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BRISMES Student Section

BRISMES Student Section Co-Presidents:
saeb kasm 

Saeb Kasm

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Marral Shamshiri-Fard

The BRISMES Student Section aims to bring together students studying the Middle East in Britain in order to:

  • Strengthen the community of graduate students in the field of Middle East studies in Britain
  • Create a network providing advice and support for current and prospective graduates: raising awareness of academic resources, funding opportunities, and career opportunities both within and outside academia
  • Make BRISMES more representative and better equipped to promote Middle East studies


Online BRISMES Event: Securing a post-doc position after your PhD: Demystifying the application process

Date: 5 November 2020
Time: 1pm-2:30pm GMT
Location: Online via Zoom (registration required)

What does it take to secure a post-doc after your PhD? This event brings together three academics who have successfully secured post-doctoral positions (with Leverhulme; British Academy and Cambridge JRF) and an academic mentor who has supported a successful application. The panellists work in a range of disciplines spanning the humanities, languages, history, and political science. The event offers an opportunity for students and ECRs interested in pursuing an academic career to find out about the various post-doc tracks that are available and to learn from the experiences of our panellists. The event intends to highlight what post-doc options are available to recent PhD graduates; demystify the application process; and offer useful tips and advice in the process. We invite students and ECRs to come prepared with questions to ask our panellists.

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Algerian Studies Master's Prize 2020

The Society for Algerian Studies and the LSE Middle East Centre are delighted to announce the launch of a prize aimed at Master’s students in the UK conducting research on Algeria. Designed to encourage and celebrate outstanding research, prizes will be awarded to the most innovative and significant Master’s dissertations focussing on Algeria. Entries are invited from students enrolled on Master’s degree courses in social sciences, arts and humanities at universities in the UK whose dissertation examines Algeria.Research which focuses on Algeria in comparative perspective is also eligible. The deadline for applications is 23:59 GMT on 30 November 2020

More information about the eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the LSE Middle East Centre website.
- 8 October 2020

Call for Applications: Early Career Researchers’ Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Politics of the Middle East (updated)

The organisers of the ‘Early Career Researchers’ Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Politics of the Middle East invite Postdoc, PhD and advanced Masters candidates to apply for this online seminar series.

This is a cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional seminar series which aims to bring together a diverse body of early career researchers (postdoctoral, PhD students/ candidates, and advanced masters) working on the politics of the Middle East. It addresses the need for early career researchers studying this region to have a forum where they can: (1) present their work and receive feedback from peers and more
senior academics in the field, (2) engage with contemporary research designs and theoretical debates, and (3) develop cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional relationships to facilitate further collaborations, particularly across geographic borders. More widely, the series will strengthen the regional knowledge and analytic skills of early career researchers.

The series seeks to recruit 24 presenters whose work makes original theoretical and empirical contributions to the production of knowledge on the politics of the Middle East. Although there are constraints on the number of presenters, we are keen to include as many participants as possible in the seminar series. Applicants not accepted as presenters will be invited to participate as members of the audience.

The deadline for applications is 25 October 2020 at midnight BST. For more information about the seminar series and how to apply, please see the Call for Papers.
- 6 October 2020