Visiting Senior Researcher
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Maria Ericson is a Visiting Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Reader (Docent) in Religious Studies at Umeå University, Sweden. She has an M.Div. (Theology and Religious Studies) from Lund University, an M.Phil. (Ecumenics) from Irish School of Ecumenics/Trinity College, Dublin, and a Phd (in Ethics) from the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies,  Lund University, with the doctoral dissertation Reconciliation and the Search for a Shared Moral Landscape: An Exploration Based upon a Study of Northern Ireland and South Africa (Peter Lang, 2001).

Her research focuses on transitional justice, and the role of culture and religion in peace and reconciliation processes. Particular areas of expertise are South Africa, Northern Ireland, as well as transitional justice in the Swedish context regarding the Roma national minority. She is currently a Visting Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute with the research project Inkludering och försoning: möjligheter och utmaningar för Lunds stift i arbetet med romer och resande/resanderomer (on Prospects for Roma inclusion and reconciliation in the Diocese of Lund, Church of Sweden.)

She has served as a Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies (Umeå University, Sweden) and in Religious Studies (Lund University and Karlstad University, Sweden), as well as Assistant professor in Human Rights Studies (Lund University).

She is also part of the Swedish Network for Transitional Justice (Svenska nätverket för övergångsrättvisa)

 

Keywords: peacebuilding, religion, transitional justice, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Roma and national minorities in Sweden.

Select Publications:

Books

Ericson, Maria 2001, Reconciliation and the Search for a Shared Moral Landscape : An Exploration Based upon a Study of Northern Ireland and South Africa (Peter Lang)

Ericson, Maria 2007, Making and sharing the space among women and men: Some challenges for the South African church environment (SUN Press, Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Report

Ericson, Maria 2010, Rapport angående en eventuell Sanningskommission för romer och resande/resanderomer i Sverige (english translation of title: ”Report concerning an eventual truth commission for Roma and Travellers/Travelling Roma in Sweden”).

Select articles

Ericson, Maria 2011. “Reconciliation and the search for a shared moral landscape in Northern Ireland and South Africa: Insights, challenges and some lessons for Europe”, pp. 123-159 in Eynikel & Ziaka (eds). Religion and Conflict: Essays on the Origins of Religious Conflicts and Resolution Approaches, Harptree Publishers.

Ericson, Maria 2013, “Encounters between former perpetrators and their victims: prospects and challenges for reconciliation”, pp. 79-115 in Roshandel, Jalil och Nathan Lean (eds.) The moral psychology of terrorism: implications for security, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publ.

Ericson Maria 2016, “An ethics of hospitality for a post-apartheid South Africa and for our ‘global village’,” in Masaeli, Mahmoud (ed.), Globality, Unequal Development, and Ethics of Duty, Cambridge Scholars Publ.

 

Ongoing Projects:

Inkludering och försoning: möjligheter och utmaningar för Lunds stift i arbetet med romer och resande/resanderomer (on Prospects for Roma inclusion and reconciliation in the Diocese of Lund, Church of Sweden.) Funder: Sodalitium Majus Lundense. Project Period 2016-2017.

Advanced Study Group The nature of Peace (linking peacebuildning, transitional justice and environmental justice). At the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University. Project Period 2016-2017