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Student Section Events

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

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


Event Details
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.

Each panellist will speak for 7-10 minutes on their respective post-doc experiences/mentoring, touching on a range of themes, including: (1) preparation and thinking ahead for post-doc positions; (2) the post-doc application process; (3) learning from hiring panel feedback and/or previous rejection; and (4) interview or other advice.

This will allow 45 minutes for the panellists, followed by approximately 45 minutes for discussion, questions and answers. The event should take no longer than 90 minutes.

Dr Malaka Shwaikh (Associate Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of St Andrews and BRISMES Council Member)


Dr Sarah Arens (Univeristy of St Andrews)

sarah arens

Sarah is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of St Andrews with a project investigating the role of natural sciences and museums for Belgian colonialism. Following a PhD in French from Edinburgh (2017), she has previously held a number of short-term research and/or teaching positions in the UK and the US.



Dr Lorenzo Feltrin (University of Warwick)

Lorenzo Feltrin

Lorenzo Feltrin received a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick in January 2019 with a thesis titled “Between the Hammer and the Anvil: The Trade Unions and the 2011 Arab Uprisings in Morocco and Tunisia”. He is interested in the research areas of labour, social movements, and political ecology. He published his research in the Review of African Political Economy, Economic and Industrial Democracy, and Third World Quarterly. He is due to begin a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Birmingham in May 2021.

  Dr Mezna Qato (University of Cambridge)

Mezna Qato

 Mezna Qato is Margaret Anstee Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Previously, she was Junior Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge, and Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Academy of Education in the US. A social historian of the modern Middle East, her research and teaching interests centre on histories and theories of social, economic and political transformation amongst refugee and stateless communities, the politics and practice of archives, and global micro-histories of movements and collectivities across the region.

Professor Charles Tripp (SOAS University of London)

 Charles TrippCharles Tripp is Professor Emeritus of Politics with reference to the Middle East and North Africa, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy, where he is also Vice-President for the British International Research Institutes. His research interests include the nature of autocracy, state and resistance in the Middle East, the politics of Islamic identities, and the role of art in the constitution of the political. He is the author of: Islam and the Moral Economy: The Challenge of Capitalism (Cambridge, 2006) and A History of Iraq (Cambridge, 2007). His most recent book is The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East (Cambridge, 2013). He is presently working on a project on the emergence of the public and the rethinking of republican ideals in Tunisia.


Past Events

BRISMES Student Mentoring Event - Zoom Webinar

Date: Tuesday 16 June 2020, 1:30-3:00pm BST

Organised by the BRISMES student section co-presidents, Marral Shamshiri-Fard and Saeb Kasm, this mentoring event will brought together a number of academic mentors and specialists from diverse disciplines (humanities, languages, political and social sciences, publishing). The event offered an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an academic or related non-academic career in Middle East studies to engage with scholars, learn from their experiences, and exchange dialogue on issues of interest.

Mentors covered a range of themes including: (1) integration into the academic community; (2) development of teaching and scholarship; (3) creative collaboration; (4) leadership and activism; and (5) writing and publishing. 

Chair: Nicola Pratt, Vice-President, BRISMES, Reader in International Politics of the Middle East at the University of Warwick.


Feras Alkabani, University of Sussex

Sarah Irving, Edge Hill University 

Laleh Khalili, Queen Mary University of London

Giulia Guariento, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

Rafeef Ziadah, SOAS Univeristy of London