Public Book Presentation: “Gramsci’s Circle of Humanity and Armenia”
Armenian Association of World History in collaboration with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of American University of Armenia organized an event dedicated to 125th anniversary of Italian philosopher, and political theorist Antonio Gramsci’s birth. The key part of the event was the presentation of the book “Gramsci’s Circle of Humanity and Armenia” authored by Ara Merjian, Smbat Hovhannisyan, and Narek Mkrtchyan.
About the book and keynote speaker
This book is a collective monograph that presents remarkable relationships between Gramscianism and recognition of Armenian Genocide. The great idea of the book is to pay attention to Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci’s article “Armenia” published in 1916, and then to discuss it within the context of Gramsci’s theory of hegemony . So, the study proposes a thesis, according to which among the pivotal steps in the process of recognition of the Armenian Genocide is to make Armenia and Armenians recognizable by engaging them into Gramsci’s outlined “circle of humanity”. Preface by Albert Stepanyan.
The presentation was followed by a keynote closing speech via Skype by Joseph A. Buttigieg (Notre Dame University, USA). He is the editor and translator of the multi-volume complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks.
About the authors
Ara Merjian Associate Professor of Italian Art History and Director of Undergraduate Studies at New York State University.He is the author of the “Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Modernism, Paris”. (Yale Univ. Press 2013).
Smbat Hovhannisyan Associate Professor at the Department of World History of Yerevan State University. He is also a visiting lecturer at American University of Armenia.
Narek Mkrtchyan Ph.D Candidate at the Department of World History of Yerevan State University. Coordinator of the Armenian History programm at American University of Armenia.