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Recent BRISMES Actions

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BRISMES is now a signatory to the MESA Statement on academic freedom in Turkey (21 July 2016).

Read the text of BRISMES' message to President Al-Sisi regarding the death of Giulio Regeni (6 February 2016).

Read the text of BRISMES' message in support of colleagues in Turkey (19 January 2016). 

Middle East Related Events and Opportunities in the UK

signoutside square smallThe BRISMES Conference is held annually in the summer at a different UK venue each year, and is the largest annual gathering in Europe of specialists working on the Middle East. The Society also organises an Annual Lecture and workshops on specific topics. 

Visit the public e-calendar for information about Middle East related events in the UK! This is a free platform on which anyone can advertise events they are organising, or browse what's on in their area. Events range from public lectures and academic conferences, to films and music festivals. Visit the e-calendar here.

We also have a Jobs page, which collects all academic and non-academic Middle East related employment opportunities. It is free both to advertise and browse jobs. View the Jobs Page here.

BRISMES Annual Conferences: 2016 and 2017 (upcoming!)


BRISMES Annual Conference 2016 took place at the University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus, on 13 – 15 July. It was the Society's first Annual Conference in Wales!

Over 200 participants presented on diverse subjects, approaching the theme of 'Networks' from multiple perspectives and disciplines. We would like to particularly thank Dr. Grahame Davies for his fascinating keynote speech which explored the historical relationship between Wales and Islam, and all who helped make the conference a success. To read the keynote speech, click here.

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Annual Conference will be held in collaboration with the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department in Edinburgh, on 5 - 7 July 2017, with the theme of 'Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux.' We will shortly be issuing a Call for Papers.

Workshop Exploring The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Regional Origins, Present Reality, Future Prospects


Many thanks to all who took part in this fascinating workshop, entitled 'The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Regional Origins, Present Reality, Future Prospects', co-organised by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, the Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh, on Friday, 29 April 2016: 9.30 - 17.00 in Edinburgh University. 

To see the programme and access the presentations that were given at the workshop, click here.  

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