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About GALA

The Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA) is a select international community of institutions that seeks to develop new kinds of research and teaching collaboration, to support enhanced international mobility among staff and students, and to reimagine liberal arts education for the twenty-first century.

It was founded at Bath Spa University, UK, in 2014.


There are currently 24 partners in 17 countries:

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Bath Spa University, UK

Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya

Claremont Graduate University, USA

Columbia College Chicago, USA

Communication University of China, China

Concordia University, Canada

National Institute of Design, India National

Taiwan University of the Arts, Taiwan

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

RANEPA, Moscow, Russia

SUNY Geneseo, USA

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Ethiopia University of Adelaide, Australia

University of Namibia, Namibia

University of Parma, Italy

University of Stockholm, Sweden

University of Udine, Italy

University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

University College Utrecht, The Netherlands

University College Roosevelt, The Netherlands

Annual conferences and meetings

2014 Bath Spa University, Bath

2014 conf

2015 Communications University of China, Beijing: Communication Without Borders

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2016 Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City: Social Entrepreneurship and the Innovative Spirit


2017 University of Parma, Parma: Curating the Future

2017 conf

2018 Concordia University, Montreal: Creativity in the Liberal Arts

2018 conf

2019 Claremont Graduate University, Los Angeles: Networks across time and space

Find the call for papers here

Since 2015, the annual conference and meeting has also involved a related summer-school opportunity for students. The 2018 summer school involved 19 faculty from across the network leading workshops and seminars with GALA students over a period of six days.

Promotion and communication

website Website

Twitter & Instagram: @gala_network

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Currently, GALA is managed by a team at Bath Spa University: Academic Director: Professor Ian Gadd (English) Associate Academic Director: Professor Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus (Psychology) Executive Director: Professor John Strachan (Research and Enterprise) Administrator: Lizzie Bryant (International Relations Office) Research Co-ordinator: Nicola Price (Research Office)

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Photo above, from right to left: Executive Director: Professor John Strachan, Academic Director: Professor Ian Gadd, Associate Academic Director:  Professor Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus


Membership is currently by invitation only.

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