New perspectives on Middle East encouraged in relaunched journal

A journal that offers new perspectives on debates within Middle Eastern Studies and challenges orthodoxies in the field has been relaunched at Leicester.

Dr Omer Tekdemir (pictured), Research Associate and Associate Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the School of History, Politics and International Relations (HyPIR), has been appointed as one of the journal managers.

The New Middle Eastern Studies journal was established by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) in 2004. Recently, the New Middle Eastern Studies (NMES) relaunched under new leadership and moved to a new Open Journal System website hosted by the University of Leicester.

As the journal’s Associate Editor, Dr Tekdemir said that, “as a new and dynamic team, our purpose of moving to the University of Leicester is improving the quality and providing free access for the broad audience, which help us to create a platform for works of PhD researchers, early careers and emerging scholars.”

Dr Tekdemir added: “The new team supported by many prominent scholars of the research filed, who became a member of the journal editorial board and international advisor board and from different universities, including Cambridge, Durham, LSE, UCL, SOAS and Stanford University. We are aiming to offer new perspectives on debates within Middle Eastern Studies and to challenge orthodoxies in the field. NMES encourages contributions that approach Middle East and North Africa-related issues from critical and comparative perspectives, contesting mainstream scholarly literatures.”