An International Weekend Conference

“The Role of the Donkey and Mule in the Culture of the Mediterranean”

Island of Hydra:  7–10 October 2005





The Conference will begin with registration on Friday afternoon. It will end with a “farewell” session on Monday morning.


The island is served by excellent ferry services, with many sailings per day, including evening sailings.


The official language of the Conference is English. In cases of necessity we shall make informal translation arrangements available.


The panel of speakers has been established. The final programming will be established in mid-summer and will be notified to all speakers and participants.




(in alphabetical order)


DIONISIUS AGIUS [University of Leeds]: “Donkey-boys in nineteenth-century Egypt”

GEORGIOS ARSENOS and ELIAS PAPADOPOULOS [University of Thessaloniki]: “Donkeys in Greece: A review of current status and future trends” [Summary and CV]

JILL BOUGH [University of Newcastle, NSW]: “The donkey (and mule) in the Gallipoli Campaign – World War I” [Summary and CV]

RICHARD BULLIET: [Columbia University] “The symbolism of donkeys: religious, sexual, cultural…”

CHARLES DALLI [University of Malta]: “The Rise and Fall of the Donkey: the Central Mediterranean Islands (Malta, Gozo, Pantelleria and Sicily)”

ED EMERY [Free University of Hydra]: “Asinology: The Mediterranean – a  preliminary survey”

HEIDI GHOMI [University of Goteborg]: “The image and value of the donkey in Persian folk tales and mystical poetry”

JUSTINA GREGORY [Smith College, USA] “The donkey in archaic Greek literature” [Summary and CV]

GITIT HOLZMAN [Oranim College, Israel]: "Donkeys of the Hebrew Bible, and their representation in later Jewish tradition"

BETTINA KRATZMάLLER [University of Vienna]: “Mules and Donkeys in the Ancient World of Sport”

SUSAN D. MARTIN [University of Tennessee]: “The Roman jurists and the role of the donkey and mule in Roman transport” [Summary and CV]

FIONA MARSHALL [Washington University at St Louis]: “Pastoral perspectives on domestication of the donkey” [Summary and CV]

MARJANE MASHKOUR and EMANUELLE VILA [Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris]: “The domestication of the donkey in the Middle East” [Summary and CV]

ALEX METCALFE [University of Lancaster]: “From himar to sceccu: the transmission of medieval and modern terms for donkeys in Sicily”

TRAJKO PETROVSKI [Folklore Institute of Skopje]: “The Donkey in Roma folklore in Skopje”

ANDREW ROSENFELD [Mount St. Mary’s University]: “Muleteer Songs and the Traditional Musical Festivals of the Alpujarras” [Summary and CV]

JENNIFER SCARCE [University of Dundee]: “Harnesses, trappings and accoutrements of the Mediterranean donkey”

CORINNA SEEDS [Hydra]: “Four Donkeys and a Funeral”

HOUSNI ALKHATEEB SHEHADA [University of Tel Aviv] “The medical treatment of donkeys and mules in the Mamluk period (1250-1517)” [Summary and CV]

KHALID SINDAWI [University of Tel Aviv]: “The Prophet Mohammad's  donkey and it's role in early Shi'a Islam” [Summary and CV]

PAUL STARKEY: [University of Reading]: “Donkey and mule culture: the broader vision” [Summary and CV]

PAUL SVENDSEN [Donkey Sanctuary, Spain]: “A Working Charter for the Mediterranean donkey”

TASOULA VERVENIOTI [Athens]: “The history of the donkey Foula and the mule Koula and/or a Greek history of occupation-resistance and the Greek Civil War (1940-50)” [Summary and CV]

BERKE INEL [Yιldιz University]: “The role of the donkey in Turkish/Mediterranean painting and folk art” [Summary and CV]