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Event | Conducting Field Research in the Middle East

The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) together with the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) are pleased to announce their third joint mentoring webinar for members. 

Watch 'Contemporary Arabic Literature and Literary Translation'

A recording of this event, which was held online on 19 October 2022, is now available to watch on the the BRISMES YouTube channel.

Watch Recording of the 2022 Annual Lecture with Professor Nadje Al-Ali

On 17 November 2022, we had the pleasure of hosting Professor Nadje Al-Ali for the 2022 BRISMES Annual Lecture. The lecture was held online and was entitled 'Feminist Dilemmas and Ambivalences: Gendered and queer perspectives on the Middle East'.

Submissions Invited for 2023 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize

Submissions are now open for the 2023 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities awarded by a British University in the previous...

Call for Nominations | BRISMES Council Membership 2023-2026

In the past few years BRISMES has undergone a democratization process, while simultaneously struggling for academic freedom in the Middle East, organizing numerous outreach events about topical issues, and launching a series of early career mentoring...

Open Letter to COP27 Attendees on Academic Freedom in Egypt

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom has published an open letter to COP27 attendees to provide essential information regarding the state of academic freedom in Egypt prior to the start of the conference.

Rethinking the Empirical Reality of Statehood in the MENA Region

Registration is open for an online research development seminar examining how post-colonial states in the Middle East became a site of hybrid sovereignties, porous borders, identity politics, and liminality impacting everyday life

Submissions open for 2023 BRISMES Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce that submissions are open for the 2023 BRISMES Annual Conference! The conference will take place from 3 to 5 July 2023 and will be hosted by the University of Exeter. We invite proposals on the theme of Ecology, Crisis, and...