The Brown Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies (BUJMES) (ISSN: 2641-6239) 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. Founding Editor and Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maan Alsahoui (Joukowsky Family Middle East Studies Librarian) Collection DOI: 10.26300/4dnd-av09
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, 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, located within the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. We acknowledge that beginning with colonization and continuing for centuries the Narragansett Indian Tribe have been dispossessed of most of their ancestral lands in Rhode Island by the actions of individuals and institutions. We acknowledge our responsibility to understand and respond to those actions. The Narragansett Indian Tribe, whose ancestors stewarded these lands with great care, continues as a sovereign nation today. We acknowledge the University's wealth and its connection to the stolen lives and labor of enslaved Africans. We commit to working together to honor our past and build our future with truth. 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.