Conversation with Alumna Hannah Melville Rea

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Olya Krestyaninova on the doughnut economy

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Food after oil: how urban farmers are preparing us for a self-sufficient future

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Tracking the melt in Greenland’s ice sheet – in pictures

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In Greenland’s Melting Ice, A Warning on Hard Climate Choices

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Testimonials – Rachel Carson Center Conference

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Changing Landscapes and Ephemeral Moments

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In recent years, scholars across the globe covering a wide range of disciplines have come to believe that environmental challenges need to be addressed not solely – and perhaps not even primarily – from an engineering or a natural science perspective, but from a wider humanities based understanding and analysis of the relationship between humans and their environment.

With the creation of the eARThumanities research initiative launched in the spring of 2017, NYUAD has taken a bold and significant step in building a locus of intellectual research and debate from which to contribute robustly to the emerging field of environmental humanities. Moreover, at NYUAD the eARThumanities research initiative is emphasizing the significance of the arts in this wider conversation, while also drawing on the social sciences and the physical sciences and engineering to foster interdisciplinary dialogue. The Near East and Northern and Eastern Africa are seriously under-researched in major aspects of their human and environmental relations. The research and study of their past and present challenges is of crucial importance as we move forward into a period of increased demographic pressure and global climate change.


eARThumanities Functions


Research in the NYUAD eARTHumanities Initiative will feature projects and contributions by faculty members from a plethora of disciplines and fields. The initiative has also launched a collaboration with The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, (LMU Munich) with which it organizes annual scholarly workshops.

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Open Dialogue

Open Dialogues will occur in courses across the disciplines covering a wide range of options for students at NYU Abu Dhabi. Students will be able to choose from a variety of disciplines by which to examine topics pertaining to the environment through the perspective of global literary traditions, philosophy, history, the social sciences, the sciences, creative writing and the arts.

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The eARThumanities Team


Seminars, talks and other interactive events open to the wider community of Abu Dhabi will seek to advance meaningful common understandings of environmental justice, sustainability, the arts in the Anthropocene, as well as current perceptions and attitudes about the relationship between humans and nature.

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Sophia Kalantzakos is Global Distinguished Professor in Environmental Studies and Public Policy at NYU and a long-term affiliate at NYUAD.  Kalantzakos founded and heads the eARThumanities, the Environmental Humanities Research Initiative at NYUAD.

Prof. Sophia Kalantzakos

Global Distinguished Professor, NYU / NYU Abu Dhabi

A poet, journalist, essayist, and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Prof. Siebert has written for The New YorkerHarper’s MagazineVanity FairEsquireOutsideMen’s JournalNational Geographic, and numerous other publications.

Charles Siebert

Professor of Practice of Literature and Creative Writing, NYU Abu Dhabi

Mark Swislocki specializes in the history of China. His current research focuses on the environmental history of southwest China. He is the author of Culinary Nostalgia: Regional Food Culture and the Urban Experience in Shanghai (Stanford, 2009) and numerous other publications. 

Mark Swislocki

Program Head of History; Associate Professor of History, NYU Abu Dhabi

Yifei Li is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU Shanghai and Global Network Assistant Professor at NYU. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he taught sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also been a Residential Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.

Yifei Li

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU Shanghai

Andrew’s research is focused on livelihoods decision-making and natural resource governance in rural areas. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University (2010-2012), and then a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, 2012-2014) before landing at NYU in 2015.

Andrew Reid Bell

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU New York

Rana’s teaching and research fall in the area of development and public policy. She is particularly interested in comparative development policies and practices in the Arab world from various lenses. She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning and a Masters in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Rana Tomaira

Research Scientist and Lecturer, Social Sciences, NYU Abu Dhabi

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