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The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (popularly known as BRISMES) was established in 1973 to encourage and promote the study of the Middle East in the United Kingdom.  We are the UK's premier Middle East Studies association.  We bring together teachers, researchers, students, diplomats, journalists and others who deal professionally with the Middle East. 

At the national level the Society pursues a concerted strategy by impressing on national, governmental and university bodies the importance of safeguarding and expanding Middle Eastern studies.  Our links overseas make the Society the foremost channel through which scholars outside Britain may create co-opeerative links with UK-based researchers.

We publish the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies which our members receive as part of the membership package.  We organise public lectures, and our Annual Conference attracts speakers and delegates from all over the world and is often the largest gathering of Middle Eastern scholars in the UK. 

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BRISMES Annual Conference 2017

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BRISMES Annual Conference 2017 will be held in collaboration with Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh, on 5 - 7 July 2017, with the theme of 'Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux.' Call for Papers and other information is available on the conference website

 Mesnet Early Career Middle Eastern Studies Researcher Workshop

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26-27 July 2017 | Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Co-organised by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter & the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), with funding from the British Academy. Details here. | Read the Call for Papers.

Recent BRISMES Actions

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Read BRISMES' Urgent Call to show support for the Central European University in Hungary (April 2017) and statement on Trump's Executive Order on Immigration (January 2017).
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). 

 

 2017 Information Pack 


 Header Globe Image Credit: 'The Middle East', © Richard Clifford via Flickr.