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BRISMES Graduate Section

The BRISMES Graduate Section warmly invites students and early career researchers to join the graduate membership to enjoy the benefits of the Society and to have an active voice in the organisation.

The BRISMES Graduate Section aims to strengthen the community of Middle Eastern Studies graduate students in the United Kingdom by:

  • creating a network which provides support and advice to current and prospective graduate students;
  • hosting events and workshops of interest to the student and early career community;
  • raising awareness of academic resources, funding opportunities and career opportunities both within and outside academia;
  • making BRISMES more representative and better equipped to promote Middle Eastern studies; and
  • helping the BRISMES Council understand and meet the needs of its student and early career membership.

Graduate Section Governing Rules



Call for Papers: New Approaches to Interdisciplinarity in MENA Studies

The Irish Network for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (INMENAS) invites submissions from postgraduate students currently engaged in scholarly work in and on the MENA region to present their work at its first annual Postgraduate Symposium, which will take place online on the 12 and 13 of November 2021.

Submissions are invited from MA, MPhil and PhD students/candidates. All formats are welcome, including: papers, posters, multimedia, and multi-format presentations.

Deadline for Abstracts: midnight on 2 August 2021
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CBRL 2021 Undergraduate Dissertation Prizes   

The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) is pleased to announce their annual undergraduate dissertation prizes* in the field of Levantine studies for the academic year 2021:  

  • Levantine archaeology or history: the CBRL Prize for a final-year undergraduate dissertation, or major research paper 
  • Contemporary Levantine studies: the CBRL Prize for a final-year undergraduate dissertation, or major research paper 

Deadline: 31 July 2021
More information:

- 7 July 2021

BRISMES and CBRL joint mentoring events

The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) are pleased to announce the co-organising of a series of annual mentoring events targeting postgraduate students and early career researchers. These events aim to offer practical advice and support from subject specialists on a range of academic topics, equipping the next generation scholars of the Middle East with the insights needed to get ahead in their research and careers.

BRISMES and CBRL plan to host three events for the 2021-22 academic year focusing on:

  • Applying for funding and securing a post-doc (autumn)cropped CBRL LOGO 2
  • Getting published in an academic journal (winter)
  • Conducting field research in the Middle East, remotely and on site (spring/summer)

More information about the events and how to attend will be shared soon!

-10 June 2021