“The ‘Discovery’ of India in the long 1960s”: A Study of Transnational Youth Cultures in Western Europe, the United States and India


Taking up the historico-cultural thesis of value change and the “life-style revolution” in the long 1960s, this research project will explore the cultural effects of travel and temporary migration to India among the youth of the 1960s and 1970s and its effects on popular culture (i.e. music, nutrition styles, body cultures, alternative tourism, fashion, the transformation of religion in everyday life).

The project links the history of transnational youth culture, oral history, and research on self-narratives and relates them to autobiographical memory and the impact of traveling and migration on youth cultures. It is intended to contribute to the cultural history of the 1960s and 1970s, the history of tourism and migration, and the transformation of religion in contemporary history.

Did you travel to India in the 1960s and 1970s?

The project is seeking witnesses in the UK who traveled to India in the 1960s and 1970s who are willing to take part in an oral history interview. The interviews usually take 30-45 minutes. Skype and FaceTime interviews are possible but I will also be traveling in the UK in June/July 2018 and could meet interviewees in person. If you are willing to share your experience, know of someone who might be interested in talking to me, or would like more information, please contact me at: isabel.richter@berkeley.edu

Isabel Richter
DAAD Professor
University of California Berkeley
Department of History
3229 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720