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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. 



Call for expressions of interest to host future BRISMES Annual Conferences 

We are seeking statements of interest for serving as the Host for the annual BRISMES conference in June of 2021 or 2022. The BRISMES conference aims to foster dialogue between scholars, practitioners and activists concerned with the region from all disciplines and all approaches. We seek expressions of interest from groups, departments and/or organisations throughout the United Kingdom. The Conference Host is a group or organisation which serves as a liaison to BRISMES, assisting in the identification of the conference theme and keynote speakers, conference spaces, accommodation, catering and reception options and sponsorships, as well as in creating a programme committee.

Further details on the Call and how to submit expressions of interest are available here

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 21 February 2020, midnight UK time, and should be sent to Nicola Pratt via the BRISMES administrator: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Short-listed applications will be contacted by the end of March 2020 and site visits carried out by BRISMES officers and staff in summer 2020.

Letter from BRISMES to Durham University

Read BRISMES' letter to Durham University VC, protesting the ending of administrative services to BRISMES. 

18 December 2019

Iranian Internet Shutdown 

The Iranian state has shut down internet access in response to widespread unrest following a recent hike in gas prices. The shutdown is now over 5 days old and it is unclear when restrictions will be lifted. There are concerns that the ban on internet access will adversely impact admissions prospects for Iranian students applying for universities abroad. Specifically, these students may miss application deadlines and have difficulty sending application fees. This is likely to affect a large number of talented applicants hoping to study at North American and European universities, including many who wish to study the Middle East. BRISMES calls on academic institutions to make special accommodations for Iranian applicants for the duration of the ban. These accommodations could include extensions on application deadlines, waivers of application fees and accepting paper applications in lieu of online submission.

22 November 2019

Listen to the BRISMES Annual Lecture 

You can listen to a recording of Professor Laleh Khalili's lecture 'The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea' here


For BRISMES statements on infringements to academic freedom, please see here.   

2017 Information Pack 

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