Speaker: Dr. Mazviita Chirimuuta
Dr. Mazviita Chirimuuta
Dr. Mazviita Chirimuuta

Dr. Mazviita Chirimuuta

Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh, I moved around a lot. My kind-of home town is the city of Bristol. While I studied for my degree in Philosophy and Psychology, the indomitable Tom Troscianko convinced me it was fun to do experiments on vision, whereas the Bristol philosophers taught me about Hume, Kant and Wittgenstein.

In Cambridge from 2000-2004 I was PhD student with David Tolhurst in the old Physiology Lab. We wrote some papers together on contrast coding, dipper functions and natural images. I also attended seminars at the HPS department and the Moral Sciences Club.

My first postdoc (2004) was at the Pisa Vision Lab where I wrote this paper on attention, colour and perceptual learning with Dave Burr and Concetta Morrone. Here’s the view from the house where I lived – the Piazza dei Miracoli in the distance.

Thanks to Ian Gold, I was an ARC “Australian Post-Doc” in the School of Philosophy at Monash University, 2005-2008. I wrote this paper for the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

Then I visited Ian Gold at McGill to write this paper. Then I was the PNP (Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology) PostDoc at Wash-U (St Louis), ’08-’09, where I started writing my book Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy (MIT Press).

2010 was the year I returned to my roots in central England with a brief research fellowship in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham.

I now work in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Mazviita Chirimuuta will present her philosophy of color in a live dialogue with Colorhythm CEO Jeff Nova in the event "Seeing Red: Consciousness and Color"