Islands of Heritage: Conservation and Transformation in Soqotra

Talk

WHEN October 29, 2019
6-7:30pm EST WHERE 19 Washington Square North WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York Open to the Public

Soqotra, the largest island of Yemen’s Soqotra Archipelago, is one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. A UNESCO natural World Heritage Site, the island is home not only to birds, reptiles, and plants found nowhere else on earth but also to a rich cultural history and the endangered Soqotri language. Within the span of a decade, this archipelago went from being among the most marginalized regions of Yemen to being promoted for its outstanding global value. Discussing the 21st-century environmental conservation, development, and heritage projects in Soqotra that affected this change, as well as the islanders’ deep-rooted connections to the UAE, this talk examines how everyday Soqotrans came to assemble, defend, and mobilize their cultural and linguistic heritage in transformative ways.

Speakers
  • Nathalie Peutz, Author of "Islands of Heritage: Conservation and Transformation in Yemen" (Stanford University Press, 2018); Program Head of Arab Crossroads Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology, NYUAD
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

In Collaboration with

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

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