A conference presented by the British Egyptian Society, the Council for British Research in the Levant, and the London Middle East Institute SOAS University of London
Call for Papers is now closed


27-28th March 2019


The Brunei Gallery, SOAS University London

About the conference

The Egyptian independence movement in 1919 led to the recognition of Egyptian sovereignty in 1922, an Egyptian constitution in 1923, and Saad Zaghloul’s appointment as the first prime minister of a government elected by suffrage in 1924. To mark the centenary of the revolution, the British Egyptian Society (BES), the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) and the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS University of London are holding a conference on 27-28 March 2019.


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Organisers Committee

Dr. Hassan Hakimian
Mrs Louise Hosking
Professor Magdy Ishak-Hanna
Dr. Noel Brehony
Mr. Peter Mackenzie Smith
Mr. Noel Rands
Mr. Terry Bishop
Ms Dina Soliman-Pedersen
Mr. James Watt CVO

Conference Themes

The conference will include presentations by Egyptian and international historians and commentators on the causes and events of the revolution and on themes which may include:

The Conference will be organised in eight main sessions. These will have a mixture of moderated panel sessions and presentation sessions with two speakers with 20-minute presentations and 30 minutes for discussion.

There will also be sessions with keynote speakers, as well as a public lecture.

Call for Papers

Speaking at the conference is an opportunity to stand in front of an international and diverse academic and professional audience at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS to share your research and contribute your experience with regional and global experts. Highlight your work in the industry, share your knowledge and connect with commercial and academic executives across UK, Egypt and global research bodies. Most speakers will be selected through a Call for Papers issued by a panel appointed to assess applications. The criteria for the selection of submissions are:

The conference will cover travel and lodging costs of those presenting a full paper. We plan to publish a selection of the presented papers at the conference.

Instructions for Submission

Please provide the following:

Alternative to using our automatic submission system above you could email:

Key Dates

Abstract submission has now been closed

Notification of decision will be communicated
by 31st July 2018

Final Papers are required
by 11th January 2019


The conference aims at those with an interest in the post Ottoman period in the region, British Egyptian relations, modern Egyptian history, and developments in Egypt over the last hundred years, including historians, students, politicians and government, diplomacy and the general public. It will seek to throw new light on the events of 1919 and their impact on Egypt, Sudan, Britain, and the wider world.

The conference sessions will involve presentations by those selected by the conference organisers for their past and potential contributions to the history and interpretation of the period during and following 1919.

Dates, venue & Dissemination

The conference will be held at the Brunei Gallery as SOAS University of London on 27th and 28th March 2019. Its proceedings will be published in a book form and there will be podcasts of the presentations.

SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

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