Position/s

Lecturer in Sociology
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Biography

Eduardo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but has resided in Australia since the 16th of January, 1974. Before coming to Flinders in 2011, he held positions at the University of Tasmania, Macquarie and Monash. His first passion was economics but the bulk of his academic career has been in sociology with an emphasis on culture, communication, everyday life and theoretical  ideas about society/culture. He is something of a 'contrarian' in his view of academic sociology (i.e., he believes academics shouldn't have default positions on questions of politics and ideology). You can read further about his research and teaching interests below.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Economics (USyd)
Bachelor of Arts Honours (UNSW)
PhD in Sociology and Cultural Studies (Griffith)
Flinders Foundations of University Teaching

Honours, awards and grants

Eduardo is currently Secretary and Acting President of the Research Committee for the Sociology of the Arts of the International Sociological Association (ISA RC 37); Co-convenor (with Suzi Adams and Craig Browne) of the Social Theory Thematic Group of the Australian Sociological Association; a Faculty Fellow of the Yale Centre for Cultural Sociology; and a member of the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Key responsibilities

Was Sociology Honours Convenor 2012-13 and is currently a member of the School of Social and Policy Studies Work-Integrated Learning and Education Committees.

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Research expertise

  • Art theory and criticism
  • Communication and media studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Sociology
  • Urban and regional planning

Research interests

Eduardo has published on topics ranging from art to the built environment, music to the'aesthetics of everyday life' (i.e., how people choose to decorate their homes or how landscape shapes our connection to place). His major publications include a monograph titled, Twentieth Century Music and the Question of Modernity (Routledge, 2011). He has also edited the following two books (with Peter Murphy from JCU): Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music (Brill, 2010) and Aesthetic Capitalism (Brill, 2014). At present he is completing a book on the role of art and aesthetics in social life: The Aesthetic Shaping of Society (Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming); and has recently begun an empirical project dealing with the emergence of minimalism or 'Neomodern' styles in architecture, interior design and in 'glossy' lifestyle media.

Supervisory interests

  • Arts and arts management
  • Communication and media theory
  • Culture and cultural policy
  • Economics, management and marketing as cultural phenomena
  • Liberal and conservative perspectives in the social sciences
  • Religion and spirituality as cultural phenomena
  • Tourism and leisure studies
  • Visual, sound and material cultures

Publications

  • de la Fuente, E. and Walsh, M.D. (2013). Framing through the senses: Sight and sound in the shaping of everyday life. In T Kristensen, A Michelsen & F Wiegand, ed. Transvisuality - The Cultural Dimension of Visuality. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, pp. 207-222.
    [Web Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2011). Aesthetic Explanations of the Social Bond: From Simmel to Maffesoli. In Vincenzo Mele, ed. Sociology, Aesthetics and the City. Pisa, Italy: Edizioni Plus - Pisa University Press, pp. 59-75.
  • de la Fuente, E. and Murphy, P. (2010). Introduction: Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music. In Eduardo de la Fuente and Peter Murphy, ed. Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music. Leiden, Boston: Brill, pp. 1-11.
    [Web Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2010). Prophet and Priest, Ascetic and Mystic: Towards a Cultural Sociology of the Twentieth Century Composer. In Eduardo de la Fuente and Peter Murphy, ed. Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music. Leiden, Boston: Brill, pp. 87-105.
  • de la Fuente, E. (2010). Beyond the academic "iron cage": Education and the spirit of aesthetic capitalism. In Michael A Peters & Daniel Araya, ed. Education in the Creative Economy. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 551-564.
  • de la Fuente, E. (2011). Twentieth Century Music and the Question of Modernity. New York, USA: Routledge.
    [Web Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. and Murphy, P. (2010). Editor. Philosphical and Cultural Theories of Music. Leiden, Boston: Brill.
  • de la Fuente, E., Mckenzie, J., Bereny, K.T., Carlisle, E.J. and Sharrad, T.A. (2013). "That was me up there": teaching the sociology of everyday life through research. In N Osbaldiston, C Strong & H Forbes-Mewett, ed. TASA Conference 2013. Melbourne, VIC: The Australian Sociological Association. Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations: 50 Years of Australian Sociology. Melbourne, VIC. Nov 2013.
    [Web Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2013). Neo-modernism: the sociology of a style. In N Osbaldiston, C Strong & H Forbes-Mewett, ed. TASA Conference 2013. Melbourne, VIC: The Australian Sociological Association. Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations: 50 Years of Australian Sociology. Melbourne, VIC. Nov 2013.
    [Web Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2005). Why the sociological imagination? A comparison of C.Wright Mills and John Dewey on the concept of the imagination. In Roberta Julian, Reannan Rottier, Rob White, ed. TASA 2005 Conference Proceedings. Hobart: The Australian Sociological Association. Community, Place, Change. University of Tasmania. Dec 2005, pp. 1-9.
  • de la Fuente, E. (2011). Twentieth Century Music and the Question of Modernity. New York, USA: Routledge.
    [Web Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. and Walsh, M.D. (2013). Framing through the senses: Sight and sound in the shaping of everyday life. In T Kristensen, A Michelsen & F Wiegand, ed. Transvisuality - The Cultural Dimension of Visuality. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, pp. 207-222.
    [Web Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2011). Aesthetic Explanations of the Social Bond: From Simmel to Maffesoli. In Vincenzo Mele, ed. Sociology, Aesthetics and the City. Pisa, Italy: Edizioni Plus - Pisa University Press, pp. 59-75.
  • de la Fuente, E. and Murphy, P. (2010). Introduction: Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music. In Eduardo de la Fuente and Peter Murphy, ed. Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music. Leiden, Boston: Brill, pp. 1-11.
    [Web Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2010). Beyond the academic "iron cage": Education and the spirit of aesthetic capitalism. In Michael A Peters & Daniel Araya, ed. Education in the Creative Economy. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 551-564.
  • de la Fuente, E. (2010). Prophet and Priest, Ascetic and Mystic: Towards a Cultural Sociology of the Twentieth Century Composer. In Eduardo de la Fuente and Peter Murphy, ed. Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music. Leiden, Boston: Brill, pp. 87-105.
  • de la Fuente, E. (2014). Why Aesthetic Patterns Matter: Art and a “Qualitative” Social Theory. JOURNAL FOR THE THEORY OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, 44(2) pp. 168-185.
    [10.1111/jtsb.12036]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2013). 'Profane' rather than 'secular': Daniel Bell as cultural sociologist and critic of modern culture. Thesis Eleven, 118(1) pp. 105-115.
    [10.1177/0725513613504039]
  • de la Fuente, E., Buderick, J. and Walsh, M. (2012). Altered states: An essay on communication and movement. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 26(1) pp. 39-49.
    [10.1080/10304312.2012.630140] [Scopus]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2011). From Tenth Street to Studio 54: On the Social Life of Creatives. Colloquy: Text Theory Critique, 22 pp. 113-129.
    [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement


Eduardo has published opinion pieces and been interviewed on various aspects of society, culture, art, and social and cultural thought in (amongst other places) The Australian, The Times Higher Education Supplement, Australian Review of Books, Quadrant, ABC Radio Nationaland ABC 891 Adelaide.

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Arts
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Humour
  • Media
  • Metaphysics
  • Music
  • Social theory
  • Sociology
  • South America
  • Spirituality
  • Universities
  • Urban planning
  • Values

Interests

  • Culture; history of ideas; everyday life; search for meaning

Contact

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Phone: +61 8 82017891
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Location: Social Sciences North (3114)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Further information

His intellectual motto (with full apologies to Blake) is something like: 'Sociologists should strive to find the entire cosmos in the most mundane, minute or esoteric aspects of life'. If his ideas come to nought, or are not taken up by the academic world at large, he would gladly devote the rest of his life to gardening, flyfishing, studying Medieval mystical theology, or simply doing nothing.

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