Conference

International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Participants at the 1st Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding held in New York City, USA, on October 1, 2014.

We recognize this century to be a crucial moment in history, a time to ensure that our children and grandchildren do not have to suffer through the horrors of tribal, ethnic, racial, cultural, religious, sectarian or caste-based violence, as well as hate crime, war, terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. It falls upon all of us to open the doors to dialogue (especially academic conversations and discussions on emerging political issues, public policies, and various practices of conflict resolution and peacebuilding), to come to truly know one another, and to take the first steps toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16: peace, inclusion, sustainable development, and justice.

In the Fall of every year, we convene an International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in New York, United States of America. Among past attendees are conflict resolution experts, researchers, academics, students, practitioners, policy makers, delegates from the councils of indigenous leaders, delegates from local and national governments, delegates from civil society organizations, representatives from businesses, and religious leaders from many countries. Join us.

Upcoming Conference

2023 International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

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Register for the Conference

Registration is open. Register for the conference today. International participants should register immediately for early processing of travel documents.

Call for Papers

Theme: Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Across All Sectors: Implementations, Challenges, And Future Prospects

Dates: September 26 – September 28, 2023

Location: New York, USA and Virtual. The conference will host both in-person and virtual presentations. 

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 31, 2023

The 2023 International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding will examine how diversity, equity and inclusion are implemented across all sectors of the society – including government, businesses, nonprofit, religious institutions, education, philanthropy, foundations, and so on. The goal of the conference is to identify and discuss the barriers to a successful implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion, what needs to be done, and the future prospects of sustaining the movement toward a more inclusive world.  

ICERMediation invites scholars, researchers, experts, graduate students, practitioners, policy makers, representatives from organizations, indigenous peoples, and faith communities to submit proposals – abstracts or full papers – for presentation. We welcome proposal submissions that contribute to a multi-regional and multi-sectoral discussion of the challenges facing the implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion in any of the sectors listed under thematic areas.

Thematic Areas

  • Government
  • Economy
  • Businesses
  • Policing
  • Military
  • Justice System
  • Education
  • Private Sector
  • The Climate Movement
  • Science and Technology
  • Internet
  • Media
  • International Aid and Development
  • Inter-Governmental Organizations such as the United Nations
  • Nonprofit Organization or Civil Society
  • Healthcare
  • Philanthropy
  • Employment
  • Sports
  • Space Exploration
  • Religious Institutions
  • The Arts

Guidelines for Proposal Submission

Make sure that your proposal meets the submission criteria listed below before you send it. Also, indicate in your email whether you would like your paper to be peer-reviewed and considered for publication in the Journal of Living Together

  • Papers must be submitted with 300-350 word abstracts, and a biography of no more than 50 words. Authors can send their 300-350 word abstract before submitting the final draft of their paper for peer review.
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: March 31, 2023. International presenters who need a visa to come to the United States must submit their abstracts before March 31, 2023 for early processing of travel documents.
  • Selected proposals for presentation notified on or before April 28, 2023.
  • Final draft of paper and PowerPoint submission deadline: September 1, 2023. The final draft of your paper will be peer reviewed for a journal publication consideration. 
  • At the moment, we are accepting proposals written in English only. If English is not your native language, please have a native English speaker review your paper before submission.
  • All submissions to the 8th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding must be typed double-spaced in MS Word using Times New Roman, 12 pt.
  • If you can, please use the APA Style for your citations and references. If that is not possible for you, other academic writing traditions are accepted.
  • Please identify a minimum of 4, and a maximum of 7, keywords reflecting the title of your paper.
  • Authors should include their names on the cover sheet only for purposes of blind review.
  • Email graphic materials: photo images, diagrams, figures, maps and other files as attachment and indicate by use of numbers preferred placement areas in the manuscript.
  • All abstracts, papers, graphic materials and inquiries should be sent by email to: conference@icermediation.org. Please indicate “2023 Annual International Conference” in the subject line.

Selection Process

All abstracts and papers will be carefully reviewed. Each author shall then be notified by email about the outcome of the review process.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The paper makes original contribution
  • The literature review is adequate
  • The paper is based on a sound theoretical framework and/or research methodology
  • The analysis and findings are germane to the objective(s) of the paper
  • The conclusions match the findings
  • The paper is well organized
  • The Guidelines for Proposal Submission have been followed properly in preparing the paper

Copyright

Authors/presenters retain the copyright of their presentations at the 8th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. In addition, authors may use their papers elsewhere after publication provided that proper acknowledgement is made, and that the ICERMediation office is notified.

Presentation Guidelines

1) Each presenter will be given 15 minutes to present their accepted paper. If you are presenting with a co-author, you have to distribute the 15 minutes as you wish.

2) You are encouraged to prepare a PowerPoint and include visuals (images, graphs, or other types of illustrations) on your presentation slides if you can. If you are not into PowerPoints, there is no problem. You must speak fluently and eloquently and find ways to keep the audience engaged. The conference rooms will be equipped with AV. Computer, projector, and screen will be available in your room. We will also provide a clicker to move from one slide to the next. Here are 3 ICERM conference presentation examples to help you prepare:

A) Fundamentals of Jewish Conflict Resolution—Some Key Elements by Howard Kaminsky (2018 Conference)

B) The Mediation of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts by Peter T. Coleman, Ph.D. (2015 Conference)

C) Grassroots Initiatives Toward Peace in Rural America by Becky Benes (2018 Conference)

3) At the end of the presentations by the panel, there will be a 20 minute Question and Answer session. Participants will ask you questions and you will have to respond to their questions. 

Virtual Presentation Guidelines

If you are planning to do a virtual presentation, you must read the following guidelines:

1) Notify us immediately by email that you will present virtually.

2) Prepare a 15 minute presentation.

3) Video-record your presentation. 

4) Send your video recording to us. You can upload it to Google Drive or WeTransfer and share it to this email: icerm@icermediation.org

5) The deadline to send your video recording is Friday, September 8, 2023. 

6) Once we receive your video recording, we will send you a Zoom or Google Meet link with which to join the conference on the day and time of your conference presentation. We will play your video recording when it is time for you to present. During the Q&A, you will be able to answer questions from the audience via Zoom or Google Meet. 

Hotel

It is your responsibility to book your hotel room or make alternative arrangements to find accommodation while you are in New York for the conference. ICERM does not and will not provide accommodation for conference participants. However, we have partnered with a few hotels in the area to assist conference participants.

Partnering Hotels

Our partnering hotels for this conference are:

Sonesta White Plains (click the name to see the booking information)
Nightly Rate: $189/night
66 Hale Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 682-0050

Hyatt House White Plains
Nightly Rate: $189/night
101 Corporate Park Dr, White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 251-9700

ICERM Conference participants can make their room reservations online by clicking on “Book Now” which is found on this special Reservation Page. Participants can also call HYATT Central Reservation +1-800-323-7249 and provide for the code G-ICER in order to get the special rate.

Westchester Marriot
Nightly Rate: $179/night
670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 631-2200

ICERM Conference participants can make their room reservations online by clicking on this link: Book our group rate for ICERM Room Block. ICERM conference participants can also directly call Marriott Reservations at 1(800) 228-9290 or (914) 631-2200 to make their sleeping room reservations. Participants must identify themselves as part of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) group staying at the Westchester Marriott, located at 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591-5104.

Transportation

Airport

Depending on your departing airport and airline, there are four airports to arrive at: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Airport and Westchester Airport. While Westchester Airport and LaGuardia are near,  international participants usually arrive the United States through JFK. Newark Airport is in New Jersey and far.

Ground Transportation: Airport Shuttle including GO Airport Shuttle & more.

ShuttleFare.com is offering a $5 discount off airport shuttle transportation to and from Airport and your Hotel with Uber, Lyft and GO Airport Shuttle.

To Book Reservation Click Airport Link:

Shuttlefare in New York John F. Kennedy Airport

Shuttlefare in New York La Guardia Airport

Shuttlefare in Newark Airport

Shuttlefare in Westchester Airport

Coupon Code = ICERM22

(Enter code on ride reward box at bottom of the checkout page before submitting payment)

Once you complete your reservation an email confirmation will be sent to you and this will be your travel voucher for your airport transportation. It will also include instructions on where to meet your shuttle when you arrive at the airport as well as any important phone numbers for the day of travel.

SHUTTLEFARE CUSTOMER SERVICE: For reservation changes or questions contact customer service:

Phone: 860-821-5320, Email: customerservice@shuttlefare.com

Monday – Friday 10am ­- 7pm EST, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 6pm EST

Parking Access Airport Parking Reservations Nationwide

International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation has negotiated a special rate with parkingaccess.com, a national provider of airport parking reservations, for airport parking at your departure airport. Enjoy a $10 Parking Rewards Credit when you book your airport parking reservation using the code ” ICERM22” at checkout (or when you Register)

Instructions:

Visit parkingaccess.com and enter ” ICERM22” at checkout (or when you Register) and follow the instructions on the screen to complete your reservation. The code is valid in any U.S. airports served by Parking Access.

Parking access offers high quality, low cost airport parking operators with the convenience of reserving and pre-paying ahead of time guaranteeing you a perfect spot. Additionally, you can easily expense your parking with either your Concur or Tripit account or simply by printing out a receipt.

Book your airport parking online on parkingaccess.com! or by phone 800-851-5863.

Direction to Manhattanville College

Campus address is 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase NY 10577.

Manhattanville College is 25 miles north of New York City, 5 minutes from White Plains and 15 minutes from Greenwich, CT.

The following link provides the campus address as well as direction to the campus –

https://www.mville.edu/https%3A/www.mville.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/apply/visit-campus/directions

Parking Garage 

Parking is available at Manhattanville College. There is no charge for parking.

Weather – the Week of the Conference

For more information and updates, visit www.accuweather.com

If requested, the ICERM Office will provide a letter of invitation if doing so will help participants gain permission from their professional bodies, procure travel funds, or obtain a visa. Consulates and embassies often need a lot of time to process a visa request; therefore, we suggest participants request a letter of invitation at the earliest convenience. To request a letter of invitation, e-mail the ICERM Conference Office at conference@icermediation.org with the following information:

1) Your full names as they appear in your passport
2) Your date of birth
3) Your current address
4) The name of your current organization or university and your current position.
 
Letters of invitation will be e-mailed to the requesting individuals who have fully completed the conference registration by becoming a member of ICERM or by registering as a non-member, and NOT to the embassy or consulate.
 
Please note that you will be asked to pay $110 USD Invitation Letter Processing Fee. This fee will be used to cover the cost of processing your official letter of invitation to attend the in-person conference in New York, USA.
 
Allow up to ten business days for processing your request.

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