Since its foundation in 2014, GALA has held an annual conference (with the exception of 2020 and 2022) bringing together faculty and students from across the network and beyond to share research, pedagogy, and creative practice.

September 2024
Bath Spa University, UK: How can the liberal arts help a world in crisis?

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 10th anniversary GALA conference, which will be held in Bath during 13–15 September 2024.

In the light of the degree to which the world has changed over the past decade and the context in which we now find ourselves in, a world marked by global polarization, ecological crisis, and the rise of AI, placing humanity itself under threat worldwide, the theme of the 2024 GALA conference is ‘How can the liberal arts help a world in crisis?’ The sub-themes include: Environmental crisis, Art for Social Change, Digital Threats and Opportunities, Indigenous Voices and Justice, and Power, Peace and Healing.

The conference is free to all staff and students from any of the partner institutions of the Global Academy of Liberal Arts. Please use this form to register:

Staff and students from non-GALA partners are also very welcome but will have to pay a conference fee:

There are 12 parallel sessions across the three days: day 1 will be based in central Bath, day 2 at Newton Park, and day 3 at Locksbrook. You can view the provisional programme at


Past conferences (in chronological order)

July 2014
Bath Spa University, UK: Launching the GALA Network


July 2015
Communications University of China: ‘Communication Without Borders’




May 2016
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico: ‘Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Spirit’




July 2017
University of Parma, Italy: ‘Curating the Future’




July 2018
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada: ‘Creativity and the Liberal Arts’




September 2019
Claremont Graduate University, USA: ‘Networks Across Time and Space’




2020 — No conference


September 2021
Online Conference: ‘Liberal Arts for Tomorrow’


2022 — No conference

April 2023
Utrecht University, Netherlands: ‘Sustainable Liberal Arts’

Group photo of attendees 'Sustainable Liberal Arts' in Utrech


April 2023
University of Witwatersrand, South Africa: ‘GALA Network and UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education for Diversity and Development Sustainable Development Goals’

Attendees of  'GALA Network and UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education for Diversity and Development Sustainable Development Goals', University of Witwatersrand, South Africa