The IARS (International Association for Reconciliation Studies) invites you to the Second International Conference on Reconciliation Tokyo 2021

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August 5, 2021 to August 7, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Korean History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies

The IARS (International Association for Reconciliation Studies) invites you to the Second International Conference on Reconciliation Tokyo 2021, hosted by the Center for International Reconciliation Studies at Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan).


We hope to see you online or perhaps in person on August 5– 7.


Even if we are physically apart, we are still together as a community, connected by a shared passion for Reconciliation Research and peacebuilding practices.


Please see attached Flyer and Zoom registration link for the event

Administrator: Toyomi Asano (Waseda University)





Conference Coordinator - Mr. Binyamin Gurstein

Logistics Coordinator - Dr. Bin Huang


August 5, 2021 in 19:00 Tokyo, (12:00 in Germany, 6:00 in New York)

Aug 6, 2021 19:00 in Tokyo, (12:00 in Germany, 6:00 in New York)

 Aug 7, 2021 19:00 in Tokyo (12:00 in Germany, 6:00 in New York)



The Program of IARS in Tokyo, on 5th-7th in August, 2021


<<Day1: 5th in August: Tokyo:19:00, Germany:12:00, EST in US: 6:00>>

<Opening Session,Tokyo    19:00-21:00>

Chair: Prof. Asano Toyomi 

(Director of WCRS[The Waseda Center for International Reconciliation Studies] )     


      “Welcome to Tokyo in a new world”


Keynote speech: Prof. Martin Leiner


(Director of JCRS[Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies], Jena University)


     “Researching on Reconciliation in an unreconciled world”


Introducing remarks for related organizations.

1. Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution by Prof. Karina Korostelina:


      (George Mason University, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution)


“A future vision for Reconciliation: introducing next year IARS conference”


2. Prof. Yul Sohn [President of The East Asia Institute in South Korea, Graduate School of International Studies and Underwood International College, Yonsei University]


3. Prof. Kijeong NAM [Institute for Japanese Studies, Seoul National University]        


4. Prof. Jimmy Hsu [Associate Research Professor, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica in Taiwan]


5. Prof. Wenting(Florence) Yang [NCCU: National Chengchi University]


6. Prof. Atsushi Ishida [Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, 19th President of the Japan Peace Society]


7. Prof. Taihei OKADA [Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo]                


8. Prof. Naoyuki UMEMORI [Chief of Waseda Research Institute of Taiwan, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University]



Messages from interested institutions

1. A representative of Science Abroad: an Israel-based nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of senior Israeli scientists living abroad


2. National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF): Programs for peace studies and reconciliation


3. AARMENA [The Academic Alliance for Reconciliation Studies in the Middle East and Northern Africa presentation] by Dr. phil Iyad Muhsen AlDajani [Executive & Research Director]


4.  WCRS[Waseda Center for International Reconciliation Studies] by Prof. Toyomi Asano


5.  JCRS [Jena center for Reconciliation Studies] by Prof. Martin Leiner


----------------------Ten minutes brake--------------


<Panel 1: Historical Origin of Reconciliation in Asia, 21:10 -23:10: Tokyo>

Chair: Barak Kushuner (Cambridge University in UK)              


1. Atsuko Kawakita (Tokyo University)


Repatriation of German People from Eastern Europe and Reconciliation within Europe


2. Toyomi Asano (Waseda University)          


Repatriation of Japanese from Asia and Reconciliation with Asia


3. Kijong Nam (Seoul National University)


Post-war South Korea and Post-war Japan


Discussion: Barak Kushuner


Discussion: Karina Korostelina


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-----------------------------------2nd day Start------------------------------------------------------


<<Day2: 6th in August: Tokyo:19:00, Germany:12:00, EST in US: 6:00>>

<Panel 2: Trauma and Healing , From Theory and Practice, Tokyo:19:00-21:00>

Chair: Francesco Ferrari [Post-Doc Research Fellow, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena]


1. Francesco Ferrari


The Irrevocable as Cultural Trauma – and its Impact on Reconciliation


2. Juditta Ben-David [PhD candidate JCRS]


Scare to approach: Mindfulness and Trauma healing in reconciliation processes            


3. Luis Pena  [Post doctoral fellow, JCRS]


   Ecology and Spatiality of Reconciliation: the territorialization of life  


Discussant:Yoshihiro Nakano (Waseda University)


-------------------Ten minutes brake---------------------------------


<Panel 3: Contemporary Reconciliation Between South and North Korea in Global context, Tokyo: 21:10-23:10>

Chair: Naoyuki Umemori [Prof. Waseda University]


1. Chung-Hyun Baik[Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Presbyterian University


and Theological Seminary in South Korea]


A Touchstone for Reconciliation and Reunification of Two Koreas:Mutual Understanding and Embrace between North Korean Refugees and South Koreans


2. Miae Yoo [PhD candidate JCRS]


Challenges of Psychological Integration among North Korean Refugees in South Korea:


Implications for Inter-Korean Reconciliation


3. Satoru Miyamoto [Prof. Seigakuin University]


Satoru Miyamoto [Prof. Seigakuin UniverNorth Korea’s Worldwide Participation in Wars: Is it possible for North Korea to Reconcile with the US and its ally?        


Discussant: Ria Roy [Ph.D candidate in Cambridge University]


Discussant: Jahyun Chun (Associate prof. Yonsei University)


-----------------------Ten minutes brake--------------------------------------------------


Panel 4: Reconciliation in Societies with Difficult Past, Tokyo: 23:20-25:20>

Chair: Taihei Okada                        


1. Karina Korostelina [Prof. George Mason University]


Identity-based Approach to Reconciliation


2. Francesco Tamburini [Dr. Università di Pisa]


Through Manipulation:How Algeria Used Monopoly on History to Survive to the Civil War?


3. Abderrazak MESSAOUD [Research Assistant, Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Qatar University]


Factors Affecting Moroccan Reconciliation Initiatives: an Exploratory Investigation        


4. Abdulrahman Saeed Alkuwari [Internal Security Forces, Qatar, Research Assistant, Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Qatar University]


Examine the importance of Turkey's intervention as part of the international negotiation team to resolve the Azerbaijan-Armenian conflict.


Discussant: Engy Mohamed Ibrahim Said [PhD students in George Mason Univ]


-----------------------Day2 end -----------------------------------------------------------------


-----------------------Day3 Start----------------------------------------------------------------


<<Day3: 7th in August, Tokyo:19:00, Germany:12:00, EST in US: 6:00>-----------

<Panel 5: Role of Institution in Reconciliation, 19:00-21:00: Tokyo>

Chair: Binyamin Gurstein  [Ph.D Candidate, JCRS]   


1 Attila Nagy [Ph.D candidate, JCRS]


Reconciliation as a way to bring justice to future generations, in the EU neighbourhood  such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh     


2. Vladislav Dimitrov [Post Dr. in KPI: Ukraine]


Post-Soviet Union church separation and reconciliation: Modern Ukrainian state aspect


3. Naoko Kumagai [Prof. Aoyama Gakuin University]


Reconciliation with Oneself: Process of Self-Reflection in the Controversy over Yasukuni in Postwar Japan           


4. Engy Mohamed Ibrahim Said [PhD students in Carter school,George Mason Univ]


Identity Between Division and Citizenship: The Role of Institutions in Service Provision in Divided Societies


Discussant: Wenting(Florence) Yang


Discussant: Natia Chankvetadze [PhD students in Carter school, George Mason Univ]




<Panel 6: Reconciliation over Gender and Youth, 21:10-23:10: Tokyo>

Chair: Karina Korostelina [George Mason University]


1. Abdelghani Mohamed Abdelghani Elhusseini [MA in ?]


Women as Reconciliation Actors : Religion Intersecting Hölderlin Perspective


2. Charalampos (Babis) Karpouchtsis [Ph.D candidate, JCRS]


Germany’s foreign policy of reconciliation: the new and unknown case of Greece


3. Natia Chankvetadze [PhD student at Carter School, George Mason University]


   Youth in Conflict-Affected Societies


4. Zinatt Hassan [    ]


Women’s in Libya


Discussant: Naomi kraenbring [PhD students in Carter school, George Mason Univ]


Discussant: Naoko Kumagai [Prof. Aoyama Gakuin University]


Contact Info: 

Toyomi Asano  

Professor, History of Japanese Politics
Director, Reconciliation Studies Project

Waseda University 
Faculty of Political Science and Economics
1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo, 169-8050

Tel:(Direct) +81-3-3208-0743

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