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European University Institute, Florence


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Europe in the Archives, Europe in the Future

Dates: 12-13 October 2017
Venue: European University Institute (EUI), Florence

This two-day conference will bring together academics, archivists and practitioners to examine the last 50 years of European Studies and UK-EU relations.

The 50th Anniversary of UACES as the UK-based association for the study of Europe coincides with the UK's triggering of Article 50. This conference provides a unique opportunity to draw on the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) and showcase the newly-deposited UACES archival materials.

Our speakers will examine the UK's changing relationship with the EU, and consider the development and meaning of European Studies in the UK, prior to accession, during the accession process, and in the future as Britain prepares to leave the EU.


Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union


Thursday 12th October

Venue: The Historical Archives of the European Union, Villa Salviati, European University Institute

14:00 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:00

First Look at the UACES Archives

Quincy Cloet, Aberystwyth University (watch a short Q&A with Quincy about his research on the archives)

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:15

Britain and the EU in the Archives

Mary Carr, Historical Archives of the European Union

16:30 – 17:30

Using Archives for Historical Research on the EU

N. Piers Ludlow, London School of Economics & Political Science

17:30 – 19:00

Drinks Reception in the grounds of the Villa Salviati

Friday 13th October

Venue: Sala Europa at Villa Schifanoia

10:00 – 10:15


Brigid Laffan, European University Institute

10:15 – 11:45

Brexit and Brussels: The changing relationship between the UK and the EU

Chair: Brigid Laffan, European University Institute


11:45 – 12:15

Coffee break

12:15 – 13:45

Where now for European Studies?

Chair: Wilhelm Lehmann, EUI



Advance booking is mandatory. Registration is free for UACES members and EUI affiliates. Otherwise, registration is £50 (or £35 for students), which includes complimentary UACES membership for 2017 and 2018.

Getting to and from the EUI

Florence airport is 11km from the EUI. There are direct flights to Florence from many major European cities including: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Zurich.

From the airport you can either take a taxi to Fiesole or take the bus (changing in Florence). You can find out more about transport options to/from the airport here: http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/the-passengers/transport/bus.html.

An alternative airport which has a greater choice of flights is Pisa. Pisa airport is about an hour’s drive from Fiesole. There is a frequent train service between Pisa and Florence and Pisa Centrale railway station can be reached from the airport via a shuttle. Car hire is available at the airport. More information can be found at: http://www.pisa-airport.com/en/the-passengers/transport.html.

For further information about reaching the EUI using either a car or public transport visit: http://www.eui.eu/About/How-to-reach-us.aspx.

Hotels in Fiesole

The EUI is situated in Fiesole, a town just outside Florence. Florence itself has a huge choice of hotels, b&bs and hostels to suit every budget. Price comparison sites like www.booking.com are a good place to start if you want to look for reasonably-priced accommodation in Florence.

Fiesole is smaller but there are still plenty of hotels to choose from. Hotels which currently have availability for the dates of the conference include:

Antiche Scale - http://www.antichescalebeb.it/en/. C. €90 per night.

Hotel Villa Bonelli - http://www.hotelvillabonelli.com/. C. €80 per night.

Hotel Villa Aurora - http://www.villaurorafiesole.com/it/. C. €149 per night.

Albergo Villa Sorriso - https://www.bedandbreakfast.eu/bed-and-breakfast/fiesole/albergo-villa-sorriso/48817/ - c. €70 per night

FH Villa Fiesole - http://www.villafiesole.it/ - c. €140 per night.

Villa Le Cappane - http://www.villalecapanne.it/ - c. €65 per night

Pensione Bencista - http://www.bencista.com/ - c. €175 per night

Please note, hotels are listed here for information only and inclusion on this website does not constitute a recommendation by UACES. Prices were correct at the time of publishing (7/8/17).

Travel support for postgraduate students

Travel support is available to student members of UACES (including students who receive membership when registering for the conference). Find out more.

Advance registration is required for this conference. Please find the ticket link at the top of this page.

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