27.06.2014 - 29.06.2014

Interrogating transformative processes in learning and education: an international dialogue - a new European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Network

Time:27.06.2014 - 29.06.2014
Location:Athens, Greece

Interrogating transformative processes in learning and education: an international dialogue - a new European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Network - What’s the point of transformative learning?

We live in times where education is easily reduced to preparation for labour markets, or is commodified as a product whose main value is one of exchange for other goods, such as consumption. Learning, especially discourses of lifelong learning can also be narrow and reductive of the human spirit and possibility: the neo-liberal subject is constructed as highly individualistic – omnipotent and omniscient – and notions of collective learning and wider social justice get lost. Ideas of transformative learning (and / or critical reflection etc.) are in part a reaction to such processes.

Our Conference is addressed to all researchers and adult educators from Europe and around the world that share emancipatory educational goals, and wish to interrogate transformative processes in learning and education, their meaning, problematics and facilitation.

The aim of the Conference is therefore:

  • To create a space in which we can interrogate TL and other concepts of transformation and its dynamics, in interdisciplinary ways, helping invigorate understanding of emancipatory forms of education.
  • To bring alongside TL theories, those of critical theory, Freirian-inspired understandings, psychoanalysis etc., to build a dialogue between those who may be motivated by similar ends, but may assert the importance of different conceptual frames.
  • To build a strong, vigorous, diverse and interdisciplinary ESREA Network, to enhance scholarship and research of transformative processes in learning and education in diverse settings, cultures and societies. In our conference, we want to help create new and slower spaces for dialogue, demonstration, reflexivity and discovery. There will be keynotes from internationally renowned colleagues, dialogues /round tables, experiential workshops, alongside individual papers and symposia, focusing on our theme of What’s the point of transformative learning?

Conference languages: English will normally be used at the plenaries but a number of group sessions can be held in French or German.

The conference is organised by the Hellenic Adult Education Association.

Venue

Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens, Greece

Conference Fees and registration / Conference Dinner (in Euros)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (until end of April 2014)

ESREA members: 150

HAEA members: 150

Non-members: 200

PhD/Research Students: 80 (a limited number of bursaries for PhD students will be available)*

FULL FEE (after 30 th April 2014)

ESREA members: 180

HAEA members: 180

Non-members: 230

PhD/Research Students: 100

Conference Dinner: 40

Registration form:

Fill in the registration form here.

ESREA will be offering some bursaries for doctoral students. For questions and expressions of interest, please contact the Conference Organiser at dim.andritsakou@gmail.com, or the Convenors of the Network.

More information

ESREA (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults)
http://www.esrea.org/conferences_and_seminars/1.534092/SECOND_CALLkopia.pdf