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Call for papers – Adult Learning and Communities in a world on the move: between national tensions and transnational challenges

25 – 27 May 2017 | Wrocław, Poland | European Research Conference organized by ESREA

Call for papers – Adult Learning and Communities in a world on the move: between national tensions and transnational challenges

In 2017 the 9 th ESREA Conference of the Netwotk Between Global and Local: Adult

Learning and Communities will meet at the University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław. ternational The Conference will take place from Thursday 25 th to Saturday 27 th of May, 2017.

The Conference theme will be: Adult learning & communities in a world on the move: between national tensions and transnational challenges. Papers, round tables, and keynote talks will address themes from among the following:

  • Contributions to the theory of learning in a world on the move. How adequate are our notions of lifelong learning, of international adult education and learning programmes and what is the contribution of our research in this field?
  • How do we build better dialogue and connectivity between diverse people in situations where opportunities for dialogue are being challenged, when in our cities and regions the ‘other’ is frequently experienced as a threat rather than a source of solidarity, learning and enrichment?
  • Adult learning and discourses of power. difference and ‘identity’, and new forms of solidarity that further social learning and the creation of democratic forms of citizenship and living together
  • Adult learning and the work of movements of volunteers, local initiatives, and the responses of state agencies, flanked as they are by growing apparatuses of security and policing
  • The role of communities in furthering integration, tolerance, and offering alternatives to exclusion, radicalisation, and political division
  • How does our research respond to current definitions of ‘sovereignty’ within the nation state, and to the widespread takeover of the notion of ‘identity’, seen for many as the fixed attribute of nations/ethnic groups, and formulated as an antithesis to difference and diversity?
  • The role of research into adult learning in addressing rising levels of xenophobia, racism and fundamentalism in the world outside as well in local communities. How can we best to embrace, to value, and to work with ‘difference’ within our own learning communities?

Participants are invited from all fields of research on adult learning to submit and abstract adressing the conference theme.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and the full papers may be up to 5000 words. The Conference language will be english.

Deadlines:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 15 December 2016.
  • Latest notification acceptance: 15 January 2017.
  • Full papers deadline: 30 April 2017.

Abstracts should be submitted to: BGL2017@dsw.edu.pl

For more information please read the following document: