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World Conference on Reconciliation (IARS)

05-07 August 2021 - Hosted by Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). Center for International Reconciliation Studies.
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5 August 2021, 08:00
7 August 2021, 16:00
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TOKYO August 5-7, 2021

Start time (CET): 19:00 in Tokyo, 12:00 in Berlin, 6:00 in New York



The International Association for Reconciliation Studies (IARS)

in cooperation with

  • Center for International Reconciliation Studies at Waseda University,
  • KAKENHI project of “Creation for Reconciliation Studies”,
  • Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies
  • Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, 

Webimar free registration link:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oKkl-rGYQAyWD08jwbVfNw   

Opening Session

  • Chair: Prof. Toyomi Asano
  • Key note speech: Prof. Martin Leiner

Panel 1: Historical Origin of Reconciliation in Asia

  • Chair: Prof. Barak Kushner - University of Cambridge

Panel 2 Trauma and Healing. From Theory and Practice

  • Chair: Dr. Francesco Ferrari - Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Panel 3: Contemporary Reconciliation Between South and North Korea in the global context

  • Chair: Prof. Naoyuki Umemori - Waseda University

Panel 4 Reconciliation in Societies with Difficult Past

  • Chair: Prof. Taihei Okada - University of Tokyo

Panel 5 Role of Institution in Reconciliation

  • Chair: Binyamin Gurstein - Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Panel 6 Gender and Reconciliation

  • Chair: Prof. Karina Korostelina - George Mason University

Additional information can be found at: https://mir-nikita.wixsite.com/website 



A deep cultural bond between human beings leads us to focus on the universalities of humanity and connections between identity of the individual and the collective, and the collective to the social and natural environment. The integrity of these multidimensional relationships is often threatened by lack of understanding, anger, inequality, injustice and violence. Empathy and common understanding enable us to overcome these challenges and make progress toward peace and reconciliation.

Reconciliation seeks to create future-oriented relationships between nations, groups, social organizations, and individuals who have been affected by contemporary power interests as well as past memories of violence, enslavement, colonialism and Apartheid. These relationships developed thorugh reconciliation are meant to contribute to the prevention of wars, genocide, atrocities, forced displacement, dictatorship, oppression, and other grave human rights violations and injustices.

The IARS, which was established on August 10th, 2020, has united members from all five continents. Our mission is to convene activists, academics and politicians from all segments of society regardless of ethnicity, nationality, region, race or gender and to support the advancement of peace and reconciliation.

          The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the traditional conceptions of boundaries between nations that prevailed in 20th century. The global pandemic joins and amplifies other transnational issues, such as politics and the economy, public health, ideals of democracy, justice, and even human emotions themselves, facing the world in the 21st century. While physical proximity makes these issues relevant within nations, we must increasingly work internationally to address them.

We hope that our collective approach to reconciliation studies will provide a basis for cooperative cultural and educational policy and global citizenship, which will in turn increase our ability to address global issues facing all of us today, such as poverty, the environment, infectious disease and the clash of ethnic and national identities. Together with unification through sports during Tokyo Olympics of 2021, this conference intends to foster global cooperation around general issues of reconciliation.

The IARS is open to academics and practitioners in various fields of reconciliation and peace research, including activists, media reporters, politicians, and artists. We kindly invite you to attend our conference and join our efforts to promote values of peace and reconciliation around the world.



  • Theories of Reconciliation 
  • Reconciliation in Religion and Philosophy
  • Reconciliation and International Politics
  • Reconciliation in Divided Societies
  • Reconciliation and Justice
  • Indigenous Approaches to Reconciliation
  • Reconciliation and Historical Memories
  • A Panel of Activists, Media and Civil Society Organizations
  • Issues of Reconciliation in East Asia



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



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



  • Binyamin Gurstein – PhD candidate Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Germany
  • Dr. Huang Bin – Waseda University, Japan



Prospective participants are invited to submit proposals in English for paper, panel, round table, film and book presentations (you must select one) until 30th April, 2021. The proposal must include an abstract (about 250 words), a title for their presentation and a CV to the email:

Europe, Africa, Middle East, North and South America  to Binyamin.gurstein@uni-jena.de

Asia, Australia and Oceania to bean0903@gmail.com

Proposals should indicate one of the thematic panels to which they intend to contribute. All abstracts will be subject to a blind review process.



Participants are self-responsible for paying their travel costs as well as for their accommodation. By participating in the conference participant accepts the membership and fees of the IARS, according to the statute of the association. Additional information can be found at:


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