This panel will look at the ways that the 1960s counterculture, often depicted as having an “anti-technology” bias found ways to embrace technology, particularly technology subordinated to an environmentalist or quasi-religious ethic. Topics are not limited to but might cover such areas as solar power advocacy; the appropriate technologies movement; Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia; efforts of LSD proponents to bring their ideas and practices into corporate America, its thinktanks, or into psychiatric practice; the career of Stewart Brand; the development of organic farming or the health food industry; the Gaia theory as science and as religious doctrine; the green “lifestyle” and so on. The panel organizer’s paper will look at the emergence of a post-1960s “holistic,” environmentally-based notion of architecture and planning in the works of Ian McHarg, Christopher Alexander, and others. Cultural history, literature, social sciences, and cultural studies approaches all welcome.
Please email 250-word proposal and c.v. asap to: Fred Nadis Graduate School of American Studies Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan [email protected]