BRAIS 2015

The Second Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

13th-15th April

Information for delegates

The 2nd annual British Association for Islamic Studies conference is taking place in Bloomsbury, London from the 13th-15th April. We are delighted to have delegates from across the UK, and indeed the globe, representing a broad range of backgrounds and sub-disciplines within Islamic Studies. The three day programme features a total of 48 stimulating panels on various themes and includes 5 plenaries and an event open to the public. Representing journals, bulletins and books related to the field of Islamic Studies, we will have 8 publisher stands throughout the conference.


Senate House is the central administrative building of the University of London, and is an iconic 1930’s Art Deco building.  It is located between Goodge Street and Russell Square tube stations and is around a 20 minute walk from London King’s Cross train station.




All delegates must book their own accommodation. Here are a few local options to choose from:





Throughout the Conference, refreshments and lunch are included in the delegate rate and are taken in the Macmillan Hall, where a variety of options will be available. Please note that all meat is halal and the restaurant staff will be notified of dietary requirements.

Prayer Space

We have a small devoted prayer room next to the Woburn Suite B which delegates are welcome to use throughout the Conference days, room G21a. In addition, the Goodge Street Mosque is around a 10 minute walk from the Conference venue (

Information about presentations

If you are presenting, please check the programme for your date, time and room number. In panels with three contributors, each presenter will have 20 minutes to deliver their paper; in panels with four contributors each presenter will have 15 minutes; and in panels with five contributors each presenter will have 12 minutes, in all cases leaving 30 minutes for questions and comments from the audience. If you are presenting in a PetchaKucha panel you will have just under 7 minutes to present (20 slides for 20 seconds each) with time for questions at the end of the panel. See for further information.

We strongly encourage you to utilise Powerpoint or other visual aids during your presentation and please bring these with you on a USB (and a backup copy too). There is no photocopier or printer available at Senate House for delegate use, so please make sure you have everything you need prior to your presentation.

Each room has a laptop, projector and Wi-Fi.  Each presenter must take responsibility for uploading their presentation to the computer prior to their presentation (we recommend before 9am each morning). BRAIS volunteers and Senate House staff will be on hand to help with any problems.


Senate House reception – (+44) 020 7862 8133