ESREA 9th Triennial European Research Conference

Adult education research and practice between the welfare state and neoliberalism

Hosted by the Department of Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia

September 19-22, 2019


  • ESREA – European Society for Research on the Education of Adults
  • University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Andragogy, Serbia
  • Adult Education Society, Serbia

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade is the oldest and most prominent institution of higher education in Serbia and among the oldest in the South-Eastern Europe – it has been established 1808 in Belgrade. Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy has its roots in the first systematic lectures about popular education and learning at the Faculty of Philosophy in 1934/35 and 1935/36. The Chair for Pedagogy as an independent part of the Faculty of Philosophy was established in 1950 and later became the Department of Pedagogy in 1962. In 1961/62 Andragogy (adult education) was introduce for the first time into curriculum of Group of Pedagogy. There were some common courses (2 years), obligatory for all students of Pedagogy, and after that one of three majors could be chosen (‘Theory of Adult Education with Methodologies of Adult Education’ was one of them).
In 1979 the Study Group for Andragogy was established as the separate entity within the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy. At present, the Faculty of Philosophy teaching staff employs approximately 255 professors who work with 6000 students at all academic levels (Bachelor, Master and doctoral programs) for nine different renowned departments. The Study Group for Andragogy employs 18 professors and assistants. Most of them are engaged as researchers in the projects of the Institute for Pedagogy and Andragogy at the same Faculty. Today, the Faculty of Philosophy is not only a place where lectures and science projects are being conducted; today, the Faculty of Philosophy is a place where students gather, a place of debate and sporting events, a place of book launches and conferences, a place of for the exchange luminous ideas, a place of civil courage where students and civic protests for freedom and democracy have occurred. The Faculty is located in the very heart of Belgrade, in the pedestrian zone, 18-20 Čika Ljubina Street, Belgrade, 11000.

ESREA 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 part of Europe. The Secretariat of ESREA is located at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning at Linköping University in Sweden. ESREA is in legal terms a non-profit organization governed under Swedish law. For more information visit –

Adult Education Society is a non for profit civil society organization established in 2000 with the aim of achieving the objectives in the field of adult learning and education. For more information visit –


  • Katarina Popović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Fergal Finnegan, Maynooth University, Ireland
  • Laura Formenti, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
  • Miomir Despotović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Aleksandra Pejatović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Sabine Schmidt-Lauff, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany
  • Balasz Nemeth, University of Pecs, Hungary
  • Andreas Fejes, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Bernd Käpplinger, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany
  • Barbara Merrill, University of Warwick, UK
  • Georgios K. Zarifis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Simona Sava, University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Maria Gravani, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Michel Alhadeff-Jones, Columbia University, NYC
  • Emilio Lucio-Villegas Ramos, University of Seville, Spain
  • Cristina Vieira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Jyri Manninen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • Marcela Millana, University of Verona, Italy
  • Adrianna Nizińska, University of Gothenburg, Sweden



  • 4th February 2019 – Conference Registration begins
  • 4th February 2019 – Submission of abstracts starts
  • 15th March 2019 – Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • 4th April 2019 – Results of the review of abstracts
  • 23rd April 2019 – Early bird registration ends (after this date the higher fee will apply)
  • 22nd June 2019 – Final deadline for registration and payment of the conference fee
  • 31 July 2019 – Deadline for the submission of the final papers


  • Registration started on February 4th
  • Fill in the on-line form


António Sampaio da Nóvoa
Organization - Professor of the Institute of Education and Honorary Rector of the University of Lisbon, Portugal
Key-note speech - An impossible mission: to educate adults in a timeless society

Catherine Odora Hoppers
Organization - Chair in Development education University of South Africa and Founding Director Global Institute of Applied Governance of Science, Knowledge Systems and Innovations South Africa
Key-note speech - Adult Education and Indigenous Knowledges: Raising the Bar in Fostering Responsibilities, and Obligations Towards the Common Good Globally

Steffi Robak
Organization - Institute of Vocational Education and Adult Education, Leibniz University Hannover
Key-note speech - Adult education in late modernity: research and practice between welfare state and neoliberalism


  • The Palace Hotel Beograd is located in the very heart of Belgrade, in close vicinity to the main pedestrian zone of Knez Mihailova Street and conveniently located in a quiet part of town near the historical and cultural attractions, city and state institutions, museums, theatres, cinemas, and Skadarlija – the old Bohemian quarter. The hotel is close to the Faculty of Philosophy. Price: single room price starts from 40EUR.
    Palace Hotel

  • Hedonist Hostel is located in the absolute city center, in a ground floor house with a lovely garden. Within 5 minutes on foot, you will find yourself at any of the top Belgrade attractions and conference venue.
    Hedonist Hostel

  • Belgrade Art Hotel is located in the center of Belgrade, in Knez Mihailova Street, in the pedestrian zone of the city. Your stay at Belgrade Art Hotel will give you the opportunity to explore the most attractive parts of the city by foot, and the absence of vehicles guarantees a peaceful night. By choosing Belgrade Art Hotel you have chosen a small family establishment away from the crowd, high buildings, uniformity and rigid rules of large hotel chains. Hotel is located on a few minutes walking distance from Faculty of Philosophy.
    Art Hotel

  • Tucked inside the bustling cityscape, Envoy 4 star Hotel brings a fresh layer of charm to the historic Belgrade quarter. Located in the iconic Čika Ljubina street, a stone’s throw away from the central Republic Square, hotel is the perfect hideaway for a modern traveller looking for quality and taste. Hotel is located at a distance of 100 meters from the conference venue.
    Envoy Hotel


Belgrade, the capital of Serbia (Beograd – White City”) is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the only one built at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. Belgrade is a modern European city with a population of about 1.7 million people. It is an administrative, political and cultural center of the country, but since it has been inhabited from ancient times, you can find archaeological sites and traces of the long history in the city.

The city is growing, and when it has crossed the river Sava, it became “new”. New Belgrade (Novi Beograd) and this is the center of business in Serbia. The headquarters of numerous international companies can be found there, but also major shopping malls and the Belgrade Arena – the largest event hall in the Balkans – that has already hosted some world-famous events like the Eurovision song contest, Summer Universiade, and the Davis Cup finals.

In Belgrade, you can also find one quite special monument – “The house of flowers” (Kuća cveća). It is the burial place of Josip Broz Tito, the former president of Yugoslavia and a person that has marked the second half of the twentieth century in this part of the world.

The most frequently visited place in Belgrade by is the Kalemegdan fortress, built on the confluence of two rivers, where the remains of the old fortress and city are located within the huge green area almost in the city center.
Belgrade is well-connected – many international airlines have regular flights from/to many world destinations from the “Nikola Tesla” airport.

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