RCR studies conflict resolution and reconciliation processes and strategies with a focus on comparative analyses and best practices. The university context offers opportunities to integrate theoretical and practical approaches. The RCR programme is research oriented and values projects that span academic disciplines utilizing the full spectrum of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
The doctoral programme engages three basic elements: religion, conflict and reconciliation (RCR). Doctoral candidates write dissertations focusing on at least two of the three elements. For instance, a mainly theological dissertation must include a second focus on either conflict or reconciliation; a political science dissertation can integrate conflict and reconciliation with less focus on religion.
The JCRS approach to reconciliation studies, anchored by Prof. Martin Leiner's Hölderlin Perspective, respects the deeply complex social phenomena relevant to conflict and reconciliation. The transdisciplinary approach requires deep understanding of multiple disciplines - their basic theories, methodologies, and state-of-the-art findings. The graduate seminar ("Oberseminar") has this knowledge/praxis attainment as one of its key goals.
RCR is an FSU Jena programme that provides institutional structure and support for candidates pursuing doctoral degrees in fields relevant to reconciliation. JCRS, also led by Prof. Martin Leiner, is a university center dedicated to research and activities that promote reconciliation. JCRS has a broad portfolio, with activities like international conferences, research projects, activities with civil society and NGOs, field-research trips, meetings with research partners, and so on.
RCR and JCRS are both institutionally based at FSU Jena's Theological Faculty., but doctoral candidates are not required to have academic credentials in theology. Both RCR and JCRS insure complete freedom for religious and political affiliation. We foster a welcoming, plural, and tolerant environment for all faiths and traditions including but not limited to Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Free Churches, Buddhists, Agnostics, and Atheists.