Frequently Asked Questions:
Q:Where is BRAIS 2017 taking place?
A: BRAIS 2017 is taking place at the University of Chester's Parkgate Campus. Click HERE for more information including how to get there.
Q: How do I register as a delegate for BRAIS 2017?
Click HERE to register as a BRAIS 2017 delegate.
Q: What will it cost to attend BRAIS 2017?
Information concerning all delegate fees can be found HERE.
Q: Can the conference registration payment be made by invoice or must a credit card be used?
A: Payment must be made online using a credit or debit card. We cannot issue invoices. Once you have made your payment you will receive a digital receipt via the email address you provided.
Q: What happens if I have registered but can no longer attend the conference? Can I get a refund?
A: If you have paid your delegate fee but can no longer attend the conference, BRAIS can refund your fee until midnight on Sunday 9th April. After this time, no refunds will be possible as all catering orders will have been submitted with the University of Chester.
Q: I want to book my accommodation via BRAIS. How many occupants can the rooms accommodate?
A: The rooms we are offering are single rooms only. We do not have access to rooms which sleep more than one person. If you require a room that sleeps more than one person you will need to organise this yourself.
Q: When I arrive at the conference, where should I come?
A: If you are arriving on Tuesday 11th April you can register for the conference and collect your room key (if you are a residential delegate) from 2:30pm at the Beswick Building, Room 001.
If you are arriving on Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th April, you can register for the conference and collect your room key (if you are a residential delegate) from 8:30am at the Small Hall. Click HERE to download a map of the Parkgate Road Campus.
Q: I will be using a Powerpoint when giving my paper. Do I need to submit this in advance?
A: No. If you are giving a paper at the conference and will be using Powerpoint, please bring your presentation with you on a pen drive. The university technicians will not be able to assist with private laptops. All the machines will be PCs.
Q: Where will the publisher exhibition be?
A: The publisher exhibition will be in the Small Hall for the entirety of the conference.
Q: Will there be WiFi access?
A: Yes. The network name and password will be printed in the conference programme.
Q: Will there be a prayer room available during the conference?
A: Yes. The prayer room will be located on the first floor of the Binks building in room CBK107.
Q: Do you accept abstracts from undergraduate students as part of the BRAIS programme?
Yes and all papers will be considered on their academic merits.
Q: How many people should be in a panel? Is there a minimum or maximum?
The ideal pre-proposed panel should consist of 4 papers with one member of the panel acting as Panel Chair. Panels of 3 papers may be submitted but the reviewing committee may use their discretion to add a 4th person to any pre-proposed panel should they find a suitable 4th abstract.
Q: Can we submit an abstract as co-authors?
Yes but normally only 1 author will be invited to present the paper at the conference.
Q: Should I send my CV as well as my abstract?
No, please do not send CVs as additional attachments. The form through which you submitted you paper/panel proposal asks you for all the information we need about you.
Q: Do I need to send a written version of my paper to the conference committee in advance of the conference?
A: No. The abstract you sent is all that we require.
Q: How long should my paper last?
A: If you are part of three paper panel, your paper should last 20 minutes. If you are part of a four paper panel, your paper should last 15 minutes. If you are part of a five paper panel, your paper should last 12 minutes. Each paper will be followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience.
Q: I am not currently affiliated to any higher or further education institution. Can I still submit an abstract?
Yes, absolutely. We very much welcome abstracts from independent scholars.
Q: Are there any topics within Islamic studies that the reviewing panel will not accept abstract on?
No. All abstracts will be reviewed and decisions made based on the academic merits of the proposed paper/panel.
Q: What happens if I submit my abstract later than the closing deadline?
Abstracts received after the deadline will be labelled as having arrived late. There is no guarantee that abstracts received after the deadline will be reviewed by the planning committee.
When will I find out if my abstract has been accepted?
Decisions wil be made by the end of January 2017. Please do not email us for an update before the end of January - the process of reviewing abstracts and creating a programme takes a great deal of time.
Q: If my abstract is accepted, will I have to become a member of BRAIS in order to present my paper at the conference?
We would expect all those who are giving papers at the conference to be members of BRAIS but we will not insist on this. Remember, though, that BRAIS memebers receive significant discounts on conference delegate fees.
Q: How much does it cost to become a member of BRAIS?
For membership costs, please visit: http://www.brais.ac.uk/membership/join
Q: Do you offer any financial assistance to students whose abstracts are accepted? (i.e. travel, fee waiver, accommodation etc)
PhD students are welcome to apply for a student waiver via this link: http://www.brais.ac.uk/conferences/2017/student-fee-waivers-2017
Unfortunately BRAIS cannot provide anyone with any financial assistance towards their travel and accommodation costs.
Q: Do you provide any assistance with obtaining a visa to attend the conference?
Q: Once the conference is over, do you provide individuals with a certificate of attendance/participation? Is there a charge for this service?
Yes. In order to obtain the certificate, please write to the BRAIS Administrator on the above email address, clearly stating your name and the title of the paper which you presented. The certificate may take a couple of weeks to produce but there is no fee for this service.
Q: Are there any plans to publish conference proceedings after the conference?
A: At this stage there are no plans to publish proceedings from the conference, but this is certainly something which may be considered at in future years.