Arts and Humanities

The Arts and Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi encompass fields of central importance to human culture and creativity. Research and scholarly activity in the Arts and Humanities is creative and collaborative, spanning the disciplines to better understand the human experience through works of art and literature.


Students explore fundamental questions of human thought, cultural values, and modes of expression, and they develop their own creative capacities as scholars, writers, and artists in a variety of media.

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Moving Stories

Sociologists and other researchers have moved to NYU Abu Dhabi to study other migrants.

In the Press

Learning the ballads of the pearl divers: NYU Abu Dhabi introduces new course on Khaleeji music
Pearl diving songs are recognized as distinctly Khaleeji, but Professor Ghazi Al Mulaifi says it is important to understand their cosmopolitan influences in The National.
January 22, 2020

How First-Year Comp Can Save the World
What if the best about composition teaching, Deborah L. Williams asks, became the pedagogical default instead of the exception?
Inside Higher Ed | January 2, 2020

What falconry can teach us about diplomacy and feminism
A new course at NYU – Abu Dhabi is using falconry to teach students about everything from art history to heritage and the role of women in society.
The National | November 28, 2019

A group of students have put Zaki Nusseibeh's private art collection on show in Abu Dhabi
The Minister of State's private collection explores regional issues and themes.
The National | December 03, 2019

NYU Abu Dhabi launches unique fellowship to help cultivate future curators
The David Webb Museum Fellowship will provide an Arabic-speaking alumni from NYU Abu Dhabi with the chance to curate exhibitions and work with scholars at the university.
The National | November 18, 2019

The first curatorial fellowship has just launched in the UAE
The partnership between The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and David Webb New York has announced its inaugural fellow and first-of-its-kind programme in the Emirates.
Abu Dhabi Middle East | November 18, 2019

NYUAD to unveil public showcase of Dr Zaki Nusseibeh's private collection
Titled Go Back to Move Forward, this exhibition navigates the sociopolitical landscapes of the Arab world by bringing together 18 artworks through which artists reimagine reality.
Architectural Digest Middle East | November 17, 2019

Settling war crimes with music
Former child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond on transforming Cambodia's identity from killing fields to living arts.
Khaleej Times | November 08, 2019