Last week CBRL headed to sunny Seville for the fifth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES). Michelle Obeid, Editor of Contemporary Levant and Maggie McNulty, CBRL’s Development Officer, took part in the publisher’s exhibition to promote CBRL’s activities and contemporary studies journal.

Nearly 3,000 participants from more than 70 countries attended the conference that took place at the main campus of Seville’s university – a beautiful 18th century building, originally used as a tobacco factory.

It was a great to catch-up with old faces and to meet with delegates who hadn’t previously come across CBRL. Researchers of the Levant were delighted to hear about how they can benefit from CBRL’s facilities, networks and activities and there was great interest in our most recent journal, Contemporary Levant. Many conference delegates were delighted to learn that the journal regularly publishes special issues that focus on themes pertinent to the Levant.

Launched in 2016, CBRL’s peer-reviewed journal aims to foster research agendas that engage with and reflect current and emerging issues in the region. The journal has already gained an impressive readership with several articles clocking-up excess of 1,000 downloads. The journal’s most recent edition is a special issue on ‘Gendering Everyday Islam’ edited by Pnina Werbner and Claudia Liebelt and available here:

To find out more about submitting your work, please visit You can subscribe to Contemporary Levant through university library subscriptions and by becoming a member of CBRL.

Former CBRL Fellow, Mansour Nasasra and Maggie McNulty, CBRL's Development Officer 

Michelle Obeid (R), editor of Contemporary Levant meets with CBRL member and 2018 pilot grant recipient, Yafa Shanneik 

Maggie McNulty, CBRL's Development Officer with Philip Proudfoot, former CBRL Assistant Director at the British Institute in Amman

Michelle Obeid, Editor of Contemporary Levant talks to a conference delegate 

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