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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Contemporary Cultural Hegemony

Dr. Lee Artz.

This paper will review and assess current uses of the concept “hegemony” in the humanities with the goal of resurrecting the classic definition, understanding, and application of hegemony as formulated by the Italian theorist, Antonio Gramsci. In addition to summarizing its current use, the author will present and describe contemporary cultural expressions of hegemony to demonstrate the explanatory and predictive value of hegemonic analysis for preparing the future of humanity .


Dr. Lee Artz  (United States)
Associate Professor, Communication
Communication and Creative Arts
Purdue University Calumet

Dr. Artz has taught communication at Purdue University Calumet, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Iowa, and Stanford University. He has written numerous articles on cultural diversity and democratic communication for leading journals. His most recent books are Public Media and the Public Interest (with Michael McCauley, Eric Petersen, and Dee Dee Halleck, 2002), Communication and Democratic Society (2001) and Cultural Hegemony in the United States (with Bren Murphy, 2000). He has received awards in both scholarship and teaching, including the Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence at Loyola (1998), the National Communication Association’s Applied Communication Division’s Distinguished Article Award (with Frey, Pearce, Pollock, and Murphy, 1998), and the First Paper Award at the Global Fusion Conference (2001). A former machinist and union activist, Artz has been a frequent advisor on communication and education for labor organizations and public and private schools in Illinois and Michigan. He received his B.S. in Education and Black Studies at Wayne State University and his M.A. in Communication at California State University-Hayward.

  • Hegemony
  • Culture
  • Global media

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)