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Submissions open for 2022 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize

We invite submissions for this prize which 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 calendar year.

Report on meeting with Minister of State for Universities

On 28 October 2021, members of the BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom met with the Minister for Universities, Michelle Donelan, and Baroness Barran, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education, in follow-up to our correspondence...

Letter to UK Home Secretary regarding LSE student protests

On 16 November, the BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom wrote to the UK Home Secretary to express our concern about statements made by the Home Secretary following LSE student protests against the Israeli Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely.

Call for Hosts of Future BRISMES Annual Conferences

We are seeking statements of interest for serving as the Host for the BRISMES Annual Conference in 2023 or 2024. The conference aims to foster dialogue between scholars, practitioners and activists concerned with the region from all disciplines and all...

Letter from Academic Freedom Committee to University of Glasgow

Letter to University of Glasgow regarding the ‘Protocol for Managing Speakers and Events’, the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, and their implications for Middle East Studies and Academic Freedom.

Academic freedom in relation to the dismissal of Prof David Miller

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom has written to Bristol University to express our dismay at the decision to fire Professor David Miller.

Mohsen Kadivar to give the 2021 BRISMES Annual Lecture

We are delighted to announce that Professor Mohsen Kadivar will be giving the 2021 BRISMES Annual Lecture. The title of the lecture will be Transformation of ‘Islamic Republic’ to ‘Islamic State of Iran’. The lecture will take place online and...

2021 BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize Winner Announced

We ar delighted to announce that Marianne Dhenin has been selected as the winner of the 2021 BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize.