Founded in 1973, BRISMES is the largest national academic association in Europe focused on the study of the Middle East and North Africa, and a leading voice for the discipline both within the UK and internationally. Since 2019, the Society has undertaken an extensive process of reform, becoming more diverse and more democratic.
BRISMES is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales. The Society has two part-time employees – a Manager and a Conference Coordinator. It is run by BRISMES Council whose members are trustees of the charity and directors of the company. The council is comprised of the officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and council members elected or co-opted from among the membership.
All members of Council are required to fulfil all the duties and responsibilities statutorily required of trustees to ensure that the Society conducts itself and its business in a manner consistent with its charitable status. The Society’s governing document can be found below.