Digital Annual Conference of the GERA division Adult Education

‘Adult Education in international perspectives: limits and chances’
September 15th-17th 2021

‘Adult Education in international perspectives: limits and chances’

September 15th – 17th 2021

Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

The Professorship for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning and the Professorship for Adult Education at the Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg invites you to be our guests from September 15th – 17th 2021.

You can access the conference area (access to the Zoom rooms) via the following link:

You can access the conference area (access to the Zoom rooms) via the following link:

Keynote I (german): Internationale Perspektiven in der Erwachsenenbildung: Zwischen Marginalität und Exzellenz? (International Perspectives in Adult Education: Between Marginality and Excellence?)

Prof´in Regina Egetenmeyer (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)

Link to the recording of the lecture:

Wednesday, September 15th from 15.00 to 16.00

Prof´in Regina Egetenmeyer

Regina Egetenmeyer has been Professor of Adult Education at the University of Würzburg since 2013. With her focus on international-comparative adult education, she has gained national and international renown. In 2019, she was inducted as a member of the Adult Education Hall of Fame. Further research focuses are (academic) professionalisation, informal learning in company contexts and issues of lifelong learning.

With the establishment of the Adult Education Academy (formerly Winterschool), she has been promoting international networks in adult education and lifelong learning as a link between academic learning and adult education practice worldwide.

She is a member of the ASEM network ‘Professionalisation in Adult Education’, the German Society for Educational Science and the International Society for Comparative Adult Education. In addition to her outstanding international networking, e.g. as visiting professor at the International Institute for Adult and Lifelong Education in Delhi/India, as a member of the board of the Africa Centre at the University of Würzburg and in the Doctoral Course in Education and Psychology at the University of Florence, she is also a member of the board of trustees of DVV International as well as on the advisory board of the journal Erwachsenenbildung.

Selected publications:

EGETENMEYER, R.; BOFFO, V.; KRÖNER, S. (Hrsg.) (2020): International and Comparative Studies in Adult Education. University Florence Press. URL:

EGETENMEYER, R.; OSBORNE, M. (Hrsg.) (2019):  Gastherausgebende des Themenschwerpunktheftes „Adult Education, Professionalisation and Lifelong Learning Policies“. Journal in Adult and Continuing Education. Heft 1. 25. Jg. URL:

EGETENMEYER, R.; MIKULEC, B. (Hrsg.) (2019): Gastherausgebende des Themenschwerpunktheftes „International and Comparative Adult Education“. Andragoška spoznanja/Studies in Adult Education and Learning. Heft 1. 25. Jg.  DOI:

EGETENMEYER, R.; BREITSCHWERDT, L.; LECHNER, R. (2018): Gastherausgebende des Themenschwerpunkts Professionalität in der Erwachsenenbildung. Heft 3/2018 der Zeitschrift Erwachsenenbildung. Zeitschrift für Theorie und Praxis. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage

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Keynote II (english): Whither an International Adult Education: A Canadian Wonders

Prof.´in Leona English (Department of Adult Education, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Thursday, September 16th from 14.00 to 15.30

Leona English

Professor Leona M. English is one of the leading scholars of adult education internationally. She was co-editor of the journal Adult Education Quarterly and president of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education.

Through innovative teaching and research, she has both shaped adult education in Canada and influenced the field internationally.

She is a member of the Adult Education Hall of Fame, an honorary member of the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL), and has twice received the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education (2013, 2016).

Selected publications:

English, L. M., & Mayo, P. (2021). Lifelong learning, global social justice and sustainability. Palgrave Pivot. 

English, L.M., & Irving, C. (2015). Feminism in community: Adult education for transformation. International Issues in Adult Education series.  Rotterdam: Brill/Sense Publications. Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education 2016, AAACE.

​English, L. M., & Mayo, P. (2012). Learning with adults: A critical pedagogical approach. Rotterdam: Sense Publications. (Trans to Spanish, Aprendiendo con personas adultas. Paulo Freire Institute, Valencia, Spain, 2013; & translation to Catalan).

Leona English (ed.) (2005). International Encyclopedia of Adult Education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

More information:

Registration for the Annual Conference of the DGfE Adult Education Section takes place via the conference management system Conftool ( To register, you must first register with a user account at ConfTool.

Registration is possible until 22.08.2021.

The official registration deadline for the conference has expired. If you are interested, please contact [email protected].

Participation fee

Member GERA (DGfE): 12€

PhD student and Member GERA (DGfE): 10€

Guest: 14€

Student: free

General information

  • Participation is subject to a fee. You are not entitled to participate until the full participation fee has been received.
  • The online conference will take place via the video conference platform Zoom.
  • The content and links of the conference are password protected.

We warmly invite you to submit proposals for the conference. In addition to proposals for individual contributions, we also request proposals for thematically focused panels with three or four interrelated contributions. In these thematically focused panels, an in-depth and particularly condensed exchange on specific aspects of the topic should be possible.

Submission deadline is April 1st 2021.

Submissions can only be accepted via Conftool.

Please see:

Download Call for Paper as PDF here.

Please note that this is, in general, a German-speaking event. However, we will look forward to hosting our international colleagues as well since there will be offered a keynote speech and at least one panel in English.

Vorstand der Sektion Erwachsenenbildung (DGfE)

Prof. Bernd Käpplinger (Vorsitz), Prof.’in Anke Grotlüschen & Prof.’in Gabriele Molzberger

Email: [email protected]

Local organization committee:

Prof.’in Sabine Schmidt-Lauff & Jessica Kleinschmidt

Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
Professorship for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg

Email: [email protected]

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Letzte Änderung: 21. January 2022