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Critical Education / Education is Critical

Critical Education / Education is Critical


Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway,

June 1-3, 2015

Call for papers:

Conference on Learning – outside the formal educational system

and in alternating between formal, informal and non-formal learning

Would you like to participate in defining the major current and future challenges concerning

the content and organization of LEARNING? JOIN US! Prominent researchers and policy-analysts will

share their views as key-note speakers.

Key-note speakers (titles and order of presentations not yet decided):

  1. Professor Yrjö Engeström
  2. Professor David Guile
  3. Professor Davide Nicolini
  4. Professor Bente Elkjær
  1. Professor Elena Antonacopoulou
  2. Professor Davydd J. Greenwood
  3. Professor Silvia Gherardi
  4. Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC
  5. Jens Bjørnåvold, Senior expert, CEDEFOP, Brussels Office


The conference aims to take stock of the situation and analyze challenges within seven different but related areas of research:

  1. Philosophy of education and learning / Bildung-paideía
  2. Societal / historical organization of learning
  3. Lifelong learning
  4. Organizational learning / Learning organizations
  5. Work Based Learning / Training
  6. Adult learning
  7. Vocational Education and training (VET) and Professional Education and Training


The key-note presentations and a selection of papers will be edited and published.

Program and organization of the conference:

The conference will be organized as an alternation between open key-note lectures (audience:

200) and parallel paper-sessions and discussions with a limited number of participants (40).

Participants must submit an abstract addressing the main theme of the conference with their

professional analysis of the situation and challenges within some of the seven research areas,

and connections among them.

Deadlines: check web-site for up-dates:

Abstract (no more than 1 – one – page): January 11, 2015. Submit here: (link to be confirmed)

Paper admisson (notification to authors by E-mail): February 16, 2015

Full paper: May 10, 2015. Submit here: (link to be confirmed)

Conference fee – [amount to be confirmed]: April 27, 2015. Pay here: (link to be confirmed)


Program for Lifelong Learning (PLL) at the Oslo and Akershus University College:

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Special Conference Announcement
International Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL)

The Seventh RWL Conference will be taking place in Shanghai, China (December 4-7, 2011)

All conference information can be found at

Deadline for proposals (papers, symposia, workshops, poster sessions) is March 1st, 2011.

Conference Streams include:
a) Learning, Organizational Change and Organizational Development
b) Professional Work and Learning
c) Leadership Studies in Work and Learning
d) Labour Studies in Work and Learning
e) Trade Unions’ Education and Learning
f) Quality of Work/Learning Life
g) Trans-nationalism, Migration, Work and Learning
h) Work, Learning and Community
i) Learning Theory, Skills and Work
j) Identity, Work and Learning
k) Gender, Ethnicity, Spirituality, Diversity in Workplace and Learning
l) Vocational Education, Labour Markets and Learning
m) Policy Studies, Work and Learning
n) Unpaid Work and Learning
o) Historical Approaches to Work, Learning and Social Change
p) Best practice studies, work and learning

About the RWL Series:
The RWL international conference series was established in 1999 and has run continuously since on a bi-annual basis. Successful conferences have been held in the UK, Canada, Finland, Australia, South Africa, Denmark. In close association with the Journal of Workplace Learning and Emerald Publishing, the RWL series is the longest, continuously running international conference series in the field of work and learning studies currently in operation.



Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

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