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ICNAP V Conference

The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists

Understanding Embodiment

May 24 – 26, 2013
Trustees Pavilion
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Program (PDF)

Travel Information and Directions to Ramapo College


Public transport from any NYC area airport to Mahwah is complicated, and stressful. We know from experience that, apart from renting a car, it is best to use a private limo service. We recommend AIR BROOK LIMO SERVICE who, at a slightly discounted price, will pick you up at the airport in a luxury sedan and take you directly to your hotel. Regretfully, it is a bit expensive – $83.27 from Newark – but well worth the avoided stress and hassle. During the conference, you can organize a ‘group pick-up’ with other ICNAP colleagues to save money on your return to the airport. Just be sure to make the return reservation with Air Brook in advance. Tipping is at your discretion.

Before you travel, please call Air Brook’s 24 hour Reservation Center at their toll-free number (800) 800-1990 and be sure to mention the RAMAPO ICANP DISCOUNT account number CC6239.

Concrete directions from the Airport:
When you arrive at the airport call (201) 843-7272 PROMPT 2 and the dispatch operator at Air brook Limo Service will direct you to a location in the airport where their chauffeur will pick you up. You will then be taken directly to your hotel.

We strongly suggest that everyone travel to Ramapo via Newark Airport. But we have recently learned that AIR BROOK LIMO also services to the other 2 NYC airports. This Air Brook Limo service is much less expensive than any taxi service.

Newark – Mahwah: $83.27
LaGuardia – Mahwah: $115.67
JFK – Mahwah: $123.28


Please note: Sometimes travelers in Newark Airport confuse AIRBROOK LIMO SERVICE with “AIRBROOK EXPRESS” which is a shuttle service form Newark to a fixed location (Ridgewood) 6 miles south of Mahwah. You would then have to take another taxi to Mahwah. That gets complicated and takes lots of time.



All hotels are off a major highway (Rt. 17) nearly one mile from the Ramapo campus. Please inform the hotel desk staff that you will need a shuttle ride to Ramapo College in the morning. Most hotels will offer a morning shuttle service to Ramapo if you make a request in advance that prior evening. Some hotels may only call a cab for which you should pay roughly $10. It is best to call the hotel to make inquiries about shuttle service in advance of your arrival.  To return to the hotel in the evening you can carpool with fellow ICANP colleagues who have cars. Also, student assistants (with cars) will be ready to help anyone in need of a ride back to their hotels.



When you approach the main gate of the college, the security guards will direct you to the TRUSTEES PAVILLION. This is where the conference will take place. Park in the Bischoff and Mackin Hall Parking Area.


Mahwah Hotels with Conference Rates
What is ICNAP? What is Phenomenology?

ICNAP (the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists) is a  network of scholars and researchers from across a broad array of disciplines who are united by a common engagement with the field of phenomenology. The tradition of phenomenological research emerged in German academic culture at the turn of the last century, it was suppressed by the second world war, reemerged with French existentialism in the 40’s and 50’s and has since become an important part of  North American academic life.

In short, phenomenology could be defined as “the science of experience.” It employs a carefully descriptive methodology to understand how people perceive the world from within the subjective first person point of view. It has developed a specialized descriptive language for articulating those aspects of human experience that remain inaccessible to experimental methodology and ordinary language. Though it can compliment  natural science experimental methods and is increasingly integrated into experimental research designs, phenomenology nonetheless maintains a distinct but equally rigorous approach to knowledge that is oriented more towards understanding ‘how’ subjective experiences happen, rather than explaining ‘why’ they happen.  Phenomenology has made important contributions to reexamining conventional categories within mainstream social science  and offers a paradigm for qualitative research that can understand the human and cultural domain of lived experience that is often elusive to conventional research strategies.

Over the past 100 years phenomenology has influenced the applied fields of psychiatry, psychology, health sciences and education. It is also plays a strong role in the academic disciplines of sociology, gender studies, semiotics, ecology/environmental studies, communicology, religious/contemplative studies, architecture, literary theory, culture studies, and  contemporary philosophy of mind.  Increasingly phenomenology is utilized in cognitive science, theoretical biology and even physics.

Because of the diversity of disciplines in which phenomenology is practiced, ICNAP was formed in 2008 to maintain the integrity and rigor of our rich 100 year tradition, enhance cross disciplinary scientific communication, and to promote phenomenological approaches and methods to researchers otherwise unaware of phenomenology.

This year’s program is focused on the theme of “embodiment.” 70 academic papers will be presented by scholars from several continents. All panels will take place in the Trustees Pavilion. Ten Ramapo undergraduate psychology students will be presenting posters on their own empirical phenomenological research from 1-2:30 pm on Friday May 24th.  The Ramapo community is warmly invited to attend the sessions on May 24, 25, and 26.

Keynote Speakers

James Phillips
Friday, May 24

“Karl Jaspers as Phenomenological Psychiatrist:
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the
‘General Psychopathology’ ”

Profile: James Phillips
James Phillips is in the private practice of psychiatry, with a focus on medically oriented psychotherapy, and is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine. He is Secretary and member of the Executive Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, and is editor of the AAPP Bulletin. He has written extensively in the area of philosophy, psychiatry, and phenomenology and is on the editorial board of the journal, Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology. He is co-editor (with James Morley) of Imagination and its Pathologies (MIT Press, 2002), editor of Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Psychiatry (Oxford, 2008), and coeditor (with Joel Paris) of Making the DSM-5: Concepts and Controversies (Springer, in press). Since 2004, he has been involved in developing and supporting a psychiatric clinic in Ayacucho, Peru, a rural Andean city, and he travels there regularly.


Lewis R. Gordon
Saturday, May 25

“Living Phenomenology”

Profile: Lewis R. Gordon
Lewis R. Gordon teaches in the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He previously taught at Temple University, where he founded and directed the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies and the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought, and Brown University, where he was the founding chairperson of the Department of Africana Studies. Professor Gordon has held several distinguished visiting appointments and is currently Visiting Professor in the French-German Summer School at the University of Toulouse, France. He is the author of several influential books, including Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (1995), Fanon and the Crisis of European Man (1995), Her Majesty’s Other Children (1997), Existentia Africana (2000), Disciplinary Decadence (2006), and An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (2008). The URL for Professor Gordon’s website, which contains an elaborated biography, list of publications, audio and video presentations, and his blog, is:


ICNAP: The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists

Founded in 2009, ICNAP ( is committed to fostering interdisciplinary connections with phenomenology. Founded by colleagues from Architecture, Communicology, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, ICNAP continues to expand its interdisciplinary connections.