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.

Research Highlights

Arabic Classics in Contemporary Translations

Library of Arabic Literature

The Library of Arabic Literature series offers Arabic editions and English translations of significant works of Arabic literature, with an emphasis on the seventh to nineteenth centuries.

Seven Ways to Spend Weekends in Abu Dhabi

eARThumanities Research Initiative

The Arts and Humanities Environmental Research Initiative at NYU Abu Dhabi seeks to generate new curricular impulses and synergies across disciplinary boundaries in the study of the environment.

A Region With a Story to Tell

Akkasah: Center for Photography

Akkasah, the word for camera in Emirati dialect, explores the histories and contemporary practices of photography in the Arab world from comparative perspectives.

Dhakira Center for Heritage Studies in the UAE

Dhakira Center for Heritage Studies in the UAE

Dhakira, an applied research center based at NYU Abu Dhabi, provides the framework, tools and platform to empower civil societies to become curators of their own heritage and custodians of their cultural memory.

Global Asia Initiative

NYUAD Global Asia Initiative

The NYUAD Global Asia Initiative (GAI) is an interdisciplinary network of faculty working on Asia in the broadest sense.

Sounds of Sir Bani Yas Island

Sounds of Sir Bani Yas Island

Professor Carlos Guedes's "Designing Sound for Scene and Screen" class traveled to Sir Bani Yas Island, home to the UAE's largest wildlife preserve. The reserve was founded in 1977 by HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

News Highlights

Voices of a Generation

Voices of a Generation

Ayisha Khansaheb, research assistant, and her faculty mentor Maria Balzani is leading a historic oral history project about the lives of UAE women before the oil boom.