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Gramsci and the Russian Revolution: A Reappraisal



Gramsci and the Russian Revolution: A Reappraisal

Gramsci and the Russian Revolution: A Reappraisal

By Silvio Pons

Introduced by Alessandro Carlucci

Antonio Gramsci's relationship with Leninism and Bolshevism has been the object of a multitude of debates and studies. However, we still need to fully contextualize his biography and thought in his times, in order to overcome ideological disputes and approaches. The purpose of Pons’s lecture is to provide a historical view of how Gramsci reacted to the impact of the October Revolution in Russia and Europe in terms of idealization, inspiration, and analysis, and how he never ceased reflecting on the Soviet experience. The Russian Revolution and its aftermath represented the reference for the creation of some crucial categories of his political thought, even more than scholars have usually assumed.

Silvio Pons is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and President of the Fondazione Gramsci in Rome. He has been visiting professor and fellow in renowned Universities such as the St Antony's College (Oxford), the Columbia University (New York) and the Istituto Universitario Europeo (Florence). He has often been a guest of important institututions such as the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Hoover Institution (Stanford), the Woodrow Wilson Center (Washington DC). He is author of several books about Communism, Cold War and contemporay Italy. He edited the Dictionary of 20th-Century Communism published in the USA by Princeton University Press. His most recent book is The Global Revolution: A History of International Communism, 1917–1991 translated into English by Oxford University Press. He is General Editor of the Cambridge History of Communism, which is due out in 2017 for Cambridge University Press.

Alessandro Carlucci (University of Oxford) has published widely on the linguistic views that Antonio Gramsci expressed in his writings, and on previously neglected aspects of Gramsci’s life. In particular, he is the editor of New Approaches to Gramsci: Language, Philosophy and Politics (a special issue of the Journal of Romance Studies, 2012) as well as the author of Gramsci and Languages: Unification, Diversity, Hegemony (Brill, 2013; Haymarket, 2015). Together with Katia Pizzi (IMLR, University of London) and Peter Thomas (Brunel University), he is currently organising the launch of a regular Gramsci seminar to be hosted at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, School of Advanced Study, University of London.



Date: Monday, April 03, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entrance : Free


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