The Eleventh Asian Diaspora Adult Education Pre-conference in conjunction with the 59th Annual Adult Education Research Conference (AERC), will be held at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, June 7, 2018. This year’s preconference theme is: Lifelong Learning and Adult Education in the Changing Global Context: Perspectives from the East, the West to the Rest. The purpose of the Asian Diaspora Adult Education Pre-conference is to provide a forum for scholars/researchers, policymakers, adult educators and adult education graduate students among East, West, and the Rest, to exchange academic perspectives, dialogue for fuller understandings, and promote learning vigorously from each other.

In the global context, knowledge production becomes an active and applicable process that involves interconnections, collaboration, and engagement with the world. Reviewing theories, models, and practices of adult education and lifelong learning from different cultural traditions and societies enables us to seek broader concepts, richer theories, and alternative practices, and to make meanings in specific contexts and relative perspectives. This preconference hopes to become a meaningful vehicle for critical dialogues and exchanges between the East, the West, and the Rest. Proposals on lifelong learning/education and adult learning/education in the changing global context and other related topics are welcome to submit. Call for Proposals (Click to download.) The full program is now available, please click here for a pdf.

The 26th Annual African Diaspora Adult Education Research Pre-Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, in conjunction with the 59th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. The conference theme this year is "Diasporic Research in the Midst of Resistance." Members of the African Diaspora who engage in or conduct research on "the lived experiences of Black folks," are still often questioned and discouraged from engaging in these types of studies. The purpose of this pre-conference is to provide 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. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to conference and conceptual clarity. Call for Proposals and submission information.