Abstracts and papers

Angela Pilch Ortega

“Rewriting sociality“ – sociographicity as a concept to comprehend emancipatory practice and social change (pdf)


Annette Sprung, Christopher Parson, Linda Morrice, Angela Pilch-Ortega , Brigitte Kukovetz

Between the ivory tower and ‘scholactivism’: Political and social engagement in research on adult education and migration (pdf)
Sylwia Słowińska

Bottom-up cultural initiatives in local communities – between the withdrawal and the social engagement (pdf)


Christian Bernhard

Communities as a product of pedagogical action: adult education in cross-border-regions between national und European structures (pdf)


Seyda Subasi

Community efforts to compensate for state’s failure: Voluntary-based adult education for refugees (pdf)
Rob Evans

Conflicts near and far: young adults’ learning biographies and interrupted narratives of civil war, chauvinism and new diasporas (pdf)


Monika Rusnak

Developing culture of trust as a crucial factor in organizing communities (pdf)


Beata Zwierzyńska

Developing spaces for teacher learning. My research project (pdf)


Marta Zientek

Discourses of power in the symbolic nature of language the reflection of adult lerners’ viewepoint (pdf)


Monika Popow

Learning and re-creating of a local community. The case of Nowy Port in Gdansk (pdf)


Małgorzata Malec-Rawiński, Sabina Jelenc-Krašovec, Barry Golding

Learning communities and Men’s Sheds in Australia – reflection from European researchers (pdf)


Linda Morrice

Learning in the age of transnational migration: Everyday pedagogies and moments of cultural de-stabilization (pdf)


Ayşe Beyazova



John Grayson

Refugee social movements campaigning and educating in asylum markets (pdf)


Rozalia Ligus

Schools that ‘stay away’  from the community – is it a conscious or unconscious choice of non-public schools in a big city? (pdf)


Jim Crowther

The contradictions of populism: reasserting adult education for democracy (pdf)


Anna Bilon, Paweł Rudnicki, Michał Mielczarek

The dimensions of learning in activism – the narratives of social activists (pdf)


Emilio Lucio-Villegas

The lost world. People, Crafts and communities (pdf)


Agnieszka Licznerska

The Other – a true individual (pdf)


Marta Gregorčič

The power of testimonies and critical (auto)biographies in education: consideration on the anti-racist perspective in education (pdf)
Meta Furlan

Transformative Learning in the Light of Older People Cooperation in the International Project “Personal TownTours” (pdf)





Participants are invited from all fields of research on adult learning to submit an abstract addressing the conference theme. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 15, 2016.

The Scientific Committee of this conference is responsible for the selection of the submitted abstracts.

Latest notification of acceptance is January 15, 2017

Abstracts should be sent in two separate files, one including the paper title, the name, address, e-mail of author(s); and the second one including the paper title and abstract.

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


Completed papers should be submitted by April 30, 2017 and sent to: BGL2017@dsw.edu.pl

The papers may be up to 5000 words.

The papers will have to follow the template for all contributions to the conference which will be made known soon.

Information for contributors of Abstracts/Papers

A paper is proposed and submitted in the form of an abstract by one person. Up to three other people can be named as co-authors in the abstract proposal. For each participant, a maximum of two such proposals may be submitted in which the person is named as an author or co-author. The abstract proposal must indicate which of the named authors will be presenting the paper.

All those authors attending must register for the conference.

Criteria for Review of Abstracts

Abstracts for papers are welcome from all fields of research referring the conference theme. The criteria used in reviewing each abstract will be as follows:

  • Proposals should be directly related to specified aspects of adult education
  • Proposals should make reference to a theoretical framework, involve systematic enquiry of an analytical or empirical nature
  • Background, method, results and implications should be set out clearly in a manner which is accessible to an international audience


The abstract, the paper and its presentation should be in English. Simultaneous translation will not be available in plenary or paper presentation sessions, but participants will aid one another where necessary in order to overcome language difficulties.

Please bear in mind when presenting a paper that you are speaking to an international audience, the majority of whom may not be familiar with your own country let alone its adult educational system. Please avoid the use of acronyms and do not use expressions which relate to adult learning where you are active without providing a contextualization.



Sending of abstracts – December 15, 2016

Confirmation of acceptance of paper proposals – January 15, 2017

Sending of full papers – April 30, 2017