Graduate Programme

Religion-Conflict-Reconciliation

FSU-Jena Doctoral programme "Religion-Conflict-Reconciliation" (RCR)


The new programme "Religion-Conflict-Reconciliaion" is the first of its  kind in Germany. Having started in April 2015 for FSU Jena doctoral students, the RCR is located institutionally at the university's Graduate Academy (GA) and is closely linked with the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS).

RCR studies conflict resolution and reconciliation processes and strategies with a focus on comparative analyses and best practices. Reconciliation approaches offer hope to present situations characterized by persisting violence and tensions fuelled by religious ideologies. RCR members strive to learn from recent successes with academic disciplines at the service of practical aims. The university context offers opportunities to integrate theoretical, practical and pedagogical approaches. RCR programme is research  oriented and values projects that span academic disciplines utilizing the full spectrum of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Exchange opportunities are available through agreements with JCRS network on three levels:
  • At FSU-Jena: Within faculties of Theology, Social Psychology, Ethics, Economy, Law.
  • National Research Working Group on Reconciliation Studies: Europe-University Flensburg und Halle University.
  • International: Irish School of Ecumenics in Dublin/Belfast; Tel Aviv University (Israel); AICGAS Johns Hopkins University; Excellence School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Washington; Wasatia (Palestine); Peace Institute of Myanmar; Doshisha University Kyoto (Japan); Beyers Naude Center for Public Theology at Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Charles Sturt University (Australia); Asia Center for Reconciliation Studies (ACRS) at Seoul Theological University; Sung Kong Hoe University, Seoul (South Korea); Alberto Hurtado University (Santiago, Chile); Universidad de Antioquia (Medellin, Colombia); University of Petra (Amman, Jordan).
Currently 3 postdocs and more than 10 doctoral students are enrolled. Some ae affiliated with the DFG Israeli-Palestinian-German trilateral research project "Hearts of Flesh - Not Stone".


The doctoral school is coordinated by Dr. Francesco Ferrari ().