Theories of Hegemony

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  • WS 17/18

Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154511 Theories of Hegemony 2 HS Fr 14:15 – 15:45 R. 3.206 Schmitt

Course Description

The Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) laid out a concept of cultural hegemony that considers power relations as an ongoing process of negotiation between the ruling and the subaltern classes. Hegemony is a multi-faceted concept that allows for the analysis of power under cultural, material, economic and political aspects. By emphasising moments of conflict, agency and transformation, Gramsci’s theory of hegemony has been a fundamental influence on British Cultural Studies theorists such as Stuart Hall, Raymond Williams, E.P. Thompson, Dick Hebdige and David Morley.

In this class, we will discuss the concept of hegemony as a tool for cultural and political analysis and its impact on British Cultural Studies and beyond. Apart from reading Gramsci’s texts and their application in British Cultural Studies, we will read texts by such thinkers as Michel Foucault, Ernesto Laclau and Judith Butler. In addition, we will discuss how the concept of hegemony helps in the analysis of cultural phenomena, political conjunctures, youth subcultures, class relations, gender politics and racism.

Please note that this seminar is a very theory-heavy one. A keen interest in and willingness to read dense theoretical texts is expected.

This course is also particularly recommended for students of the degree course Angewandte Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft.

Course Requirements

Short essay assignments, presentations, attendance of the conference “Political Bodies”, 23-25 November 2017 at TU Dortmund. If taken as a project seminar, projects will have to be presented at the conference in November.

Reading List

Suggestions for introductory reading:

  • Steve Jones. Antonio Gramsci. Routledge, 2006. (EF-Bib: SEI 530/50)


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