[spectre] CFP: Cultural Hegemonies in Spaces of Diversity (Regensburg, 7-9 May 15)

Andreas Broeckmann broeckmann at leuphana.de
Tue Nov 4 09:55:57 CET 2014

From: Kathrin Krogner-Kornalik <kathrin.linnemann at lmu.de>
Date: Nov 3, 2014
Subject: CFP: Cultural Hegemonies in Spaces of Diversity (Regensburg, 
7-9 May 15)

Regensburg, May 7 - 09, 2015
Deadline: Dec 15, 2014

Second Annual Conference of the Graduate School for East and Southeast 
European Studies

Cultural Hegemonies in Spaces of Diversity

7-9 May 2015, Regensburg

More than eighty years ago, Antonio Gramsci developed the concept of 
cultural hegemony in his Prison Notebooks. For him, cultural hegemony 
was a way to understand the relationship between culture and power under 
capitalism and, in particular, to reveal and deconstruct the production 
of consent by the dominant "fundamental group". The concept of cultural 
hegemony has become hugely influential, aiding scholars to understand 
how legitimacy is not only produced but also undermined by 
anti-hegemonic practices.
Eastern and Southeastern Europe as a region is characterized by 
substantial ruptures in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is an area of 
large scale political, economic and cultural experimentation as well as 
a site of frequent regime change. It has a long history of both 
dictatorship and revolution. Nowhere else in Europe have so many new 
states emerged, and existing ones disappeared, in the 20th century. At 
the same time, the region is a space of great cultural, linguistic, 
confessional, socio-political, and regional diversity; this situation 
creates particular challenges for those who strive to achieve cultural 
This conference is interested in the production and erosion of cultural 
hegemony. Conference contributions shall discuss the relationship 
between cultural hegemony, social organization, institutional order, and 
political practice. What strategies and practices can be identified that 
serve to establish or maintain cultural hegemony but also to subvert and 
ultimately replace it? One of the major goals of the conference is to 
elucidate the relationship between cultural hegemony and political 
change in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. This includes the discussion 
of transnational transfers of dominant ideologies and of their local 
implementation and appropriation. Cultural hegemony also has important 
implications for language use: it attributes specific rights and 
prestige to particular languages (or dialects), while marginalizing 
others. Comparative dimensions shall be addressed as well. Submitted 
papers shall address different levels of analysis - from the macro to 
the micro; we are interested both in dominant and subaltern groups and 

The conference is conceived as an interdisciplinary one. We invite 
papers from all disciplines that can make a contribution to 
understanding the dynamics of cultural hegemony. This includes 
discussions of political ideologies and social values, cultural and 
language policies, literary and visual representations, architectural 
and monumental culture, educational and cultural institutions, the 
political economy of culture, legal aspects, and other pertinent topics. 
We encourage also theoretical and conceptual contributions.

Keynote speakers: Johanna Bockman (George Mason University), et al.

Paper proposals should include an abstract (max. 300 words) and brief 
academic CV including your institutional affiliation and contact details.
Please send your paper proposals to heidrun.hamersky at ur.de as a MS-Word 
format document (.doc or .docx).
Deadline for paper applications: December 15, 2014. Applicants will be 
notified about the acceptance of their papers by mid-January 2015.
The conference language is English.
The Graduate School will cover travel and accommodation costs of 
presenters. For more information about the Graduate School go to 

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Cultural Hegemonies in Spaces of Diversity (Regensburg, 7-9 May 
15). In: H-ArtHist, Nov 3, 2014. <http://arthist.net/archive/8819>.


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