Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS)

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14 Oct 2020 - 29 Jan 2021
Teaching Activity
Oberseminar WS 2020/21
Focus on state of the art literature on reconciliation studies.
30 Oct 2020
10:00 · Conference
Gedenktag für die Opfer des Stalinismus
Veranstalter: Russisch-Orthodoxe Kirche Weimar-Jena und Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies

Reconciliation Studies in Jena

The Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS) was founded in July 2013, aiming to achieve theoretical understanding of the processes, measurements and practices relevant to fostering best-possible 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.

The 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. 

The 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 role played in reconciliatory processes by practices like Trauma therapy, Public policy, Collective memory. The JCRS is based at Theological faculty of the FSU Jena.

The JCRS involves four areas of expertise:

  1. Research, through the Graduate Programme "Religion Conflict Reconciliation" (RCR) and the DFG Project "Hearts of Flesh - Not Stone";
  2. International and transdisciplinary Networks, including universities and NGOs from all over the world;
  3. Manifold Events: Workshops, Conferences and the International Summer Schools "Societies in Transition";
  4. Scientific Publications, including the series "Research in Peace and Reconciliation" (RIPAR).

Activities and Projects

Oberseminar, 2019
Graduate Programme "Religion Conflict Reconciliation"​ (RCR)
Doctoral school on reconciliation studies at the FSU Jena
Meeting DFG Project HOF, 2018
DFG Project "Hearts of Flesh - Not Stone"
Reconciliation in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Networks_International Cooperations
JCRS Networks are developed on multiple levels
III Colombian Day, 2019
Events Archive
Select events from SS 2013 to SS 2020
International Summer School at JCRS
International Summer Schools
"Societies in Transition. Between Conflict and Reconciliation"
Opening lecture at JCRS, 2013
»Research in Peace and Reconciliation« and other books from JCRS

Our Staff

The JCRS is based at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Directors and Scientific Board
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Advisory Board
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What is Reconciliation about
Reconciliation Studies deal with processes of creating "normal" and if possible "good" relationships after grave incidents...

Gallery from select events

Meeting DFG Project HOF, 2019
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Oberseminar via zoom, 2020
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Oberseminar, 2019
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Prof Asano's Guest Lecture, 2019
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Prof. Abu-Nimer, 2018
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Team Dinner, 2017
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The JCRS is based at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
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Turner's Guest Lecture, 2018
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Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS)
JenTower, Room 15N03
Leutragraben 1
07743 Jena
Postal address:
Fürstengraben 6
07743 Jena
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