Graduate Programme


Doctoral program "Religion-Conflict-Reconciliation" 

summer semester 2016, FSU Jena

06.04.2015 - 08.07.2016 (weekly), 10:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00

Leutragraben 1, 15N03

Since April 1, 2015, doctoral students at the FSU have the opportunity to participate in the new program "Religion-Conflict-Reconciliation", which is located institutionally at the Graduate Academy (GA) of the FSU. Currently, 10 doctoral students, mostly from the Israeli-Palestinian-German trilateral research project "Hearts of Flesh-Not Stone", assist the interdisciplinary program.

Exchange opportunities are available through agreements with Johns Hopkins University (School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Washington DC/USA), the Beyers Naudé Centre of the University of Stellenbosch/South Africa, the Wasatia Academic Institute/East Jerusalem, and the Seoul Theological University (STU) Seoul/South Korea.

The focus of the program is on comparative case studies of conflict resolution and reconciliation processes and strategies, including the question of Best Practices. In the present age, which is characterized by an ever-increasing weapons production and distribution (the "military-industrial complex"), nuclear armament, and various forms of terrorism, reconciliation can be a promising alternative to violent conflict, war, or technological hegemony, says the speaker of the program, Prof. Dr. Martin Leiner.

The program "Religion-Conflict Reconciliation" is the first of its kind in Germany.

Since april 2016 the doctoral school is coordinated by Dr. Francesco Ferrari. In the summer semester 2016 the topic is "Reconciliation Studies in Australia and from an Australian perspective", lead by Dr. Phillip Tolliday.