SYMPOSIUM: Birds in Ancient Egypt, Oriental Institute, Chicago
- Free Public Symposium: Birds in Ancient Egypt
At the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
1155 E. 58th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60637
Saturday November 10, 2012
To register online go to: http://birdsinegypt-eorg.eventbrite.com/#
Until the building of the Aswan dam in the 1960s, the millions of migratory birds from Eurasia that filled the Egyptian skies each autumn coincided with the rising of the Nile waters and the flooding of the valley. To the ancient Egyptians, the arrival of these migrants reaffirmed their belief in the cyclic rebirth of the universe and transformed birds into powerful symbols of life, protection, and sensuality. Join a panel of scholars at this half-day symposium to explore the complex and fascinating roles birds played in the lives of the ancient Egyptians. Learn the integral r ole of birds in many religious ceremonies and cults, the degree to which they appeared in art and the meaning behind those portrayals, and how interdisciplinary research has revealed intriguing new information through CT scans of ancient avian mummies. Then compare the bird species of ancient Egypt with those of today, and discover the importance of wetlands to migrating waterfowl, not only in ancient Egypt but also in our own city of Chicago.
1:00-1:10 Gil Stein, Director of The Oriental Institute: Welcome and Introduction
1:10-1:15 Catherine Kenyon, Head of Public Education, Oriental Institute: Agenda for the Day
1:15-1:45 Foy Scalf, Head of Research Archives, Oriental Institute: "The Organization of the Sacred Animal Cults of the Ibis and the Falcon in Ancient Egypt"
1:45-2:15 Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, Special Exhibit Curator, Oriental Institute: "CT Scanning of Bird Mummies from the Oriental Institute Museum Collection"
2:45-3:00 Gay Robins, Professor of Art History, Emory University: "Pintail Ducks and the Nile Inundation: Images of Marshes in Ancient Egyptian Art"
3:00-3:30 Sherif Baha el-Din, Co-Founder of Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE): "Past, Present and Future: The Avifauna of the Egyptian Nile Valley"
3:45-4:15 Douglas Stotz, ECCo Senior Conservation Ecologist, The Field Museum: "The Importance of Chicago Area Wetlands to Migratory Birds"
4:15-4:45 Panel Discussion
More information online:
Online catalog: http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/pubs/catalog/oimp/oimp35.html
(Posted by Foy Scalf, scalffd@..., Oriental Institute)