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BRISMES Conference 2016 will be hosted by the University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus, on 13 - 15 July.
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BRISMES Annual Conference 2016

Networks: Connecting the Middle East through Time, Space and Cyberspace

In collaboration with the University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus, The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies invites proposals for its 2016 Annual Conference, which will take place on 13 - 15 July 2016.


The Middle East and North Africa as a region is intimately connected both regionally and to the wider world. This is true historically, where the region has long acted as a crossroads of trade, culture and ideas, as well as in more contemporary contexts - when Arab protest movements inspired similar actions around the world, and migration within and from the region is having a global impact.  It is no coincidence that the Middle East is at the forefront of innovative developments in social media and other networks of communication.
 
The 2016 BRISMES Annual Conference seeks to place networks at the centre of the discussion, encouraging applications for papers and panels that take up this theme in innovative ways. The conference organisers encourage submissions that highlight the connections between the Middle East and other areas of the globe, as well as ties within the region, be they between individual countries or between sub-regions.

In addition, we warmly encourage proposals on any topic related to Middle Eastern Studies, regardless of its fit with the theme. Our aim is to encourage dialogue between scholars studying the Middle East and North Africa from all disciplines.

How to apply


Email completed paper and panel proposal forms (downloadable below) before the deadline. Please limit your abstracts to 250 words.

Deadline for proposals: 19 February 2016, 5pm.

Panel Proposal Form | Paper Proposal Form | Conference Website

Within the overall theme of ‘Networks: Connecting the Middle East through Time, Space and Cyber Space’, papers and panels addressing historical or contemporary aspects of the following subthemes are particularly invited:

  • Trade, transport and financial networks: ancient and modern economic collaborations and enterprises.
  • Geographical networks in urban, regional and international contexts.
  • Political and social networks: ruling elites, structures of government, networking in minority and majority contexts, diaspora communities and social movements.
  • Migration networks: migrants’ routes, communications and integration.
  • Cultural networks: connections within art, architecture, literature, film and music.
  • Linguistics and etymological connections and language development.
  • Virtual networks: social media, gaming and global communications networks.
  • Networks within religion: religious communities (ancient and modern), interfaith connections, religious authority and evolving theological interpretations.
  • Networks in radicalisation and counter-radicalisation.
Proposals for complete panel sessions are particularly welcome.

The University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus

Cardigan Bay | Bae Ceredigion
This is the first time that BRISMES has convened its Annual Conference in Wales, and we are delighted to hold it in collaboration with the University of Wales Trinity St David at their Lampeter Campus.

This was the site of St David’s College, founded in 1822, and given a Royal Charter in 1828, making it (until merger) the oldest degree awarding institution in England and Wales after Oxbridge.  The University of Wales, Lampeter, became part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2010.  Built on the remains of a Norman castle and set against a backdrop of rolling hills, it is a beautiful location with a rich history. Lampeter itself is a small but bustling market town, enclosed by the River Teifi, close to the stunning Cardigan Bay coast, and just a short drive away from the spectacular Cambrian Mountains.

In honour of BRISMES' first trip to Wales, we are hoping to have one panel in Welsh and to celebrate linguistic diversity.
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