The contemporary name refers to a research network devoted to the conditions, processes and outcomes of adult learning in various popular educational settings. Ever since the popular movements in Scandinavia made a large-scale effort to organize themselves in the 19th century, popular education in Sweden has been associated with the existence of folk high schools and the creation of study circles. The type of research carried out in Mimer today is focusing on popular education in its various forms, contexts and issues.
Mimer is governed by an interdisciplinary advisory board (Mimerrådet) consisting of leading researchers and popular educators across Sweden in the broad area of popular education. The secretariat of the research network is hosted by Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, the division for Adult learning and Education. Professor Henrik Nordvall is the director of Mimer.
The aims of MIMER
The aims are:
- Promoting research on popular education, no matter academic discipline or setting.
- Creating, maintaining and developing a network and dialogue among researchers, as well as between researchers and popular educators
- Disseminating information about popular educational research
- Creating arenas that foster and establish cooperation between researchers and between researchers and popular educators.
- Promoting overviews and research summaries of various topics relevant to the field of popular education
- Promoting Nordic and International contacts in popular education as well as in Mimers’ own activities
- Making research on popular education visible electronically'
- Strengthening the interest in research on popular education within relevant fields of politics
- An annual Research Conference
- Seminars in cooperation with other actors
- PhD-courses with nation-wide recruitment
- Anthologies and short texts
- A newsletter (Mimerbladet) two times per year
- E-mail list (Mimernet)