Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about the 2023 BRISMES conference, we hope that you find the answer below. If not, please contact Rosa Sansone, Conference Coordinator, at

1. Submissions

When do submissions open?

Submissions for the 2023 BRISMES Annual Conference are now closed. 

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

Pre-organised panels should include a minimum of three papers (and a maximum of five). It is preferable that the chair is not a paper presenter.

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

Roundtables should include a minimum of three participants (and a maximum of five). 

2. The Programme

When will the conference programme be published?

The provisional conference schedule has been published and can be found here.  

When will the conference start and finish?

The conference will begin on Monday, 3 July, at 10 AM and finish on Wednesday, 5 July 2023 at 4 PM. 

3. Presenting

Will I be able to present my paper online?

The 2023 BRISMES conference is planned to be held fully in person at the University of Exeter. We ask you to please register for the conference only if you plan to attend and present your paper in person. 

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

Each presenter should speak for no more than 20 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 your presentation to

What is the Policy on Land or Territorial Acknowledgement?

In alignment with the UN Declaration, this policy is that when registering for the BRISMES conference participants will:

  • acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the institution to which they are affiliated is located, and/or: 
  • acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which research was conducted. 

For more information, please read the Policy here:

4. Registering

How do I register for the 2023 conference if I am a presenter?

Registration for presenting delegates has now closed.

Are there any fee waivers available?

Yes, some bursaries were available through the Solidarity Fund to subsidize registration fees, visa and accommodation costs for colleagues without access to institutional funds or suffering financial hardship. If your paper has been accepted for inclusion in the programme, you will have received an email notification with the link to the Solidarity Fund application form. The deadline to apply for the Solidarity Fund has now passed. 

What is the deadline for registration for speaking delegates for the 2023 conference?

The registration deadline for speaking delegates was 21 March 2023. 

Can I attend the conference if I am not presenting a paper?

Yes, people not presenting can definitely attend. However, registration for non-speaking delegates has now ended. 

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

Yes! 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.

I have registered for the conference but I am no longer able to attend. Can I get a refund of my registration fees?

You can cancel your registration up to two weeks before the conference. You can request a refund by emailing and CCing An administration fee of £35 will be deducted from the total amount you paid. 

5. Post-Conference

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

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

Is there a possibility of publishing my paper?

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 about the journal.