Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about the 2022 BRISMES conference, we hope that you find the answer below. If not, please contact Nadeen Dakkak, Conference Coordinator, at conference@brismes.org

1. Submissions

When do submissions open?

Submissions are now closed. 

Can we submit an abstract as co-authors?

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 conference@brismes.org with your co-author’s details, so that we can credit them accordingly on the programme. Please ensure to copy your co-author on the e-mail.

Do you accept abstracts from undergraduate students?

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

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). Please arrange a chair for your panel. 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). 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.

Should I send my CV as well as my abstract?

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.

Can we submit a co-organised panel?

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 conference@brismes.org with your panel co-organiser’s details so that we can incorporate these into the submission. Please ensure to copy your co-organiser on the e-mail.

Will I receive confirmation of my abstract submission?

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

​When will I find out if my abstract has been accepted?

All decisions were sent out on 1 February 2022. If you have not received a response regarding your submission, please e-mail conference@brismes.org.

2. The Programme

When will the conference programme be published?

The conference programme is now available here.

When will the conference start and finish?

The conference will begin at 11:00 on Monday 4 July and finish at 18:30 on Wednesday 6 July 2022. 

3. Presenting

Will I be able to present my paper online?

Subject to government regulations and university guidance with regards to coronavirus, the 2022 BRISMES conference is planned to be held fully in person at the University of St Andrews. 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 conference@brismes.org.

4. Registering

How do I register for the 2022 conference if I am a presenter?

If you have been accepted to present at the conference, you will have received an email notification with a link inviting you to confirm your attendance by registering for the conference. The registration period is now closed for presenting delegates. 

Are there any fee waivers available?

Yes, some bursaries will be available for BRISMES members through the Solidarity Fund to subsidize registration fees and/or accommodation costs for colleagues based in the Global South, including the MENA region, and those without access to institutional funds or suffering financial hardship.

The deadline for receiving applications has now passed. 

What is the deadline for registration for speaking delegates for the 2022 conference?

The registration period for presenting delegates is now closed. 

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

The registration period for non-presenting delegates is now closed. 

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?

Yes, you can cancel your registration and request a refund by emailing conference@brismes.org and CCing office@brismes.org. An administration fee of £35 will be deducted from the total amount you paid. The deadline for requesting a refund is Friday 3 June 2022. After this date, the programme of the conference will be finalized and cancellations will no longer be refunded.  

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 conference@brismes.org.

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.