Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies
The Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS) promotes cross-disciplinary education and research through the provision of fora and venues to academics and practitioners of History, International Relations, Social Anthropology and Film Studies. The Institute is a means through which to promote a wider knowledge of these locales and to understand their importance to their respective disciplines.
Originally a joint initiative between the Schools of History and International Relations, the Institute now also includes Social Anthropology and Film Studies.
MECACS encourages and organises:
- cross-disciplinary postgraduate teaching and supervision among the participating members
- cooperation between different institutes, including the Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS), the Institute for Iranian Studies and the Department of Film Studies
- an informal monthly intra-MECACS faculty research cluster in which faculty present work in progress
- a formal, usually weekly, MECACS seminar series
- student-run events and presentations series
- annual, larger events such as workshops and conferences, often leading to joint publications
- collaboration with the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) network on 'domination, liberation and expression’ in the Middle East.