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Event | The Effects of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism on Academic Freedom

Registration is open for an upcoming online event about the joint report published on 13 September by BRISMES and the European Legal Support Center (ELSC). Organised by the BRISMES Outreach & Pedagogy Subcommittee, the event’s details are included below....

Press Release | New Report Highlights Major Free Speech Issues in UK Universities

Report published today reveals breaches of fundamental rights in UK Higher Education through the use of the ‘IHRA definition of antisemitism’

Statement from BRISMES Campaigns Regarding Earthquake in Morocco

BRISMES Campaigns is devastated by the destruction in the aftermath of the Friday evening 8 September earthquake in Morocco. Our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues and all who have been impacted. We offer our deepest condolences for those you...

Submissions Open for 2024 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize

We are pleased to announce that submissions are now open for the 2024 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize. Please note that the annual deadline for the prize has changed to allow the winner to attend the BRISMES annual conference.

Letter Regarding the Ban on the Terms “Gender” and “Homosexuality” in Iraqi Government Institutions

The Academic Freedom Committee has written to Iraqi authorities to express our profound concern about the recent directives which ban or limit the use of the terms “gender” (al-naw‘ al-ijtima‘i and al-jindar) and “homosexuality” (al-mithliyya)...

Letter Regarding Ongoing Detention of Dr Ahmed Al Tohamy

The Committee on Academic Freedom has written to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to express our deep concerns about the ongoing detention of Dr Ahmed Al Tohamy, Assistant Professor of Political Sciences in the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences,...

Registration Open for 2023 BRISMES Annual Lecture

Marking the 20-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, BRISMES invites members and non-members to attend the 2023 BRISMES Annual Lecture Re-membering Iraq: On the Wounds of War by Sinan Antoon.

Laleh Khalili Receives Award for Services to Middle Eastern Studies

BRISMES is delighted and proud to award the 2022 Award for Services to Middle Eastern Studies to Laleh Khalili, who is Professor of Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter.