Prof Asano's Guest Lecture, 2019

The International Association for Reconciliation Studies ​(IARS)

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.
Prof Asano's Guest Lecture, 2019
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Mission Statement

The International Association for Reconciliation Studies establishment took place on August 10th. Our aims are in building bridges and promoting 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.

Establishment of the IARS

At the first meeting, the required regulatory decisions were made and they are:

  1. Acceptance of the Statute;
  2. Election of the administrative board
    1. Election of President: Prof Martin Leiner
    2. Election of First Vice-President – Dr. Francesco Ferrari
    3. Election of Second Vice-President – Dr. Luis Berneth Pena
    4. Election of Secretary – Mr. Binyamin Gurstein
    5. Election of Treasurer – Dr. André Zempelburg
  3. Decision on membership fees: According to German law, an online vote in possible for every person who becomes a member of IARS by then. This general assembly meeting can make changes in the composition of the administrative board, the membership fees, and the statutes if supported by a majority. Also, other decisions shall be taken during that general assembly. An email with the invitation will be sent 6 weeks before the scheduled date.

Our Team

Prof. Dr. Martin Leiner

Prof. Dr. Karina Korostelina

Dr. Francesco Ferrari

Prof. Dr. Toyomi Asano

Dr. André Zempelburg

Mr. Binyamin Gurstein

Dr. Luis Peña

Membership and Fees

Individual Membership:

  • 50 € per year persons with full and unlimited work contract (such as professors)
  • 30 € per year persons with limited and/or not full work contract (such as assistants)
  • 20 € per year students and persons without regular or very low income

Affiliate membership:

  • 100 € for the institution
  • 10 € per person affiliate at the institution

*For very poor countries the administrative board can decide on exceptions.

We would kindly invite you to become a member of IARS. If you want to become a member of IARS, please fill out the registration form and send it to our secretary:

Binyamin Gurstein (binyamin.gurstein@uni-jena.de)

and in cc to our treasurer

Dr. André Zempelburg (andre.zempelburg@uni-jena.de)

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