Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about the 2020 BRISMES conference, we hope that you find the answer below. If not, please contact the conference coordinator at

Frequently asked questions:

QCan we submit an abstract as co-authors?

A: Yes. If both authors will be attending the conference, please use the dual-authored paper submission form. Both authors will have to register for the conference if they wish to present the paper jointly. If the paper is co-authored but only one of you is presenting the work, please submit the paper as an individual and e-mail us at with your co-author’s details, so that we can credit them accordingly on the programme. Please ensure to copy your co-author into the e-mail.

QDo you accept abstracts from undergraduate students?

A: Yes. All papers will be considered on their academic merits.

Q: How many people should be in a panel? Is there a minimum or maximum number of papers?

A: Pre-organised panels should include a minimum of four papers (and a maximum of five). Please arrange a chair for your panel. It is preferable that the chair is not a paper presenter.

Q: How many participants should be in a roundtable? Is there a minimum or maximum number of participants? 

A: Roundtables should include a minimum of four participants (and a maximum of five). Please arrange a chair for your roundtable. Organisers must submit a 250 word abstract for the roundtable and a sentence from each participant on their contribution.

QShould I send my CV as well as my abstract?

A: No, please do not send CVs as additional attachments. The form through which you submitted you paper/panel proposal asks you for all the information we require.

Q: Can we submit a co-organised panel?

A: Yes. The submission form is formatted to accept the details of a single panel organiser, but we can of course accept a co-organised panel. Please use the panel submission form to complete the details and then e-mail with your panel co-organiser’s details so that we can incorporate these into the submission. Please ensure to copy your co-author into the e-mail.

Q: Will I receive confirmation of my abstract submission? 

A: Yes – you will receive an automated email response to your submission. Please do check junk mail folders.

QWhen will I find out if my abstract has been accepted?

ADecisions will be communicated to applicants by mid-January 2020. If you have not received a response regarding your submission, please e-mail

QHow long should my paper presentation be at this year’s BRISMES?

A: Each presenter should speak for no more than 15 minutes, in order to allow plenty of time for each presentation and for a discussion/Q&A with the audience afterwards. Our suggested word count guideline for this is 2000-2200, but you may wish to tailor this to any visual aids or other elements to cover during your talk. You are welcome to use Powerpoint slides if you wish to. We recommend that you send us a copy of your presentation so we can provide a back-up and have it loaded up in advance for you on the day. If you wish to avail of this, please send us your presentation.

QHow do I register for the 2020 conference?

A: Registration for the conference will open early February 2020 – further details will be published in due course. All speaking delegates must register in advance of the conference in order to participate.

Q: Are there any fee waivers available?

A: Yes. We have established a SOLIDARITY FUND to help with registration costs and accommodation. Instructions on applying for a fee waiver and an accommodation bursary will be sent out in the registration email in early February. Please note that we are unable to assist with travel costs or visa fees.

QWhat is the deadline for registration for the 2020 conference?

A: Registration is required for all attendees. Speaking delegates, chairs, and discussants must register in advance of the conference. The early bird deadline for registration is 6 March 2020 (23:59 GMT). The final deadline for registration for speaking participants is 31 March 2020 (23:59 GMT). Please note that registration is imperative as we cannot finalise the conference schedule until our delegates have confirmed participation. Any delegates not registered by 31 March, and who have not been in touch with us to arrange an extension, will be considered as not attending.

Non-speaking delegates are very welcome to attend also, and can register online until 5 June 2020 (17:00 GMT). We will be able to facilitate a limited number of non-speaking delegate registrations on the door.

Please note that tickets for the BRISMES Conference are non-refundable.

QI am not a BRISMES member. Can I become a member to avail of the reduced conference registration rates?

A: Yes, certainly. BRISMES members are eligible for discounted registration rates for the annual conference as well as a number of other benefits. Please see here for further information about BRISMES membership.

Q. When will the conference programme be published?

A. We can finalise the programme after the deadline for delegates to register (31 March) and any registration extensions have passed. A working soft copy of the 2020 schedule of events will be available on our conference website. Any changes to this will be minimal and only where strictly necessary.

All delegates will receive the full, printed conference programme (which contains the conference schedule) on arrival to the conference registration desk in June.

Q: Can I obtain an official letter of acceptance, to support a funding and/or visa application? 

A: Yes, absolutely. Please contact with your full name and the details you require. As the conference correspondence is monitored part-time, please give us 5 working days notice for this to be produced. 

Q: Can I obtain a document confirming my participation in the conference? 

A: Yes, we can produce this for you following the conclusion of the conference: please send us a request for this to

Q: Is there a possibility of publishing my paper? 

A: Although the BRISMES Conference itself does not involve a direct route to publication, please note that BRISMES produces The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Five issues of this journal are published each year, and BRISMES members receive a copy of these as part of their membership. Please see here for more information. 

Q: Will I have access to wifi during the conference? 

A: Delegates with a university affiliation can connect to the campus wifi using Eduroam. Delegates without Eduroam access can avail of guest access to the wifi. We can provide instructions about this at the conference registration desk.

Please note that if you are running Windows XP, which is no longer supported by security updates from Microsoft, you will be unable to connect to the network.