The Will of the People Conference

The Will of the People: constructions and representations of the popular voice from 1500 to the present day.

Organised by Dr. David Coast (Bath Spa) and Dr. Laura Stewart (University of York)
Newton Park, Bath Spa University, and the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

6 to 7 June 2018

Recent referenda and elections have made the uses and abuses of the ‘will of the people’ a pressing public issue. This two-day conference seeks to explore the ways in which the "voice of the people" has been constructed, used, and represented in modern democracies and pre-modern political systems.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Andy Wood - Durham University
  • Professor Elaine Chalus - University of Liverpool
  • Dr. Daniel Hucker - University of Nottingham

Public roundtable speakers

  • Dr. John Rees - activist, broadcaster, and writer
  • Robin McAlpline - director of Common Weal
  • Amelia Womack - deputy leader, Green Party

Further particulars


6 June 2018 - Bath Spa Campus, Commons, CM119. Participants will then be provided with a bus into town at 18:45pm to the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution for a roundtable discussion on 'The uses of history and political engagement'. 

7 June 2018 - Bath Spa Campus, Commons, CM119. 

Programme of events

The conference programme can be downloaded here

Travel and further information

Please see the conference website for further details. 

This event is funded with the generous support from the Department of History, University of York and Bath Spa University.

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