International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

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

2022 International Conference


Ethnic, Racial and Religious Conflicts Globally: Analysis, Research and Resolution


Wednesday, September 28 – Thursday, September 29, 2022


The Reid Castle at Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY 10577


The conference will be hosted in partnership with the Manhattanville College Sister Mary T. Clark Center for Religion and Social Justice.

We are reopening our International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding.

Due to the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, ICERM was not able to host its annual conference in 2020 and 2021. ICERM members usually come together every year during the conference. The next in-person conference is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 – Thursday, September 29, 2022.  Accepted presenters who can’t physically participate in the 2022 conference can present their papers virtually via Zoom.

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM), New York, is inviting scholars, researchers, graduate students, experts, practitioners, policy makers, representatives of indigenous peoples and faith communities to submit proposals – abstracts or full papers – for the 2022 International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding.

To increase our understanding of ethnic, racial and religious conflicts in countries around the world, the conference will consider submissions from multidisciplinary fields of study and practice. Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods research studies from university scholars and researchers are accepted. Case studies, lessons learned, success stories, policy analysis or design, and best practices from policy makers, practitioners, religious leaders and indigenous peoples are also accepted.

Proposal for a Panel: University scholars, researchers, policy makers, practitioners, religious leaders, representatives from think tank organizations as well as representatives of indigenous peoples can submit joint proposals for a special panel discussion on any topic that explores the theme of the conference.

For the 2022 conference, we welcome proposals that examine or explore the understanding of any type, case or aspect of ethnic conflict, racial conflict or religious conflict through one or all of these lenses: analytical (i.e., theoretical analysis); research (research methods, evaluations, or assessments); and resolution (practical solutions, best practices or lessons learned).

Exemplary abstracts or full papers shall not only bridge theory, method and practice, but must include findings and recommendations designed to further understanding and inform practical application.

To send your proposal or paper for consideration, download and read the full Call for Papers. After reading the Call for Papers, return to this page to submit your proposal online by completing the form below.

Become a Sponsor

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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 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.


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.



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. 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:

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, 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)


Visit 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! 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 –

Parking Garage 

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

Weather – the Week of the Conference

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