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Journal of Reconciliation Studies

The Journal of Reconciliation Studies is a peer-reviewed international, multidisciplinary journal open to articles about peace and conflict. It is the first journal in the field of Reconciliation Studies. Reconciliation studies places a stronger focus on the relational aspect and thus emotional and cognitive factors for conflict prevention, transformation and resolution – compared to “conventional” peace approaches – with the question of structural and supra-individual conditions also being an integrative part of the concepts. Peace can only be sustainable if conflicts are dealt with at their roots; peace should thus be qualified by reconciliation and, in the best case, lead to the restoration of relations between all conflict participants at different levels. As these arguments and models gain increasing plausibility against the background of repetitive conflict cycles and protracted wars, reconciliation research is an approach that is growing in importance. The Journal of Reconciliation Studies was established by the International Association for Reconciliation Studies (IARS).


Articles Categories
● 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
● Reconciliation and the Environment

Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words. We are open to work from diverse disciplines, methods, and approaches. Use American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide, 5th edition, double-space the manuscript, include references, tables, footnotes, etc as part of the text, and provide an abstract of approximately 250 words.  Articles should be anonymous so keep all identifying information out of both the text and the bibliography. When submitting the article, also submit a cover letter, as a separate document, with the title of the article, author's name and affiliation, abstract, acknowledgements, and up to 4 key words.


Please contact the editors (Davide Tacchini and Colleen Alena O’Brien) for more information about submissions:

Editorial Board

Colleen Alena O’Brien - University of Jena, Germany
Davide Tacchini - University of Jena, Germany

Francesco Ferrari - University of Jena, Germany


Advisory Board
​Martin Leiner - University of Jena, Germany
Karina Korostelina - George Mason University, USA
Toyomi Asano - Waseda University, Japan
Maximilian Schell - Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Daniel Rothbart - George Mason University, USA
Marc Gopin - George Mason University, USA
Arie Nadler - Tel Aviv University, Israel
Taihei Okada - University of Tokyo, Japan
Jimmy Chia-Shin Hsu - Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Kijeong Nam - Seoul National University, South Korea
Naoko Kumagai - Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan 

Binyamin Gurstein - University of Jena, Germany

Luis Pēna - University of Jena, Germany


Founding Editors
Colleen Alena O’Brien
Davide Tacchini


Erik Schwarzfeld 

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