Hegemonic Orders and Entangled Modernities

How to Make Sense of Russia’s Difference?
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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The concept of hegemony holds significant promise for both theoretical and empirical studies of global inequalities and hierarchies. There is a divide among neo-Gramscian scholars between historical materialist approaches and poststructuralist theories foregrounding the discursive dimension of hegemony. Using Russian national identity debate as an empirical illustration, I advocate a more intense conceptual exchange across this divide. I propose to do this on the basis of a monist ontology, where hegemony serves as the primary ontological foundation for a wide range of phenomena, including international multiplicity as such. On the one hand, this bridges towards the recent scholarship on uneven and combined development, and in particular to Justin Rosenberg’s view of unevenness as the foundational feature of the international. On the other hand, such an approach brings to a new level the discussion on Russian internal colonisation and subaltern imperialism. The position of the Russian educated class in between two hegemonic orders, global and national, explains the nation’s perpetual quest for a secure European identity, combined with the equally persistent assertion of authenticity and spiritual superiority.