Gramsci Research Network: ‘Power, Coercion, Consent: Gramsci’s Hegemony and the Roman Republic’

On the 84th anniversary of Gramsci’s death, we are delighted to announce the programme of the international conference Power, Coercion, Consent: Gramsci’s Hegemony and the Roman Republic, which will be held on Zoom on 17-18 June 2021. Please find the schedule of the workshop below.


The event is organised by the Gramsci Research Network, with the support of the Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute, Università degli Studi di Milano, the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, and the British School at Rome.

Registration to the event is now open via Eventbrite.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Michele Bellomo and Emilio Zucchetti, on behalf of the Gramsci Research Network.



Towards a Democratisation of Classical Studies


17 June: 10.00 am (London-Dublin Time) = 11.00 (Central European Time)

10.00-10.15 MICHELE BELLOMO (Università degli Studi di Milano) & EMILIO ZUCCHETTI (Roman Society – Newcastle University): Introduction


Chair: ARNALDO MARCONE (Università Roma Tre)

10.30-11.15 Keynote lecture 1: CHRISTOPHER SMITH (University of St. Andrews): Livy and Machiavelli on the Challenges of Hegemony and Power

11.15-12.00 Keynote lecture 2: FRANCESCA ANTONINI (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): Caesar, Caesarism, Caesarisms in Gramsci


12.30 Lunch break


Chair: HANNAH CORNWELL (University of Birmingham)

2.00-2.20 BRANDON BOURGEOIS (University of Southern California): Althusserian Political Ideology and the Late Roman Republic

2.20-2.40 ANDREA ANGIUS (Università di Pisa): Noti homines and the Political Participation of the plebs

2.40-3.00 JEREMY PATERSON (Newcastle University): “We, the People”: Contested narratives and the emergence of a new Gramscian hegemonial narrative in the crisis of the Roman Republic

3.00-3.30 Discussion


Chair: CRISTINA ROSILLO LÓPEZ (Universidad Pablo de Olavide Sevilla)

4.00-4.20 JULIEN RUEFF (Université de Montréal): Gramsci or Machiavelli? The Althusserian Critique of the Centaur Metaphor in the 13th Prison Notebook

4.20-4.40 CHANTAL GABRIELLI (Università di Firenze): Consensus and the Impact of Violence on Roman Politics in the late Republican Period

4.40-5.00 GEORGIOS VASSILIADES (University of Cyprus): Exercising Power in Cicero: between Coercion and Consent

5.00 Discussion


18 June: 9.00 am (London-Dublin Time) = 10.00 (Central European Time)


Chair: FEDERICO RUSSO (Università degli Studi di Milano)

9.00-9.20 TONI ÑACO DEL HOYO (ICREA – Universitat de Girona) & GERARD R. VENTÓS (Universitat de Girona): Ethnicity, Dissension, and Peripheral Conflicts in Rome’s Mid-Republican West

9.20-9.40 BRADLEY JORDAN (University of Oxford): Coercion, Consent, and Republican Provincial Government: Rome and the Province of Asia

9.40-10.00 MANOLIS PAGKALOS (University of Groningen): Practices of Hegemony: Investigating Strategies of Power and Coercion in the Relations between the Romans and the Athenians during the First Century BCE

10.00-10.30 Discussion


Chair: MICHELE BELLOMO (Università degli Studi di Milano)

11.00-11.20 ANDREA SALVO ROSSI (Scuola Superiore Meridionale): What is “Civil” about Nabis? Military Violence and Popular Consensus in Principe IX

11.20-11.40 ANTON BARYSHNIKOV (Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod) & JAKE WEEKES (Canterbury Archaeological Trust): I Came, I Saw, I Lied: Historiographical Hegemony and Caesar’s Account of British Expeditions

11.40-12.00 MAURO PUDDU (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia): “The Romanization of Britain: An Essay in Archaeological Interpretation” 30 Years on: An Account on Hegemony and Subalterns in Roman Archaeology

12.00-12.30 Discussion


12.30 Lunch Break


Chair: FEDERICO SANTANGELO (Newcastle University)

2.00-2.20 FRANCESCO MARCHESI (Università di Pisa): The Tribunate of the Plebs Today. A Machiavellian and Gramscian Account

2.20-2.40 STEPHEN BLAIR (University College London): Grammatica normativa in Republican Rome

2.40-3.00 DARIO NAPPO (Università di Napoli “Federico II”): Quintus Fabius Maximus and the Modeling of Consent

3.00-3.30 Discussion


4.00 Conclusions