British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) conference

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MEETinLEEDS welcomes experts to the UK’s largest conference of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Leeds

MEETinLEEDS is excited to be welcoming academics to UK’s largest meeting of Middle Eastern studies later this month. The annual event, known as the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) conference, will welcome over 350 delegates and will provide an invaluable opportunity for experts and students to enter into productive dialogue, share current research in the field and generate fruitful collaborations across national and institutional boundaries.

The theme for the three-day event taking place on 24th – 26th June, is ‘Joining the Dots: Interdisciplinarity in Middle Eastern Studies’ and will unite teachers, researchers, students, diplomats, journalists and others who deal professionally with the Middle East region. Offering a mixture of academic events, the conference will take the format of eight panel sessions, two plenary sessions, a student mentoring event and a Publisher’s Exhibition.

The conference will also welcome keynote speaker Professor Mona Harb, Professor of Urban Studies and Politics, who will be presenting an interdisciplinary framework titled “Crafting Oppositional Politics amidst Urban Governance Ills and Radical Urban Planning Imaginaries: Learning from Beirut”. Secondly, addressing the philosophical challenges faced by the Middle East, keynote speaker Professor Salam Sayyid, Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds will be delivering a keynote titled “Post-Disciplinarily and the Challenge of Middle Eastern Studies”.

Previously held at King’s College in London, the University of Leeds was chosen as the venue for this year’s event in acknowledgement of the high-level research in this topic ongoing at Leeds and universities in the surrounding areas.

In addition to the conference, a welcome reception will also be held at the university’s historic Parkinson Court, which will feature music from members of the Nyawa Quarter, as well as a conference dinner at the Refectory, to allow delegates to network and share knowledge.

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager at MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We’re thrilled to be able to organise the BRISMES 2019 conference at the University of Leeds, and are particularly pleased that the conference has chosen to host here due to the standard of research ongoing at the University in this area. It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the many facilities that the university has to offer, and we look forward to the event taking place.”