Historical Memory and Coca-Cola: Reflections on the Arabian Gulf Cities


Historical Memory and Coca-Cola: Reflections on the Arabian Gulf Cities

WHEN November 13, 2017
6:30-8pm WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Open to the Public

In conjunction with the "Learning from Gulf Cities" exhibition and workshop

Ancient commercial emporia dotted the Arabian Peninsula and the Fertile Crescent along the trade routes bringing the luxury goods of Asia to the consumption centers of the Mediterranean. Over time, these cities, which grew and faded with the rise and fall of empires, became the subject of myth. Their fairy-tale memories inspired the image of their Arabian urban heirs in the Gulf today. Indeed, these new cities—Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Manama, and others—have become the contemporary “fabled cities of the Orient” by design. This lecture discusses the fabric of Gulf cities through their expansion and how, in the process, a historical trope and a colonial design tradition were transformed into marketing tools by neocaptialism.

Image: Michele Nastasi 

Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor, MIT

Hosted by
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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