Establishment of the IARS 2020

Establishment of the IARS

The JCRS is hosting the establishment of the International Association for Reconciliation Studies (IARS)
Establishment of the IARS 2020
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9 August 2020, 13:30
10 August 2020, 16:00
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The International Association for Reconciliation Studies aims at building bridges and promoting a dialogue across different approached to reconciliation to verify and further develop the understanding of reconciliation, explore the variability and commonality in reconciliation processes, and to endorse varied approaches to reconciliation. It recognizes that reconciliation processes play a major role in building long-lasting peace within and across boundaries, restoring and transforming relationships in the aftermath of conflict, and disrupting cycles of violence.  The members of the IARS share a vision that reconciliation is much more than a cessation of violence and hostilities; it requires the participation of the parties involved in the conflict to come together to redefine their relationship and create an environment where cooperation and peaceful coexistence are the operative norms within society.

The International Association for Reconciliation Studies concentrates on reconciliation in divided societies and between nations accruing on an interpersonal, intergroup, and international levels and promotes complex, theory-based, indigenous, and faith-based approaches that address justice, reparations, mercy, apology, forgiveness, and shared identity. To advance the design and implementation of reconciliation processes, the IARS searches for various social conditions for the imagination and achievement of reconciliation, advancing theory and bridging it with practice.

We also expect that the International Association for Reconciliation Studies will help understand and improve international relations by going beyond the conventionally fundamental factors of politics, power, interest and international law toward underlining the role of human’s memories, emotions, values, and morality in mobilizing people for conflicts or reconciliations, in strengthening civilian networks to sustain human rights, and in contributing to mutual respect between nations in the age of globalization and democratization.

Our hope that our collective approach to reconciliation studies will create a basis for cooperative cultural and educational policy toward a common citizenship in the globe, which would be the next immediate step for a shared approach to such global issues, such as environment, infectious disease, and poverty.


9th August 2020

12:30 CET – For those who are in Jena: Meeting at the JenTower (Leutragraben 1, 15th floor – Jena)

13:30 CET – 15:30 CET – First session via zoom. Link: / Meeting ID: 597 424 2702 / Password: iars2020 / Program:

  • Prof. Dr. Karina Korostelina (Conflict Analysis and Resolution, USA): Reconciliation and Education for Peace
  • Prof. Dr. Toyomi Asano (Political History, Japan): The Future of Reconciliation Studies: How it Would Contribute to Reconciliation
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Leiner (Theology, Germany): Religions and Reconciliation
  • Antti Pentikainen (Native People Studies, Finland): Reconciliation from the Perspective of Indigeneous Populations
  • Discussion (20 minutes)
  • Break (10 minutes)
  • Dr. Fanie du Toit (Philosophy, South Africa): What could be the Reconciliation Theory of the Future
  • Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke (Law, Ireland): International Law and Reconciliation
  • Dr. Josefina Echavarria-Alvarez (Peace Studies, USA) - Mons. Héctor Fabio Henao (Colombia): Colombian Peace Process as a Model to Develop Future Perspectives for Reconciliation Studies
  • Prof. Dr. Kijeong Nam (Political Science, South Korea): Agenda to Enlarge Peace for Both Korean and Japanese Civil Society
  • Discussion (20 minutes)

10th August 2020

13:30 CET – 16:00 CET – Second session via zoom. Link: / Meeting ID: 597 424 2702 / Password: iars2020 / Program:

  • Prof. Dr. Sami Adwan (Education and Peace Studies, Palestinian Territories): Historical Narratives and Reconciliation: the Role of School Books in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Prof. Dr. Daqing Yang (History and International Affairs, USA): Reconciliation and Historical Dialogue
  • Prof. Dr. Arie Nadler (Social Psychology, Israel): The Future of Reconciliation Studies from the Point of View of Social Psychology
  • Prof. Dr. Jimmy Chia-Shin Hsu (Law, Taiwan): The Difficulty and Necessity of Political Reconciliation for Transitional Justice in Taiwan
  • Prof. Dr. Jahyun Chun (International Relations, South Korea): Varieties of International Reconciliation
  • Bishop John Rucyahana (Commission for Unity and Reconciliation, Rwanda): Most Important Topics for Reconciliation Studies from Perspective of Practice
  • Prof. Dr. Pumla Gobodo Madikizela (Psychology, South Africa): Future Perspectives for Reconciliation Studies from the Point of View of a Psychologist
  • Break (15 minutes)
  • Discussion and Feedback (30 minutes)

15:15 CET - Establishment of International Association for Reconciliation Studies (for those who are in Jena: your presence is warmly welcome!)

The event was co-founded by the Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung (DSF).

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