Open Meetings Programme

For a record of past meetings, please refer to the Archive. This gives speakers and  topics.

Future Programme

The ICEA year ends on July 31st. The monthly programme of open meetings resumes in October. Dates for our forthcoming meetings are shown below. Speakers and topics are added when these are sufficiently confirmed to be announced. Formal notices giving further details are posted and despatched to members and those on the mailing list approximately one month before the event.

Going forward we expect to provide a mix of Zoom and hybrid (face to face with a Zoom feed in addition) meetings. These will normally be on the third Wednesday of the month. We have planned bookings at the AWG monthly through to June 2025, dates will be finalised as they are agreed with our speakers.

In addition to the confirmed meetings and future dates listed below, in normal times there are also Members’ Events including the Annual General Meeting and Christmas social.

For dates and details please refer to the Members Events page

Meetings, Time and Place

Venue: Art Workers’ Guild (AWG), Gradidge Room and Zoom

The Gradidge Room is a small venue and our meetings are more akin to seminars than to lectures.

In-person participants: the venue is at 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT

Charges for in-person participants (including drinks/refreshments):
Members – £5; Non-members – £10; Students – £2.50

Members can meet from 6.00 pm, the talk runs from 6.30-8.00 followed by more drinks.

Intended dates for presentations for the balance of 2024  are given below. These dates may, exceptionally, be varied to accommodate a presenter’s other commitments. All meetings’ announcements should be regarded as provisional until the formal meeting notice is circulated up to one one month in advance of the meeting date. Information additional to what appears below may be added before that.


Wednesday 19th June 2024,   18h00for 18h30 (and by Zoom)

 We Need to Talk about Islam

and the Western Blight on Sudanese Politics

presented by

 James Morton


In 2023 Sudan collapsed into civil war, partly caused by Western reluctance to engage with Islamic movements reflecting the popular will, making it difficult for Arab Muslims to believe in a democratic route to a more egalitarian Islamic society. Sudan has been through a cycle of violent insurgency, followed by western-sponsored peace talks between government and different armed groups, enabling violence as a route to power and making civil
politics look redundant. 

Arabist and economist, James Morton worked in Darfur for six years and has published research on Darfur and Sudan.  In analysing the current disaster in Sudan he draws on many different Sudanese voices, from the youthful Resistance Commiitees which led the 2019 revolution to Abd El Wahid El Nur, leader of the main Fur resistance to Al Bashir. 

 Venue: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT



This talk will also be transmitted live via Zoom

Individuals will need to register with Zoom. To join us
please click on the following meeting link:


Meeting ID: 862 5996 7433  Passcode: 735107   

The site will open half an hour before the talk and it would be greatly appreciated if members and guests use a recognisable user name when  taking part in our online meetings.

We expect to continue providing a mixture of Zoom and hybrid meetings. (Hybrid meetings combine face to face and Zoom). They will normally be on the third Wednesday of the month.  We have planned bookings at the AWG monthly through to June 2025; dates will be finalised as they are agreed with our speakers. Provisional dates for the rest of 2024 are as follows:-

Calendar year 2024  
                                                                        ICEA year 2023-24  
                                                                   June 19th 
                                                                  July 17th
                                                                              ICEA year 2024-25 

Meeting Charges

A small charge is made to cover the costs of drinks and other refreshments, which are served before and after the meeting.  Charges (including drinks/refreshments): Members – £5; Non-members – £10; Students – £2.50.

Meeting Notifications

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