The Museum as Religious Experience

A discussion of the process by which works of art become 'iconic':

But is Gompertz correct that, with works such as Las Meninas, "the best we can do is peer past the crowds; enjoy it for what it has now become, and tick the box"? What can we still learn from these paintings? And, as mentioned in the case of MoMA's selection of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon as a foundational work, how much power do museums have in shaping our reverence of particular paintings?

designing cities for increased heat

One of the projects I have been working on that I think has great potential for cities in Africa is a test of new Swedish software that allows us to predict changes in outdoor temperature, based on changes in the amount of shade provided in outdoor space. As urbanization continues rapidly in hot climates, and as many regions of the world get hotter, designers and planners need to be more careful about the public health and energy use impacts of heat. 

Plans for Fall 2013

Hi SCHAL members!

We're looking forward to a productive fall 2013 with reading discussions, film screenings, guest speakers, and museum visits. Please feel free to post here or write to the list ( with suggestions for events you'd like to see. More details soon on an event related to authenticity and the music industry in early September.

Thanks for your support, and see you soon!


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Past Events 2012-2013


Events from the second year of the working group.


Medieval Medievalisms

Friday, May 10, 2013

Conference panel at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, co-sponsored with the Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley

Sponsors: Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley, Medievalisms Working Group

Organizer: Marcos Garcia, Univ. of California–Berkeley


Past Events 2011-2012


Events from the first year of the working group.


Picturing the Middle Ages


Date of Event: 

Thursday, April 26, 2012 5:00pm - 7:00pm

How does the visual culture of the Middle Ages meet modern visual culture in Perceval le Gallois?  We will screen the film and then discuss over dinner for our final event of the semester.


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