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Graduate Section Events

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

17 March 2021, 17:00 (GMT) [12:00 (EST)]

Event Description:

Thinking of publishing your MENA-focused research in a reputable peer-reviewed journal? Join us for an insightful conversation with the Editors of two prominent journals and hear their expert opinions on academic publishing.

The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex (MENACS) is hosting a joint talk by the Editors of two prominent MENA-focused peer-reviewed journals in the UK and the USA: Dr Lloyd Ridgeon, Reader in Islamic Studies (Glasgow) and Editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies will join Dr Andrew Arsan, Reader in Arab and Mediterranean History (Cambridge) and one of the Editors of Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies in a Zoom webinar.

The Editors will tell us more about the history, aims and scopes of their journals, compare peer-reviewed publishing in the UK and the USA, provide tips on submitting manuscripts and take questions from the audience.

This event would be particularly interesting to doctoral researchers and early-career academics looking to expand their research output.

The event has been organised by Dr Feras Alkabani, Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature and Co-Director of MENACS (Sussex), who will also chair the webinar.

All welcome!

Location: Online via Zoom: (Webinar ID: 960 7557 2539)


Dr Lloyd Ridgeon (BJMES Editor)LloydRidgeon

Lloyd Ridgeon is Reader in Islamic Studies at Glasgow University. His main areas of research include Sufism, and politics and culture in modern Iran. He has published widely on these topics, and his forthcoming book investigates three seminarian perspectives of the hijab. He is also the co-editor of IRAN (journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies).


Dr Andrew Arsan (Mashriq & Mahjar Editor) AndrewArsan

Andrew Arsan is Reader in Arab and Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of two books, Interlopers of Empire: The Lebanese Diaspora in Colonial French West Africa (2014) and Lebanon: A Country in Fragments (2018), and is now working on two new projects: a history of the lands that are now Lebanon, for Cambridge University Press, and a new political and intellectual history of the Arab twentieth century for publication with Allen Lane and Basic Books. Andrew is one of the founding editors of Mashriq and Mahjar, and is also the reviews editor of the Historical Journal.

 falkabani 1Dr Feras Alkabani (Chair)

Feras Alkabani is a Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of Sussex, where he also co-directs the Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex (MENACS). Feras is a Trustee of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and a member of the Editorial Board of the Mashriq & Mahjar Journal. His research interests include fin-de-siècle Orientalist literature, comparative approaches to love and desire in European and Arabic literatures, the Nahda and representations of sexuality in the postcolonial Arabic novel. His first monograph, Richard Burton, T.E. Lawrence and the Culture of Homoerotic Desire, is going to be published by Bloomsbury later this year.