Adult educators in times of changing cultures: embracing diversity for
empowerment and inspiration
This year’s meeting suggests an emphasis on the cultural approach in adult education considering that all learning territories are cultural. Culture surrounds each one of us in everyday life, covers various forms of expression and provides insight into the social relations, history, human behavior, aesthetics etc. Cultural experiences, choices and expressions are most likely very diverse, and prejudices or stereotypes to certain forms of cultural expressions often result from ignorance. Cultural diversity in the field of adult education on the one hand, provides a concrete transfer of different learning cultures, knowledge and skills in the professional domain, and on the other hand, it helps to bridge misunderstanding and overcome stereotypes and prejudices towards certain forms of cultural expressions.
Much of Europe has become super-diverse. Super-diversity is here to stay, and the challenges run on into the future – in many fields, including education, security, employment, and culture. The social landscape in most European countries has been transformed in the past two decades. Among the European Union, the European countries that have joined the EU since 2004 mainly from Eastern and Central Europe have brought with them new challenges, cultures and languages. In complement, the arrival of migrants and refugees from third countries (outside the EU) combined with longer established minority populations has resulted in an unprecedented variety of cultures, identities, faiths, and languages. Diversity also relates to learning depending on the barriers that might be faced for the access to education, training, or employment. The implementation of diverse-embracing and/or anti-discriminatory policies into adult education practice is at best patchy. Where support for migrant and ethnic minority learners exists for example, it usually takes the form of additional learning support activities which have some impact on specific social groups, but leave much of the adult education field largely untouched. They also fail to mobilise the potential contribution of these learners to bring an alternative cultural perspective which would enrich all learners and better support them all for a world which is increasingly diverse.
The main issue to be addressed in the 6th meeting of ReNAdET is to look into the various levels of diversity in adult education focusing on the role/s of adult educators:
The idea is to discuss the kind of support adult educators need in order to provide self-confidence and hope to learners who might feel lost, misunderstood, or even abandoned by the formal learning system. Therefore adult education professionals should be better equipped to meet the demands expressed by learners with fewer opportunities faced by many barriers and obstacles in their transition to the labour market or to their social and professional integration- education, training, employment, through empowerment and inspiration.
A limited number of papers (max. 40) will be presented. Interested contributors may choose –but are not limited to– from the following shortlist of sub-themes:
21st July 2019
NEW Deadline for submission of paper proposals
1st July 2019
25th August 2019
Acceptance of paper proposals will be announced
14th October 2019
Final deadline for registration and payment of the conference fee (late registration is possible by cash payment at the registration desk)
30th December 2019
Deadline for submission of the final paper (5000 words max.)
ESREA Members 120 €
Non-members 140 €
Students 50 €
The fee includes conference portfolio, name-tags, Thessaloniki info pack, printed materials, and refreshments (coffee, tea, light lunch, welcome cocktail) during the meeting. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
The fee excludes the conference dinner (optional fee 30 €), any airport/hotel transfers and hotel accommodation.