A Monument to All Species


WHEN November 18, 2020
6:30-8 PM WHERE Zoom Webinar WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public


Monuments commemorate moments or figures of public victory or sorrow. Some protect significant lands or mark noteworthy geographic features. Most have historically tended to foreground the human species and to avoid sticky subjects and non-dominant histories, including the histories of other species.

This panel explores multispecies monuments to the Anthropocene, to the techno-human’s capacity to alter the earth at a geological scale, by starting with a modest example: Habitat Compensation Island, a small artificial island in Abu Dhabi that was carefully created from marine dredge, and intended to be both a nature preserve for marine species harmed in the process of dredging itself as well as a pedagogical and outreach tool.

6:30pm Gulf Standard Time
9:30am Eastern Standard Time

  • Bronislaw Szerszynski, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
  • Samantha Muka, Assistant Professor of Science Technology Studies, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Una Chaudhuri, Professor of English, Drama, & Environmental Studies; Collegiate Professor; Director at Center For Experimental Humanities, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Moderated by
  • Nancy Nowacek, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts and Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Marina Zurkow, Visual Artist

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