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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.

The International Association for Reconciliation Studies (IARS), The Center for International Reconciliation Studies at Waseda University, A KAKENHI project of “Creation for Reconciliation Studies”, The Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, organizes - THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RECONCILIATION

 
05. Aug., 10:00 GMT+9 – 07. Aug., 20:00 GMT+9
Waseda University,
1 Chome-104 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan
 
Sun Room

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.

 

Our Team

 

Prof. Dr. Martin Leiner

Association Director

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)

 

Our News

Politician with Supporters

Dr. Fanie Du Toit's Guest Lecture at JCRS

13/11/2020

JCRS hosted an inspiring guest lecture by Dr. Fanie Du Toit, Senior Advisor of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, where he previously served as executive director.

Du Toit has been engaged in post-conflict interventions in South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Uganda.

He is the author of When Political Transitions Work: Reconciliation as Interdependence. In the book, the author distinguishes four ideal types of reconciliation theories: 1st Reconciliation as healing of communities, 2nd Reconciliation as liberal establishment of rule of law, 3rd agonistic reconciliation and 4th reconciliation as interconnectedness.

Conference

INTERNATIONAL WEB-CONFERENCE ON RECONCILIATION IN UKRAINE 2020

28-29 September 2020

The Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, The Center for International Reconciliation Studies “Creation for Reconciliation Studies” at Waseda University and Ukrainian Association of Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, organizes: 


THE INTERNATIONAL WEB-CONFERENCE ON RECONCILIATION UKRAINE


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.
The 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.

Conference Event

The Development of Reconciliation Studies in East Asia

March 4-6, 2021

The KAKENHI project of the creation of the reconciliation studies and the center for the reconciliation
studies in Waseda University, under the support from International Association for Reconciliation Studies
(IARS) Organize, an International Workshop

 
 

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