A highly interdisciplinary approach to Spanish painting from the Golden Age to the present. Discussion and commentary on issues in politics, philosophy, culture and its influence on Modern and Contemporary art.
The process of secularization, long held to be crucial to the emergence of modernity in the West, has recently been the object of lively debate in the academy. Scholarly interest in the topic includes not only the religious sources of secularism, but also the persistence of religion in the modern world, as witnessed by the vitality of Christianity in American public life and the central role of political Islam in the Arab Spring.
The working group in Gender and Queer Theory in South and Southeast Asia hopes to establish itself as an interdisciplinary forum for students interested in the intersections between contemporary queer and gender theories and South and Southeast Asian area studies. Encompassing a broad understanding of gender and sexuality, this group will investigate a wide range of critical texts and cultural practices.
Late Antique Religions et Societies (LAReS) is a long-standing group that has been sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities since 1994. We are a group organized and run by graduate students that has established the UC Berkeley campus as a consistent nexus for inter- disciplinary scholarship on the Late Antique period (approximately 3rd to 8th centuries A.D.).