About CMES

The Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies (CMES)

CMES was founded in 2007 to support, coordinate and expand interdisciplinary research at Lund University (LU) on the Middle East. Since then, CMES has been leading, coordinating and producing cutting-edge research through innovative, critical and multi-disciplinary approaches towards Middle Eastern studies.

Research on the Middle East and Semitic languages has existed at Lund since it was founded in 1666. Over the last three decades, research on the Middle East has developed significantly within the faculties of Social Science, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Engineering, and is now a priority of the university administration. 

Research on the Middle East has also become a strong priority for the Swedish Government. Through the Swedish Research Council, the Government  awarded CMES with substantial research funding to create a strategic research area titled “The Middle East in the Contemporary World” or MECW. This funding provides the backbone of the centre’s research and platform for societal engagement in Sweden and beyond.

The goal at CMES is to produce advanced research at the highest international level but also of policy relevance beyond academia. While it is imperative for CMES to produce new novel ideas and cutting-edge knowledge of the Middle East CMES also has extensive societal outreach programs that allow us to disseminate research findings globally. Each semester CMES hosts public events, including talks, lectures, and seminars, which provide a platform for dialogues and discussions of critical issues affecting the contemporary Middle East. We invite renowned scholars from around the world to share their research, as well as encouraging our scholarly community at Lund University  to present their work.

Warmest welcome to Lund!

Welcome to CMES at Finngatan 16 in central Lund!
Welcome to CMES at Finngatan 16 in central Lund!



Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies
Lund University
Box 201, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)46 222 00 00 (pbx)