Upcoming Events

The Himalayas Geopolitics & Ecology of Melting Mountains

October 29-30

In the summer of 2020, while stories of COVID dominated the world’s attention, the Himalayan region flared up. Clashes between India and China and a spat between India and Nepal were more than just disputes over territory. They reflected growing anxiety over water. Glaciers have been melting at record speed, new lakes in danger of bursting have been forming rapidly, and monsoon patterns continue to change and unsettle farmers dependent on their predictability. Groundwater has been quickly depleting and aquifers are drying up. The food supply for billions of people is thus threatened. Record floods followed by prolonged droughts are causing millions to be displaced and contribute to accelerating migration flows.

These developments prompted the launch of The Geopolitics and Ecology of Himalayan Water – under the eARThumanities at NYU Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the Rachel Carson Center of LMU Munich. It aspires to bring together the expertise of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers in order to elicit a synthetic and holistic approach in studying and proposing solutions to this looming crisis.

We invite you to register for each of our panels on Thursday, October 29th, and Friday, October 30th. We warmly welcome students. Please share this information with your network!

To find out more about the panels and panelists, register here.


EThe Himalayas Geopolitics & Ecology of Melting Mountains

February 5, 2020 | 5:30 pm | C3-B101

Arlit is a case study in environmental racism set in a uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extract nuclear power and profits leaving behind disease, contamination and unemployment. Ironically the primary activities of Arlit today is to die of radiation related sicknesses or to emigrate to find work in Europe itself.

Watch the trailer here. Presented by Awam Amkpa, and followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Idrissou Mora-Kpai 


Past Events

Essential Cinema | Arlit, deuxième Paris/Arlit: Second Paris – Screening and Q&A

February 5, 2020 | 5:30 pm | C3-B101

Arlit is a case study in environmental racism set in a uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extract nuclear power and profits leaving behind disease, contamination and unemployment. Ironically the primary activities of Arlit today is to die of radiation related sicknesses or to emigrate to find work in Europe itself.

Watch the trailer here. Presented by Awam Amkpa, and followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Idrissou Mora-Kpai 


The Life Worlds of Middle Eastern Oil

April 15 – 16, 2019 | NYUAD 

In the one hundred years or so since the birth of the Middle Eastern oil industry petroleum saturates its societies, cultures and politics, fueling cars, airplanes and wars, supplying energy for fridges, fans and air conditioners, creating glitzy modern cities, and subverting man made landscapes and natural environments. Oil’s miracles, spectacles and miseries are still with us, and will remain for some time to come. This multidisciplinary workshop penetrates the bituminous layers of the inner life of Middle Eastern oil, exploring how it affectes people’s social, cultural and political lives in the twentieth and twentieth-first centuries.

Convened by
Nelida Fuccaro, Professor of Middle Eastern History; Associate Dean of Humanities, NYUAD
Mandana Limbert, Associate Professor of Anthropology, CUNY:Queens College

Hosted by
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

Interested Scholars please contact nyuad.programs@nyu.edu


Eating Animals

April 3, 2019 | NYUAD 

Award winning filmmaker Christopher Quinn is visiting NYUAD during the first week of April. During his stay his movie Eating Animals will be screened followed by a Q&A with Christopher Quinn.  Eating Animals is based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by Natalie Portman. 

Judith Shapiro on China’s Environmental Challenges

Tues, March 12 | 5:30-7 PM | A6-004

The NYUAD Global Asia Intitiative invites you to its AY18-19 Keynote Lecture, on Tuesday, March 12, 5:30-7 PM, A6-004.

Professor Judith Shapiro will speak about how ordinary Chinese people are responding to China’s environmental challenges as they seek to mitigate the impacts of climate change, air and water pollution, soil contamination, and unsafe food on their own health and well-being. Can environmental NGOs work effectively in an era of intensified authoritarian controls? Can China achieve “ecological civilization” without displacing its environmental harms beyond its borders? Will the Belt and Road be a mechanism for “green” development or will it exacerbate biodiversity loss, climate change, and the hyperextraction of the planet’s limited resources? Please join a conversation about this and other implications of the stunning rise of China.

Professor Shapiro teaches in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC, where she directs a dual MA program in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development.

The talk is a Global Asia Initiative keynote in collaboration with the eARThumanities. 

The Plant-People Relationship in Ancient Central Asia

Wed, March 13 | 12 to 1:30 pmA6-117

This talk explores the recent proliferation of studies on the plant-people relationship in ancient Central Asia.  Over the last 25 years, significant data sets of ancient plant remains and other dietary indicators have emerged from major and minor archaeological sites across the region.  Many of the studies that have produced these data pursue a wide-ranging picture of the transmission of domesticated plants across cultures and emphasize the role of the Silk Road in shaping food globalization in prehistory.  Contrasting these are other studies that examine the local, embedded, and indigenous facets of ancient plant usage and domestication within Central Asia itself.  Both perspectives capture fascinating aspects of ancient human-environment dynamics in Central Asia using novel approaches.  They also mirror contemporary discourse about globalization and its implications for human societies.  This talk will explore these bodies of emerging scholarship and present information on new research in Central Asia aimed at addressing some of the recent trends.


Elizabeth Brite is a clinical assistant professor in the Honors College, Purdue University.  She is also co-director of the Khorezm Ancient Agriculture Project in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan.  Dr. Brite received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Anegeles in 2011.

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

February 10 & 11, 2019 | NYUAD 


The Rachecl Carson Center Conference (RCC) titled City Environments around the Globe will take place on the 10th and 11th of February, 2019.

The RCC of LMU and New York University (NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi) are pleased to announce the 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).

The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement by Hal Crimmel

November 8, 2018 | 7 pm | NYUAD 


Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor and Department Chair of English Hal Crimmel teaches at Weber State University, a 26,000-student institution located just north of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, where the 3000m peaks of the Wasatch Mountains meet the arid spaces of the Great Basin Desert. Hal is Rodney H. Brady Distinguished Professor of English and founding co-chair of WSU’s Environmental Issues Committee. His interests include place-based pedagogy, wilderness, rivers, and applied sustainability, particularly as they relate to water issues and air pollution.
He will be visiting NYUAD in November to screen The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement‎, directed by Isaac Goeckeritz, Hal Crimmel, Valeria Berros (USA, 2018), on November 8 at 7pm.

Rachel Carson Center Conference: Transformations in Environment and Society

February 18 – 19, 2018 | NYUAD 

In 2018, the eARThumanities officially launched its collaboration with the renowned Rachel Carson Center of Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. An international, interdisciplinary center for research and education in the environmental humanities and social sciences, the Rachel Carson Center and eARTHumanities, NYUAD jointly organized a workshop on February 18-19, 2018 entitled “Transformations in Environment and Society.” Rachel Carson Fellows from all over the world discussed their work with NYUAD faculty and members of NYUs GNU on topics that ranged from music, poetry, and novels to include theater, art, migration, disaster relief, dessert landscapes and histories, the Belt and Road Initiative and the Green Wall of China.

What on Earth are the Animals Saying?

September 19, 2017 | 6:30 pm | NYUAD Institute 

A talk by NYUAD’s Award winning author and journalist, Professor Charles Siebert, Literature and Creative Writing talks of his many experiences visiting with, and writing about, non-human animals, and what they reveal to us about themselves and us. Through his interludes with everyone from a former cellist in an all chimpanzee circus orchestra; to an octopus escape artist; to elephant and whale ventriloquists; to traumatized orphaned parrots who heal equally traumatized war veterans, Siebert introduces us to the animal within all humans; the common biology and languages we share with other beings; and the costs of failing to hear “What On Earth They Are Saying

Engaging Children About the Environment

October 1, 2017| 7:30-8 PM | C3 Arts Building, In front of the black box

Talk with artist Davide Venturni “Compagnia TPO – Farfalle”

Climate Change Action Theater

 October 8, 2017 | 6 PM | C3 Arts Building, 006

Hosted by NYUAD’s Theater Program. The Theater Program will present readings of a dozen CCTA plays followed by a panel discussion with Sarah Cameron Sunde and playwriting professor Abhishek Majumdar and Una Chaudhuri, who skyping from NYC. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Sophia Kalantzakos. By invitation only. 

Visit by Harvey Molotch, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Sociology, NYU

November 16, 2017
– Cities Conference hosted by The NYUAD Institute
– Oliver Kemeid’s version of Virgil’s The Aeneid.
 Panel discussion with Director Sarah Cameron Sunde, Harvey Molotch, and Sophia Kalantzakos