Blue Octavo Wavelength

I’ve got two conferences coming up, and I don’t [have/get] to leave town for either of them.

Kafka's Castle?

First up (2-3 March) is the Auburn Philosophy Department’s annual conference; the topic is the philosophy of colour, and the speakers are some of the top names in the field. (I went to high school with one of them; he played my slave in Plautus’s Bacchides.) Poster here, other info here. The schedule hasn’t been posted yet, but sessions run 9-5 on Friday and 10-5 on Saturday, at the Auburn art museum.

Next (8-10 March) is the Austrian Scholars Conference; schedule here. I’ll be speaking on “Austro-Libertarian Themes in Three Prague Authors: Čapek, Kafka, and Hašek.” Czech your calendars!

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4 Responses to Blue Octavo Wavelength

  1. Gene Callahan February 28, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    Roderick, do you know anyone conversant in geometric optics? I’m trying to read Berkeley’s New Theory of Vision, but right up front I run into a diagram of which I can’t make heads or tails.

    • Roderick February 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Afraid I don’t know of anyone.

      I just glanced at the beginning of the New Theory and I suspect I know the diagram you’re talking about. It’s a complete enigma to me as well.

      • Roderick March 4, 2012 at 1:22 am #

        I asked someone at the colour conference and they said the best guide to Berkeley on vision is Margaret Atherton’s Berkeley’s Revolution in Vision. I don’t know whether it explains the diagrams.

  2. Gene Callahan March 13, 2012 at 3:01 am #


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