Middle Eastern Studies is a thriving and highly valued area of research and teaching at King’s. For the past several years, this has been led by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, in collaboration with colleagues in other departments. From 1 September 2018 we are reorganising the way that Middle Eastern Studies is supported, by creating an Institute of Middle Eastern Studies to which all staff working in this area will be affiliated. Current staff of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies will join the departments of Political Economy, International Development, European and International Studies, and War Studies, strengthening their existing links with colleagues in those departments. The new Institute will provide an exciting opportunity to create a larger research cluster of Middle Eastern scholars, continuing with the regular research seminar and special public events and providing students at all levels across the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy with an opportunity to hear and discuss the latest research with scholars and practitioners in the field.
The three Masters programmes offered by the Department will continue as before, with students affiliated both to the new Institute and to the Department of Political Economy (MA Political Economy of the Middle East, MA Middle Eastern Studies) or the Department of War Studies (MA Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies), giving them the advantage of both a specialist Institute and the opportunities available in a larger Department.