Considering a Geography of Colour

Dr Tim Edensor1

1Melbourne University


This paper will introduce the session by sketching out what geographers might focus on in considering how we can account for the vital role of colour in space, place and landscape. I suggest that we first need to explore the values, aesthetics and symbolic meanings that are mobilised around colour in different, highly situated cultural contexts, and how this shapes both the remaking and reading of the material world. Secondly, I focus on how colour is invariably more than representational, stimulating affective, emotional and sensory responses that are often beneath conscious apprehension. In considering these themes, I subsequently look at how power is manifest through colour and examine how a more consciously applied politics of colour might contribute to a redistribution of the sensory across space.


Principal Research Fellow, Geography, Melbourne University,


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