SINF concludes by recommending improving plants' social impact
September 21, 2023 / 7:24 PM
Sharjah 24: The Sharjah Institute for Heritage has wrapped up the 23rd annual Sharjah International Narrator Forum, which this year had a theme of "Tales of Plants." Over 120 specialists, academics, and storytellers from 47 nations, including a visitor from Qatar, participated in the three-day conference, which offered a wide range of themes, cultural workshops, and unique publications.
The concluding ceremony was attended by Dr Abdul Aziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Heritage Institute and Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the Sharjah International Narrator Forum.
Khamis bin Salem Al Suwaidi, Advisor of the Sharjah Ruler's Office, and Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, attended the ceremony, which also featured the recognition of sponsors and supporters and the inauguration of the attached premises.
Dr Abdul Aziz Al Musallam emphasised the importance of plants as a source of inspiration and urged authors, researchers, and critics to delve into the fascinating world of plants, which gives plant stories their own unique flavour and enchantment.
The event's scientific programming concluded with a presentation of the key recommendations made by the attending speakers and experts, given by Aisha Rashid Al Hossan, Director of the Arabian Heritage Centre of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage.
The recommendations included examining, publishing, and reissuing historical manuscripts of folk stories; establishing a comprehensive strategy for the Arabic plant glossary; and increasing research efforts to catalogue the names and types of plants.
In addition, the forum recommends: hosting Ph.D. researchers in heritage as part of future sessions; providing financial grants to support field research projects in the Arab world; studying the issuance of specialised scientific residence permits for researchers and heritage writers in the Arab world; creating an index for types of Arabic folk tale classifications; and establishing a professional diploma programme in the field of using plants in manuscript production.
The forum's participating delegations, strategic partners, sponsors, and supporters were honoured by Dr Al Musallam and Aisha Al Shamsi.
A companion exhibition, "Plant Heritage: Trees that Hold Tales and Secrets," was launched by Dr Abdul Aziz Al Musallam at the conclusion of the event and will be open to the public permanently at the Sharjah Institute for Heritage.