Arts and Humanities Projects

Cross-Disciplinary and Multicultural Perspective on Musical Rhythm

Our aim is to better understand the similarities and differences between rhythms of different cultures and ultimately provide a deeper insight into the musical behavior of humans as a species.

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.

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.

Family Business Histories

This interdisciplinary project of NYUAD and the Tharawat Family Business Forum brings together scholars from the Humanities and Social Sciences at NYUAD to compile, document, and analyze the history of selected regional family businesses to better understand past challenges and decision-making, as well as commercial legacies.

Global Asia Initiative

An interdisciplinary network of faculty working on Asia in the broadest sense, where scholars discuss work, host talks, or collaborate on curricular development. GAI collaborates with NYU Shanghai’s newly founded Center for Global Asia and similar emerging initiatives at NYU New York.

The Rhythm Project

Studying musical rhythm, an innately human musical characteristic, from a broad perspective will  shed light on the aspects of musical rhythm that have a universal character over those that are culture specific.

NYUAD Research Kitchens

The NYUAD Research Kitchens are an initiative of the Arts and Humanities Division.  They are thematic hubs for building communities of researchers across disciplinary boundaries.  The Kitchens seek to provide spaces for new conversations, and to support exploratory, innovative research and creative collaborations.  For information about the themes, projects, researchers, and Kitchen activities, please visit our website.

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.

NYUAD Institute Projects

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.