Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies


New partnership with the Chartered Institute of Linguists

Thu Sep 21 10:33:00 BST 2017

The Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies within the University of Bath is one of a few HE institutions to enter into a partnership with the Chartered Institute of Linguists. read more »

New book launch: Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism

Fri Aug 11 16:19:00 BST 2017

The publication brings together a collection of essays by established and up-and-coming authors in the field, painting a fuller, more holistic picture of the extent to which the Eurosceptic debate has influenced the EU and its member states. read more »

The Invisible Camorra: Neapolitan Crime Families across Europe awarded the Outstanding Book Award 2017

Thu Aug 10 16:03:00 BST 2017

Congratulations to Dr Felia Allum! The Invisible Camorra: Neapolitan Crime Families across Europe has been awarded the Outstanding Book Award 2017 by the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. read more »

Peer support network set up to help defence researchers

Wed May 24 16:23:00 BST 2017

The Defence Research Network is a new group connecting PhD students and early career researchers studying defence, security or the Armed Forces in relation to policy, strategy, culture and society. read more »

French Presidential Election 2017: how our experts respond

Tue Apr 25 09:48:00 BST 2017

Two of the University’s leading academics from the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies are much in demand this week as respected political commentators on the French Presidential Election. read more »

Professor on stage at the Oxford Literary Festival

Wed Apr 05 10:38:00 BST 2017

Professor of Italian History and Politics, Anna Bull, found herself addressing 60 literary enthusiasts at this year’s Oxford Literary Festival introducing her new book, Modern Italy: A Very Short Introduction. Preceding Italian cookery doyenne, Anna del Conte, and celebrity cook, Nigella Lawson, Professor Bull set the scene for all things Italian in what the Festival calls its soap box talks. These short presentations give readers the chance to hear from expert authors of the pocket-sized Very Short Introduction publications. read more »

PhD student influences perceptions of US security policy

Wed Mar 22 08:46:00 GMT 2017

Think Tanks influence and shape policy through research and advocacy focusing on political and strategic implications. Their remit is to influence rather than campaign. But just how influential are they? A meeting held in Mexico City earlier this year looked at the relevance of Think Tanks in shaping US national and foreign policy. read more »

Institute of Translation & Interpreting Translation Slam Hosted at the University of Bath

Tue Jan 24 15:23:00 GMT 2017

The Department of PoLIS hosted the Institute of Translation and Interpreting’s latest Translation Slam event, in collaboration with the ITI Western Regional Group, on 17 January. read more »

Chairing the challenges of transnational organised crime today

Mon Oct 31 15:59:00 GMT 2016

As the University celebrated its 50th Anniversary back on campus, Dr Felia Allum from our Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (POLIS) was in Rome convening the latest in a series of events aiming at shining a light on transnational organised crime. read more »

Professor Bill Durodie speaks at the 4th Huaihai Forum in Shanghai

Tue Oct 18 14:22:00 BST 2016

Professor Bill Durodie, Head of PoLIS, was in China last week to give a talk and moderate a session at the 4th Huaihai Forum held at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. read more »

Department announced as host of UACES conference in September 2018

Thu Sep 29 15:19:00 BST 2016

Following a successful application by the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, the University of Bath has been selected to host the prestigious annual conference of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) in 2018. read more »

Exploring energy in the past, present and future through stories of change

Mon Sep 19 17:20:00 BST 2016

One of the first public events in the University’s 50th Anniversary programme took place at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution on Friday 2 September, organised and introduced by Professor Axel Goodbody, on behalf of Stories of Change, a three year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Professor Joe Smith from the Open University. read more »

Celebrating 50 years of interpreting and translating at the University of Bath

Mon Sep 12 10:38:00 BST 2016

Alumni and friends of the MA courses in Interpreting and Translating, and Translation and Professional Language Skills, gathered at Bath last week for a conference to celebrate fifty years of interpreting and translating at the University of Bath. read more »

Researchers demonstrate the value languages bring to society

Tue Jul 19 11:18:00 BST 2016

On 30 June 2016, researchers from the University of Bath took part in an event in Bristol where they were able to collaborate with the modern languages community. read more »

Postgraduate students take part in model NATO event in Bologna

Wed Jul 13 14:46:00 BST 2016

Some of our Euromasters, MA International Relations and MA International Security students took part in a prestigious NATO summer school at the University of Bologna in June 2016. read more »

Italian cabaret event exhibits cultural immersion

Mon Jul 04 08:38:00 BST 2016

Staff and students from across the University demonstrated their passion for Italian culture in a fun-filled cabaret evening. read more »

Launch event of EU-funded UNREST project

Tue May 24 09:50:00 BST 2016

The project investigates the different ways in which conflict is remembered in Europe today read more »

Euromasters students success at the European Union’s delegation in Washington D.C.

Fri May 20 10:01:00 BST 2016

Euromasters students Anna Raiss and Ben Mitchell have been able to secure prestigious placements at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. read more »

MAIT sudents interpret for Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum and the Fairtrade Foundation

Mon May 09 10:13:00 BST 2016

Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú recently spoke at the University of Winchester, where students from our own MA Interpreting and Translation worked as her interpreters for the weekend conference of 12-13 March. read more »

US Special Forces Member joins classroom

Fri Apr 22 14:26:00 BST 2016

As part of the innovative teaching project, Dr Wali Aslam, invited a former member of the US Special Forces to join his class via Skype in his Masters unit 'International Relations of South and Central Asia'. read more »

Opinion: BRemain or Brexit?

Wed Mar 30 16:29:00 BST 2016

Dr Nicholas Startin spoke at eh European People’s Party’s (EPP) European Ideas Network in the European Parliament (EP) earlier this month in Brussels. read more »

Inaugural lecture series: New Wars, protection of civilians and the transition of global order

Mon Mar 14 10:01:00 GMT 2016

Professor Timo Kivimäki delivered his inaugural lecture on 4 February 2016 entitled, New Wars, protection of civilians and the transition of global order. read more »

Research student chosen to give global connectedness lecture in London

Thu Feb 18 09:32:00 GMT 2016

Simone Schroder has been chosen as the winner of this year’s competition to give the Sylvia Naish Lecture, organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London School of Advanced Study. read more »

University of Bath celebrated the ‘Fifteenth Italian Week in the World’

Wed Jan 06 09:36:00 GMT 2016

From 19th to 24th October 2015 the University of Bath celebrated the 'Fifteenth Italian Week in the World' ('Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo') in collaboration with The Italian Institute of Culture in London and Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic. read more »

Israel's ambassador meets with students studying Israel-Palestine conflict.

Thu Dec 03 09:25:00 GMT 2015

Israel’s acting ambassador Eitan Na’eh visited a lecture on campus and talked with students on the politics of the Middle East read more »

Inaugural lecture: The politics of risk and resilience

Tue Nov 03 15:17:00 GMT 2015

Professor Bill Durodie delivered his inaugural lecture on 29 October 2015. The lecture was entitled: The politics of risk and resilience: Fear and terror in a world without meaning. read more »

Professor Durodie speaks about challenges from new security threats

Fri Oct 16 14:31:00 BST 2015

Professor Bill Durodie (Head of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies) has been speaking about the challenges to nation states and sovereignty posed by new security threats at the 12th Forte de Copacabana Conference held in Rio de Janeiro this week. read more »

Faculty sponsored research sandpit at the University of Sao Paulo launches this week

Mon Sep 14 11:47:00 BST 2015

With funding from the University's Research Collaboration Accelerator scheme, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bath are sponsoring a research sandpit at the University of Sao Paulo beginning Monday, 14 September. read more »

Teen rock band from Dorset causes a Pop Video storm in La Réunion!

Thu Jul 30 14:35:00 BST 2015

The mass excitement among secondary schools in the South West reached its highest peak on Wednesday 24th June when the winners of the MFL Pop Video Competition 2015 were announced in front of a large audience at the ‘Celebrating Success’ event organised by Routes into Languages South West at the University of Bath. read more »

Challenging cyber security perceptions at the BT Ingenious Tower Talk

Thu Jul 30 12:56:00 BST 2015

The event, hosted in partnership with the Institute of Ideas, featured a stellar panel of expert speakers including Professor Bill Durodie, chair of international relations, who contributed his throughs on the issue of privacy in the digital age. read more »

United Nations exam success for Interpreting and Translating Graduates

Mon Jul 20 12:04:00 BST 2015

Designed to single out the best in the interpreting world the United Nations interpreter examinations are renowned for being incredibly challenging, rigorous and highly competitive. We're delighted to announce that MA Interpreting and Translating alumni Katherine Nield and Jaya Mishra have passed the UN French and Russian interpreting exams just two months after graduating. read more »

Interpreting and Translating student awarded prestigious European prize

Wed Jul 15 16:03:00 BST 2015

Georgina Banfield, MA Interpreting and Translating student, has been awarded second prize in a prestigious competition at the Directorate General for Interpretation, the European Commission’s interpreting service and conference organiser (DG Interpretation). read more »

Interpreting and Translating building links with the city of Bath

Thu Jul 09 16:46:00 BST 2015

MA Interpreting and Translating students put their interpreting skills to the test at a prestigious two-day ‘Café of Europe’ conference held in the city. read more »

Publish and flourish: PhD students turn journal editors

Fri Jun 26 10:59:00 BST 2015

Students at the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) have launched a new academic journal designed to give students a place to publish their work and to provide them with experience of working on a journal. read more »

Visiting Research Fellow wins Pushkin In Britain poetry competition

Wed Jun 17 17:22:00 BST 2015

Olga Tabachnikova, Visiting Research Fellow in the Department, has been awarded the accolade of 'queen of poets' at the festival held to commemorate the anniversary of Alexander Pushkin's birth on June 6, 1799. read more »

Department hosts postgraduate webinar

Wed Apr 08 12:10:00 BST 2015

Dr Maria Garcia from the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies delivered the Department’s first webinar on Wednesday 25 March. read more »

Professor Bull examines anti-extremism and de-radicalisation in workshop

Wed Apr 08 09:46:00 BST 2015

On 23-24 March 2015 Professor Anna Bull attended a workshop in Vienna restricted to invited participants which was organised by the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network-Voices of Victims of Terrorism (RAN-VVT). read more »

Decoding the jargon to get to the heart of public affairs

Mon Mar 23 12:06:00 GMT 2015

On the Wednesday 18 March 2015, public affairs practitioners participated in a Public Affairs Networking Event to inform students about the industry, share their experiences, and offer CV advice for students interested in pursuing a career in public affairs. read more »

Professor David Galbreath appointed as Leadership Fellow

Tue Feb 10 16:39:00 GMT 2015

Professor David Galbreath from the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies has been selected as the Theme Leadership Fellow for the new Conflict Theme within the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research. read more »

Sex, Lies and The Ballot Box

Tue Jan 13 10:28:00 GMT 2015

Ahead of this year's UK General Election Dr David Cutts has contributed a chapter to a recently-published book 'Sex, Lies & The Ballot Box'. Published by Biteback, the book reveals 50 things you need to know about British Elections and explains some of the more surprising facts about Britain's politicians and voters. read more »

Opinion blog: Does it matter if we're playing Call of Duty?

Tue Dec 23 16:36:00 GMT 2014

Phd candidate Christopher McMahon, takes a look the politics behind the game. read more »

What does 2015 hold for local government?

Mon Dec 22 13:52:00 GMT 2014

Dr David S Moon, professor of politics, considers what changes will happen for local government in 2015. read more »

Schools are engaged and inspired by Spotlight on Languages

Tue Nov 25 15:16:00 GMT 2014

Over 160 pupils and teachers from schools across the South of England and Wales visited the University to take part in the Spotlight on Languages event earlier this month. read more »

The Fall of the Berlin Wall - 25 years on

Wed Nov 05 15:38:00 GMT 2014

The events of 9 November 1989 changed the face of Europe. Two and half decades on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, Professor Charles Lees evaluates the consequences of German unification for its economy, its domestic politics, and its role in the world. read more »

Inaugural lecture: Forever Vigilant? Technology and the rise of boundless warfare

Tue Oct 28 13:58:00 GMT 2014

On 22 October 2014, Professor David Galbreath delivered his inaugural lecture entitled: Forever Vigilant? Technology and the rise of boundless warfare. read more »

Bath students take to world stage at One Young World Summit

Mon Oct 27 15:49:00 GMT 2014

Two of our undergraduates from the department have returned after an inspirational week at the One Young World Summit in Dublin, refreshed and motivated with new ideas on how they can make a positive impact in the world. read more »

Our students mix with world leaders at One Young World Summit

Wed Oct 15 16:40:00 BST 2014

Two of our students will travel to Dublin this week to play a key role in the latest 'One Young World Summit', attended by current and aspiring world leaders. read more »

Opinion: Understanding the nature of Islamic State is key to formulate appropriate responses

Tue Oct 14 11:06:00 BST 2014

What are the aims and motives of 'Islamic State' (IS) and what can be done to curtail its recent advances, including most recently in the city of Kobane on the Syria-Turkey border? We asked current PhD student Mattia Cacciatori for his thoughts in this explainer. read more »

Professor Bill Durodié made Visiting Professor in China

Mon Sep 29 17:15:00 BST 2014

Professor Bill Durodié, a new member of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies, was recently made a Visiting Professor of the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP). read more »

Welcome to new language and politics students starting in 2014

Fri Sep 19 18:22:00 BST 2014

We are pleased to welcome our new students commencing their studies for the 2014/15 academic year in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies. read more »

Samantha Murray is world champion

Fri Sep 05 15:24:00 BST 2014

University of Bath graduate Samantha Murray is the new modern pentathlon world champion after striking gold in Warsaw today. read more »

Interpreting and translation networks to boost routes into languages

Fri Jul 25 15:28:00 BST 2014

A recent meeting hosted at the University brought together national networks in interpreting and translation to discuss how best language learning can be supported in the UK. read more »

Opinion: When an act of war might still be an accident

Fri Jul 18 16:08:00 BST 2014

Professor David Galbreath is analysing the developing situation surrounding Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 looking at evidence that the plane was shot down by rebel forces and is exploring the possible consequences for the region and further afield. read more »

Department hosts First Colloquium on Innovation in Modern Languages Education

Tue Jul 01 14:45:00 BST 2014

On 13 June 2014 the First Colloquium on Innovation in Modern Languages Education event was hosted by the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies. read more »

New journal 'The European Review of Organised Crime' launched

Fri Jun 27 13:57:00 BST 2014

Dr Felia Allum is part of the editorial team responsible for launching the Journal read more »

David Galbreath speaks about the European security architecture

Thu Jun 26 16:59:00 BST 2014

Professor David Galbreath was invited to give a talk entitled ‘The European Security Architecture’ at the Intensive Summer School on Serious and Organised Crime at the University of Catania, Italy on Monday 23 June 2014. read more »

Academic presents Italian parenting in New Zealand workshop paper

Tue Jun 24 18:01:00 BST 2014

Dr Adalgisa Giorgio from the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies recently presented a paper at a workshop hosted by the AHRC Network La Mamma Italiana: Interrogating a National Stereotype. read more »

Dr Steve Wharton receives French medal

Mon Jun 23 12:18:00 BST 2014

In a ceremony at the University of Bath on Monday 2 June 2014, Dr Steve Wharton of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies received the medal of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques from the French Cultural Counsellor Monsieur François Croquette, recently appointed to serve at the Embassy in London. read more »

Academic to speak about Brazilian protests surrounding the World Cup

Mon Jun 16 15:50:00 BST 2014

Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero has been invited to contribute to a workshop where he will be speaking about the social meanings and political effects of the current wave of social protest in Brazil in the context of the FIFA 2014 World Cup. read more »

Department hosts meeting as part of Biochemical Security Project 2030

Mon May 12 13:35:00 BST 2014

Members of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies recently convened a meeting as part of the Biochemical Security Project 2030. read more »

International event commemorates 70th anniversary of French Liberation

Fri May 09 16:18:00 BST 2014

A major international conference, convened by Second World War expert Dr Hanna Diamond this June, will hear first-hand witness accounts from survivors to consider the impact of occupation and Liberation on ordinary people living in France at the time. read more »

Bath hosts conference on Contemporary Security Challenges in Asia

Thu May 08 13:29:00 BST 2014

The Department of Politics, Languages, and International Studies at the University of Bath hosted an important conference 25 April 2014 on Contemporary Security Challenges in Asia. The conference was organised by Dr. Wali Aslam (Bath) and included a line-up of distinguished speakers from across the UK and beyond. read more »

Department academics to create new 'European Journal of International Security'

Mon Apr 07 15:30:00 BST 2014

The British International Studies Association has awarded an editorial team from the GW4 (comprising the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter) the opportunity to create new journal, European Journal of International Security. read more »

Citizens Advice generates £50 value for every £1 invested shows new report

Thu Apr 03 09:45:00 BST 2014

Policy-makers should be aware that any savings made by cutting Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) services are likely to result in greater long-term costs incurred by other public services, according to the authors of a new report released today. read more »

Inaugural lecture: Games without frontiers

Fri Mar 07 12:22:00 GMT 2014

Professor Charles Lees presented his inaugural lecture on 19 February 2014. In his lecture he answered the questions: read more »

SPADS: Who or what are government Special Advisers

Thu Mar 06 14:22:00 GMT 2014

David Thompson reports on what happened to previous Special Advisors and speaks to Politics lecturer Peter Allen, Labour MP Paul Flynn and ConservativeHome editor Paul Goodman. read more »

University of North Carolina joins prestigious Euromasters programme

Thu Mar 06 11:23:00 GMT 2014

We are delighted to announce that we have secured another international partner for our prestigious 'Euromasters' programme (MA Contemporary European Studies). read more »

£1.5M community research project to reignite energy debate

Mon Feb 24 13:30:00 GMT 2014

Professor Axel Goodbody of the University of Bath is a lead researcher in a new three-year project set to challenge the terms of public debates about energy issues. read more »

Department celebrates languages with University Skills event

Fri Feb 07 10:37:00 GMT 2014

On the 31 January 2014 we held a languages event for local sixth form students who received training on university skills and had the chance to practice them in the afternoon in their chosen target language. read more »

David Cutts and Brian Neve promoted to position of Reader

Thu Dec 19 10:31:00 GMT 2013

The Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies would like to offer warm congratulations to Dr David Cutts and Brian Neve on their promotions to the position of reader with the department. read more »

The Cube Movement - campaigning against modern day slavery

Tue Dec 17 13:44:00 GMT 2013

Jenna Logeais, final year BSc Politics with International Relations, is behind the University becoming the first hub outside London to get involved in the Cube Movement – a social media network campaigning against modern day slavery. read more »

Department delegation to China and South Korea

Thu Nov 21 13:02:00 GMT 2013

A delegation of academics from the Department of Politics, Languages, and International Studies (PoLIS) has just returned from a successful visit to Zhejiang University in China and Yonsei University in South Korea. read more »

Bath student reflects on One Young World Summit

Mon Nov 04 11:25:00 GMT 2013

Jenna Logeais, final year BSc Politics with International Relations student, reflects upon her experiences as the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences delegate at the high profile One Young World Summit which took place in South Africa in October. read more »

Is the Euro crisis increasing opposition to the EU?

Wed Nov 14 13:56:00 GMT 2012

Dr Nick Startin, who joined POLIS as a lecturer in French and European Studies last month, took part in a debate at the University of Surrey on the 8th of November entitled ‘Is the Euro crisis increasing opposition to the EU?’ read more »

University of Bath expert available to comment on new flexible parental leave after childbirth

Tue Nov 13 11:20:00 GMT 2012

Dr Susan Milner comments on new plans to that will allow more flexibility for parents taking leave from work after the birth of a child. read more »

Research supports importance of father figures in children’s education

Tue Nov 06 17:43:00 GMT 2012

Researchers from the University of Bath have worked with local schools and families to assess how important father figures are in their children’s education and upbringing. read more »

Students get creative with placement year showcase

Fri Nov 02 11:08:00 GMT 2012

Students in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies returning from their placement year have been showcasing their experiences at a poster event. read more »

University of Bath entrepreneurs secure John Lewis distribution deal

Wed Sep 26 11:29:00 BST 2012

An ethical bag company created by two University of Bath students has agreed terms with shop retailer John Lewis to distribute its products. read more »

Dr Aggestam discusses political and economic developments since the Eurozone crisis at European Roundtable

Fri Sep 21 11:29:00 BST 2012

Dr Lisbeth Aggestam participated in the European Roundtable event entitled ‘Europe at the Crossroads’ read more »

Dr Susan Milner receives Emerald Award for Excellence

Tue Aug 07 09:32:00 BST 2012

Dr Susan Milner has been given a Highly Commended award in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012, for her 2011 article (co-authored with Abigail Gregory) entitled “Fathers and work-life balance in France and the UK: policy and practice” published in International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy (31, 1-2: 34-52). read more »