The Geopolitics and Ecology of Himalayan Water is a new project of the eARThumanities at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in collaboration with the Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich. As the climate crisis worsens, a vast swath of Asian countries for which the Himalayan water supply constitutes the most important lifeline, are faced with mounting insecurity. The scramble for uninterrupted access to ample fresh-water supplies is increasingly triggering a geopolitical dispute among the continent’s strongest powers, eroding interstate cooperation. This initiative also aspires to become a teaching lab for making interdisciplinary connections and drawing parallels across a wide range of human-environment problems. Areas of research will cover history, science, engineering, data, geopolitics, anthropology, food security, film, policy design, writing, etc. and advance the agenda of interdisciplinary research and collaboration across the divisions at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), NYU’s Global Network University (GNU), the Rachel Carson Center and other important international institutions.
Following the previous webinar that explored the ideation and creation of the J-term cluster. This is a second, student-focused webinar being held after the completion of the course, to debrief and reflect on the intensity of the shared experience and the impact of J-term’s immersive pedagogy on our understanding of global challenges.
"As temperatures rise, the Himalayas are experiencing accelerated glacial melt, with dire consequences for water supplies and ecosystems far and wide. Unfortunately, the current reshuffling of the world order could overlook one of the most critical threats to global stability." Kunda Dixit and Sophia Kalantzakos on Project Syndicate.
NYUAD J-TERM 2023
GEHW’s ongoing mission is to serve as a teaching lab. As part of our curricular development and in partnership with NYUAD’s Global Education Program, a cluster of two J-term classes addressing diverse challenges facing the Himalayan Region were designed and will be offered on the NYUAD campus in January 2023. You can learn more about these course offerings by watching the trailer.