Bernie Goldie

International speakers deliver keynote addresses at 3rd hegemony workshop

Two leading academics in international political economy participated in the third hegemony workshop conducted by UOW’s Faculty of Arts on 27 and 28 November.

The title of the workshop was “Globalisation and the Historical Bloc”. Hegemony is a concept developed by Antonio Gramsci that denotes the manufacturing of legitimacy and consent by the ruling class for the economic system of capitalism.

The workshop’s aim was to explore the work of Gramsci by giving particular emphasis to his theory of hegemony in relation to contemporary global social, political and economic conditions.

The Hegemony Research Group is a research strength within the Faculty of Arts. The group is interdisciplinary and consists of postgraduates, staff and research fellows from disciplines such as sociology, international studies, philosophy, political science, history and cultural studies.

Its aim is to explore the life and work of Gramsci by giving particular emphasis to his theory of hegemony. Through regular reading groups, workshops and conferences the group seeks to investigate the conceptual complexity of hegemony and show its operation as more than static domination but rather, as process across various politico-social contexts.

On day one of the workshop a keynote address was presented by Professor David Ruccio from the Department of Economics and Policy Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the United States. The title of his address was “Rethinking Gramsci: Class, Globalisation and Historical Bloc”.

A second keynote address entitled “Unravelling Gramsci and the North/South Question of Uneven Development”, was delivered on 28 November by Dr Adam Morton from the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Dr Charles Hawksley and Dr Richard Howson jointly organised the workshop.