BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom was set up to monitor and defend academic freedom in the research, study and teaching of Middle East Studies in the UK and anywhere in the world, including in academic institutions in the Middle East and North Africa.

To learn more about how the committee works, please see the Terms of Reference.

Letters from the BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom

Latest Letter

On 16 November, the BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom wrote to the UK Home Secretary to express our concern about statements made by the Home Secretary following LSE student protests against the Israeli Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely.

Report on meeting between BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom and Minister of State for Universities

On 28 October 2021, members of the BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom met with the Minister for Universities, Michelle Donelan, and Baroness Barran, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education, in follow-up to our correspondence with the Minister regarding the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

Previous Letters from the Committee

2021

2020

  • Letter to Egyptian President regarding the arrest and detention of Dr Ahmed Tohamy and the continued detention of Mr Patrick George Zaki.
    - 29 November 2020
  • Letter to Israeli government calling for the immediate release of Professor Imad Barghouthi.
    - 22 October 2020
  • Letter to the President of the German Rectors' Conference regarding the recent resolution entitled ‘No place for antisemitism’ and its implications for academic freedom.
    - 26 February 2020
  • Letter from BRISMES regarding the arrest and detention of Mr Patrick Zaki.
    - 14 February 2020
  • BRISMES signs open letter calling for the release of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, academics imprisoned in Iran since last year on charges of espionage.
    - 11 February 2020

2016-2019

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