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Benefits of Membership


  • A substantial discount on the fee for the BRISMES Annual Conference
  • Receipt of five issues per year of the British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies by post and access to the journal online
  • Receipt of monthly newsletter by email detailing BRISMES news, opportunities in Middle East Studies and upcoming MENA-related events throughout the UK
  • The opportunity to apply for the BRISMES Early Career Development (ECR) Prize and BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize
  • The opportunity to publicise events and jobs in our Featured listings on the BRISMES events calendar and jobs page for free
  • The opportunity to vote at the Annual General Meeting
  • The opportunity to vote to elect (and be nominated as) members of BRISMES Council (trustees)
  • The opportunity to vote to elect (and be nominated as) the Society's Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Free publicity for news related to your academic research (eg. newly published books, awards won) through the BRISMES e-newsletter, website and on BRISMES social media platforms.

 Membership Categories


 Important Information
BRISMES is a recognised charitable body and subscriptions are therefore tax deductible. BRISMES membership subscriptions run from 1 January to 31 December each year. Subscriptions are due on 1 January each year. Members joining after this date will have their membership back-dated from 1 January and publications sent for that year.

Membership applications are processed manually; there will be a delay between submitting an application form and receiving confirmation of membership.

Individual Membership

Membership in this category is open to those professionally and/or personally concerned with the MENA region and international relations.

Please note:
- All of the rates below are discounted by 20% for scholars in the Global South to account for the expense of making hard currency payments
- All of the rates below are discounted by 10% for those who take out a standing order
- We also offer an additional opt-in extra to receive MideastWire which costs £30

Subscription rates for 2021

  • Those earning £80,000 or more:    £150
  • Those earning between £60,000 and £79,999:    £120
  • Those earning between £50,000 and £59,999:    £100
  • Those earning between £40,000 and £49,999:    £90
  • Those earning between £30,000 and £39,999:    £60
  • Those earning below £29,999:    £50
  • Retired*:    £50
  • Students** & unwaged***:    £30

**Anyone over the current state pension age and no longer in full time employment is eligible to pay this rate.

** Upon graduation, for a period of two years, former student members may also benefit from this reduced rate

***Anyone who has been unemployed for a period of more than THREE months may benefit from this reduced rate, until such time as they find gainful employment.

Institutional membership

Institutional membership is open to any organisation that is actively involved in Middle East Studies and relevant forms of public engagement and community education. It is for charities, campaigning organizations, associations, community groups and the like. This membership allows 2, 4, 6 or 8 named employees from your organisation to enjoy all the benefits of being a member of BRISMES, including reduced rates at our annual conference. Institutional membership is not available to university departments. The fee varies depending on the number of named employees, and the size and income of the organisation.

School membership - FREE

School membership is open to any school offering GCSE, A levels or the equivalent in any Middle East language, Middle East studies, Islamic studies or related subjects. Each holder of school membership will be entitled to institutional on-line access to the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, reduced rates at the BRISMES annual conference and access to other BRISMES events. They will not be eligible for voting rights.

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