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SIXTIES-L is a moderated list for interdisciplinary academic and literary
discussion of the cultural, social, and political movements of the 1960s.
We invite participation from scholars in the various disciplines, such as
history, literature, area studies, women's studies, african american
studies, sociology, economics, political science, religion, psychology,
queer studies, cultural studies etc. We also encourage the
participation of teachers, librarians, artists and activists.


For the purposes of this list, we define the parameters of the SIXTIES in
three different ways:

1. The SIXTIES exist as a definite (and arbitrarily limited)
chronological period--in our case we have defined the period
as 1960-1975. Discussion of events which took place during the
period is clearly within the parameters of the SIXTIES-L list.

2. The SIXTIES "generation" is an appropriate subject for discussion on
this list and is comprised of those born between 1945-1960. Examples
of appropriate topics along these lines would be the influence of the
events of the 1960s on the development of the New Right, the impact
of the black liberation movement on contemporary african american
political thought, or the representation of the Viet Nam veteran
in U.S. popular culture.

3. The SIXTIES are often conceived of as a series of cultural,
social and political events on which certain persons not born in the
"generation," and certain events preceding the chronological
period had a shaping influence. Biographical examinations of
influential SIXTIES "characters" (such as Abbie Hoffman, Timothy
Leary, Angela Davis, Harry Hay, Leonard Peltier, Ti-Grace
Atkinson, Ceasar Chavez, and others) are appropriate topics for this
list, as are discussions of broader cultural and political
phenomena such as the effect of the Cold War on U.S. diplomacy
during the SIXTIES, the philosophical underpinnings of the New Left,
and the Bohemian influence on the counterculture.

We will consider a broad range of topics on SIXTIES-L, including but not
limited to the civil rights movement, the student movement, the new left,
right wing movements, foreign policy, philosophy, the Viet Nam war and the
antiwar movement, the women's movement, the gay rights movement, the
environmental movement, arts movements, music, popular culture, political
history, economics, literature, the impact of technological advances on
contemporary U.S. culture, international affairs, Third World liberation
movements, and the intellectual history of the era.

SIXTIES-L serves a variety of functions: it is a place where scholars,
teachers, librarians, activists and writers can network, where they can
inquire about resources, raise questions, debate issues, and obtain
information about current events in the field (calls for papers,
conferences, etc.).

We envision SIXTIES-L as an environment in which we can embrace the spirit
of the 1960s and engage in passionate discussion and articulate views,
while at the same time preserving a level of respect and consideration for
our peers which allows diversity to flourish.

Because the subject matter is so volatile and discussion of the events of
the 1960s still engenders strong feelings and reactions even from a
scholarly audience, we have decided to run SIXTIES-L as a moderated list.
This means that all posts to the list will pass before the eyes of one of
the co-listowners before being forwarded on to SIXTIES-L subscribers.

The rules for posting are simple:

1. Confine your messages to subjects related to the SIXTIES. Use the
list to either ask for or provide information on pertinent topics or
resources, to discuss relevant subjects, or to post items (including
scholarly or news articles, and course syllabi) which you feel would be of
interest to readers researching and writing about the 1960s. We will also
accept a LIMITED amount of fiction, memoir and poetry, selected on
the basis of literary merit, potential interest to our readership, and
topical nature.

2. Your post should be as specific as possible. General questions such
as "Does anyone know anything about feminism in the 1960s?" are not
acceptable. Provide your readers with context if you are asking a
question or seeking information. Make sure your subject header reflects
the topic discussed in the body of your message.

3. Include your name and email address in the body of your post.

If we reject your post, we will write and tell you why. The most likely
reasons for rejection are:

1. The post was outside the subject area of SIXTIES-L.

2. The post was too vague or general.

3. The subject header did not match the content of the post, or you
neglected to include your name and/or email address.

4. The post contained potentially offensive racist or sexist insults, or
contained abusive language, or personal attacks (flaming) of other
listmembers. (We understand that this rule will itself be controversial.
What is and is not offensive is necessarily subjective. But in a volatile
atmosphere, we prefer to err on the side of caution and to insist that
posting members preserve an atmosphere of civility and reserve their
attacks for others' arguments rather than their characters.)

If you are interested in being a SIXTIES-L moderator, please send a letter
of introduction and an electronic c.v. to the listowners. We are
interested in building a diverse group of moderators who will reflect a
variety of disciplines and opinions.

Enjoy your stay on SIXTIES-L.