The fall-out from Brexit, the future shape of Europe and EU relations with the US will all be on the agenda as the 48th Annual Conference for the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) comes to Bath this weekend.

The conference, held over four days, from Sunday 2 – Wednesday 5 September and hosted by the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies, will welcome nigh on 500 academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines focused on contemporary European challenges.

Plenary sessions will focus on democracy and legitimacy challenges and the future of Europe; immigration, race and populism; and trans-Atlanticism in the times of Trump and Brexit.

In addition to significant keynote presentations - including from Anthony Gardner (former US Ambassador to the EU) and Terri Givens (world renowned political scientist) - in addition to numerous panel discussions, researchers from across the Department of PoLIS, colleagues from the Department of Social & Policy Sciences and the IPR will share research and analysis on a range of issues related to the EU and Europe.

Head of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies and new UACES Chair, Dr Nick Startin said: “We’re delighted to welcome UACES delegates to Bath for what promises to be an invigorating three days of debate and discussion about some of the crucial issues facing Europe today.

“At a time of widespread change across the world it is incumbent on us as researchers to try to make sense and put into context some of the shifts we’re seeing. I look forward to fruitful discussions.”

Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Professor David Galbreath, added: “This is a real great opportunity for the Department, and for the University more generally, to showcase to an engaged audience the breadth and quality of our social sciences research and how it is addressing contemporary challenges facing Europe and the wider world.”

Professor Galbreath will also chair one of the keynote sessions.

Follow the discussion online with #UACES2018.