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Antonio Gramsci

THE POLITICAL THOUGHT OF ANTONIO GRAMSCI

The Political Thought of Antonio Gramsci: New Developments in Theory and Practice
Manchester Workshop in Political Theory
September 1-3, 2010

Panel 1: New Debates on Gramsci’s Political Thought
Chair: Ian Bruff

Antonio Gramsci and the Lyons Theses: The Dialectics of Living History
Adam Morton

Democratizing the Alliance: Lenin, Bukharin and Gramsci
Mark McNally

Panel 2: New Debates on Gramsci’s Political Thought 2
Chair: Adam Morton

Gramsci and the autonomy of the political
Peter Thomas

Thinking in a ‘Common Sense’ Gramscian Way about Capitalist State Practices
Ian Bruff

The Struggle for Signification and the Construction of Hegemony
Javier Balsa

Panel 3: New Applications of Gramsci in International Relations
Chair: Mark McNally

Transnational Capitalist Practices and the Political Economy of Biofuels. A Gramscian Approach to the Study of European Environmental Policy
Kim Bizzarri

Gramsci and Ambekar on Subalterns/Dalits
Cosimo Zene

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Antonio Gramsci

NEW INSIGHTS INTO GRAMSCI’S LIFE AND WORK

New Insights into Gramsci’s Life and Work

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

http://igrs.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences-workshops/gramscis-life-and-work.html

A one-day conference organised by Alessandro Carlucci (Royal Holloway, University of London) in association with the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (School of Advanced Studies, University of London)

Sponsored by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, and by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London

The main aim of the conference is to share and disseminate the results of recent, specialised research on Gramsci. Significant novelties will be presented by leading experts with the aim of overcoming disciplinary boundaries and helping to reduce the gaps between: a) widespread, conventional understandings of Gramsci and up-to-date specialised research; and b) the work on Gramsci’s writings and biography and the use of Gramsci’s theories for understanding current social, political and cultural issues.

Confirmed contributors: Derek Boothman (SSLMIT, University of Bologna), Craig Brandist (University of Sheffield), Fabio Frosini (University of Urbino), Carl Levy (Goldsmiths, University of London), James Martin (Goldsmiths, University of London), Anne Showstack Sassoon (Birkbeck, University of London), and Peter Thomas (member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism).

Entrance: FREE

For further information please contact the organisers at: a.carlucci@rhul.ac.uk mailto:a.carlucci@rhul.ac.uk or igrs@sas.ac.uk mailto:igrs@sas.ac.uk

PROGRAMME:

10.00 am – Coffee and Registration

10.30 am – Introduction

Alessandro Carlucci, ‘Gramsci’s Life and Work: Recent Findings and New Interpretative Trends’

11.00 am – Session I

Chair: Federico Faloppa (University of Reading)

Anne Showstack Sassoon, ‘Gramsci’s Struggle with Language Revisited’

Derek Boothman, ‘Gramsci’s Interest in Language: The Influence of the Dispense di glottologia (1912-13) on the Prison Notebooks’

Craig Brandist, ‘Gramsci’s Politics of Language in the Light of the Soviet Sociological Linguistics of the 1920s and 1930s’

1.00 am – Lunch break

2.00 pm – Session II

Chair: Simone Testa (IGRS, University of London)

Peter Thomas, ‘Hegemony, the Philosophy of Praxis and the Third International’

Fabio Frosini, ‘Reformation, Renaissance and the Rise of the Modern State’

3.20 pm – Tea and biscuits

3.45 pm – Session III

Chair: Anne Showstack Sassoon

Carl Levy, ‘Gramsci and Anarchism’

James Martin, ‘Gramsci and Gobetti: A Case of Elective Affinity?’

Concluding Remarks by the Chair and General Discussion

Refreshments

Update 19th May 2010

Peter D. Thomas talks about Gramsci:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee5U3kFU5g&feature=related

For the book: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=29354

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Gramsci

Gramsci

THE GRAMSCIAN MOMENT

 

The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism

Peter D. Thomas

http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=227&pid=29354

Publication year: 2009
Series: Historical Materialism Book Series, 24
ISBN-13 (i): 978 90 04 16771 1
ISBN-10: 90 04 16771 4
Cover: Hardback
Number of pages: xxv, 477 pp.
List price: € 115.00 / US$ 170.00

Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks are today acknowledged as a classic of the human and social sciences in the twentieth century. The influence of his thought in numerous fields of scholarship is only exceeded by the diverse interpretations and readings to which it has been subjected, resulting in often contradictory ‘images of Gramsci’.

This book draws on the rich recent season of Gramscian philological studies in order to argue that the true significance of Gramsci’s thought consists in its distinctive position in the development of the Marxist tradition. Providing a detailed reconsideration of Gramsci’s theory of the state and concept of philosophy, The Gramscian Moment argues for the urgent necessity of taking up the challenge of developing a ‘philosophy of praxis’ as a vital element in the contemporary revitalisation of Marxism.

Peter D. Thomas (Ph.D, 2008) studied at the University of Queensland, Freie Universität Berlin, L’Università “Federico II”, Naples, and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He has published widely on Marxist political theory and philosophy. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism: research in critical Marxist theory.

REVIEWS

Peter Thomas’ book should become the standard text in English on Gramsci’s thought. Acquainted as he is with the latest wrinkle in the Italian debate on Gramsci, Thomas combines an unmatched philological research into the sources and a mastery of the ongoing debates about the sense we should make of key ideas like hegemony. He deftly overturns the received orthodoxy and the various abuses of the ideas of the Marxist militant by theorists of cultural studies, both restoring Gramsci’s work to its true status and opening up fruitful possibilities for understanding his contribution to political theory more generally. The best book on Gramsci’s political theory for three decades — Alastair Davidson, Author of Antonio Gramsci: the Man, his Ideas, and Antonio Gramsci: Towards an Intellectual Biography

Peter Thomas’s Gramsci is the one we need in an era of economic and geopolitical crises that bears some resemblances to Gramsci’s own time. This Gramsci is no embarrassed culturalist, confused strategist, or incipient post-Marxist. Thomas’s Gramsci, developed from rigorous critical study of the Prison Notebooks and of the now extensive scholarly literature, is a deeply consequent thinker intent on reconstructing revolutionary Marxism in opposition to the most advanced bourgeois thought of his day. This is also a Gramsci for whom political economy is of central methodological and substantive significance.  Not content with scholarly interpretation, Thomas draws his Gramsci into dialogue with contemporary radical thought, illuminating both sides of the conversation. This is a book that will recast the understanding of Gramsci, especially but not exclusively in the Anglophone world — Alex Callinicos, Professor of European Studies, Social Theory and International Political Economy, King’s College, London

What superlatives can I use to describe this book? Terms like ‘outstanding,’ ‘superb’ and ‘tour-de-force’ suggest themselves, but even these do not fully capture the extraordinary power of The Gramscian Moment. Peter Thomas’s erudite, wide-ranging, and staggeringly sophisticated reading of Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks completely overturns the dominant interpretations including those of Louis Althusser and Perry Anderson. Never again will we be able to read Gramsci solely through their lenses. Henceforth, Thomas’s magisterial exploration of Gramsci’s thought will become the critical point of reference for all serious work in the field. But Thomas does more than meticulous exegesis. He also insists on the actuality of Gramsci’s work, urging that we approach it in the spirit of “both continuation and transformation, fidelity and renewal.” He succeeds brilliantly on all counts — David McNally, Professor of Political Science, York University, Toronto

Peter Thomas’s The Gramscian Moment demonstrates the extent to which Gramsci’s thought represents a singular synthesis of virtually the entire tradition of Western political thought. The richness of his interpretative frameworks allows him both to integrate partial approaches and contributions and to throw new light on the central questions inherited by this tradition. This work succeeds in presenting Gramsci as a “living classic”, an author absolutely central to our understanding of modernity. Given its scope, richness and originality, I have no doubt that this work will represent a milestone in Gramscian scholarship and an important contribution to contemporary debates in political theory and philosophy — Stathis Kouvelakis, Author of Philosophy and Revolution and Co-editor of a Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism

The Gramscian Moment is the most thorough and illuminating philosophical study of Gramsci yet to appear in English. It sets a new standard for work not only on Gramsci himself but on the whole complex of issues associated with his legacy – on the mechanics and dimensions of hegemony, on the role and nature of the subject of political action, on the relation between theory and practice, and between civil society and the state. Thomas does more than any previous reader of Gramsci to demonstrate how his philosophy can fairly claim to meet Marx’s famous prescription – not merely “to interpret the world but to change it” — Peter Hallward, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, London

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