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Historicizing Gramsci



Historicizing Gramsci

Lecture by Silvio Pons and opening of the exhibition "Antonio Gramsci. The Prison Notebooks" curated by Silvio Pons and Francesco Giasi.

The lecture falls within the programme of side events of the exhibition of Gramsci’s Notebooks at the Italian Cultural Institute and takes stock of the studies about Gramsci from a global perspective.

Gramsci uses the 33 notebooks while he is serving a more than twenty years sentence imposed to him on 4th June 1928 by the special court established by the fascist exceptional laws. The notebooks voice his thoughts about the causes that led to the victory of fascism as well as the reflections on the role of intellectuals and on a long series of philosophical, historiographical and political issues dealing with essential aspects of modernity: the formation and crisis of the national state, the organisation of the industrial work, the tensions deriving from the international unification of the markets against politics locked in national borders, the world war and the birth of mass society, the function of political parties and the emancipation of subaltern classes.

Upon his death, the notebooks are catalogued by his sister-in-law Tatiana Schucht, who has them delivered to Moscow. Back in Italy on 3rd March 1945, they are published by Einaudi between 1948 and 1951 in a six-volume edition which ordered the notes thematically, and in 1975 in a critical edition promoted and curated by the Istituto Gramsci.


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.



Date: Monday, October 30, 2017

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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