Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS)

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Guest Lecture: Religion and Reconciliation in Post-soviet Union 

Dr. Vladislav Dimitrov (Kyiv Institute of Business and Technology)

December 16, 2pm - JCRS Headquarters and via zoom


Offener Brief an den Stadtrat der Stadt Jena

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

als Professor*innen der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena ist es uns wichtig, in einem Umfeld zu arbeiten, in dem die Ablehnung von Antisemitismus, Bestreitung des Lebensrechts von Behinderten und psychisch Kranken und Rassismus klar zum Ausdruck gebracht wird.

Alle diese Ideologien zielen auf die Beseitigung von Menschengruppen und tragen deshalb die Androhung oder gar die Praxis der Vertreibung und des Mordens in sich. Anlässlich des 9.November 2022 bitten wir den Rat der Stadt Jena nach den langen Diskussionen nun endlich etwas in Bezug auf die Statue des Philosophen Jacob Friedrich Fries in der Ehrengalerie „via triumphalis“ zu unternehmen.

Die Statue steht noch unkommentiert in der Nähe der Gebäude der Universität, obwohl sie eigentlich in einer Ehrengalerie, die Vorbilder zeigen soll, keinen Platz hat..

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01:00 · Auditorium
Dr. Davide Tacchini will present the book "Reconciliation and Refugees" by Tacchini, D., Barakat, Z., Leiner, M., Dajani, I. (eds)
  • This event can be attended online.
  • This event is wheelchair accessible.
International Summer School at JCRS
Kibuye (Rwanda), August 1-7 2023
  • This event is wheelchair accessible.

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).


Who is JCRS

The JCRS is based at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Learn more about JCRS Directors and Scientific Board
00_AARMENA Network 2018 Group Picture
Learn more about JCRS Advisory Board
Learn more about JCRS Team

Activities and Projects

Oberseminar, 2019
Doctoral school on reconciliation studies at the FSU Jena
Majdan Nezaležnosti (Independence Square), Kiev
International cooperation with Kharkiv National University
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
Prof Asano's Guest Lecture, 2019
The International Association for Reconciliation Studies concentrates on reconciliation in divided societies and between nations accruing on an interpersonal, intergroup, and international levels.
Meeting DFG Project HOF, 2018
Project successfully concluded in 2021

Events & Publications

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
Reconciliation Studies deal with processes of creating "normal" and if possible "good" relationships after grave incidents...

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