4th Future Forum 2012

Society without a Middle Class? Adult Education Out of Bounds?

Who? Adult educators, program planners, educational staff, educational and social researchers

When? 9 to 11 July 2012

Where? Seeon Monastery (D), near Chiemsee (http://www.kloster-seeon.de/)

Members of the middle class have numbered among the losers over the last few years. For a long time, they provided the support for the social welfare state and at the same time benefited from its services. Today they are caught in the tension between the borderless pursuit of profit in the globalised economy and the restructuring and dismantling of the social welfare state. This development can be seen clearly in the area of education. 

The majority of participants in adult education come from the middle class, whose financial capacity to invest in education is increasingly disappearing. At the same time, an adequate amount of public funding is no longer being provided. As a result, adult education can no longer fulfil its teaching mission. Is a society without a middle class leading adult education out of bounds?

  • What does this diagnosis mean for the future of lifelong learning?
  • How do adult education institutions contribute to social cohesion?
  • How will the society of the future be structured? What will the target groups of the future look like?

Number of participants
Maximum 80


The conference languages at the Future
Forum 2012 will be German and English.

Sergio Bologna (Milano/It) - Info Link
Walter Huber (Siemens AG, München)
Ralf Holzwart (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Nürnberg)
Ulrike Herrmann (taz Berlin)

Registration Form, CfP, Folder

Program Details

Sunday, 08 July 2012 Possible date of arrival
Monday, 09 July 2012

Registration from 11 am

Opening: 1 pm

Keynote Lecture: Sergio Bologna (Milano) 

Evening : Reception in the Landtag of Bavaria (no extra costs)


Thuesday, 10 July 2012


Keynote Lectures: Ralf Holtzwart, Walter Huber

Discussion, Workshops (CfP)

Evening : Cruise and Dinner on the Chiemsee (€30)

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Keynote Lecture: Ulrike Herrmann
Podium Discussion,
Summary, synthesis and final discussion

(End with Lunch)