The conference is scheduled for May 23-25., 2016 at the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning in Bonn The Austrian Adult Education Archive and the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE), acting as a cooperation partner for the first time, look forward to your interest and your attendance. The conference is organised with financial support from the German Adult Education Association (DVV). For your registration, please contact the organizer, Klaus Heuer.
How can the current status of the safekeeping, documentation and interpretations of central developments in adult education be evaluated from the perspectives of historiography and those which strengthen historical memory? To what extent will this history deal with questions of historical science and its methods? To what extent is historical adult education research independent within a pedagogical context? To what extent do the particular requirements of the present codetermine the understanding of history and how is that discussed in theory and in practice? Are specific archives on the collection of historical sources needed to establish an informed and broadly based culture of memory, and to justify and further develop historical awareness of the achievements of adult education, but also alternatives that have not been realised?
These questions are the focus for the next international conference on examining historical sources in adult education. The conference, which has been held for over 30 years, has always been in a German-speaking location, where researchers and practitioners in adult education exchanged views, helping to construct a specific culture of memory with their discussions.
An imminent change relating to the understanding of contemporary eye-witnessing is about to take place. The specific characteristics of which, for the researchers, will be the understanding of themselves as academic practitioners, and so will regard the promotion of historical awareness as guidance for their own practice
With this impending change, we also take the opportunity to take stock of previous conferences in a biographical and specialist approach. Testimony is presented not only through a moderated round table discussion, with long-standing participants and contributors, but will also be scrutinised critically through a contribution relating to theories on the change in testimony and how it will look in the future. Equally, with a systematised objective, attempts will be made to outline a summary of themes, documentation, participants and the particular atmosphere.
The second focus of the conference relates more to specialised themes. Besides a presentation on the status of historical adult education research, the focus is on limitations in the choice of topic and essential requirements for research. In other contributions, theses on the unexplained relationship of adult education to the historical field, and trends in the migration of historical research on adult education into other disciplines including, for example, the history of culture and mentality, will be presented through a literature review.
A third focus will be on presentations of current examples of the existing awareness of history in adult education practice, e.g. in jubilee publications and exhibitions, as well as research reports on current academic historical studies, e.g. in dissertations.
The conference aims at gaining a more precise understanding of the relationship between the culture of memory and historical awareness, of their specific complementarity when established, but also as a dimension of continuity for adult education, as well as developing and implementing approaches for their consolidation.
The Austrian Adult Education Archive and the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE), acting as a cooperation partner for the first time, look forward to your interest and your attendance. The conference is organised with financial support from the German Adult Education Association (DVV)
The conference is scheduled for May 23-25., 2016 at the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning in Bonn. For your registration, please contact the organizer, Klaus Heuer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 049/0228/3294230.
An announcement will be issued on the websites of the Austrian Adult Education Archive and the DIE. It will also be published in relevant professional journals and online lists.
Subject areas and speakers
I. Keynote: History and change in the cultural significance of testimony in adult education (open submission)
II. Moderated round table on testimony (Bernhard Schossig requested as moderator; Dorothea Braun-Ribbat; Wilhelm Filla, Jörg Wollenberg, Anne-Christel Recknagel, Erhard Schlutz requested as witnesses)
III. Historical summary and results – highlights of previous conferences (Stephan Ganglbauer)
IV. Adult education and history as an academic subject – an unexplained relationship? (Christian H. Stifter)
V. Research on the history of adult education – limitations and requirements (Wilhelm Filla)
VI. The disciplinary migration of historical debate with the history of adult education (Klaus Heuer)
VII. Living historical awareness – case studies from adult education practice (open submission)
VIII. Recent academic theses and papers – research reports (open submission)
Note: The conference language is German.