Dr Eduardo de la Fuente

Sensory ethnography in Vietnam
Position/s:Lecturer in Sociology
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Phone: +61 8 82017891
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Location: Social Sciences North (3114)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

Teaching

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Research and supervision

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

Books
  • de la Fuente, E. (2011). Twentieth Century Music and the Question of Modernity. New York, USA: Routledge. [Link]
Book chapters
  • de la Fuente, E. (2013). Framing through the senses: Sight and sound in the shaping of everyday life. In Tore Kristensen, Anders Michelsen and Frauke Wiegand, ed. Transvisuality - The Cultural Dimension of Visuality. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 207-222.
  • 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. [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.
Refereed journal articles
  • 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.
  • de la Fuente, E. (2013). Why Aesthetic Patterns Matter: Art and a “Qualitative” Social Theory. JOURNAL FOR THE THEORY OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, [10.1111/jtsb.12036]
  • 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]
  • 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. [Link]

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Books
  • de la Fuente, E. (2011). Twentieth Century Music and the Question of Modernity. New York, USA: Routledge. [Link]
Book chapters
  • de la Fuente, E. (2013). Framing through the senses: Sight and sound in the shaping of everyday life. In Tore Kristensen, Anders Michelsen and Frauke Wiegand, ed. Transvisuality - The Cultural Dimension of Visuality. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 207-222.
  • 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. [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.
Refereed journal articles
  • 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.
  • de la Fuente, E. (2013). Why Aesthetic Patterns Matter: Art and a “Qualitative” Social Theory. JOURNAL FOR THE THEORY OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, [10.1111/jtsb.12036]
  • 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]
  • 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. [Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2010). The Artwork made me do it: New Directions in the Sociology of Art. Thesis Eleven, 103 pp. 3-9. [10.1177/0725513610381377]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2010). In Defence of Theoretical and Methodological Pluralism in the Sociology of Art. Cultural Sociology, 4(2) pp. 217-230. [10.1177/1749975510368473]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2010). Paradoxes of communication: The case of modern classical music. Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 1(2) pp. 237-250. [doi:10.1386/ejpc.1.2.237_1]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2009). Exemplary Stories: On the Uses of Biography in Recent Sociology. Thesis Eleven, 97(1) pp. 115-129. [doi:10.1177/0725513608101913]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2008). The Art of Social Forms and the Social Forms of Art: The Sociology-Aesthetics Nexus in Georg Simmel's Thought. Sociological Theory, 26(4) pp. 344-362. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9558.2008.00333.x]
  • de la Fuente, E. and West, B.D. (2008). Cultural Sociology in the Australian context. Journal of Sociology, 44(4) pp. 315-319. [Link]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2007). The place of culture in Sociology: Romanticism and debates about the 'cultural turn' Journal of Sociology, 43(2) pp. 115-130. [10.1177/1440783307076891]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2007). The New Sociology of Art: Putting Art back into Social Science Approaches to the Arts. Cultural Sociology, 1(3) pp. 409-425. [10.1177/1749975507084601]
  • de la Fuente, E. (2007). On the promise of a Sociological aesthetics: from Georg Simmel to Michel Maffesoli. Distinktion: The Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 15 pp. 91-110. [10.1080/1600910X.2007.9672948]
Refereed conference papers
  • 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. [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. [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.
Other public research outputs
  • de la Fuente, E. and Murphy, P. (2010). Editor. Philosphical and Cultural Theories of Music. Leiden, Boston: Brill.

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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

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

Subject/s

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

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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