War Peace Reconciliation - WS 23-24

International Interdisciplinary Lecture Series: 

The aftermath of wars and violence and the work for peace and reconciliation 

On November 9th, 2023  from 19:00 to 21:00​​​​​​​   German Time 

Dr. Orest SuvaloExecutive Director   Institute of Mental Health, Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine:
The impact of the Russian war on the lives and mental health of the Ukrainian people. What can the public health system do about it ?

When wars are ended, the wars are not over. Their consequences are manifold, the material and economic ones maybe the easiest ones to deal with. Physical, psychological, social and spiritual wounds and devastations espcially among the military and civil populuations continue in manifest and latent ways, also across the generations. They have serious impacts on the whole of societies, political systems, health care and social welfare. War consequences challenge and undermine processes of peace and reconciliation in spite of the needs and willingness for new beginnings after war. 

In a new, open, international and interdisciplinary series of lectures, experts from different countries and post-war societies as well as different scholarly disciplines and political roles are invited to offer their experiences and insights as well as practice and strategies for coping with, and healing of material, somatic, psychological, social and spiritual wounds of war and violence. 

This series is a cooperation of the Girubuntu Peace Academy, an initiative of the Chair of Caritas Studies ( at Freiburg University together with Rapred Girubuntu e.V., together with Ackermann-Gemeinde and the Baden-Württemberg - Burundi cooperation’s cluster on Peace Building Initatives and Peace Research. 

The Lecture Series will be held exclusively in English on the following dates:

Upcoming lectures - Registration for every Lecture separately after the previous one: 

On December 7th, 2023

Prof. Dr. med. Leon Mutesa, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rwanda, Kigali:

Intergenerational transmission of epigenetic effects and PTSD: The case of Rwanda after the genocide against the Tutsis.

On January 18th, 2024

Prof. Dr. Spiro Janovic, Ministry of Croatian Veterans, State Secretary:
War traumata and other consequences in Veterans and their families after the war in Croatia: What is helpful?

On February 1st, 2024 

Prof. Dr. Alma Dzubur-Kulenovic, Clinical Center Sarajevo University, Clinic of Psychiatry, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The impact of war experiences on individuals, families and society in Bosnia today. Perspectives of a researcher and practitioner in mental health. (title to be confirmed)

Register for the lecture on November 9th, 2023 (Dr. Suvalo):

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