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BRISMES Annual Conference 2019: Interdisciplinarity in Middle East Studies

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In collaboration with the department of Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies will hold its 2019 Annual Conference on the theme of ‘Joining the Dots: Interdisciplinarity in Middle East Studies'.

The BRISMES Conference is the largest annual academic meeting of Middle East experts in the UK. We are delighted to welcome two outstanding keynote speakers: Professor Mona Harb (AUB) and Professor Salman Sayyid (University of Leeds). The event will also include over eighty panel sessions, a welcome drinks reception featuring The Nyawa Quartet musicians, a publishers' exhibition, and lunch for delegates on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June.

We will also host a conference dinner on Tuesday 25th June and will make separate tickets available for booking closer to the conference.

More information at www.brismes.ac.uk/conference

Though ‘interdisciplinarity’ is consistently upheld as an important and necessary aspect of enterprising scholarly research within the field of Middle Eastern Studies, the precise nature of effective interdisciplinary research remains underexplored. The 2019 BRISMES Conference seeks to celebrate interdisciplinarity as vital in understanding the interconnectedness of the social, cultural, political and economic structures and conditions throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and explore how disciplinary silos can be overcome in favour of communication between the humanities, social sciences and language studies on the region. To this end, the conference hopes to provide a forum for an open and wide-ranging debate on good practice in interdisciplinary design and research, its challenges as well as its potential of unlocking the complexities of the region.

Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) at the University of Leeds itself embodies this aim towards scholarly cross-pollination and collaboration across disciplines, offering a diverse teaching portfolio in the fields of Arabic language, translation, literature, politics, history, culture and Islamic studies and sustaining a vibrant research culture that fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration not only within the Department but across the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and beyond.

At the 2018 BRISMES conference, the suppression and denial of academic and creative freedom across the region emerged as an urgent and shared concern across all disciplines. Combined with issues of instituted academic precarity, and the continuing discrepancy of resources between Middle Eastern and Western universities, it is clear that the political and economic pressures on Middle Eastern Studies are considerable and ongoing. In this context, interdisciplinary work has the potential to cultivate empathic connections and professional solidarity, and to generate new methodological and conceptual responses to these challenges.

The 2019 BRISMES conference encourages proposals that take up the conference theme in innovative and original directions: bringing different disciplines and fields into productive dialogue with one another, exploring the opportunities and limitations which interdisciplinary research presents, and reflecting on the various ways in challenges to Middle Eastern studies (be it social, political, ethical or otherwise) can be illuminated, and indeed countered, by interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship.

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