The spring school on Adult Education and Transformation is planned as a research retreat. This comprises moments of intensive scholarly exchange, discussion and reflection on one's own research and places of retreat to write and contemplate, and it provides opportunities for networking and conversation. Universität Klagenfurt is a green, sustainable campus in leafy surroundings, in close proximity to the lake Wörthersee, parks and promenades. The spring school is organized in cooperation with ESREA, the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults. The Research Retreat which takes place for the first time in May 2022 in Klagenfurt (Kärnten/Carinthia), Austria.

Klagenfurt Research Retreat (KRR)-Cooperations

  • The European Society for Research on the Education of Adults – ESREA
  • Maynooth University, National University of Ireland, Department of Adult and Community Education
  • FernUniversität in Hagen, Institut für Bildungswissenschaft und Medienforschung,Lehrgebiet Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung und Hochschuldidaktik
  • L'Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione
  • Universität Klagenfurt, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft und Bildungsforschung, Arbeitsbereich Erwachsenenbildung und berufliche Bildung

Aims and Concept

The Klagenfurt Research Retreat is conceptualized as a meeting of a scientific community on Adult Education and Transformation. It intends to offer a retreat from the usual and habitual environment and seeks to foster holistic learning processes. It enables researchers to meet in a pleasant and stimulating location, where workshops, debate and collective learning, working on own research projects (writing labs), combined with social activities. We will jointly explore the landscapes of adult education and learning in reference to the national/regional educational systems of adult education and learning of participants sharing information on the genesis, traditions and current trends of these various systems in relation to transformative possibilities and challenges. The Retreat will also seek to create space for debating concepts and approaches to transformation. This intends to bring to the fore the diversity and differences in transformation theories. Our primary aim is to prioritize the participants’ research interests (doctoral theses and research projects) and create an arena for exchange, reflection, theorizing and exploring ideas in order to amend the respective research projects, and finally, to foster networking and establish a basis for a community of research in the research field on Adult Education and Transformation.

For further Information visit: Call for Papers 

16.-20. Mai 2022
Universität Klagenfurt, Department for Educational Science, Austria
doctoral students
The participation fee will be 200 Euros (this covers all coffee breaks and two social events, as indicated in the schedule)