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CFP: The Lost Alternatives of the 1960s

We seek to bring together scholars with diverse interests and from a variety of disciplines for a two-day conference on September 27 and 28, 2019, focusing on the ideas and legacy of the “counterculture.” The “counterculture” (defined broadly) was a formidable site of intellectual production and political debate, and an important part of the larger and longer history of twentieth-century American intellectual and political life.

We seek paper proposals on a range of topics focused on the “counterculture”: capitalism, poverty, wealth, distribution, and consumerism; race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; the environment; medicine and pharmacology; health and wellness; spaces and architecture; education, expertise, and epistemology; spirituality and religion; and politics, institutions, and governance. What did the “counterculture” seek to make or remake, and how? What did it mean to be a “participant” in the counterculture, how did “participants” see themselves and what they were doing, how was their sense of self and mission captured in the production and presentation of their books and pamphlets, and how did other parts of society see them? Were the ideas and movements of the “counterculture” a culmination or something new? What was the legacy of the ideas of the “counterculture”? How can contextualizing the “counterculture” in the social, political, and economic moment of 1968 lead to fresh scholarly interpretations?

Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog (1968), Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet (1971), and the Our Bodies, Ourselves Collective’s Women and Their Bodies (1970) were three texts among many others that reflected the ideas of the “counterculture.” While we are especially interested in papers that address the three core texts—The Whole Earth Catalog, Diet for a Small Planet, and Our Bodies, Ourselves—or the themes framed by them, there is no requirement that the papers specifically address those texts.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit (A) An abstract of no more than 500 words; (B) A biography of no longer than 100 words; (C) A CV.

Proposals are due by March 4, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by the third week of March, 2019.

For additional details, longer description, and to submit a proposal, click here>>

Posted: February 18, 2019
Tagged: Calls for Papers