Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about the 2021 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 submit your 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?

A: Decisions 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. 

QHow do I register for the 2021 conference?

A: Everyone who was accepted for the 2020 conference is automatically accepted for the 2021 conference & the conference rates, schedule, & registration will be announced in early 2021.

Q: Are there any fee waivers available?

A: While we usually offer bursaries to help cover attendees’ costs, this year, to fit the online format we have instead created income-dependent rates to ensure that the conference is as accessible as possible. For Members, there is a Hardship Fund rate available.

QWhat is the deadline for registration for the 2021 conference?

A: Registration is required for all attendees. Speaking delegates, chairs, and discussants must register in advance of the conference. Registration will be open from 1 March to 4th May 2021. Programme participants must register by midnight 4 May (UK Summer Time); after that date, non-registered participants will be dropped from the programme. The deadline for all other delegates, including publishers, is midnight 20 June (UK Summer Time).

QDo you offer refunds?

Cancellations made before 20 June 2021 (midnight, UK Summer Time) will be refunded minus a £35 administration fee. Cancellations made after 20 June 2021 (midnight, UK Summer Time) will not receive a refund.

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 (4th May) and any registration extensions have passed. A working soft copy of the 2021 schedule of events will be available on our conference website. Any changes to this will be minimal and only where strictly necessary. You will be sent a full schedule once the details are finalised.

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.