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. 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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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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City Environments around the Globe: A Multidisciplinary Research, Teaching and Exchange Project 

A gallery from the Rachel Carson Center Conference (RCC) titled City Environments around the Globe that took place on the 10th and 11th of February, 2019.

The RCC of LMU and New York University (NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi) collaborated to  launch of City Environments around the Globe, a multidisciplinary research, teaching and exchange project that aims to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU Munich) and New York University (NY and AD).
Read the testimonials from our guests who attended the conference here.

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Regional Academic Seminar to Nepal

NYUAD students enrolled in a class entitled “Reading the Earth” visited Nepal to study urbanization, as well as environmental and cultural conservation efforts there.

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

Bristol is at the head of a food phenomenon that is helping residents better connect with their cities and each other. Read the full article here.

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

Team of NYU scientists study shifting landscape of country one member calls ‘the end of the planet’.  Read the full feature here.

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

Greenland is melting at an unprecedented rate, causing vast quantities of ice to disappear and global sea levels to rise. The fate of the ice sheet is not sealed, but unless CO2 emissions are sharply cut, the long-term existence of Greenland’s ice is in doubt. Read...

Core Team

Meet the eARThumanities team!

Sophia Kalantzakos, Head of eARThumanities, Global Distinguished Professor, Environmental Studies and Public Policy, NYU/NYU Abu Dhabi

Mark Swislocki, Associate Professor of History, NYU Abu Dhabi 

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

Network of Scholars from the NYU GNU:

Yifei Lee, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

Andrew Bell, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU NY

Rana Tomaira, Lecturer NYUAD 


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