CFP: Am. Countercultures 1960s and '70s, Anthology (fwd)

Vanessa Tait (vtait@LIBRARY.BERKELEY.EDU)
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 20:41:06 -0800 (PST)

cross-posted from the H-AMSTDY list.

>From: Peter Braunstein <>


We are soliciting essays for an anthology to be published by
University of California Press. It will feature twelve essays on
various themes related to the counterculture of the 1960s and '70s,
including sexuality, drugs, communes, music, theater, and
commercialization. The authors include researchers who are
well-established in the field as well as emerging scholars. Our
intended readership is made up of academic specialists in the era,
students taking college courses on the Sixties, and the general

We are currently seeking contributions in three subject areas:

1) Women and the Counterculture

-- This essay might assess the diverse experiences of women who
were self-identified members of countercultural groups or
participants in activities or institutions. Examples include female
staff of the underground press, communal earth mothers, food
co-op coordinators, "hippie chicks," free school teachers, rock
musicians or groupies, and free medical clinic staff or patients.
Alternatively it might examine the impact of feminism or the gay
and lesbian movement in the late 1960s-early '70s on the

2) Countercultural Communes

-- This essay should provide an overview of the 1960s-'70s
communal experience rather than an in-depth focus on a single
commune. Accompanying themes might include spirituality,
eco-consciousness, technology, sexuality, education,
childrearing, and gender relations.

3) Technology and the Counterculture

--This essay might address the premise (advanced by writers such
as Theodore Roszak, Stewart Brand, and Steven Levy) that the
contemporary technological universe of the personal computer,
the Internet, etc. was pioneered in part by hippie-hackers and
"phone-phreaks" beginning in the '60s. Other topics might
include experiments with multimedia and other technologies (light
shows, sound distortion, sensoriums, etc.), or the ideological use
of technology to further countercultural projects such as in the
development of alternative energy and appropriate tech by

We are working on a tight editing and publishing schedule;
therefore, prospective contributors should send an abstract (by
snail or email) not to exceed 500 words accompanied by a CV by
November 22, 1997, to:

Peter Braunstein
210 Thompson Street #6BN
NY, NY 10012


Michael Wm. Doyle
Department of History
Ball State University
Burkhardt Bldg. 233
Muncie, IN 47306-0480