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Peter Beilharz

La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Peter Beilharz is Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is co-founder and editor of the international journal of social theory Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology published by Sage. Since 2002 he has been director of the Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology at La Trobe University, which now shares a Memoranda of Understanding with the Bauman Institute at Leeds in order to foster greater collaboration between the two centres.

Peter is best known for his work in social theory and socialism, for his intellectual biography of the Australian art historian, Bernard Smith, and his several books on Zygmunt Bauman. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 1999-2000 he was the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies, Harvard University.