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Jeremy's Research

In the late 1960s, participants in the counterculture began printing weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly periodicals that reflected to varying degrees interests in cultural and political revolution. Over time, these periodicals became known as “underground papers.” By the early 1970s, hundreds of underground papers were being printed all across America. They were printed in every major metropolitan area and in many smaller cities and college towns. Despite the moniker “underground,” underground papers were highly visible and not difficult to come by.  

Because these papers were some of the most important and widely distributed literature of the American counterculture, they reflect countercultural interest in a variety of religious practices, teachings and traditions. Based on two years of archival research investigating these papers, Jeremy’s research describes how participants in the counterculture proliferated and transformed minority religions in the US through the use of underground papers. His research examines the political, organizational, and perceptual shifts that underground papers introduced to American Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism and to a variety of other religious traditions. Jeremy’s research contributes to scholarly interest in American religious history generally and in the religious significances of the counterculture more specifically, especially pertaining to American religious diversity. His research also investigates the relationship between religion and print culture and the ways in which people have learned spiritual practices outside of religious organizations.

At PBRC, Jeremy will bring into focus the centrality of the Pacific basin as it pertains to the religious developments in the US in the late 1960s. This will include exploring the religious significances of the Vietnam War, the roles that underground papers played in the proliferation of East Asian religious traditions in the US, and the unique religious developments that occurred in California as well as the role that California played in the religious developments of the 1960s more generally. Over the course of his post-doctoral fellowship, Jeremy’s research will highlight the importance of the Pacific basin as it pertains to American religion in the 1960s and beyond. 

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