The 7th NAEL was held 3-5 May 2017 in Jönköping, Sweden at School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University. The conference was organized by Encell – National centre for lifelong learning at Jönköping University and Mimer – the Swedish network for research on popular education at Linköping University.

Theme: Adult education in the age of global mobility

We are living in an era characterized by intense global mobility of people, artefacts, and ideas. During the last few years, with the current refuge situation, many adult educators in the Nordic countries have experienced how global interconnectedness affects their daily practices. Global migration, in general, triggers challenges and presents new opportunities for adult learning. In sharp contrast to forced migration stands the privilege of the type of travel enjoyed by many people living in the Nordic countries. Travel related to recreation, work, or education is also a key element in relation to adult learning in contemporary society, and this raises questions about access, power relations, and the formation of transnational communities. Not only people travel, however: policies and educational and organizational ideas also travel across the world. Social movements, once so central to the Nordic tradition of popular education, tend to stretch beyond national borders.

The multifaceted theme of global mobility, which we address at this 7th biennial Nordic conference on adult education and learning, reframes the classical question of whether there is such thing as a Nordic model of adult education and prompts us to ask how well Nordic adult education has adapted to our age of global mobility. What processes of transformation, reinvention, and reframing are going on, in practice as well as in theory? Contributions relating adult education to various frames of reference are welcome. As in the previous conference, one session strand is dedicated to popular education and non-formal adult education.

Conference 2017 Jönköping Adult education in the age of global mobility  (link to the Conference's webpage)

Conference program

Day 1

Registration starts.

Official opening

Welcoming speech: Stephan Rapp, Dean and Academic Leader of the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University

Henrik Nordvall, Mimer – The Swedish Network for Research on Popular Education,
Linköping University

Cecilia Bjursell, Encell – National centre for Lifelong Learning, Jönköping University

Key note presentation: Global governance of adult learning and education: a challenge to the Nordic model

Kjell Rubenson, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Canada

Coffee break

Paper sessions 1

Nordic adult education assembly

Jönköping University reception & doctoral student mingle

Day 2

Paper sessions 2

Coffee break

Paper sessions 3


Paper sessions 4

Coffee break

Key note presentation:
The role of adult education in migration regimes

Annette Sprung, Professor, University of Graz, Austria

Study visit at Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola

Conference dinner at Vy

Day 3


Coffee break

Key note presentation: Adult Education in Sweden

Anna Ekström, Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, Sweden

Closing session