Artist in Residence, Trico Changemakers Studio; International Center of Arts for Social Change (ICASC) 2022-2023

Sonically it [mannat] is a very rich piece and allows the listener to be immersed in the different musics, chanting and drones in a beautiful way. ” - Hildegard Westerkamp

— Canadian Soundscape Composer

Sufi Singer-Songwriter & Acousmatic Composer

Women in Music Canada's Honor Roll

Literary Writer & Poet

Literary Writer & Poet

Nominated for the Alberta Magazine Awards in Poetry (2022)

Shumaila Hemani, Ph.D. in Music and M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Alberta, is the former Music Faculty for Semester at Sea (SAS) Spring 2020 Voyage. Her research on Sufi sounds of the Shah jo Raag, mentored by Prof. Regula Burckhardt Qureshi, is situated at the intersection of religion, governance, and social justice at the Muslim shrines in Sindh, Pakistan. Hemani has disseminated her research at many peer-reviewed conferences in Canada, the US, and internationally. She has received several awards, honours, and recognition for her academic and artistic contributions, including First Prize at the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference (2017), the Cultural Diversity Award (2015) Laura Bassi Scholarship (2018 and 2021), the State of Kuwait Award in Islamic Studies (2015), Frank Henderson Prize in the study of Women and Religion (2017), Maud Karpeles International travel award (2015), the Institute of Ismaili Studies graduate and doctoral award (2006-09/2012-17), and many others. She has published about Pakistani women's music in a historical context in the Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill, 2017) and contributed the first report about Pakistan's music to the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) (2021). She has also published in the Conversation, Canadian National Post, Work of Arts, and other media. Her research monograph on Sufi performers in South Asia will be published by Routledge’s Islam and Human Rights series in 2022.  

Alberta's Artist in Residence & Arts Ambassador (Short-listed)

Creative Cultural Advocate

Keynote Speaker, University of Hawaii

Speaker, First-Ever Music Climate Summit (Toronto, 2022)