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Obituary | BRISMES President Haleh Afshar, 1944-2022

The Trustees of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and President, Haleh Afshar, on May 12 after a long struggle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Maurice Dodson, and their son and...

Call for Nominations: Elections for BRISMES Committees

We are hoping to expand the Committee on Academic Freedom and the Communications Committee, and are seeking nominations for these elected positions.

Letter from BRISMES to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet

On 6 April, the BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom wrote to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet to protest against Israeli violations of Palestinian academic freedom

Submissions open for 2022 BRISMES Early Career Development Prize

We invite submissions for this prize which aims to to support activities geared toward strengthening the academic profile and CV of an early career scholar. Two prizes of £2,000 each are available.

Upcoming Outreach & Pedagogy Event: Teaching Palestine in the Present

Who writes Palestinian history, in the present, and down to the present? How is it written and practiced, in and outside Europe, and what for? How has what the Italian revolutionary and intellectual Antonio Gramsci called the ‘war of position’ (an...

Letter to University of Manchester regarding Alistair Hudson

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom has written to Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor University of Manchester, to express our concerns about the University’s treatment of Alistair Hudson, Director, Whitworth Art Gallery...

Letter to Sheffield Hallam University regarding Shahd Abusalama

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom has written to Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, to express our concerns regarding the investigation of Shahd Abusalama and the cancellation of the class she was scheduled...

Watch Recording of 2021 BRISMES Annual Lecture by Prof Mohsen Kadivar

On 7 December 2021, BRISMES had the pleasure of hosting Professor Mohsen Kadivar for the 2021 BRISMES Annual Lecture entitled Transformation of ‘Islamic Republic’ to ‘Islamic State of Iran’.