproductive and genetic technologies. Obasogie’s second book, Beyond Bioethics: Towards a New Biopolitics (with Marcy Darnovsky) is currently under contract with the University of California Press.

12. Michael Rossi (Assistant Professor of the History of Medicine and in the College, The University of Chicago) is an historian of medicine and science in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present. His work focuses on the historical and cultural metaphysics of the body: how different people at different times understood questions of beauty, truth, falsehood, pain, pleasure, goodness, and reality vis-à-vis their corporeal selves and those of others. 

His first book manuscript traces the origins of color science—the physiology, psychology, and physics of color—in the late-nineteenth-century United States to a series of questions about what modern America ought to be: about the scope of medical, scientific, and political authority over the sensing body; about the nature of aesthetic, physiological, and cultural development between individual and civilization; about the relationship between aesthetic harmony, physiological balance, and social order.

Prior to Chicago, Michael was a postdoctoral fellow in the Groupe Histoire des sciences de l’homme at the Ecole Normale Superieur de Cachan in France. He received a PhD in the history and anthropology of science, technology, and society from MIT and a AB from Columbia University. 

13. L. Ayu Saraswati (Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) works on issues of body image, skin color, race, and beauty culture. She has published several articles on these topics, and her recent book, Seeing Beauty, Sensing Race in Transnational Indonesia, was awarded the National Women’s Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa book award in 2013.

14. Jonathan Schroeder is a graduate student in English Language & Literature at the University of Chicago, where he is completing his dissertation, Nostalgia before Nostalgia: Medical Realism and the Emergence of Historical Emotion. He is also working with Rebekah Baglini in linguistics and Monica Lee in sociology to develop a model for the historical analysis of concepts in the Google Books dataset. Connecting both projects is an effort to use conceptual history to generate precise descriptions of the aesthetic frameworks that people, especially Americans at the turn of the twentieth-century, drew upon to make sense of the past. The article he will be drawing upon in this conference, “The Painting of Modern Light: Local Color before Regionalism,” is forthcoming in American Literature

15. Jessica Stockholder (Raymond W. & Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor, and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago) works at the intersection of painting with sculpture. Her work sometimes incorporates the architecture in which it has been conceived, blanketing the floor, scaling walls and ceiling, and spilling out of windows, through doors, and into the surrounding landscape. Her work is energetic, cacophonous, idiosyncratic, and formal - tempering chaos with control. She orchestrates an intersection of pictorial and physical experience, probing how meaning derives from physicality.

Stockholder assumed a position on DOVA’s faculty as Chair in 2011. She brings with her twelve years of experience as Director of the Sculpture Department at the Yale School of Art. Ms. Stockholder received her B.F.A. from the University of Victoria in Canada in 1982, her M.F.A. from Yale University in 1985, an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Emily Carr College of Art in 2010, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Columbia college in 2013.

Stockholder has exhibited widely in North America and Europe, at such venues as the Dia Center for the Arts, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Open Air Museum in Belgium, the Power Plant in Toronto, Canada, the Whitney Museum of American Art; P.S. 1, New York; SITE Santa Fe; the Venice Biennale; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; 1301PE Gallery in Los Angeles and Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery in New York. Her work is represented in various collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She has received numerous grants including the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Anonymous Was A Woman in 2012.