ESREA 2019

University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Andragogy, Serbia

Adult Education Society, Serbia

ESREA – European Society for Research on the Education of Adult

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. The beginnings of the Faculty of Philosophy date back to year 1838 when, by the Prince Miloš Decree, the Lyceum School was established in the city of Kragujevac. Today, the Faculty of Philosophy is a modern institution of higher education that follows all current trends in educational systems across the globe.

At present, the Faculty of Philosophy teaching stuff employs about 255 professors and enrolls around 6000 students at all academic levels offering bachelor, master and doctoral programs for nine different renowned departments, some of which with a history over hundred years long: Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, Department of Psychology, Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy, Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, Department of History, Department of History of Art, Department of Archaeology, and Department of Classics. Educational, scientific, research and development activities of the Faculty of Philosophy are realized with accordance to the Higher Education Act No. 12/76/2005/01, and further legal amendments.

As a part of Bologna Declaration, the Faculty of Philosophy has reformed undergraduate studies, and improved master and doctoral programs as well. As a result, the graduate, master and doctoral levels now offer over 800 different study courses within nine departments. The introduction of one-semester courses and new evaluation methods, which gives greater weight to practical training and to intensive research projects, made the Faculty of Philosophy academic degree standards and quality assurance standards more compatible with European standards of higher education. These modifications and adjustments have caused for the Faculty of Philosophy to become a modern institution of higher education that not only follows all current trends in educational systems across the globe but comes forward in some as well. The reformed academic programs and new evaluation system have allowed not only students of the Faculty of Philosophy to transfer earned credits and continue education at any institution of higher education in Europe but they have also allowed international students enrolled in other universities to continue their education at the Faculty of Philosophy. The relationship with world’s leading universities and scientific institutions has been established, and the student and professor exchange programs have started developing and improving as well establishing the Faculty of Philosophy to become a significant element in generating contemporary higher education tendencies.

Despite all these transformations, the Faculty of Philosophy, which celebrates July 1st as the Day of the Faculty of Philosophy, has remained its identity as it continued to nurture the tradition of over 170 years long, ascertaining itself as the efficient elite institution of higher education capable of responding to all tasks of our present time. 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 of student gathering, a place of debates and sporting events, a place of book promotions and conventions, a place of growing and exchanging luminous ideas.

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. 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. For more information visit –

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.

ESREA’s mission is to support the advancement of high quality research on the education and learning of adults in Europe by sustaining: co-operation among researchers, in the European context conceived in the broadest geographical terms; development of research and dissemination of results in all areas of adult and continuing education; training of early researchers and continuing professional development of researchers; relationships with other European organizations and the appropriate national organizations.

The history of ESREA begins in December 1991, with a draft proposal circulated among researchers of different disciplines, in conferences and seminars, aimed to create a forum for research on adult education.The first Steering Committee, convened by Barry Hake and chaired by Kjell Rubenson, agreed to established a democratically governed society, with individual and institutional membership, and triennial elections of the SC. Its core activities would be research networks, a triennial conference, publications, support for PhD students, and a newsletter. Research networks, a key priority ever, sustain active co-operation among researchers through regular seminars, joint publications, and training of early researchers. They are the lifeblood of ESREA. From 1998 to 2012 the SC, chaired by Henning Salling Olesen, acted to extend ESREA’s scope, to foster publications and participation, especially from Southern and Eastern Europe. In 2007 the secretariat was brought to Linköping, with Andreas Fejes as secretary. Among the many actions taken, the publication since 2010 of The European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults [RELA] has celebrated richness and diversity of research, not least by open access and inclusive linguistic policies. From 1995 to 2016, Triennial Conferences have celebrated the evolution of its intellectual agenda, from themes of social participation and discussions on the controversial role of education in the “learning society”, to the challenges of transition and diversity, and more recently the constraints and resources for the future of adult education. 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. The vision of AES is contribution to establishing the Learning society – the society in which the right for education and learning are understood and exercised as a basic human right and a prerequisite for enforcement of all other human and civil rights; the society in which learning and education are accessible and intended for everyone, for all ages; the society in which everyone continuously learn and educate themselves, develop fully their identities and capacities, and with active participation give their maximum contribution to the development of community and society in general; the society which organization and the overall development is based on knowledge and skills of its citizens.

The mission of AES refers to affirmation, support and development of adult learning and education, promotion of lifelong learning culture and support to social inclusion and international cooperation in the field of adult learning and education.

Through abovementioned vision and mission AES is launching efforts toward motivating citizens to engage in programs and activities of learning and education; recognizing the participation in the activities of adult learning and education as substantial; making opportunities for learning and education to be high-quality, accessible and visible; making the providers of programs and activities of learning and education to be numerous, qualified, networked and visible; intensifying international expert exchanges and cooperation in the field of adult education and learning.

In that sense AES is highly engaged in: promoting the importance of adult learning and education and the culture of lifelong learning; improving the quality of adult education and professionalization in adult education; improving the accessibility of educational opportunities for adults and supporting social inclusion and social cohesion through adult learning and education; contributing to the development of public policy in the field of adult learning and education; support the SEE Region reconciliation, European cooperation and networking in the field of adult education.

The AES implements its projects in cooperation with the range of partner organizations across Serbia – institutions responsible for adult education, local community centers for culture and education, NGOs, private educational organizations, departments for training in institutions and companies, etc. Besides the partners in the country Society cooperates with many similar organizations in the region and in Europe. In the past, AES had long-term cooperation with DVV International (Institute for International Cooperation of the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband e.V.) which made a major contribution to the sustainability of the AES. The AES is intensively cooperating with the EAEA (European Association for Adult Education), the UIL (UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning), the ESREA (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults), with national organizations in adult education of a large number of European countries (Denmark, England, Finland, Greece, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden…), as well as other organizations (KulturKontakt, ETF, REF…).

The AES is networked with many international organisations among which areThe International Council of Adult Education, ICAE (, The European Association for Adult Education, EAEA (, The European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, ESREA (, The European Basic Skills Network, EBSN (, The Covenant on Demographic Change, AFE-INNOVNET (, The European Map of Intergenerational Learning, EMIL (, The Network of Humanitarian and Civil Society Organizations Working for and with the Elderly People, HUMANAS (, Lifelong Learning Platform, LLP (EUCIS), collateral membership via EAEA ( 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


Aleksandra Pejatović, Chair of the Committee, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Aleksa Jovanović, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Aleksandar Bulajić, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Bojana Radujko, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Dubravka Mihajlović, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Dušan Zdravković, Adult Education Society, Serbia

Edisa Kecap, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Fergal Finnegan, Maynooth University, Ireland

Katarina Popović, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Laura Formenti, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

Maja Maksimović, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Nikola Koruga, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Tamara Nikolić, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Violeta Orlović Lovren, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Zorica Milošević, University of Belgrade, Serbia


4th February 2019 – Conference Registration begins

4th February 2019 – Submission of abstracts starts

15th March 2019 – Deadline for submission of abstracts

end of April 2019 – Results of the review of abstracts

10th June 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

31st July 2019 – Deadline for the submission of the final papers


Registration started on February 4th

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António Sampaio da Nóvoa

António Sampaio da Nóvoa

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“

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Catherine Odora Hoppers

Catherine Odora Hoppers

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 Life Long Learning in a Global Perspective: Raising the Bar in Fostering Responsibilities, and Obligations Towards the Common Good“

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Steffi Robak

Steffi Robak

Institute of Vocational Education and Adult Education, Leibniz University Hannover

Key-note speech: „Key-note speech: „Adult education in late modernity: research and practice between welfare state and neoliberalism““

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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…Belgrade 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

Once House of graphical workers, now luxury hotel City Savoy, located at the very centre of Belgrade in Cetinjska str. no. 3 near „Skadarlija“ – famous bohemian quarter, Republic Square, Knez Mihailova str. – pedestrian zone, medieval Belgrade fortress Kalemegdan.Building which respects style, colouring and height of neighbouring buildings, perfectly fitting into ambience of old Belgrade! 20 minute’s drive sets you apart from Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla. Hotel is located at about 10 minutes on foot from the conference venue…City Savoy Hotel

Queen’s Astoria Design Hotel is located in center of Belgrade near main railway and bus station, designed for business travelers. It is equipped according to the latest standards in the hospitality industry , meets the needs of the most demanding clients. Luxury accommodation facilities , location , as well as rich hotel content with special attention to congressional and other activities , will emphasize the focus on your business ventures. Hotel is located at about 1000 meters from the conference venue…Queen’s Astoria Design Hotel

Central Park Residence is located in the hearth of Old Town in Belgrade, it is next to the main pedestrian area – Knez Mihailova shopping street, Kalemegdan fortress and the Central Republic Square in close proximity. Décor of residence units is different in particular rooms. Anyhow, all units are modernly furnished, featuring flat-screen satellite TV, AC and come with a bathroom equipped with either a bathtub or a shower. Minibar is also provided in every room, and over and above it, bigger apartments contents fully equipped kitchen with dinning and living area. Excellent WI-FI signal is secured for free. Central Park Residence runs a 24-hour front desk for anything guests need, receptionist is always at their service. As an important part, there is a private back yard with free-to-use barbecue facilities. This part of town – Stari grad – is a great choice for tourists who love nightlife, food and history. Hotel is located at about 5 minutes on foot from the Faculty of Philosophy…Central Park Residence

The concept of the Square Nine hotel was born from the owner’s desire to be part of Belgrade’s renovation, impressing a luxurious, but more familiar character to the city, where in the last two decades only big hotels from international chains, not committed with the city’s identity came to sight. Square Nine hotel Belgrade is a contemporary construction which integrates within the neighborhood by matching colors and respecting height of the surrounding buildings.The interior design applies materials such as stone, bronze mirrors and wood claddings, both light and dark colored, which results in a very cozy ambient and the most elegant atmosphere. Hotel is located at less than 5 minutes walking from the Faculty of Philosophy…Square Nine Hotel

“Moskva” Hotel, a landmark of Belgrade, is one of the most important architectural gems of the Serbian capital, built in the style of the Russian secession which has been under state protection since the second half of the previous century. It was inaugurated by King Petar I Karadjordjević himself in 1908. During its over a century long history, this historic hotel has hosted over 40 million people. The hotel is now completely renovated and in addition to luxurious rooms and suites, the iconic café and restaurant, it also includes a ballroom, 4 conference halls and a new spa centre. With deep respect for its over a century long tradition and value – the renovated hotel „Moskva“ meets the highest modern hospitality standards. Hotel is located at about 5 minutes walking from the Faculty of Philosophy…“Moskva” 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 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. A 10-minutes walk from the venue.


Skadarlija partially preserved the ambience of the traditional urban architecture, including its archaic urban organization, and is known as the main bohemian quarter of Belgrade, similar to Paris’ Montmartre. After Kalemegdan, Skadarlija is the second most visited tourist attraction in Belgrade. For more information follow the link: A 10-minutes walk from the venue.


The National Museum of Serbia is the largest and oldest museum in Belgrade, Serbia. The museum was established on 10 May 1844. Since its founding, the museum’s collection has grown to over 400,000 objects, including many foreign masterpieces. For more information follow the link: A 5-minutes walk from the venue.


The Educational Museum is one of the oldest institutions of that kind in Serbia. It was founded in 1896, at the initiative of The Association of Serbian Teachers, and with the aim to collect and preserve teaching means and all other materials of historical value for primary schools and teachers. During more than one century of existence, several tens of thousands of textbooks, teaching aids, photographs and documents have been collected to testify about the work of Serbian schools from the beginning of 19th century up to the present time. To read more follow the link: A 5-minutes walk from the venue.


The Museum of Vuk and Dositej is a memorial museum dedicated to two great personas of Serbian culture: Dositej Obradović, the member of the Enlightenment Movement and first Serbian Minister of Education and Vuk Karadžić, the reformer of Serbian language and creator of Serbian literary language. To read more about museum follow the link: A 5-minutes walk from the venue.

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Pre-Conference „Research paradigms and methods in adult education“; Bursaries and Prize for PhD students

The Pre-Conference for PhD students will be held on 19th September 2019 and will begin at 10:00 AM and finish around 04:00 PM. This will consist of methodological workshops and active sessions where students can discuss various research paradigms and methods in adult education, about problems they are facing with and share their research interests with other PhD students and with leading adult education researchers.

We welcome the participation of PhD students and invite them to submit proposals and participate in the Triennial Conference. Upon receiving confirmation that submitted proposal for Triennial Conference is accepted, registration for the Pre-Conference will be open. Registration form will be sent to all PhD students. There is no extra fee for the Pre-Conference. Places are limited so please respond promptly.

As a way to support the participation of PhD students at the Triennial Conference, there will be a limited number of bursaries. To be able to apply, one needs to be a PhD student, a member of ESREA (either individual or covered by an institutional membership) and have had a paper accepted for the main conference. Applications or questions regarding the application procedure should be directed to until 15th of June. Please include the words ‘Bursary Application’ in the subject line.

ESREA will award a prize for the best paper presented by a PhD student at the Triennial. If you wish to have your paper considered for this prize, send your conference paper under the subject ‘PhD award conference paper’. The deadline is 15th of August.