Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

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.

Aerial view of university campus

The 48th annual gathering of the association will take place at the University of Bath campus, 3-5 September 2018


UACES is a membership organisation for the discipline of contemporary European Studies whose annual conference offers an important interdisciplinary forum for researchers in Political Science, Economics, Law, Geography, History and Sociology.

The event, which will be the 48th annual gathering of the association, is expected to attract an audience of around 450 delegates to the University of Bath, from over 230 institutions located in the UK, Europe and beyond. After Bilbao in 2015, Queen Mary University in London in 2016, and the University of Krakow in 2017, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath will provide a locus of exchange for the world’s leading thinkers on Europe and the European Union.

Professor Bill Durodie, Head of Department, commented:

"Success in this proposal is an important vote of confidence in what we do that is unique here at Bath from the leading academic association in the field. Indeed, it was our continuing delivery of European languages in a Politics and International Studies context that was recognised as setting us apart from the field".

Dr Nick Startin, Deputy Head of PoLIS added:

"As a veteran of UACES conferences dating back nearly 20 years, I am delighted that Bath has been chosen to host the event in 2018 from a very competitive short-list. UACES continues to attract a range of leading European experts across a range of disciplines. Its annual gathering commands an excellent reputation for both its academic and organisational rigour. I look forward to working with colleagues to ensure that 2018 is a memorable event here in Bath".