Since 1991 this network has brought together historians of adult education with active research interests in the history of the role of social movements in the cross-cultural dissemination and reception of innovations in adult education and adult learning throughout Europe. The major focus of the network’s research activities has been upon the historical period 1880-1930, which was an important formative period throughout Europe in establishing the organised responses by the working-class and women’s movements to challenge the provision of adult education by bourgeois and philanthropic organisations in the public sphere. Recurring themes have included: university extension, folk high schools, workers’ education, women’s education, labour camps, Christian Socialism, Social Catholicism, Free Masonry, Anarcho-syndicalism and the Third International, etc. The network is primarily organised in the form of research seminars which enable a maximum of 25 researchers and PhD students to intensively and critically discuss the results of their ongoing historical research. The publication of a series of volumes of selected and edited papers has been a continuing priority for this network.

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