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We now seek essays and panels for the Annual Conference of the International Association for Reconciliation Studies (August 5-7, 2021)

We now seek essays and panels for the Annual Conference of the International Association for Reconciliation Studies (August 5-7, 2021)

We seek essays for the International Association for Reconciliation Studies (IARS), which will take place on August 5-7, 2021 (details below). Additionally, “the Creation of Reconciliation Studies” in the New Region and the Center for International Reconciliation Studies organized the Development of Reconciliation Studies in East Asia, March 4-6, 2021, under the support of the International Association for Reconciliation Studies (IARS). We received 197 registrations from all around the world (Japan: 68; South Korea: 31; the United States: 22; Taiwan: 7; Germany: 9; United Kingdom: 6; and over 20 more countries).

We sincerely thank the network of the joint international association for reconciliation studies, which enabled participation from all around the world.

In regard to the Trump phenomenon, memory of slavery, re-rise of nationalism, problems of historical awareness in East Asia, and succession of ethnic conflicts in the third world today, there seems to be an increasing number of incidents that question how much systems, which exist on the domestic and international level, are related to the unity of emotion, memory, and values that were previously regarded as subjective elements. Scholarship for this issue is therefore divided into international politics and domestic politics. Moreover, the knowledge of psychology and cultural anthropology is essential.

I believe the reason for the congregation of such a great number of scholars from around the world for the workshop, the Development of Reconciliation Studies in East Asia which should be deemed a successful presentation of the project, is because there are increasingly more phenomena that cannot be explained effectively in the existing scholarship. Please click here for the details of the workshop.

The next event will be the Second Annual Conference of the IARS, which will be held on August 5-7 in 2021 in Tokyo. We will be seeking panelists and presenters until the end of April. I very much look forward to your application.

和解学といっても、国際関係学同様に、アプローチは、歴史的実証的なもの、および、理論的なものに分かれます。具体的な研究は、その両方が組み合わされているもので構いません。個々の具体的テーマが存在するのは当然でありますが、どこを見ようとする歴史であり、理論であるのかについて、和解学はレベルを跨いだ政治、しかも感情や記憶に関わるそれを中心に、新しい潮流を生み出そうとするものです。Even within Reconciliation Studies, approaches are divided into historical and empirical ones, as well as theoretical ones, just like the field of international relations. Such research can, of course, take an approach that combines both. Each has its own specific theme, but regarding which area of history it examines and what theory it employs, Reconciliation Studies attempts to give rise to a new current by centering around politics that strands over levels and emotion and memory related to it.



I would very much like to encourage you to apply to the next annual conference of the IARS.


和解や和解への原理的反対をめぐる現象を念頭に、学問的にアプローチするものを歓迎します。強力な感情が記憶や普遍的価値や正義といかに結ばれ、国内外の制度を動かし、次元を超えた政治を展開するのかレベルを超えた「共振」、国際的規範をめぐる内外政治の構造や実例、そしてトランプ政権の遺産、国際立憲主義、人種問題、奴隷の記憶、生きた被害者と民主化の歓迎など、歓迎です(詳しくは、上のパンフレットにも、英語で記載があります)。歴史や現実の国際関係に関わるフィールドワーク的実証研究や、多様な和解をどうみるか理論的なもの、いずれも問題ありません。ぜひ、今回の国際ワークショップを参考にしていただきたいです。I welcome academic approaches that keep in mind reconciliation and phenomena that surround the principle of opposition to reconciliation. I welcome such topics as the following: the legacy of the Trump administration; international constitutionalism; racial issues; memory of slavery; acceptance of democratization and victims who survived; how strong emotion unites with memory, universal values, and justice and move the international and domestic systems, and how it develops politics that transcends dimension; and “resonance” that transcends that level (please refer to the pamphlet above in English for details). No matter it is empirical research involving fieldwork for history and contemporary international relations or theoretical work on the multitude of reconciliation, I would like to encourage you to apply. Please refer to the recent international workshop.


Please see below for the former public information page.

新領域「和解学の創成」 個人公募者が3名採択されました。(2020年5月)


Three individual applicants were selected for “the Creation of Reconciliation Studies” in the New Region (May 2020).

Three people were selected as newly appointed individual research associates for the project, “the Creation of Reconciliation Studies” in the New Region. We intend to conduct research in joint cooperation to create Reconciliation Studies as an academic discipline. We very much appreciate your support. Please see below for the introduction:


OGURA Kizo, Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, graduate studies, Kyoto University




Research theme: Transition of the concept of respect in postwar Japan-South Korea relations


日韓の歴史認識問題に関して、思想的な側面からアプローチしてきました。その過程で、そもそも「人間観」が日韓のあいだで、またそれぞれの社会の時代 の違いによって、かなり異なっていることを考慮しなくてはならないと思いました。人間観は変化しますし、多様です。それらをきめ細かく分析していくことが、それぞれの社会、それぞれの時代における「人間の尊厳」を尊重することにつながると思います。またそもそも、「尊厳」とはなんなのか、という理論的な問題にも、さまざまな角度から取り組まなければならないと考えています。


Regarding the problems of historical awareness between Japan and South Korea, I approached them from an ideological angle. In this process, I realized that we have to take into consideration that the “view of human” differs between Japan and South Korea and due to change of times in each society. The view of human not only changes but is also diverse. I believe that analysing them finely leads to respecting “human dignity” in each society and each generation. I also believe that we need to attend to the theoretical problem of what “dignity” is from various angles.




ODAGIRI Takushi, Associate Professor, Institute of Liberal Arts and Science, Kanazawa University




Research theme: Coloniality, Hybridity, Ethics: From East Asian Perspectives




This project examines the concept of “coloniality” as a theoretical framework for the study of reconciliation, with a dual focus on ethics and media studies, in dialogue with contemporary debates concerning biopolitics, neo-colonialism, postcolonial criticism, and globalization.




HAMAI Kazufumi, Associate Professor, Kyōtsū Kyōiku Sentā (the Center of Joint Education), Teikyo University




Research theme: Relations between Japan, United Kingdom, and Australia concerning overseas war victims




I intend to historically examine the development of the project of “recovering the remains” of war victims in postwar Japan by injecting the perspective of “mutuality” and bring about new perspectives for the reconciliation process of the “memory of war damage.” My research is concerned with the relations between Japan, United Kingdom, and Australia from the end of the war to the 1970s. However, I will also attempt to explore the issue of recovering the remains of soldiers and civilian employees with Korean or Taiwanese nationality.




The following is a recruitment notice; please see the last page.




“The Creation of Reconciliation Studies” in the New Region project widely calls for the participation of individual scholars through public recruitment. The application has commenced within the range of the usual Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research.




We intend to create “Reconciliation Studies” while keeping in mind the development of a discipline called Conflict Resolution Studies in the West and taking into account the research of nationalism that binds it with unique historical contexts of East Asia. As a fourth logic that is comparable to international law, power, and the logic of national interests, we would like to create discussions by combining the “norm” involved in society called citizens with memory, emotion, and values, and thereby constructing intellectual infrastructure that sheds light on historical issues without heat. In the same way a nation is imagined, the quest for social conditions that can “imagine reconciliation” in a unique method of each citizen and the contribution of academic society that suits such a social condition will eventually be a task, too.




Five project teams, which center around politics and related fields of history, are already in place. However, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has publicly announced the recruitment, which will end in early November. Please refer to the website of MEXT for the recruitment synopsis. The public recruitment is on the JSPS, which is also the case for the Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research.






Regarding the recruitment, we highly welcome applications from scholars whose areas of research are related to international law, sociology of law, economics, anthropology, and psychology. In the field of science, the public recruitment of the new region can also be called the second Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research. I will appreciate your application for this project. (The project of new academic regional research (research region proposal-based) aims to cultivate a new academic field (region)).




Please see the pamphlet for the introduction page of the representative of each project team and others.





July 28, 2019, Regional Representative of “the Creation of Reconciliation Studies”

ASANO Toyomi, Waseda University