Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS)

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Calender of Activities

27.10                  Eröffnung der Martin-Buber-Forschungsstelle

04.11                  Book Presentation: Reconciliation, Heritage and Social Inclusion

11/12.11            Jahreskonferenz Netzwerks Versöhnungsforschung (Freiburg and online)

18.11                   Leiner: Jena Approach to Reconciliation Studies

25.11                   Tacchini: Bloomfield; Ferrari: Govier

25.11                   Deadline ppt Presentations 

2.12                     Presentations 1)Tutu; Volf; Ricoeur

9.12                     Presentations 2) De Greiff; Zehr; Rigby

16.12                   Presentations 3) Schaap; Maddison;  C. Murphy

20.12                   Presentations 4) Philpott; Verdeja; Lederach

13.1                     Presentations on Doctoral Dissertations

Reconciliation Studies in Jena

The Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS), based within the Faculty of Theology at FSU Jena was founded in July 2013, to achieve theoretical understanding of the processes, measurements, and practices relevant to fostering relationships in contexts affected by violence, atrocities, genocides, wars, dictatorships, segregation, enslavement, and other crimes against humanity. Reconciliation Studies is a transdisciplinary and multiscale scientific field that focuses on individual, group, inter-group, and political dynamics.

JCRS looks at the dynamics of reconciliation processes for societies in conflict or transition, based on comparative international case studies. It addresses academic institutions and programs, as well as experts and scholars in the field of conflict transformation and peace studies. 

JCRS promotes a trans-disciplinary approach that integrates the fields of Theology, Philosophy, Religious Science, Ethics, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Law, Media Studies, Art, Social Geography and History. The JCRS also focuses on the of practices like trauma therapy, public policy, collective memory in reconciliation processes.

The JCRS involves four areas of expertise:

  1. Research, through the Graduate Programme "Religion Conflict Reconciliation" (RCR), the Academic Alliance for Reconciliation In the Middle East and North Africa (AARMENA), and the "Martin-Buber-Forschungsstelle";
  2. International and transdisciplinary Networks, including universities and NGOs from all over the world;
  3. Manifold Events, Workshops, and Conferences - including the International Summer Schools "Societies in Transition";
  4. Scientific Publications, including the series "Research in Peace and Reconciliation" (RIPAR).


Activities and Projects

Oberseminar, 2019
Doctoral school on reconciliation studies at the FSU Jena
This letter to Hermann Hesse was written on 16 September 1945, the day after Yom Kippur.
Eine Kooperation zwischen Mainzer Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main und National Library of Israel
Schwarz-weiß Foto von Paul Ricœur
Paul Ricœur
Networks_International Cooperations
JCRS Networks are developed on multiple levels
III Colombian Day, 2019
From the establishment of the JCRS till the current semester
Opening lecture at JCRS, 2013
»Research in Peace and Reconciliation« and other books from JCRS
Meeting DFG Project HOF, 2018
Project successfully concluded in 2021
What is Reconciliation about
Reconciliation Studies deal with processes of creating "normal" and if possible "good" relationships after grave incidents...

Our Staff

The JCRS is based at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Learn more about JCRS Directors and Scientific Board
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Learn more about JCRS Advisory Board
Learn more about JCRS Team

The International Association for Reconciliation Studies ​(IARS)

Prof Asano's Guest Lecture, 2019
International Association for Reconciliation Studies

Gallery from selected events

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Conference Ecclesiological Inverstigations 2017
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Conference on Dan Bar-On, 2019
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Dr. Zucconi in Jena, 2017
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Establishment of the IARS 2020
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IV Colombian Days, 2020
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JCRS Team, 2015
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JCRS Team, 2018
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Lunch at JCRS, 2019
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Meeting DFG Project HOF, 2018
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Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS)
JenTower, Room 15N03
Leutragraben 1
07743 Jena
Postal address:
Fürstengraben 6
07743 Jena