Europe’s depopulated rural areas face many challenges in terms of social cohesion, economic development and sustainability. As crises multiply and are interdependent, this seminar wishes to consider how the process of disseminating lifelong learning and “collective intelligence” can increase the resilience of rural areas, foster entrepreneurship and enable the countryside to develop projects based on sustainable and inclusive development and the reappropriation of their heritage resources?

This issue of learning territories opens up a whole field of reflection for researchers and actors in the field, for specialists in territorial and social sciences, education or management, as well as for experts in “local development”, elected officials, associations or technicians, in order to cover the needs for knowledge, skills transfer and public decision-making aids.
Papers can be oriented according to the following themes :
  • The statistical and cartographic characterization of depopulated rural areas in Europe: what new methods and prospective diagnoses to set in motion a learning dynamic? What are the challenges in terms of education and culture?
  • The notions of “learning” rural territories: what definitions and ingredients for a collective learning dynamic? Which places to promote learning? What place for solidarity relations between territories? What role for digital uses and “smart villages”?
  • What new learning models are being built in the face of the crisis? How can local resources and natural and cultural heritage be enhanced? What cultural projects for new forms of solidarity? The example of networks such as “cultural and literary routes”?
  • How to evaluate these trajectories of rural learning territories? What criteria and indicators to assess the learning dynamic and its capacity for resilience?