12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT March 20
Paolo Stuppia, Associate Researcher, CESSP (European Center for Sociology and Political Science), Paris; California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt
Revisiting the late 20th century counterculture and the back-to-the-land movements that erupted in Northern California and France, Paolo Stuppia, argues that their history is prerequisite to an understanding of not only present and future social justice struggle–from LGBTQIA+ rights to racial and climate justice movements–but also societal and economic developments over the past four decades. Stuppia will report on two concurrent research efforts: the Back-to-the-Land (BTL) Project, investigating the movement’s persistence and generational transformations, and the Counterculture History Coalition, an affiliation of five archive and research initiatives launched to preserve the memory and material traces of counterculturists from the 1960s to present.
Paolo Stuppia (PhD in Political Science from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) is–with Brian Hill of the New School for Social Research–the co-founder and co-director of the Back-to-the-land Project: A Collective Ethnography of 50 years of Back-to-the-land Movement in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Over the past fifteen years, Stupia’s sociological research has examined social movements, youth, and counterculture, with an emphasis on European – especially French – iterations of counterculture and its back-to-the-land movement. 170 Bauer Wurster Hall