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Event on the Armenian Genocide

Prof. Ashot Hayruni (State University of Jerewan, Armenia) is giving the talk "Der Völkermord an den Armeniern" (the Armenian genocide) next Tuesday, May 10, at 4 pm.

In presence: Jena, Fürstengraben 6, Theologische Fakultät, Room E003.

Digital: https://uni-jena-de.zoom.us/j/5974242702?pwd=emNYUk82eEl5YzdUUTFYUVVwTWUvQT09 (pass: jcrs2020)

The event is going to be in German, with English translation.



D. Tacchini, Z. M. Barakat, I. AlDajani, M. Leiner (eds), Reconciliation and Refugees. The Academic Alliance for Reconciliation Studies in the Middle East and North Africa, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2022

The book continues the RIPAR series by focusing on the MENA region.This volume is about refugees and their multiple needs for reconciliation with themselves and others. In particular, feelings of grief and guilt over leaving home and parts of family behind, terrible experiences during their journey, conflicts with other refugees and with locals, loss of much of what gave life meaning and significance, and the difficulties of returning to a changed country, a home that may no longer feel like home, are the individual facets of this need for reconciliation.


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The Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe between Conflict and Reconciliation

Edited by L. Gardner Feldman, R. Barash, S. Goda & A. Zempelburg,  Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2018.

This volume examines the role of identity formation and stages of sequencing of the steps of reconciliation – which is an enduring rather than ad an ad hoc phenomenon. RIPAR 4 asks for both the challenges to it from the domestic and international systems and the actors involved, as well as for the role of »history,« »memory« and »remembrance« either as catalysts for or obstacles to reconciliation. The analyzing of the connection among the past, the present and the future in actual or prospective reconciliation embraces all these topics and questions.Influenced by the crisis in the former Sovjet Union following the March 2014 Russian annexation/integration of Crimea and the movement of Russian soldiers into Eastern Ukraine to aid Ukrainian separatists the essays in this volume were written in 2015. »Reconciliation« is a frequently ill-defined term. As an aspiration in this volume it encompasses three senses: an incipient, thin and minimal form amounting to passive, peaceful coexistence after enmity; a more elaborate, intermediate and engaged form that is captured by the term rapprochement; and a thick or fuller form denoting active friendship, empathy, trust, magnanimity and, ultimately, amity. Beyond the definitional goal, the volume addresses ten themes. Firstly, reconciliation is being questioned as a process and/ or a terminal condition. A view is made on the requirements for the transition from conflict to a reconciliatory process, and the obstacles to beginning a process of reconciliation. Its »soft« and »hard« expressions inter alia in emotional and political dimensions are also subject of the author's interest. The observations about conflict and cooperation offered in this volume wish to add significantly to the burgeoning literature of reconciliation. These essays demonstrate that we need a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to grapple with conflict and to promote reconciliation.

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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) 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"; and
  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
This letter to Hermann Hesse was written on 16 September 1945, the day after Yom Kippur.
Buber-Korrespondenzen Digital (BKD)
Approximately 40,000 letters from Martin Buber’s correspondence...
Networks_International Cooperations
JCRS Networks are developed on multiple levels
III Colombian Day, 2019
Events Archive
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
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Ricœur in Jena
Paul Ricœur
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
Directors and Scientific Board
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Advisory Board
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The International Association for Reconciliation Studies ​(IARS)

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

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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