call for papers yosemite


Concerned Philosophers for Peace Annual Conference 2013: Yosemite, CA 

Theme: The Nature of Peace and the Peace of Nature 

We invite paper proposals for presentations on the following topics

(other topics relevant to the mission of the society are encouraged):  


  • Environmental activism and nonviolence
  • Sustainability and peace
  • Deep ecology and pacifism
  • Environmental impact of militarism
  • War and indigenous peoples
  • Impact of war on ecosystems
  • The nature of violence
  • Resource wars and global conflict
  • Geographies of peace and violence
  • Climate change and justice

Important Dates 

June 15: Abstracts of 500 words submitted to:

July 1: Notifications of Acceptance will be sent to conferees

September 1: Conference registration and lodging deposit due 

Please Note: Yosemite National Park is a high demand destination.  This means that reservations must be made in advance, to guarantee the rooms we have reserved at the Yosemite Lodge.  Camping is an option for those on a budget (but October can be cool at night). 

Lodging and meeting will be in the Yosemite Lodge, located at the bottom of Yosemite Falls, a short walk from the Merced River, Half Dome, and the other icons of Yosemite Valley.

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About Yosemite

Yosemite Valley is one of the natural wonders of the world, featuring immense granite faces, breathtaking waterfalls, and nearby groves of giant sequoia trees.  It is a world-renowned destination, which includes amazing opportunities for hiking, climbing, and learning about nature.  Yosemite also has an interesting cultural history.  Native peoples called the Valley home until contact with Europeans in the 1830’s.  Abraham Lincoln declared Yosemite a national recreation site—the first time in American history that the government set land aside for conservation.  The history of Yosemite is associated with the work of naturalist John Muir.  Muir was a critic of war who wrote of the Civil War, “the showy coverings of war hide its real hideousness.”  His years as a wandering naturalist were partly inspired by his desire to escape the horrors of the Civil War.  Muir was an admirer of the American Transcendentalist philosophers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, who visited Yosemite under Muir’s guidance in 1871.  Muir went on to guide Theodore Roosevelt through Yosemite.  That visit was instrumental in inspiring Roosevelt’s enthusiasm for National Parks.  Along with other early naturalists and mountaineers Muir become a founding member of the Sierra Club.  Since those early days, Yosemite has inspired a number of activists, artists and authors including Ansel Adams and Gary Snyder.  

About Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Concerned Philosophers for Peace is the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of war and prospects for peace. 


The nearest major airport to Yosemite is Fresno-Yosemite International Airport (FAT).  From Fresno it is a two-hour drive into the mountains.  You can also travel through Sacramento, Stockton, or airports in the San Francisco Bay Area (a bit longer drive required).

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Further question?  Contact Conference Director: Andrew Fiala:

This conference is co-sponsored by the Ethics Center at Fresno State in coordination with the College of Arts and Humanities, The Fresno State Philosophy Department, and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Fresno State.