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In cooperation with the Certificate in Adult Education Programme (CACE), and the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria

Pre-Conference Descriptions - Thursday, May 27, 2004

Pre-conferences on May 27th will consist of concurrent half or full day sessions. For further information on pre-conferences and how to participate, please contact the Organiser(s) directly.

Click on the conference title below for more complete descriptions of these conferences. In some cases there will also be a link to a detailed programme, call for papers or registration form.

1) African Diaspora Pre-Conference (Full Day)

2) Labour Education (Full Day)

3) Transnationalism, Radical Activism, and Popular Education

4) Women and Adult Education (Full Day)

5) Adult literacy work Pre-Conference (Full Day)

6) "Mid-year Meeting of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education of AAACE.

7) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Allies (LGBTQ&A)

1) African Diaspora Pre-Conference (Full Day)

Organiser: Juanita Johnson-Bailey,(

            This foci of this twelfth African Diaspora Adult Education Research Pre-Conference are:

1. Historical research on people of African descent who are involved in adult and continuing education

2. Research on contemporary issues, problems and concerns relevant to the African Diaspora in the area of adult and continuing education.

            Proposals pertinent to one of these themes are invited. The purpose of this pre-conference is to provide a forum in which graduate students of African ancestry can critically dialogue about theoretical and practical issues related to the education of adults in the African Diaspora.

Click here to view this pre-conference programme.

2) Labour Education (Full Day)

Organiser: Tom Nesbit (

            This pre-conference will examine recent trends in labour and workers' education from the perspective of those engaged in it. Specifically, it will explore several issues:

* the extent to which unions should engage in management-initiated workplace learning and how they might map out their own learning agendas

* how to research the complexities of workers' lives

* union/university collaborations

* labour arts and workplace learning

* new approaches to labour education and workplace learning

* the conditions of academic labour

Click here to view this pre-conference programme.


3) Transnationalism, Radical Activism, and Popular Education (Two half-day sessions)

Organisers: Shahrzad Mojab ( and Kiran Mirchandani ( and Robert (Bob) Hill (

Emerging debates on Transnationalism will be investigated in the context of Critical Adult Education. The goal is to create a space where we can engage with the following themes:

1. Theorizing Transnationalism: Debates and Contestations

2. Theoretical and Methodological Implications of “Theorizing Transnationalism” for the “Critical Adult Education” trends.

3. Pedagogical Implications of Transnationalism for Critical Adult Education: Revisiting the Curriculum Development.

4. Transnationalization of Learning Theories.

5. Critical Adult Education in the Context of Transnational Organizations (ICAE, UNESCO, UIE, etc.), Transnational Conferences (CONFINTEA, World Social Forum, etc.), and Transnational Post-war Reconstruction.

In the Afternoon

            Social theorists have identified a "new" new social movement, called the "convergence movement," which is sustained by "convergence activism/direct action/civil disobedience." This "new" new movement is based on multiple-issues of social justice, and has emerged from such
factors as globalization, the shifting boundaries between public and private space, the growing income disparity, and the emergence of new identities and new technologies.

            This movement represents the explosiveness of the social tensions building up within world capitalism, and neo-liberal markets. Sites of convergence have been Geneva (1998), Seattle (1999), etc. It focuses on reconceptualizing 'truth' as local, personal, and community specific while acknowledging that what happens locally can transform global politics, and what happens globally has local implications. The term 'glocal' is used to describe the new intersection of local and global concerns.

            Glocalization means that every local action has a global component. Popular and adult education is at the heart of the convergence movement. This PreConference is an opportunity for those doing inter-sectional multi-issue work to come together to explore the role of popular education in building a just world.

            Papers focused on environmental justice, Queer activism, the social construction of whiteness, Third Wave Feminism, capitalism, globalization, and Peace are particularly encouraged. Authors of accepted papers are asked to prepare a Popular education tool that can be shared with those attending the PreConference. These popular education tools will be published in a volume, "A Popular Education Tool Kit for Convergence Activists."

Click here for the programme and call for papers.

5) Women and Adult Education (Full Day)



Organiser: Shauna Butterwick (

            This pre-conference will explore women's learning across the institutional-community-home spectrum with a focus on the expressive arts (theatre, visual, etc.) as a medium for learning, activism, resistance and transformation. It will involve showcasing local projects and opportunities for hands-on learning by participants. Click here for latest programme information and registration form..

6) Adult literacy work (Full Day)

Co-organisers: Richard Darville, Carleton University (; Guy Ewing, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (; and Ralf St. Clair, Texas A&M University


            This pre-conference will be a forum for practitioners and researchers to engage in an examination of adult literacy work in Canada and the United States. Participants in the pre-conference will:

a) review and honour the tradition and the conduct of adult literacy work as a social movement embedded in struggles for justice and democracy;

b) examine the "managerialism" which increasingly shapes adult literacy practices, partly in the form of programme and individual accountability and reporting requirements;

c) consider how practitioners and researchers might defend, sustain and expand the social movement tradition in adult literacy.

7) "Mid-year Meeting of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education of AAACE.

Organiser: Tom Sork (

Evening - 7-9.

8) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Allies (LGBTQ&A)

Organiser: Andre Grace (

            This is the second pre-conference of the LGBTQ&A Caucus. We challenge participants to take up Kidd’s notion of “being, becoming, and belonging” as we anticipate the future and the challenges, barriers, and possibilities that lie ahead.

Please click here for the LGBTQ&A Caucus Call for Papers and Programme.

Andre Grace welcomes you to contact him for further details or updates.


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