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About BRISMES


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

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Registration is now open for this joint event organised by the BISA Foreign Policy Working Group and the BRISMES subcommittee on Outreach and Pedagogy. The event will be held online on 18 May 2021, 1pm-2pm (UK time) and is free for BRISMES members. More information about the event and how to register is available here.

  • BRISMES Prizes 2021

We are very pleased to announce the following new prizes for 2021:

BRISMES Early Career Development (ECR) Prize (2 prizes of £2000 each)
The aim of the BRISMES Early Career Development Prize is to support activities geared toward strengthening the academic profile and CV of an early career scholar.

BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize (£300)
The aim of the BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize is to support BRISMES student members in the development of peer-reviewed work. The prize winner will be mentored through a review process at BJMES, by a senior member of the BRISMES academic community.
- 25 March 2021

  • Response from Foreign Secretary regarding Giulio Regeni

On 27 January 2021, the BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom wrote a letter to the Foreign Secretary urging the UK government to use the fifth anniversary of Giulio Regeni’s murder as an opportunity to re-engage with the case and to add weight to the calls being made by others urging the Egyptian authorities to re-open their investigation. Read the response received here.
- 16 March 2021

  • Letter to the Iranian authorities regarding the prosecution and sentencing of Prof. Sedigheh Vasmaghi

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom has written a letter to the Iranian authorities expressing our concern with the prosecution and sentencing of Prof. Sedigheh Vasmaghi, poet, writer, formerly tenured professor of theology at the University of Tehran and scholar of Islamic studies. BRISMES is deeply concerned that this prominent scholar is in danger of being sent to prison for merely exercising her right to freedom of expression, which Iran’s own laws and Constitution purport to protect.
- 11 March 2021

  • Letter to Egyptian President protesting the ongoing detention of Ahmed Samir Santawy

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom has written a letter to the Egyptian President regarding the ongoing detention of Ahmed Samir Santawy, a master's student in at the Central European University (CEU). This case bears a disturbing resemblance to that of Mr Patrick George Zaki, a student at the University of Bologna, and that of Dr Ahmed Tohamy of Alexandria University. BRISMES calls on the Egyptian President to immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Samir Santawy, Ahmed Tohamy and Patrick George Zaki and drop all charges against them.
- 11 March 2021

On 22 February, the BRISMES Graduate Section hosted its third online event. The event brought together a number of academics from disciplines including the humanities, politics and international studies, and specialists from the academic publishing sector to discuss the process behind publishing your first academic journal article or book. A recording of the event is now available to watch here.
- 10 March 2021

  • Register now for 2021 BRISMES Conference

Registration is now open for the 2021 BRISMES Conference Knowledge, Power and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to over 100 panels, the conference programme will also consist of eminent keynote speakers, Pinar Bilgin (Bilkent University, Ankara), Caroline Rooney (University of Kent, Canterbury) and amina wadud (National Islamic University in Jogjakarta), a plenary roundtable addressing the conference theme and a graduate section event. For more information about the conference and how to register, please visit the conference website.
- 3 March 2021


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