September 3, 2022
The Brown Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies (BUJMES)'s latest edition, Volume II Issue II is now available to read on the Brown Digital Repository.
Volume II Issue II humbly aims to contribute to the growing intellectual and artistic work on South West Asia and North Africa which seeks to build critical understandings of the past and how it shapes the present, engage in emancipatory creative practice, and radically imagine more just futures.
About the Journal
BUJMES is an undergraduate-operated interdisciplinary journal featuring academic and creative work on the Middle East/South West Asia and North Africa from undergraduate and graduate students regardless of institutional affiliation. At its core, BUJMES seeks to provide a forum that uplifts often overlooked content, discourses, and voices in order to build knowledge that nuances hegemonic and narrow understandings of the expansive region and its diverse peoples.
BUJMES strives to remain accountable to the inherently political nature of knowledge production, particularly as it operates within a field that focuses on a diverse region historically viewed through imperialist and orientalist lenses. Through the content we publish, editorial teams we build, and contributors we engage with, our journal seeks to systemically center and uplift the voices of marginalized peoples. We stand against the perpetuation of white supremacy, cisheterosexism, ableism, classism, discrimination on the grounds of religion, imperialism, xenophobia, colonialism, zionism, and all other systems of oppression, bearing in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. This journal benefits from access to privileges of institutional support at Brown University, whose wealth and very existence are a result of the continued occupation of unceded Narragansett lands in so-called Providence, Rhode Island, and the stolen lives and labor of enslaved Africans. Studying the Middle East from within this imperial capital of the United States, outside of the region, further informs our commitment to critical self-reflection and responsibility to our impact.