This conference and workshop were hosted by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in collaboration with the Warburg Institute and the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey from November 15 – 17th 2015. The conference aimed to contribute to the understanding of falconry in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern world from the earliest evidence of its existence until the Early Modern period. Falconry is a practice that united Christians and Muslims and involved all levels of society. The conference included a public program on Sunday, November 15 entitled Falconry: Heritage, History, Medicine.
H.E. Majed Al Mansouri, IAF Vice President MENA region and Executive Director of the Emirates Falconer’s Club delivered the keynote speech that focused on the UAE’s efforts and contributions in the areas of falconry, conservation, environment and heritage to an audience of 80 attendees, which included scholars, students and falconers.
Workshop presentations were made by IAF President Adrian Lombard on the work and vision of the IAF, Patrizia Cimberio on the UNESCO Inscription and Gary Timbrell on the Global Community of Falconers.
The latest research on archaeological, textual, and visual testimonies of falconry was addressed. Presentation topics included falconry in Central Asia; texts on falconry in Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Latin, Spanish, French and Italian; caring for sick falcons; and the depiction of falcons and falconry in manuscripts, monuments, and paintings.
Visit to the Desert
Conference and workshop participants were treated to a VIP visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School and a traditional Arab banquet hosted by the Emirates Falconers’ Club.
At this event a digitized version of Roger Upton’s historical films of falconry and hunting with His Majesty the late Sheikh Zayed was presented to His Excellency Mohammed Al Bowardi in a moving ceremony.
A total number of 27 leading international scholars took part in the conference itself. Organizations represented were: City University, New York; University of Maine; University of British Columbia; Institut français du Proche-Orient; Warburg Institute, University of London; I.A.F.; University of Warwick; Sapienza Università di Roma; University of Valladolid; Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen; Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin; Deutch Falconry Organisation,IAF Germany; Bar-Ilan University ;University of Kent; University of Cambridge; Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital; Middle East Falconry Archive; Meertens Instituut; KU Leuven; UC Louvain-la-Neuve’: University of Ca' Foscari, Venice; University of Turin.