Majdan Nezaležnosti (Independence Square), Kiev

Reconciliation in the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

The Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Ukrainian Association of Psychosynthesis and Psychotherapy organize an international Web-Conference on Reconciliation in the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict.
Majdan Nezaležnosti (Independence Square), Kiev
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28 September 2020, 12:00
29 September 2020, 19:00
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"In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change" (Thich Nhat Hanh)

The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed armed groups entered its sixth year. The conflict has turned 1.7 million people into internally displaced persons. In years of the conflict Ukrainian society has gone through a very difficult and traumatic period, a period first characterized by apathy and cynicism. As a result of file economic decline and associated problems noted above, social tensions continue to rise and the potential for other societal conflict is high. Thus the issue of social reconciliation has great value and importance. Social reconciliation interventions are therefore specifically designed to foster intergroup understanding, strengthen nonviolent conflict resolution mechanisms, and heal the wounds of war. Such reconciliation process may include individual counseling that can help one deal with - inner conflict perception in the society. Such method widely used in inter-individual psychology techniques.

Current interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars and activists with diverse backgrounds and research interests to discuss modes of cooperation. The workshop aims to strengthen ties between scholars and practicing researchers and activists from different research areas.

The main goals of the conference are to establish cross-sector collaboration, in order to exchange scientific and practical experience in conflict resolution. We believe that this will help to develop a professional dialogue a unified strategy for providing psychological counseling and rehabilitation assistance to victims and civilians.


  1. Settlement of intrapersonal conflicts and national self-identity: psychological and political aspects.
  2. Psychosynthesis as a perception for reconciliation.
  3. The problem of peaceful settlement of conflicts in the context of dialogical thinking of scientists and practitioners.
  4. A panel of activists and volunteers.


  • Binyamin Gurstein – PhD candidate, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Germany
  • Dr. Yegor Kucherenko - Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Associate Professor, Chairman of the Ukrainian Association of Psychosynthesis and Psychotherapy (Ukraine)


  • Prof. Dr. Martin Leiner - Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Karina Korostelina - George Mason University, US
  • Prof. Dr. Toyomi Asano - Waseda University, Japan
  • Dr. Francesco Ferrari - Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Germany


  • Prof. Dr. Martin Leiner, University of Jena (Germany): IARS
  • Dr. Francesco Ferrari, University of Jena, (Germany): How Emplotment and Meaning-Making Foster Reconciliation with Oneself
  • Dr. Olga Filippova and Dr. Oleksandra Deineko, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine): Between ‘Being Home’ and ‘Feeling Home’: Reconciliation Perspective of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine
  • Mr. Binaymin Gurstein, University of Jena (Germany): Psychological Explanation of Conflict
  • Mr. Kenneth Sorens, The Norwegian Institute of Psychosynthesis: Psychosynthesis as a Pathway to Peace
  • Prof. Dr. Karina Korostelina, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution - George Mason University (USA): Identity-based approach to reconciliation in Ukraine
  • Prof. Antti Pentikainen, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution - George Mason University (USA): How to Improve Impact of Reconciliation Processes? Learning from International Experiences
  • Dr. Oksana Rudenko, Grigory Skovoroda University in Pereiaslav (Ukraine): Psychological Support for Combatants in Military Hospital
  • Dr. Yegor Kucherenko, Grigory Skovoroda University in Pereiaslav (Ukraine): Personality in Search of Reconciliation with Oneself: Methodology of Psychosynthesis in Psychological Assistance to Victims
  • Prof. Dr. Mark Gopin, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution - George Mason University (USA): Self-examination, Reconciliation with Oneself, and Peacebuilding
  • Dr. Leonid Nikolayev, Grigory Skovoroda University in Pereiaslav (Ukraine): Psychological Assistance in Self-Help Group for the Internally Displaced Person (IDP)
  • Dr. Zoya Gurina, Grigory Skovoroda University in Pereiaslav (Ukraine): Psychological Assistance for the Families of the Combatants
  • Prof. Dr. Andrii Hirnyk, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine): Prospects And Obstacles On The Way To Resolving Conflict In The Donbas As Viewed By The Residents Of The Occupied Territories
  • Dr. Daniel Rothbart, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution - George Mason University (USA): Power, Emotions, and Violent Conflicts
  • Prof. Dr. Richard Rubenstein, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution - George Mason University (USA): Sources of the New Tribalism: Can Human Solidarity Overcome Structural Violence?"
  • Dr. Olesya Geraschenko, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine): “So What do you See?” Visual Art in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in Ukraine
  • Dr. Luis Peña, University of Jena (Germany): Multilayered Conflict. Multilayered Reconciliation Challenges. Reflecting from Colombian Case
  • Dr. Vladislav Dimitrov, Political Advisor and Researcher: Religion Stratification and Reconciliation Process Using European and Post-Soviet Countries Experience
  • Dr. Tatiana Kyselova National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine): Dialogue Inclusion Dilemma in Ukraine


Prospective participants are invited to submit their proposals in English (abstract 250 words) till the 25th of September 2020, including a title of their presentation and CV to email: Applicants should mention in their proposal the thematic panel they target. All abstracts will be subject to a blind review process


Meeting ID: 597 424 2702
Passcode: jcrs2020

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