Gramsci Today: Reading Workshop with Research Reports

Spring Quarter: Friday Afternoons / 1:30PM – 4:30PM / Oakes 109

Antonio Gramsci’s work—often filtered through contemporary theorists such as Stuart Hall, Ernesto Laclau, and Chantal Mouffe, among others—exerts a pervasive influence among those working on the interfaces of culture, politics, and political economy. Yet few, if any, at UCSC have an adequate grasp of Gramsci’s writings or a firm sense of his historical context.

U.C. Berkeley Professor Renate Holub will lead a group through selected Gramsci texts relevant to contemporary research concerns. The aim is to gain a foundation in key concepts and then to connect them to a range of current research projects.
The first half of the quarter will feature readings from The Southern QuestionThe Prison Notebooks, and writings on religion. The second half of the quarter will feature reports on Gramsci and anthropology, Latin American contexts, international social movements, and U.S. Left politics and the “popular.”

Renate Holub is Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley, and author of Antonio Gramsci: Beyond Marxism and Postmodernism (Routledge, 1992).

SEMINAR: “The Prison Notebooks: Gramsci’s Workshop”

Joseph Buttigieg, Professor in the English Department at Notre Dame University, and editor and translator of the authoritative and complete English edition of The Prison Notebooks (Columbia, 1992), writes about his seminar:

In spite of the ubiquitous invocation and widespread circulation of such Gramscian concepts as “hegemony,” “civil society,” “subalternity,” “organic intellectual,” etc., very little attention has been devoted to the way in which Gramsci developed these concepts, or the kinds of political and cultural analyses he undertook that led him to the formulation of these categories. A close examination of Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks and the way in which they were composed reveals that Gramsci’s method or mode of inquiry is as important and as worthy of attention as the concepts and theories it yielded.

All events are open to the public, but those intending to participate should notify Professor Jim Clifford ( in advance.

The workshop and seminar are sponsored by the Center for Cultural Studies, the IHR, the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies, and the David Hoy Presidential Chair funds