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Founded in 1973, BRISMES provides a forum for educators and researchers in Middle East Studies. Membership is open to all regardless of nationality or country of residence. We work to promote interest in Middle East Studies and to raise awareness of the region and how it is connected to other parts of the world, including the UK. Middle East Studies is a diverse field, which encompasses all the humanities and social sciences and reaches from the present back to classical antiquity.

Since 1974, we have published the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies – now issuing 5 editions a year through Taylor and Francis – which is free to members. We offer funding and prizes to support and recognize the best research, to which all BRISMES members are eligible to apply. We also organise public annual lectures and the BRISMES Annual Conference, which draws participants from all over the world and attracts the latest research on all aspects of Middle East Studies in Britain and beyond. Members enjoy a reduced attendance rate here, too.



  • Calling for a new deal for higher education

BRISMES and other professional associations have written a letter to UK ministers expressing profound concern about the future of higher education in the UK, and calling upon ministers to create a new deal for higher education to ensure that tertiary institutions in the UK remain at the forefront of global research, education and innovation.
17 June 2020

  • Contacting BRISMES

If you need to contact BRISMES, please do so by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  As advised by the government, we are currently working from home and are unable to pick up any post.

  • BRISMES 2020 Conference (Postponed)

The 2020 BRISMES Annual Conference has been postponed. The conference will now take place 28-30 April 2021 at the University of Kent.  We are happy to confirm that Professor Pinar Bilgin of Bilkent Univeristy and Professor Caroline Rooney of the University of Kent will still be our keynote speakers. Please visit the conference website for more details.


The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
Department of Politics & International Studies
University of Warwick



The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies is a registered charity: 289804
VAT Registration Number: 828 5681 90


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