- Please note that the date of the Conference has been changed to Wednesday, October 1, 2014. We discovered that some religious groups observe Friday as a holiday, and because of that, we want to give everybody the opportunity to participate in the Conference by doing it on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
- The registration fee for the 2014 ICERM International Conference has been reduced in order to accommodate everybody. We want to give you the opportunity to participate in this conference. You can now register at a reduced fee. Please also note that the seating capacity for this event is limited. Seats are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Buy your ticket now to reserve a seat.
The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation is pleased to announce its
Theme: The Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and
Venue: 136 East 39th Street
Between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016, USA
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 9am – 5pm
For our First Annual International Conference, we have chosen the theme: The Advantagesof Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and Peacebuilding. Too often, differences in ethnicity and faith traditions are seen as a drawback to the peace process. It is time to turn these assumptions around and rediscover the benefits that these differences offer. It is our contention that societies made up of an amalgamation of ethnicities and faith traditions offer largely unexplored assets to the policy makers, donor & humanitarian agencies, and mediation practitioners working to assist them.
It is the purpose of this conference to inspire new thinking, stimulate ideas, inquiry, and dialogue & share anecdotal and empirical accounts, which will introduce and support evidence of the numerous advantages that multi-ethnic & multi-faith populations offer to facilitate peace and advance social/economic well-being.
All peoples have within their histories and customs practices designed to improve the health and cohesion of the community. All have rites, rituals and beliefs that shore up and maintain adaptive social relationships that include mutual obligations and responsibilities. All have tenets, ethics and boundaries establishing what is right, what is just, and what is honorable, which govern interpersonal and business relations. Throughout time, it has been these personal and shared doctrines that have cultivated the cooperation and collaboration necessary to have a better quality of life, promote innovation, build economies, nurture the arts, as well as foster advances in science, medicine, technology, civil society, and law.
How can we identify and utilize the most beneficial aspects of these shared and individual beliefs, doctrines, principles and codes of conduct to mediate and mitigate conflict, stabilize relations, and move toward reconciliation between cultures and across borders?
Which practices offer the greatest promise of success, and how/where/when/ under what circumstances are they best applied? What are the advantages of diversity in ethnicity, religion and culture to improving & sustaining of economies? How do/can these contributions become tools for compromise, cooperation & reconciliation?
2014 ICERM 1st International Conference: Request for Proposals
Policymakers and donor agencies have fallen into the habit, especially during the last several decades, to look at ethnically and religiously diverse populations, especially when they occur in failed states or nations in transition, as being at a disadvantage. Too often, it is assumed that social conflict naturally occurs, or is exacerbated by these differences, without looking more deeply at these relationships.
ICERM invites papers for presentation and publication that support a shift from the focus on ethnic and religious differences and their disadvantages, to finding and utilizing the advantages of culturally diverse populations. The goal is to help one another discover and make the most of what these populations have to offer in terms of mitigating conflict, advancing peace, and strengthening economies for the betterment of all. Preferred papers will include modern examples with an emphasis on practical application.
Proposals should include an abstract not to exceed 800 words in length, which describes the substance of the paper in relation to conference theme, the title of the paper, biographies of the author(s), and any affiliated agency, organization, or institution. All proposals should be sent to the Conference Review Committee by email:email@example.com. Abstracts will undergo a double blind peer review. Accepted proposals will be notified by Friday, May 30, 2014. Accepted authors should submit complete papers by Monday, June 30, 2014. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. We look forward to reading your proposals.
Registration for the ICERM 1st Annual International Conference is done online.
Letters of Invitation
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 at conference(at)icermediation.org. Please include the full name, postal, and e-mail address of each individual requesting a letter of invitation. Be sure to also include the organization, agency, embassy or consulate to which the letter should be addressed. Letters of invitation will be e-mailed to the requesting individual, NOT to the embassy or consulate. Please allow up to five (5) business days for processing your request.
Certificates of Attendance
Certificates of attendance will be available for all pre-registered attendees.
All presenters will be allowed 20 sessions with an additional 10 minutes for questions & discussion. The Session Chair will determine the order of presentations and, if time permits, facilitate discussion questions following the presentations.
ICERM will provide an LCD projector, screen, and laptop computer. Please plan to arrive a few minutes before your session to check the equipment and allow time for AV technician support in the instance of a technical difficulty.
Tips for Presentation Slides
- Allow at least one (1) minute per slide
- Avoid text-dense slides
- Use graphics, tables, and graphs
- Use light text on a dark background
- Speak clearly, be engaging
- Practice your speaking time in advance, so you can be sure that your info & materials are appropriate for the time allotted.
All presenters must agree to adhere to the presenter policies and deadlines, including:
- Confirm intention to present your accepted abstract by Monday, June 30, 2014. Confirmation is completed via email.
- Any minor updates or edits to your abstract must be received before Monday, June 30, 2014. Changes made to abstracts after this date will not be reflected in the Conference Proceedings.
- Register for the Conference by July 31, 2014. Presenters that do not preregister for the conference will have their presentations withdrawn from the program.
Cancellation and Presenter Replacement
Presenters that are unable to present may authorize co-author(s) to serve as presenter provided they notify ICERM. All presentation cancellations must be received in writing before Monday, September 1, 2014.
ICERM reserves the right to cancel any event due to lack of enrollment or other factors. In the event of a cancellation, registered participants will be notified by e-mail in advance.
All registration cancellations by participants must be received in writing and all refunds will be paid after the conclusion of the conference. Registration cancellations received prior to Monday, September 1, 2014 will be charged an administration fee of $15.00. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellation notices should be directed to the ICERM Office by email: conference(at)icermediation.org.