Monday, July 1, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
The weekly Gramsci Seminars are meant to offer real input about the life and thinking of Antonio Gramsci. Led by international scholars who have published specific work about Gramsci, the goal of each seminar is to discuss the question “how to think Gramsci today?” The seminars will present various perspectives on Gramscian ideas through a diverse range of contexts and disciplines.
7/6/2013: Simon Critchley
7/13/2013: Marcus Green
7/20/2013: Stanley Aronowitz
7/27/2013: John E. Chiaradia
8/3/2013: Rupert Simms
8/10/2013: Joseph A. Buttigieg
8/17/2013: Walter Adamson
8/24/2013, 3:30pm: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
8/31/2013, 3:30pm: Christine Buci-Glucksmann
9/6/2013, 3:30pm: David Forgacs
9/8/2013, 3:30pm: Nadia Urbinati
9/14/2013, 3:30pm: Frank B. Wilderson
Gramsci Seminar Scholar Bios
Walter L. Adamson is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Intellectual History at Emory University in Atlanta. He is the author of Embattled Avant-Gardes: Modernism’s Resistance to Commodity Culture in Europe (University of California Press, 2007); Avant-Garde Florence: From Modernism to Fascism (Harvard University Press, 1993), awarded the Howard Marraro Prize by the American Historical Association; Marx and the Disillusionment of Marxism (University of California Press, 1985); and Hegemony and Revolution: Antonio Gramsci’s Political and Cultural Theory (University of California Press, 1980), awarded the Howard Marraro Prize by the Society of Italian Historical Studies.
Stanley Aronowitz is Distinguished Professor of sociology and urban education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is also the founding director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work. Aronowitz is the author of numerous books, including The Knowledge Factory (Beacon Press, 2000); From the Ashes of the Old: American Labor and America’s Future (Basic Books, 1998); and False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness (McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1973). In 2012, Aronowitz was awarded the Center for Study of Working Class Life's Lifetime Achievement Award at Stony Brook University.
Christine Buci-Glucksmann is a philosopher and professor emerita at the University of Paris VIII. She is the author of many articles, exhibition catalogues, and books, including The Madness of Vision: On Baroque Aesthetics (Ohio University Press, 2013); Philosophie de l'ornement : D'Orient en Occident(Galilée, 2008); Esthetique de l'éphemère (Galilée, 2003); L'Esthétique du temps au Japon : Du zen au virtuel (Galilée, 2001); Baroque Reason: The Aesthetics of Modernity (SAGE Publications Ltd, 1994); and Gramsci and the State (Lawrence and Wishart 1980). She is currently working on a catalogue for the exhibition “The Metamorphses of the Virtual: 100 Years of Art and Freedom”, an independent pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Joseph A. Buttigieg is the William R. Kenan Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also the director of the doctoral program in literature, director of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, and codirector of Italian studies. Buttigieg is the author of A Portrait of the Artist in Different Perspective (Ohio University Press, 1987) and is the editor and translator of the multivolume, complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks (Columbia University Press,1992-2011). Buttigieg was a founding member of the International Gramsci Society, of which he is currently president.
John E. Chiaradia was born in Northern Italy. Prior to the onset of World War II, his family fled Italian fascism and immigrated to the Bronx, New York. He joined the army at seventeen. After returning from service, he earned an undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and a master’s degree from Columbia University. He obtained his PhD in history from New York University. His dissertation was titled “A Case Study in the Decline of Marxism in the West, 1912-26,” which focused on the early years of the Italian Communist movement. Chiaradia also wrote the unpublished manuscript Antonio Gramsci: The Dark Years. An adjunct professor at Rockland Community College and State University of New York College at Purchase for many years, Chiaradia taught at George Washington High School in Manhattan until his retirement.
Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He has been the program director for Paris’s Collège international de philosophie and president of the British Society for Phenomenology. Critchley is the author of numerous books, including Faith of the Faithless (Verso Books, 2012); Impossible Objects (Polity Press, 2011); The Book of Dead Philosophers (Granta Books, 2008); Infinitely Demanding (Verso Books, 2007); Things Merely Are (Routledge, 2005); and The Ethics of Deconstruction (Blackwell, 1992). Critchley is currently working on the book Stay Illusion: The Hamlet Doctrine, coauthored with Jamieson Webster, forthcoming in 2013 from Pantheon.
David Forgacs is the Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies at New York University, where he is also director of graduate studies. Forgacs is the author or editor of numerous works, including The Antonio Gramsci Reader (New York University Press, 1989; 2000); Italian Cultural Studies (Oxford University Press, 1996); and Roberto Rossellini, Magician of the Real (British Film Institute, 2000). Forgacs was the curator of Italy’s Margins: Social Exclusion in Photography and Film 1860-2010 at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (2012) and is the author of the forthcoming book Italy’s Margins: Photography, Writing and Social Exclusion Since 1861.
Marcus E. Green is assistant professor of political science at Otterbein University in Ohio. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Historical Materialism, Postcolonial Studies, and Rethinking Marxism. Green is the editor of Rethinking Gramsci (Routledge, 2011), part of the Routledge Innovations in Political Theory series. He also sits on the editorial boards of Rethinking Marxism and the International Gramsci Journal. Green is currently the editor of the International Gramsci Society website and the secretary of the International Gramsci Society. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript that examines Gramsci’s concept of “subaltern social groups.”
Rupert Simms is professor of Africana studies and sociology at North Park University. Simms received a PhDin Bible exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary and a PhD in sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Simms has published several books, including A Gramscian Analysis of the Role of Religion in Politics: Case Studies in Domination, Accommodation, and Resistance in Africa and Europe (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010) and The Politics of Accommodation and Resistance in the Black Church: A Gramscian Analysis (Edwin Mellen Press, 2000). He contributed to the book Studies in African American Leadership: Individuals, Movements, and Committees (Edwin Mellen Press, 2006).
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor at Columbia University, where she is a founding member of the school's Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Spivak is the author of the essay "Can the Subaltern Speak?" (1985), as well as the author of numerous books, including In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (Routledge,1987); Outside in the Teaching Machine (Routledge,1993); A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Towards a History of the Vanishing Present(Harvard University Press,1999); Death of a Discipline (Columbia University Press, 2003); Other Asias (Blackwell Publishing, 2008); Nationalism and the Imagination (Seagull Books, 2010); and An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization (Harvard University Press, 2012).
Nadia Urbinati is the Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies at Columbia University. Urbinati is the author of Representative Democracy: Principles and Genealogy (University of Chicago Press, 2006; 2008), and Mill on Democracy: From the Athenian Polis to Representative Government (University of Chicago Press, 2004) and is the editor of the English-language editions of Carlo Rosselli’s Liberal Socialism (Princeton University Press,1994) and Piero Gobetti’s On Liberal Revolution (Yale University Press, 2000). She is coeditor of Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory. Urbinati is currently completing a monograph on the ideology of the anti-political.
Frank B. Wilderson, III is professor of drama and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. Wilderson held an elected office in the African National Congress during South Africa’s transition from apartheid. He is the author of Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid (South End Press, 2008), which received the American Book Award and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award Wilderson is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, the Judith Stronach Award for Poetry, the Maya Angelou Award for Best Fiction Portraying the Black Experience in America, and the Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement of the Highest Order.