13th Conference of the ESREA Network:

Between Global and Local – Adult Learning and Communities

Adult Education in the Midst of Crises

Yeditepe University, Istanbul/Turkey

7-9 September 2023



Adult Education in the Midst of Crises

It has been more than 10 years since the ESREA Between Global and Local – Adult Learning and Communities network congress was held in Istanbul. Since then, the world has been struggling with a number of adversities affecting almost every aspect of life.

Never-ending wars, besides having massive economic consequences both on the countries involved and on those who are not, have caused many to lose their lives, to continue their lives with disabilities, or have forced them to flee their countries. As a result of migration, many people face psychological, health, educational, economic and safety problems. The number of international migrants has reached an all-time high with almost 300 million people around the world. Many nations have been affected by this immense human mobility directly or indirectly as a destination, a source or a transit country.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also introduced new global inequalities if not intensified the existing ones. It has caused significant loss of life for millions people, affecting developing countries more severely than high-income ones which have more qualified healthcare systems and better access to vaccines. All social systems were paralysed, including education, resulting in increased educational problems. Acknowledged to be more than a health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on the economy increasing poverty and inequalities globally. While millions of people lost their jobs, women and workers in the informal economy have been hit harder than most.

The ecological crisis is threatening our lives more and more every day. Pollution of air, water and soil, food and water insecurity, disposal of toxic wastes, use of increasing levels of fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, industrialization of agriculture and animal husbandry, and weather extremes are killing our planet. If urgent measures are not taken, the world will become less and less liveable.

Meanwhile, by being exposed to neoliberal framing, adult education loses its meaning as a theoretical and practical field of social transformation throughout these crises. Neoliberalism reduces adult education to achievement of professional/technical skills and knowledge, whereas the historical repertoire in this domain is mainly based on wider, egalitarian and emancipatory perspectives. Accordingly, neoliberal adult education situates the adult educator as a technical apparatus, whereas adult educators consider themselves as social agents of transformation. In the midst of this age of crises, The Istanbul Conference will be an opportunity to bring adult educators and the ESREA community together, to share ideas, research, and innovative methods related to the mentioned crises, seeking possible answers to the following questions:

  • How is the field of adult education affected by crises?
  • What are the changing dynamics of adult learning in times of crisis?
  • What are the new learning opportunities and barriers in times of crisis?
  • What should be the role of adult education and educators in the midst of crises?
  • How should adult educators handle the programs for empowering people against crises?

We are looking forward to this event that is intended to foster high level of exchange and dialogue.

Organizing Committee

Onur Seçkin, Yeditepe University, Turkey
Ş.Erhan Bağcı, Çukurova University, Turkey
Şengül Erden, Ankara University, Turkey
Gökçe Güvercin, Maltepe University, Turkey
Begüm Yengel, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Simay Vapurlu, Yeditepe University, Turkey

Advisory Committee (Ordered alphabetically by last names)

Recep Cengiz Akçay, İstanbul Aydın University, Turkey
Gülden Akın, Ankara University, Turkey
Niyazi Altunya, formerly Ankara University, Turkey
Hayat Boz, Ankara University, Turkey
Yelkin Diker Coşkun, Yeditepe University, Turkey
Ahmet Duman, Muğla Sıtkı Kocaman University, Turkey
Cem Kirazoğlu, İstanbul Aydın University, Turkey
Rıfat Miser, Ankara University, Turkey
Rıfat Okçabol, formerly Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Fevziye Sayılan, formerly Ankara University, Turkey
Ozana Ural, Marmara University, Turkey
Meral Uysal, Ankara University, Turkey
Özlem Ünlühisarcıklı, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Ahmet Yıldız, Ankara University, Turkey

Scientific Committee (Ordered alphabetically by last names)

Zeynep Alica, formerly Ankara University, adjunct Maltepe University, Turkey
Aylin Buran, formerly Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Rob Evans, formerly University of Magdeburg, Germany
Isabel Gomes, formerly University of Porto, Portugal
Jose González Monteagudo, University of Seville, Spain
Estrella Gualda, University of Huelva, Spain
Sultan Güçlü, Kütahya Health Sciences University, Turkey
Hüseyin Kaygın, University of Bartın, Turkey
Ayla Keçeci, University of Düzce,Turkey
Nurcan Korkmaz, Ankara University, Turkey
Ewa Kurantowicz, University of Lower Silesia, Poland
Emilio Lucio-Villegas, University of Seville
Adrianna Nizinska, University of Göteborg, Sweden
Arnd Michael Nohl, Helmut Schmidt University, Germany
Angela Pilch-Ortega, University of Graz, Austria
Işık Sabırlı, İstanbul Medipol University, Turkey
Ayhan Ural, Gazi University, Turke


Submission of Abstracts

The main language of the conference is English; presentations, abstracts and full papers will be in English.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words including: title; 3–5 keywords; aims/objectives; main perspective or theoretical/conceptual framework; methods, research design, mode of inquiry; data sources or evidence; results and/or conclusions; significance to the field of adult education.

Please submit two separate files for abstracts: one containing only the abstract, and the other including the abstract, your name, email address and your institutional affiliation.

Email address for abstract submission: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 18 August 2023

Notification of Acceptance: 18 August 2023

Deadline for Registration: 18 August 2023

Conference Dates: 7-9 September 2023


Conference Fees

For countries United States, Canada, Australia and European Countries  

ESREA Member - 200 Euros

Non-Member - 250 Euros

Student - 100 Euros


Participants from low and middle income countries

Participant - 100 Euros

Student - 50 Euros


Participants from Turkey

Participant - 2500 TL

Student - 1250 TL


The conference fee includes tea, coffee and snacks between sessions, lunches with menu, shuttle service and conference package.


Links for participants from Turkey to grant programs for scientific meetings

TÜBİTAK / 2224-B Yurt İçi Bilimsel Etkinliklere Katılımı Destekleme Programı


Ministry of National Education / Bilimsel Toplantılara Katılım Yönergesi




ESREA supports network conferences by allocating funding for three bursaries. PhD and MA students can apply for them. An applicant must be a member of ESREA (individual or covered by an institutional membership). Each bursary is up to 300€ and is awarded upon active participation in the event. Please send required information for bursary application to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


For participants from Turkey:
Banka Adres: 19 Mayıs, İnönü Cd. No:104, 34736 Kadıköy/İstanbul
TL IBAN TR64 0006 7010 0000 0032 9898 10

For participants from other countries:
BANK ADDRESS: Sahrayı Cedit Mah, Atatürk Cd. No:31, 34734 Kadıköy/İstanbul
EURO IBAN TR20 0006 2000 2770 0009 0699 31


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  1. Download the application form from Membership | ESREA
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  3. Within two weeks at the latest you will receive a confirmation of your membership by e-mail
  4. An invoice for your membership fee will be issued:  50 Euros for individual members, 25 Euros for students and PhD students and 150 Euros for institutional members.