The 7th conference of the ESREA Network ELOA

17th till 19th of November 2016 Department of Education, University of Wrocław, Poland

Currently Europe is facing a highly turbulent confrontation of values, cultural influences and challenges, connected with diverse identities and ways of living in a partly ‘united’ EU space. Besides its own unsolved dilemmas regarding confrontations between mixtures of cultures and nations in Europe, it has lately also been facing an intensive set of immigration challenges and opportunities from outside Europe, which are not generally accepted as a constitutive part of European culture.

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Call for Papers

The Abstract should be maximum 450 words long and must include a title and 5 keywords, but not the author/s name/s or institution/s. These should be stated in the email accompanying the abstract together with name, institutional affiliation, and contact details. All abstracts will be put to the consideration of the Academic Committee.

The Abstract should be prepared according to following requirements:

  • Should address selected aspects of adult education;
  • Should include the theoretical framework and represent a 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 proposal must indicate which of the named authors will be presenting the paper.The conference organizers will allocate a discussant for the group where papers will be presented. Accepted abstracts will be available in PDF-format on the conference website.

The deadline of submission abstracts has been extended till 18th of June.

All abstracts are to be submitted to email Acceptance will be confirmed by 30 June 2016.
If accepted for presentation, final versions of papers (no more than 5,000 words including references) must be submitted by 20 October 2016. Please use Times New Roman, 12 and the APA (American Psychological Association) reference system.

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Opportunity to publish an articles submitted to the ELOA Conference

Participants of the ELOA conference are welcome to prepare an article (in English) and submit to publish in one of two andragogical journals:

1. “Rocznik Andragogiczny” [Andragogy yearbook]

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  • the journal is indexing by: Central European Journal of Social Sciencies and Humanites (CEJSH), Index Copernicus International (ICI), Centrum Otwartej Nauki (CeON).
  • ISSN 1429-186X (print); ISSN 2391-7571 (online)

2. Dyskursy Młodych Andragogów [„Adult Education Discourses”]

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  • the journal is indexing by: Central European Journal of Social Sciencies and Humanites (CEJSH), Index Copernicus International (ICI), The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).
  • ISSN 2084-2740 (print)

Both journals apply the procedure of blind review process.

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About Conference

Aging in a multicultural world
– individual and social contexts of learning

Currently Europe is facing a highly turbulent confrontation of values, cultural influences and challenges, connected with diverse identities and ways of living in a partly ‘united’ EU space. Besides its own unsolved dilemmas regarding confrontations between mixtures of cultures and nations in Europe, it has lately also been facing an intensive set of immigration challenges and opportunities from outside Europe, which are not generally accepted as a constitutive part of European culture. At the same time, demographic pressures as many European societies age and a lively and at times tense policy and political debate over questions of identity and immigrant integration are having obvious impacts on perceived European strengths. In addition, the most recent terrorist events in France and Belgium open up new questions about migrants and refugees and threaten to reduce their possibilities of becoming
respected members of European communities. According to the Migration Policy Institute, during 2013 a total of 3.4 million people immigrated to the EU-28 Member States, while at least 2.8 million emigrants were reported to have left the EU. And during the third quarter of 2015 (from July to September 2015), 413 800 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number almost double that of the second quarter of 2015.
However we have to recall that every person’s migration tells its own story. Misguided and stereotyped narratives often tend to focus only on certain types of flows, overlooking the inherent complexity of this phenomenon which impacts society in many different ways and calls for a variety of responses.
In this situation the question of aging in a multicultural world takes on a different meaning and becomes even more relevant. How should we deal with new cultures, new languages, new identities, new communities, a new society? What is the role of adult educators in a multicultural world? How must we respond to the needs of thousands of older im/migrants and refugees who are struggling with many problems and barriers (cultural, linguistic, educational, psychological, social)?
The aim of the conference is to discuss what kind of research, regarding culture, is present in older adult education in academic communities, what are the cultural, social, philosophical and psychological backgrounds of learning of older adults, how do these issues influence the formulation of fundamental life and professional questions in a changing multicultural world and an aging society; how do they relate to current older adult learning and education theory, policy and practice?

The conference will focus on the following issues:

  • cultural dimensions of learning;
  • multicultural communities and learning;
  • barriers and opportunities for lifelong learning in different cultures and countries;
  • inclusion and exclusion of older adults and their participation in cultural life;
  • museums, galleries, libraries, concert halls etc. as places of intergenerational education and learning;
  • cultural literacy of older adults;
  • questions of multiculturalism and community learning;
  • migrations and multiculturalism in later life;
  • adult educators in a multicultural world;
  • adult educators and the learning of older migrants;

We are convinced that Wrocław as the European Capital of Culture 2016 and a city with a long history of multiculturalism is a perfect space to discuss the above issues.The conference will provide spaces for participants to engage with these and similar issues in workshops, parallel (thematic) sessions and plenary sessions; the conference will be a forum for researchers to facilitate cooperation, exchange knowledge and experience, and integrate PhD students into the professional field. In terms of the deconstruction and change brought to the traditional methodology of presenting research results, we would welcome alternative and innovative approaches, for example: performances, visual art, creative use of media, of space and interaction.
The conference will be held in English.


ESREA is a European scientific society. It was established in 1991 to provide a European-wide forum for all researchers engaged in research on adult education and learning and to promote and disseminate theoretical and empirical research in the field.

The European Society for Research on the Education of Adults promotes and
disseminates theoretical and empirical research on the education of adults and adult learning in Europe through research networks, conferences and publications. Active members come from most parts of Europe.

ESREA provides an important space for these changes and (re)definition of adult education and learning in relation to research, theory, policy and practice to be reflected upon and discussed. This takes place at the triennial conference, network conferences and through the publication of books and a journal.


The major priority of ESREA is the encouragement of co-operation between active researchers in the form of thematic research networks which encourage inter- disciplinary research drawing on a broad range of the social sciences. These research networks hold annual/biennial seminars and conferences for the exchange of research results and to encourage publications.

The current active ESREA networks are:

  • Access, Learning Careers and Identities
  • Active Democratic Citizenship and Adult Learning
  • Adult Educators, Trainers and their Professional Development
  • Between Global and Local: Adult Learning and Development
  • Education and Learning of Older Adults
  • Gender and Adult Learning
  • History of Adult Education and Training in Europe
  • Interrogating Transformative Processes in Learning
  • Life-history and Biographical Research
  • Migration, Ethnicity, Racism and Xenophobia
  • Policy Studies in Adult Education
  • Working Life and Learning

About ELOA

The central aim of the Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA) is to bring together

European research strands in the field of late-life learning and to establish a regular interchange of researchers in older adult learning, educational gerontology, and adult education. The Network strives to act as a catalyst for further European collaboration in this field of educational research with the aim of strengthening this area of interest and promoting the initiation of common research projects and publications.

The objectives of the network are fourfold:

  • to bring forward further experience from all around Europe on issues pertaining to all kind of learning activities inside and outside formal or non-formal education, and the impact that this learning process has on their living conditions
  • to report on current European projects and stimulate research in this area
  • to generate new research projects on an European level and to inform policymakers about the meaning of learning in every age
  • to foster a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary dialogue for a broad understanding of the issues addressed.

General Information

Wrocław is the largest city in western Poland. Wrocław is the historical capital of Lower Silesia. Today, it is the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. At various times in history, it has been part of the Kingdom of Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, the Austrian Empire, Prussia, and Germany. It became part of Poland in 1945, as a result of the border changes after the Second World War.

Wrocław classified as a global city by GaWC, with the ranking of high sufficiency and living standard. It was among 230 cities in the world in the ranking of the consulting company Mercer – „Best City to Live” in 2015 and the only Polish city in this ranking has been recognized as a city growing at the business centre.

Wrocław is  the European Capital of Culture 2016 ( Also, Wrocław is host the Theatre Olympics, World Bridge Games and the European Film Awards in 2016.

Landmarks and points of interest:

Ostrów Tumski- is the oldest part of the city of Wrocław. It was formerly an island (ostrów in Old Polish) known as the Cathedral Island between the branches of the Oder River, featuring the Wrocław Cathedral built originally in the mid 10th century. There is a bridge where lovers as a sign of my love assume a padlock.

Photo Ilona Zakowicz

Old town- the 13th century Main Market Square displays the Old Town Hall. In the north-west corner of the market square there is the St. Elisabeth’s Church (Bazylika Św. Elżbiety) with its 91,46 m tower, which has an observation deck (75 m). North of the church are the Shambles with Monument of Remembrance of Animals for Slaughter . Salt Square (now a flower market) is located at the south-western corner of the market square. Close to the square, between Szewska and Łaciarska streets, there is the St. Mary Magdalene Church (Kościół Św. Marii Magdaleny) established in the 13th century.

Photo Ilona Zakowicz

The Wrocław Fountain — Polish: Wrocławska Fontanna, is a multimedia musical fountain and ornamental pond in Wrocław, of western Poland. Fountain runs only during the summer season – from the last weekend of April or the first weekend of May to late October. The Wrocław Fountain is located in the historic Wrocław exhibition ground. It is next to the early modernist Centennial Hall, and encircled within the Wrocław

Photo Ilona Zakowicz

The Centennial Hall (Hala Stulecia) is an exceptional place in the map of Poland, considered as one of the most important works in the world architecture of the 20th century.

The Botanical Garden (Ogród Botaniczny) in Wroclaw is the second (after the one in Kraków) oldest institution of this type in Poland. It was created at the same time as the University of Wroclaw (Uniwersytet Wrocławski), which was established in 1811 as a result of joining Frankfurt’s Viadrina and Jesuitical’s Leopoldinum Academy.

Photo Ilona Zakowicz

The University of Wrocław (UWr) (Polish:German: Universität Breslau; Latin: Universitas Wratislaviensis) is a public research university located in Wrocław, Poland. Founded in 1702, it is one of the oldest collegiate-level institutions of higher education in Central Europe with around 30,000 students (2012). Throughout its history, it remained a great learning centre of a German-speaking countries until territorial changes of Germany after World War II. Following the territorial changes of Poland after World War II academics primarily from Jan Kazimierz University of Lwów restored the university building heavily damaged and split as a result of the Siege of Breslau. The first lectures were conducted in the halls with broken windows. The University is currently the largest in Lower Silesia with over 100,000 graduates since 1945 including some 1,900 researchers among whom many received the highest awards for their contribution to the development of scientific scholarship.
There are 10 faculties provide 44 areas of courses which the language medium is in Polish and only some in English. The University of Wroclaw provides Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral level programmes.
All of the degrees certificates awarded by UWr are recognised globally.
In 2002, the university celebrated the 300th anniversary of its founding.

Photo Ilona Zakowicz

Department of Pedagogy and Department odPsychology (ul. Dawida 1)The building of the Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology, University of Wroclaw was built in 1901-1903 as the new headquarters Gymnasium
St. Elizabeth – school founded by the Church of St. Elizabeth in 1293.
The Institute was established in 1972 for the basis of a ministerial decision of transforming the Department of Education in the institute.

Photo Ilona Zakowicz

Conference Programme

Thursday, 17 November, 2016

  • 13:00 Registration
  • 14:00 Official opening
    Welcoming speech
    Prof. dr hab. Adam Jezierski, Rector of the University of Wrocław Prof. dr hab. Przemysław Wiszewski, Dean of the Department of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha, Convenor of the ELOA Network
  • 14:30 Keynote Speaker – Leszek Koczanowicz, Uniwersytet SWPS, Poland.
    “That is no country for old men” Two phenomenologies of ageing: Cicero and
    Jean Améry
  • 15:30 Coffee break and snacks
  • 16:45 Keynote Speaker – Agnieszka Bron, Stockholm University, Sweden.
    “For ever young!” Cultural images of adults getting older. How can learning
    help in the diversified culture?
  • 17:00 Walk around the centre of Wrocław with a guide
  • 19:00 Welcoming Reception – Piano concert: Michał Michalski Music and Literature Club (Klub Muzyki i Literatury)

Friday, 18 November, 2016

  • 09:00 Parallel paper sessions
  • Session A: Chairperson Sabina Jelenc Krašovec, University of Ljubljana
  • 9:00-9:30 Jane Watts, The Learning and Work Institute (formerly NIACE). The Centre for Policy on Ageing, United Kingdom Distractions: cultural influences, inclusion, and learning in later life; stories of women’s lives
  • 9:30-10:00 Cecilia Bjursell, Jönköping University, Sweden Older adults and the stories they tell
  • 10:00-10:30 Małgorzata Malec-Rawiński, Ilona Zakowicz, University of Wrocław, Poland.
    Some pictures of the non-stereotypical older adults – emancipatory, inspiration or distortion and infantilization images of old age?
  • Session B: Chairperson Irena Zemaitaityte
  • 9:00-9:30 Satya Brink, International Consultant, Ottawa, Canada.
    The impact of globalization on lifelong learning in late life
  • 9:30- 10:00 Aleksandra Marcinkiewicz-Wilk, University of Wrocław, Poland. Educational activity of older people in the Information Society
  • 10:00-10:30 Yoon Do Hye, Yi Byung Jun, Pusan National University, Korea. The analysis on learning experience of middle managers of senior club
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Parallel paper sessions
  • Session A: Chairperson Satya Brink,
  • 11:00-11:30 Rosita Deluigi, University of Macerata, Italy Ageing and intercultural dimension of care: community learning and inclusive society
  • 11:30-12:00 Mikulec Borut, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia On democratic adult education: navigating the dialogue between consensus and dissensus in contemporary multicultural communities
  • 12:00-12:30 Jocey Quinn, Claudia Blandon, Plymouth University, United Kingdom. Beyond Words: Including people who face problems communicating with words in community music practice; implications for ageing research
  • Session B: Chairperson Małgorzata Malec Rawiński
  • 11:00-11:30 Sabina Jelenc Krašovec, Marta Gregorčič, Univerza v Ljubljani, Slovenia. What can young activists learn from the older and vice versa? The case study of intergenerational mutual learning in participatory democracy practice in Maribor, Slovenia
  • 11:30-12:00 Tiina Tambaum, Tallinn University, Estonia. Tutoring between teenage tutor and older learner on the base of different tacit knowledge
  • 12:00-12:30 Ilona Zakowicz, University of Wrocław, Poland. The Strength of Intergenerational Education. What I have learnt from 60+ women
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Parallel paper sessions
  • Session A: Chairperson Tiina Tambaum
  • 14:00-14:30 Sylwia Słowińska, Małgorzata Olejarz, Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, Poland. Between the „escape from the emptiness” and „regaining oneself” – about the meanings of cultural activity of retired women
  • 14:30-15:00 Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha, University of Tubingen, Germany. Contributions of training and education of older workers as a part of biographical construction processes in Germany
  • Session B: Chairperson: Jane Watts
  • 14:00-14:30 Antonio Borgogni, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy. Bodies and public spaces: healthy ageing in active cities
  • 14:30-15:00 Emilia Mazurek, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland. Intergenerational learning within the Amazon patients’ community
  • 16:00 Keynote Speaker – Marta Gregorčič, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Learning-by-struggling in the left behind places. Emancipatory learning and militant research in the Urban Furrows Programme (European Capital of Culture – Maribor 2012)
    Discussant: Rob Evans, University of Magdeburg, Germany
  • 19:00 Conference dinner

Saturday, 19 November, 2016

  • 09:00Round table – Discussant: Rob Evans, University of Magdeburg, Germany. Researching learning of older adults, research methods, researchers’ self-understandings, dilemmas, challenges and new perspectives of aging in multicultural world.
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Parallel paper sessions
  • Session A:Chairperson Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha
  • 11:00-11:30 Jennifer Granville, Teresa Brayshaw, Leeds Beckett University. United Kingdom. Senior Moments: Reflections on the CINAGE Project and Collaborative advances
  • 11:30-12:00 Esmeraldina Maria Costa Veloso, University of Minho, Portugal. Trends and challenges in social policies aimed at the third age and adult education in Portugal
  • 12:00-12:30 Kim Ji Hyun, Yi Byung Jun, Pusan National University, Korea. A Study on the Experiences of Vocational Training of the unemployed elders
  • Session B: Chairperson Marta Gregorčič
  • 11:00-11:30 Lorenza Lullini, Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII (Fscire), Italy. The challenge of religious illiteracy in teachers’ education
  • 11:30-12:00 Marica Ciccarelli, Antonio Borgogni, Giovanni Capelli, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy. Involvement and participation of the elderly in the design of technologies supporting an active aging
  • 12:00-12:30 Špela Močilnikar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Old Guys Say Yes to Community – Presentation of the Erasmus+ project
  • 12:30 Closing session
We proudly present our academic & organizing committee

Scientific Committee:


  • Sabina Jelenc Krašovec, Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Alicja Szerląg, University of Wrocław, Poland
  • Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha, Institute of Education, University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • John Field, School of Education, University of Stirling, United Kingdom
  • Małgorzata Malec Rawiński, University of Wroclaw, Poland
  • Cecilia Bjursell, National Centre for Lifelong Learning, Jönköping University, Sweden
  • Rob Evans, University of Magdeburg
  • Witold Jakubowski, University of Wrocław, Poland
  • Irena Zemaitaityte, Institute of Education Science, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
  • Tiina Tambaum, Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Ann-Kristin Boström, National Centre for Lifelong Learning, Jönköping University, Sweden
  • Dominique Kern, Faculty of Arts, Languages and Humanities, University of Haute Alsace, France
  • Esmeraldina Veloso, University of Minho, Portugal

Organizing Committee:


  • Małgorzata Malec Rawiński
  • Aleksandra Marcinkiewicz-Wilk
  • Martyna Pryszmont Ciesielska
  • Ilona Zakowicz

Early registration (Until Sep 15 2016):

  • ESREA MEMBERS – €120
  • NON-MEMBERS – €170
  • PhD STUDENTS – €70

Late registration (Sep 15, 2016 onwards):

  • ESREA MEMBERS – €140
  • NON-MEMBERS – €190
  • PhD STUDENTS – €90

The above registration fees include conference materials, coffee breaks, light lunches during the meeting days and the welcome cocktail; they exclude the conference dinner, any airport/hotel transfers and hotel accommodation. All participants must register for the conference.

Conference fee transfer details

Account holder: Uniwersytet  Wrocławski

Address: Pl. Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław,  Poland

Account number (IBAN)  PL 42 1090 2398 0000 0001 1094 9075 (BZ WBK S.A.)


Purpose of payment:  ELOA 2016

Getting to the Conference

Transport from Airport to the Central of Wrocław

From Airport to central of Wrocław you can get bus 406 or Taxi. The Bus stop is near airport (there is a ticket machine where you can buy a ticket using English menu- the cost of ticket is 3 zł /approx. 1 euro).

The route from airport to central Wrocław is takes 37 min. Participants who has accommodation in center of Wrocław (old town) should get off the bus 21th stop (“Renoma”). People who have accommodation near the pedagogical institute should get off at the last stop (“Dworcowa”).
We recommend taxi company “RybaTaxi”. Drivers of this company speak English.
The taxi cost is 35-45 zł (10 euro).
+48 713 067 067
+48 516 00 77 00

If you need help with it you can contact with secretary of the conference by e-mail or phone


We recommend the Hotel Campanile close to the Department of Education (where two days of Conference will take place) and close to the Railway station and Bus Station.

Hotel Campanile Wrocłąw Centrum , Ślężna 26 street

The offer of accommodation at that Hotel in the period 16-20 of November:

ACCOMMODATION Campanile Centre *** at the conference on the dates indicated COST

Single or double room without breakfast 195 PLN / day

PARKING: day / passenger car 30 PLN

ACCOMMODATION Premiere Classe * at a conference on the dates indicated

Single or double room without breakfast 125 PLN / day

PARKING: day / passenger car 30 PLN


Breakfast – Buffet Campanile *** 36 PLN / person.

Breakfast – buffet Premiere Classe * 20 PLN / person.


1. The offer applies to reservations guaranteed, 100% pre-paid 21 days before arrival, without the possibility of changing the date of booking, cancellation-refundable, does not include breakfast. Reservations will be accepted on password: ELOA The rates are valid until 17-10-2016 The offer is presented in Polish zlotys. There is no possibility of payment in Euro.


More information:

We recommend also HOTEL im. Jana Pawła II – placed close to The Botanical Garden and Ostrów Tumski (aprox. 20 min by tram from the Department of Education and 7min walking)

The facility offers:

a hotel offer single (from 230 zł/night),

twin/double rooms (from 260 zł/night)

and triple room (from 30 zł/night)

with bathrooms and a suite, each room is equipped with a TV-set, a telephone and broadband Internet connection, a parking site, an underground garage, a hair and beauty salon and sauna,

Guests seeking peace and calm may visit the Chapel with a 17thcentury painting of Our Lady of Sorrows. The rooms overlook the picturesquepanorama of Ostrów Tumski (which is beautifully lit at night) and the Botanical Garden.

More on the website Hotel im. Jana Pawła II

Contact us

Małgorzata Malec Rawiński: Send email 

Secretary of the conference:

Aleksandra Marcinkiewicz: Send email

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