About St Andrews

The 2022 BRISMES Annual Conference will be hosted by the Institute of the Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. You can find below useful information on reaching the university and accommodation options.

St Andrews

St Andrews sits to the northeast of Edinburgh on the Scottish coast. It is a unique and captivating seaside city, and the University is a key part of its charm. Despite being small, St Andrews is filled to the brim with historic landmarks to visit and stunning landscapes to bask in. While your main reason to visit may be the conference, try to make time to see some of the other treats St Andrews has to offer. 

Things to do & see

About St Andrews
    • Visit St Andrews Cathedral;
    • Golf lovers should take a trip to the Old Course at St Andrews Links (containing the historical Swilcan Bridge);
    • Explore the ruins of St Andrews Castle;
    • Meander along West Sand Beach or Tentsmuir Sands; 
    • Stroll through the St Andrews Botanic Garden and Cambo Gardens; 
    • Take a boat trip at the harbour; 
    • See some of the many museums, including the St Andrews Museum, the Bell Pettigrew Museum or the Wardlaw Museum; 
    • Photograph the West Port gateway.

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    University of St Andrews

    About St Andrews

    Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410, and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413. The University of St Andrews maintains one of the most extensive university library collections in the United Kingdom, which includes significant holdings of books, manuscripts, muniments and photographs. The library collection contains over a million volumes and over two hundred thousand rare and antique books.

    About St Andrews

    There are 18 academic schools organised into four faculties. The university occupies historic and modern buildings located throughout the town. The university has two major sites within the town. The first is the United College, St Andrews (also known as the Quad or St Salvator's) on North Street, which functions both as a teaching space and venue for student events, incorporating the Departments of Social Anthropology and Modern Languages. The second is St Mary's College, St Andrews, based on South Street, which houses the Schools of Divinity, Psychology and Neuroscience, as well as the King James Library. Several schools are located on The Scores including Classics, English, History, Philosophy, the School of Economics and Finance, and International Relations, as well as the Admissions department, the Museum of the University of St Andrews, and the Principal's residence, University House.

    A map of the University of St Andrews and town is available to download below.

    Information on how you can reach the University of St Andrews is available here.

    On-campus accommodation at the University of St Andrews is available for BRISMES delegates if you book early. In order to make a booking, you need to use this code BRISMES22, as bookings are currently only available for conference guests. You can find more information here, and you can enter BRISMES22 in the "promotional code" field at the top of the page in order to search for available rooms.   

    Institute of the Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS)

    MECACS was founded in 2003 to bring together scholars in the different Schools of the University with the aim of promoting cross-disciplinary education and research on the historical and contemporary Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus. It is housed and managed in the School of International Relations and seeks to collaborate with staff and students working on the regions in the School of History, including those in the Institute for Iranian Studies, the School of Modern Languages (housing ArabicPersian and Russian language teaching), the Schools of Economics and Divinity and the Departments of Social Anthropology and Film Studies.

    MECACS scholars explore a wide range of themes including:

    • Conflict, political violence and conflict resolution.
    • State formation, colonial legacies and external interactions.
    • International society and regionalism.
    • Domestic and foreign policies of MECACS states.
    • Authoritarianism, civil society and democratization.
    • Religion, politics and society.

    MECACS scholars have led projects on civil society, Islam, Middle Eastern Christians, sectarianism, and the Arab uprisings. They have been awarded grants from Horizon 2020, European Framework Seven, Humanities in the Research Area (HERA), the British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund.

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