illuminations is an online publication highlighting current research in the arts and humanities by faculty and students in the College of Letters and Science and elsewhere at U.C. Berkeley. Arts and humanities scholarship has become increasingly and profoundly interdisciplinary in recent years, and illuminations is designed partly to expose the ways work in the arts and humanities at Berkeley relates to both multiple academic disciplines and the world beyond the university. Global in reach, transformed by technology, crossing disciplinary and area boundaries once deemed inviolate, research in the arts and humanities helps us to achieve meaningful perspective on our ever more complex experience. Berkeley's diverse faculty and student population, working with the support of the campus's arts and humanities and related departments, its libraries, museums, archives, research centers, working groups, special programs and initiatives, and the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, continually produces a wide range of scholarship that helps us to understand who we are, where we have been, and what we hope to become. Each month illuminations features the research of an individual or group at Berkeley, elucidating their original interpretation of a text or other cultural phenomenon, or their creation of a new artistic work. illuminations also brings to light significant past scholars and their achievements as part of the Berkeley arts and humanities legacy. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
illuminations incorporates in its archives the contents of its web predecessor, Framing the Questions, an online magazine of the Division of Arts & Humanities in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley, published three times annually between 2002 and 2004.