Graduate Section Events

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BRISMES and CBRL joint mentoring events

BRISMES and the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) are pleased to announce the co-organising of a series of annual mentoring events targeting postgraduate students and early career researchers.

Three events are planned for the 2021-22 academic year focusing on:

  • Applying for funding and securing a post-doc (autumn)
  • Getting published in an academic journal (winter)
  • Conducting field research in the Middle East, remotely and on site (spring/summer)

Past Events

BRISMES – CBRL mentoring event: Applying for Funding and Securing a Post-doc

Date: 13 October 2021

This was the first in a series of co-organised annual mentoring events for members of BRISMES and the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL). October’s mentoring event focussed on the topic of applying for funding and securing a post-doctoral fellowship. This event brought together five speakers from a range of disciplines and institutions currently engaged in the review of academic funding opportunities for scholars of the Middle East (including post-docs), or with experience of successfully securing such funding.

Publishing in Leading MENA-Focused Journals in the UK and the USA

The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex (MENACS) hosted this joint talk by the Editors of two prominent MENA-focused peer-reviewed journals in the UK and the USA: Dr Lloyd Ridgeon, Reader in Islamic Studies (Glasgow) and Editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and Dr Andrew Arsan, Reader in Arab and Mediterranean History (Cambridge) and one of the Editors of Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies. The Editors shared information about the history, aims and scopes of their journals, compared peer-reviewed publishing in the UK and the USA, provided tips on submitting manuscripts and took questions from the audience.

The event was organised by Dr Feras Alkabani, Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature and Co-Director of MENACS (Sussex). 

Thinking about publishing your first academic article or book?

This event brought together a number of academics from disciplines including the humanities, politics and international studies, and specialists from the academic publishing sector to discuss the process behind publishing your first academic journal article or book. The event offered an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an academic or related career in Middle East Studies to engage with established scholars and publishing specialists, learn from their advice and experiences, and find out about the differences between journal publication and preparing your first book manuscript.

Securing a post-doc position after your PhD: Demystifying the application process

This event brought together three academics who have successfully secured post-doctoral positions (with Leverhulme; British Academy and Cambridge JRF) and an academic mentor who has supported a successful application. The event offered an opportunity for students and ECRs interested in pursuing an academic career to find out about the various post-doc tracks that are available and to learn from the experiences of our panellists.

Useful resources shared during the event:

BRISMES Student Mentoring Event

Our first online event offered an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an academic or related non-academic career in Middle East studies to engage with scholars, learn from their experiences, and exchange dialogue on issues of interest. Mentors covered a range of themes including integration into the academic community; development of teaching and scholarship; creative collaboration; leadership and activism; and writing and publishing. 

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