Jamaican Rastafari coined the neologism “livity” to denote a particular “way of life,” a righteous “way of life.” Comprehensive in scope, livity can refer to dietary habits, personal aesthetics, and/or the various beliefs, whether secular or metaphysical, that guide our actions in the everyday lifeworld.  An unreservedly normative concept, livity concerns our daily existence as well as our most fundamental relationships – specifically, our relationships with nature, other human beings, and the divine, broadly conceived.

The concept of livity calls into question the hegemonic conception of freedom – a largely colonial conception – which has been articulated and practiced in terms of hyper-individualism, insatiable acquisitiveness, and the unrelenting will to domination.  This is of particular salience in the modern Caribbean, which has been shaped by conquest, slavery, global capitalism, and the neoliberal turn as well as abolition, political independence, and the ongoing struggle for decolonization.  To equate “liberation” or “emancipation” with this conception of freedom, therefore, belies the complexity of the decolonial project and risks further colonization. 

For our annual meeting at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), we encouraged proposals that explore these two themes – livity and freedom – and we invited, as always, proposals that otherwise reflect our commitment to “shift the geography of reason.”  The deadline to submit proposals already passed.  Logistical details on registration, lodging, and membership renewal will be updated on this page. 

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CPA 2017

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in the City University of New York (CUNY), June 21-24.

Conference Program
The first draft of our conference program will be posted here soon. We will send a separate announcement with this information. In the meant time, please keep visiting this page for updates.

Membership and conference fees
All presenters must pay the combined membership and conference fee, which is non-refundable.   To see the current rates including the early bird special by May 10th as well as to make payments, please click here.
Visa to the United Sates
Before booking your travel, please click on the following link for visa information:

Costs to travel between the airport and lower Manhattan, where BMCC is located, can go from $10 to $80 depending on the mode of transportation.

Public transportation can be accessed from all airports. From Newark, public transportation costs would range from $11 to $18.  From La Guardia, it would be about $6. From JFK, it would be about $12.

Taxi rides from La Guardia, JFK or Newark to Manhattan are usually about $60. The Blue Shuttle would be between $20 and $30.

The CPA has negotiated accommodations with the Cosmopolitan Hotel and the I-House. 

The Cosmopolitan Hotel
The Cosmopolitan Hotel is only one block away from BMCC. It’s very convenient. Although there are many other hotels in the area (see below), we have gotten very good deals with this one. 

The hotel rate is $229 US Dollars plus tax and fees.  Most hotels in the area would be at $300 US Dollars or more, but you may be able to find some surprising deals for much less than that. The deadline for receiving the special conference rate at the Cosmopolitan is May 21st. We strongly recommend making reservations as soon as possible as the rates may increase after May 21st or before they run out of rooms, as this hotel is medium size.

To book online, please use the Group code: BMCCINT. Click here to make your reservation: http://www.cosmohotel.com/

You can also contact the Central Reservations Department directly at 888 – 895 -9400. Use the Group code: International Conference BMCC


Although this lodging option is not as close to BMCC as the Cosmopolitan, it is substantially more reasonable for those traveling in groups. It is also located right by Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, Riverside Church, and most historical places of Harlem, which makes it a great place to be at. Costs per person can range from $55 to $85. We have blocked nine rooms with single, double, triple or quadruple capacity. The rates are indicated below:

Single occupancy guest rooms, $175 
Double occupancy guest rooms, $195
Triple or more occupancy guest rooms, $210 with a cot

Single occupancy guest suites, $190 
Double occupancy guest suites,$210 
Triple or more occupancy guest suite, $225 

If you are interested in this option and/or are looking to share a room with other members, please contact me at torresguevara@mac.com.

Other Hotel Options

Other hotels in the area typically charge more per night during the summer, but you may want to check the following options, as there may be occasional surprising deals. The thing about a city like New York is that it’s constantly changing according to travel population numbers.

Hotels near BMCC:

Smyth, a Thompson Hotel (across the street from the Cosmopolitan) 
Address: 85 W Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Phone:(212) 587-7000

Duane Street Hotel
Address: 130 Duane St, New York, NY 10013
Phone:(212) 964-4600

Holiday Inn New York City-Wall Street  
Address: 51 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038
Phone:(212) 227-3007 

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District  
Address: 99 Washington St, New York, NY 10006
Phone:(212) 791-2900

Hilton Garden Inn New York Tribeca
Address: 39 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013
Phone:(212) 966-4091

Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel
Address: 370 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
Phone:(212) 966-3400 

The Roxy Hotel  
Address: 2 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013
Phone:(212) 519-6600

Aloft Manhattan Downtown - Financial District  
Address: 49-53 Ann St, New York, NY 10038
Phone:(212) 513-0003

World Center Hotel  
Address: 144 Washington St, New York, NY 10006
Phone:(212) 577-2933 

Club Quarters Hotel, World Trade Center  
Address: 140 Washington St, New York, NY 10006
Phone:(212) 577-1133

Conrad New York  
Address: 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282
Phone:(212) 945-0100

The Millenium Hilton  
Address: 55 Church St, New York, NY 10007
Phone:(212) 693-2001

Residence Inn New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center Area  
Address: 170 Broadway, New York, NY 10038
Phone:(212) 600-8900

New York Marriott Downtown  
Address: 85 West St, New York, NY 10006
Phone:(212) 385-4900

Union Theological Seminary is not as close to BMCC, but it’s also a very reasonable place to consider close to Columbia University and the I-House. Only one subway ride to BMCC.
(212) 662-7100
Prices start at $135 per night (plus taxes).
Reservation Procedure:
Please call (212) 280-1313 between 10AM and 4PM, Monday through Friday, with a credit card (Visa, Master Card & American Express only) to guarantee the reservation, or email landmark@uts.columbia.edu.

Contact Rosario Torres-Guevara with questions on housing, NYC travel, and the BMCC campus (torresguevara@mac.com). For all other conference inquiries, write our Program Committee at caribphil2017@gmail.com.

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Founded in 2003 in Mona, Jamaica, the principal goal of the CPA is to support the free exchange of ideas and foster an intellectual community that is representative of the diversity of voices and perspectives that is paradigmatic of, but not limited to, the Caribbean. The Caribbean is thus understood not solely as a geopolitical region, but as a trope to investigate dimensions of the multiple undersides of modernity. Likewise, philosophy is conceived, not as an isolated academic discipline, but as rigorous theoretical reflection about fundamental problems faced by humanity. Understood in this way, Caribbean philosophy is a transdisciplinary form of interrogation aiming to elucidate fundamental questions that emerge with discovery, conquest, racial, gender, and sexual domination, genocide, dependency, and exploitation as well as freedom, emancipation, and decolonization.