“Shahzia Sikander at Jesus College: Archives, Contemporary Practices, and Decolonisation”

February 11-12, 2022

Frankopan Hall, Jesus College, and online

University of Cambridge

The global affiliations of the practice of Shahzia Sikander allows scholars from multiple fields to revisit their own work with a critical eye. This public symposium, Shahzia Sikander at Jesus College: Archives, Contemporary Practices, and Decolonisation, held in response to the exhibition Shahzia Sikander: Unbound at the West Court Gallery (16 October 2021–18 February 2022), examines Shahzia Sikander’s practice and its relationship to several broad themes, including but not limited to: Islamic art, modern and contemporary South Asian art, queer and feminist visual practices, and decolonial politics.

For more information on this ground-breaking conference see here.


“Muslims in the UK and Europe” (MUKE)

The Centre organises an annual postgraduate symposium on Muslims in the UK and Europe. The aim is to bring together graduate students from British, European and American universities to present their research to their peers, discuss their findings and engage in debate about the issues that face Muslims in the European context.

For the 2021 event we had papers from 10 young scholars from around the world in a virtual conference – with the keynote given by our Visiting Fellow, Dr Hisham Hellyer.

You can find information about this year’s event as well as previous events here

The Centre of Islamic Studies is also proud to support initiatives led by The Gulf Research Centre-Cambridge and The Islamic Manuscript Association.

The Gulf Research Meeting (GRM)

To enhance knowledge and research about the Gulf, the Gulf Research Centre Cambridge has established an annual Gulf Research Meeting with the clear objective to provide an academic environment to foster Gulf studies and to encourage scholarly and academic exchange among those working on or interested in the developments taking place that are defining the Gulf region and their constituent societies. Set within the historic outlines of the University of Cambridge, the annual Gulf Research Meeting attempts to highlight the issues of importance to the Gulf region and provide a basis for undertaking and engaging in academic and empirical research in the fields of politics, economics, energy, security and the wider social sciences.

The Islamic Manuscript Conference

The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA) is dedicated to protecting Islamic manuscript collections and supporting those who work with them. It was formed in response to the urgent need to address the poor preservation and inaccessibility of many Islamic manuscript collections around the world. TIMA organises regular training workshops in cataloguing, conservation, digitisation and academic publishing as well as an annual workshop on Islamic codicology in cooperation with Cambridge University Library.

GRM 2014 Group Photo GRM GRM 2015 Group Picture





Previous conferences are outlined below: