Cirese 101: Rereading Antonio Gramsci’s “Observations on Folklore”

  • Antonio Maria Pusceddu CRIA/ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Filippo M. Zerilli (eds) University of Cagliari, Italy


This Anniversary Forum commemorates the figure and work of Alberto Mario Cirese (1921-2011), a prominent Italian anthropologist, on the 101st anniversary of his birth. Cirese’s reading of Gramsci has been highly influential. For this reason, the forum is built around the re-edition of the English translation of Cirese’s essay Gramsci’s Observations on folklore: Conceptions of the world, spontaneous philosophy and class instinct. The essay is followed by short critical interventions of attentive readers of Gramsci’s anthropology: Kate Crehan, Riccardo Ciavolella, Giovanni Pizza. The forum ends with a contribution by Jorge A. González, who recalls his encounter and relation with Cirese, while offering new historical insights on Cirese’s teaching, study and research activities in Mexico.

How to Cite
Pusceddu, A. and Zerilli (eds), F. (2022) “Cirese 101: Rereading Antonio Gramsci’s ‘Observations on Folklore’”, Anuac, 11(1), pp. 7-86. doi: 10.7340/anuac2239-625X-5282.
Anniversary Forum