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Founded in 1973, BRISMES provides a forum for educators and researchers in Middle East Studies. Membership is open to all regardless of nationality or country of residence. We work to promote interest in Middle East Studies and to raise awareness of the region and how it is connected to other parts of the world, including the UK. Middle East Studies is a diverse field, which encompasses all the humanities and social sciences and reaches from the present back to classical antiquity. ...Read more



  • Upcoming Event: Publishing in Leading MENA-Focused Journals in the UK and the USA

Thinking of publishing your MENA-focused research in a reputable peer-reviewed journal? Join us on Wednesday the 17th of March at 17:00 (GMT) for an insightful conversation with Editors from the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and Mashriq & Mahjar and hear their expert opinions on academic publishing. More details about the event and how to attend are available here.
- 23 February 2021

On 13 January, the BRISMES Outreach and Pedagogy Subcommittee hosted a roundtable which brought together critical scholarly voices to reflect on the legacies of the Arab Revolutions of 2010-11 and the opportunities and obstacles for meaningful social, political and economic transformation in MENA. A recording of the event is now available to watch here.
- 18 February 2021

  • Statement from BRISMES regarding the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism

Last week, BRISMES released a statement expressing profound concern about the pressure applied on universities by the current UK government to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. We urge universities to protect academic freedom, to defend their autonomy against the government’s pressure to adopt the IHRA definition, and to retract the definition where it has been adopted.
- 28 January 2021

  • Letter from BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom on the anniversary of Giulio Regeni's murder

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom has written a letter to the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs to express our continuing concern about the case of the murdered Cambridge student, Giulio Regeni. The letter urges the UK government to re-engage with the case and add weight to the calls being made by others urging the Egyptian authorities to re-open their investigation.
- 28 January 2021

  • Watch the 2020 BRISMES Annual Lecture

We are very pleased to share a recording of the 2020 BRISMES Annual Lecture which took place online on 21 October 2020. Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini gave a fascinating lecture entitled 'Recovering Gender Equality in Islam: Conversations with Reformist Thinkers'. The lecture is available to watch here.
- 12 November 2020


  • Contacting BRISMES

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The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
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University of Warwick

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