Welcome to the web page for the 2012 North Georgia College & State University’s School of Arts & Letters’ biannual conference, or NGAL for short.
Your visit to this site, I hope, is an indication of your interest in joining us for the conference as a presenter or audience member. Either way, we look forward to your participation in what promises to be an exciting and engaging intellectual undertaking.
The theme for 2012 focuses on the historical and current interpretations of the importance of color for the humanities and social sciences. Colors surround us and have done so throughout human history. The various and changing ways, both consciously and subliminally, in which colors have been received, interpreted, and understood historically have shaped ideas, influenced events, and determined outcomes. Somewhat obviously, the sensory perceptions of colors go beyond sight. To listen to “the blues” immediately brings to mind much more than a palette with oil dabs from azure, to sky, to navy. Colors affect and inform our thinking in all aspects of our lives.
This conference promises to raise serious, thoughtful questions about the nature and impact of colors for all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and to do so in a beautiful setting. In short, we think your participation will be both fun and intellectually rewarding.
We welcome your interest. The conference coordinator, Dr. Sungshin Kim, and her colleagues are putting together a dynamic program, complete with the opportunity for the best submissions to be vetted through the peer-review process for inclusion in a publication by the University of North Georgia Press. Take a few moments to look through the site, and let us know if you have questions.
We hope to see you in Dahlonega in February 2012.
T. Christopher Jespersen