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Senior Research Fellow in AlMawrid, the Arab Center for the Study of Art - Dr. Salwa Mikdadi

New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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al Mawrid, the Arab Center for the Study of Art- New York University Abu Dhabi, seeks to recruit a Senior Research Fellow to steer the Center s research functions and closely supports the Center s Principal director. The Senior Research Fellow is involved in research activities aiming at moving beyond the established canons of Art History by investigating the histories of art from the Arab world through advanced interdisciplinary research in the visual arts with al Mawrid s archive of primary documents. They will also contribute to the birth of a sustainable and much-needed archival resource, research, and pedagogy particular to the region.

This position reports into the Center s Principal Investigator.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. with a primary focus on the art and culture of the Arab world. The PhD will ideally be in Art History but may also be in another field with a minimum of 10-year experience in teaching art history or as a researcher in art and culture of the Arab world with peer-reviewed publications. Fluency in Arabic language is essential. Teaching and or leadership experience in the arts or at an academic institution and familiarity with contemporary archival practices and technologies will be an advantage.

For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with full publication list, statement of research interests and at least two letters of reference, all in PDF format. If you have any questions, please email

About the Center:

al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of Art advances interdisciplinary study in the visual art of the Arab world. al Mawrid aims to move research and pedagogy beyond the established canons of Art History by investigating the histories of art that are particular to the region from a regional perspective. It does so in collaborative dialogue with the methods and debates of global art history and with the widening cultural horizons in both the Art and Humanities and the Social Sciences. al Mawrid s archive includes documents, images, and publications from the visual arts drawn from the archival collections of artists, cultural actors, and institutions with an initial focus on the early and modern period. al Mawrid acquires these archives on loan to digitize and document a rich collection of primary documents accessible to scholars and the public. The Center supports research fellowships and artists residencies, conferences, colloquia, workshops, and book publications.

 About NYUAD:

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

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NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYU Abu Dhabi has been built on the following principles:

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programs.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — integrated with each other and connected through technology to NYU New York.

Together, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a unique global network university that equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In 2014, it will move to its permanent home on Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.

In working for NYU Abu Dhabi, you will help to build the world's first truly global university and research institute. The University's faculty and staff come from around the world, and the first class of students, who arrived in the fall of 2010, is one of the most geographically diverse student bodies on the planet. To date, NYU Abu Dhabi's staff alone is comprised of individuals from more than 30 different countries. For NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a culture of inclusion contributes not only to our success, but also to the richness of the talented staff that we can attract. When you join us as an employee, we look forward to learning more about your culture and seeing things from your unique viewpoint.

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