The LGBTQ+A (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies) Pre-conference at AERC (Adult Education Research Conference) is a one-day pre-conference highlighting presentations around LGBTQ+A issues in adult education. New presenters of all genders and sexual identities are invited. This is a supportive opportunity to explore issues in a safe environment of colleagues in all parts of their academic careers. Undergraduate and graduate students, adult education practitioners, as well as faculty are welcome to attend as well as present. 2017 LGBTQ+A Call for Papers and Presentations (Click to download).

The 25th Annual African Diaspora Pre-Conference at AERC provides a forum in which graduate students of African ancestry can engage in research and critically dialogue about theories, philosophies and practices related to the education or experiences of adults in the African Diaspora. Call for Papers. (Click to download.)

The Tenth Asian Diaspora Adult Education Pre-conference provides a forum in which scholars from both an Asian ancestry (East) and the West (including the Rest) may learn from each other, share Eastern, Non - Western perspectives on teaching and learning practices, current research issues, concerns, and future visions relevant to adult learning and education. This pre-conference offers an opportunity for adult education faculty, scholars, practitioners, and graduate students who are interested in researching about and contributing to, the East to present their scholarship and research projects. In the global context, knowledge production becomes an active and applicable process that involves interconnections, collaboration, and engagement with the world. Learning has thus become more collaborative and international. Learning, in this context, has gone global. Global learning enables adult learners to know broader concepts, theories, and practices, and give meanings in specific and relative contexts (Andreotti & de Souza, 2008). Thus, learning globally becomes critical for meaningful and mindful dialogues and exchanges between the East and the Rest. Call for Proposals (Click to download). Program Schedule.

The 2nd Bullying, Incivility, and Violence in Adult, Higher, Continuing, and Professional Education Pre-Conference. In order for postsecondary education to be a place where democratic and inclusive learning occur, adult educators and practitioners in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education need to be aware of and understand what bullying, incivility and violent incidents are so that they can combat those malicious incidents. To become aware of and have a good understanding of those incidents, adult educators and practitioners need to have critical dialogues about those incidents. In the preconference last year, there were some great conversations and sharing of stories about bullying, incivility, and violence in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. This year's preconference will also include critical dialogues about bullying, incivility, and violence in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. Therefore, the purpose of this preconference is to provide an opportunity for educators, practitioners, and researchers to have continued critical dialogues about empirical, theoretical, and practical issues of bullying, incivility, and violence in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. This preconference will focus on the following theme: Justice for All: Practicing Anti-Bullying and Anti-Violence Education to Create Civil Environments for Adult Learners. Call for Proposals (Click to download).