European Wasatia Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Resolution

The European Wasatia Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Resolution seeks to initiate a process of reconciliation (short Wasatia Graduate School, "wasatia" is an Arabic term for "moderation, balance and temperance").

This PhD-Programme creates an interdisciplinary framework for dialogical understanding of the structural nature of conflict and the development of sustainable conflict resolution strategies. The combination of practical elements with high standards for university education is what makes the wasatia Graduate School unique.

Key facts

Peace and Conflict Resolution, inter-religious dialogue, doctoral program
11/01/2020 - Until further notice
University institutions
Seminar für evangelische und katholische Theologie, Interdisziplinäres Europaforschungszentrum (ICES)


+49 461 805 2180
Gebäude Riga 3
RIG 308
Auf dem Campus 1c
Post code / City
24943 Flensburg
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Project members


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


1. Spaces of understanding

The operational base in Germany allows spaces of understanding to emerge. Young doctoral students are exposed to other national and religious narratives (contested narratives). No other country in the world has a broader experience in coming to terms with the past than does Germany after two dictatorships.

2. Education of experts

At the societal level, strategically positioned experts are trained in the fight against anti-Semitism: Palestinians learn from the encounter with German history; Germans assume a historically-developed responsibility; Israelis participate in the learning process and discover their own roots in Germany and Europe.

3. "Teaching Holocaust"

Teaching Holocaust, a concept where doctoral students are taught academically about the Shoah and then guided through concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, in order to raise awareness of the German history during Nazism and the culture of remembrance.

4. Intrapersonal reconciliation

Concerning the politics of the past, confrontation with one's own—often traumatic—past is promoted in protected spaces: for only those who are reconciled within and with themselves can be reconciled with others. And only those who can empathize with others and their fate will bring the potential for peace back to their homeland.


In bringing students from Israel and the Palestinian Territories to Germany and allow them to interact with German and other international students they also learn from country-cases such as Ireland, South Africa, and the Balkans. The PhD-program supports five objectives:

1. To enable the doctoral students to pursue an advanced university degree in an academic discipline, while simultaneously gaining sensitivity to cultural, ethnic and interreligious challenges (anti-Semitism, Islamophobia);

2. To develop strategies to enhance leadership potential, problem solving skills, critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, and the development of professional knowledge and expertise (peace and conflict studies, reconciliation, dialogue skills);

3. To allow to build bridges of understanding between different religions through interreligious dialogue (Scriptural Reasoning);

4. To train the doctoral students prepare educational institutions and experts of influence in this important field as an essential item on the agenda for education, in order to pave the way for a peaceful world;

5. To address the urgent need to build a diplomatic corps of peacemakers, in order to improve public understanding and receptivity to facilitation and peace initiatives.


The Graduate Schools’ cooperation with Europa-Universität Flensburg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for European StudiesICES, strengthens the European perspective on peace and reconciliation studies and fosters excellence in research and capacity building. The affiliation to the ICES Research School provides access to academic training opportunities for the doctoral candidates and networks them across disciplinary boundaries.  

The close cooperation between Europa-Universität Flensburg and the Maecenata Foundation will also strengthen the European focus of the Wasatia Graduate School. Under the slogan "Europe Bottom-Up," the foundation's discourse is dedicated to developing and establishing a European civil society with special attention to the Middle East. A central aspect of the civil society paradigm is the question of how religious communities are integrated into society. The Maecenata Foundation can also draw on experience with trilateral dialogue based on past projects ("Zivilgesellschaftliche Akteure im trilateralen Dialog zwischen Judentum, Christentum und Islam" 2009; "Zivilgesellschaftsakteure in Trialogprozessen, 2013).

Cooperation Partners

Prof. Dr. Udo SteinbachMaecenata Stiftung, MENA Study Centre, Berlin

Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Maecenata Stiftung, Berlin