Tommaso Durante is Lecturer in Global Studies at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia where he has taught courses on Critical Ideas in Contemporary Social and Political Theory, on Religion, Conflict and Globalisation and on Culture and Business Practice in Asia. He also taught Methods for the Study of Globalization at the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) of Leipzig University in Germany, where he was awarded the 2017 Erasmus Mundus - Global Studies scholarship. He received his PhD from RMIT University in 2013 and is the author of The Visual Research Project of the Global Imaginary (2007-ongoing), an online visual archive that collects still images to investigate how symbols found in the urban spaces of global and fast globalizing cities across the planet construct a new social imaginary that is simultaneously local, national and global. The outcomes of the project contribute to better understand the phenomenon of globalization and how the global imaginary is symbolically and socially produced.
Drawing on a background in art history and theory, extended to global cultural studies, Tommaso's research is situated at the crossroad of global, urban and media studies and looks at the conceptual links between social imaginary, aesthetics and ideology. He considers himself a visual activist and addresses the production of global visual imagery as a political theory.
His current research interests are focused on aesthetics and ideologies of globalization as well as on global urban iconology, visual rhetoric, history in the making, social critical theory and methods. He is also an international award-winning visual artist. As an artist, he works with a wide range of media, producing sculpture-installations, paintings and artist books. Tommaso is Honorary Urban Scholar at the UN Global Compact Cities Programme (UNGCCP).
Durante, Tommaso 2018 (forthcoming) "The Symbolic Power of the Global: Visualizing and Interpreting Ideological Change in Melbourne, Australia," in Revisiting the Global Imaginary: Theories, ideologies, subjectivities. Essays in honour of Manfred Steger. Edited by Hudson, Chris and Erin K. Wilson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Durante, Tommaso 2018 (In Press) "Visual Pedagogy and Global Change: Image, Ideology and Spatial Practices in the Asia-Pacific Major Cities.” In I. McArthur, R. Bamford, F. Xu, B. Miller (Eds), Pedagogies investigating the visual as a transformative pedagogy in the Asia Pacific Region. A. Rourke and V. Rees (Series Curators), Transformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain: Book No. 2. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks.
Durante, Tommaso 2018 (Under contract) "Approaching Peace Visually: Global imaginaries and narratives of everyday peacebuilding," in Palgrave Handbook of Global Approaches to Peace. Edited by Aigul Kulnazarova and Vesselin Popovski. New York: Palgrave Mcmillan.
Durante, Tommaso 2016 “The Global Images: On Globalization As Visual-Ideological Phenomenon,” in Narratives of Globalization: Reflections on the Global Condition. Edited by Julian C. H. Lee. Rowman & Littlefield International: London and New York.
Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)
Durante, T. 2018 "Visual Ideology and Social Imaginary: A New Approach to the Aesthetics of Globalization." Space and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp. 15-34.
Durante, T. 2017 “A Visual ideology of Globalization?” Global-E Journal (A Mellichamp Research Initiative on 21st Century Global Dynamics, University of California).
Durante, T. 2015 “On the Global Imaginary: Visualizing and Interpreting Aesthetics of Global Change in Melbourne, Australia and Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.” The Global Studies Journal, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.19-33.
Durante, T. 2014 “Visual Culture and Globalization: The Visual Archive Project of the Global Imaginary”, Global-e Journal, Volume 8, Issue 4, May 2014.
Durante, T. 2013 “Visualizing and Interpreting Aesthetics of Global Change in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia”, in Meanings and Aesthetics in Asian Cultural Landscapes, Seoul National University, Korea.