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  • Out In with the old, in with the new

    Posted on May 28, 2017

    TASA members Rebecca E. Olson, University of Queensland & Jordan McKenzie, University of Wollongong report on their 2016 thematic group event below. Please note, this report was originally published in Nexus

    The TASA Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group joined with The University of Wollongong’s Contemporary Emotions Research Network and The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions to host the First International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotions. After an overwhelming reply to our call for papers, the conference was held over three days, 5–7 December 2016, overlooking the buzz of tourists and cruise ships on level 18 of the Gateway Building at Circular Quay, Sydney. The conference was attended by over 100 scholars from around the globe with interests in emotions. These scholars represented a range of intersecting disciplines: sociology, history, policy, psychology, education and culture studies. Read more…

  • Meaning and morality in an age of uncertainty: A symposium and workshop report

    Posted on May 27, 2017

     TASA members Erin Carlisle, Flinders University & Ashleigh Watson, Griffith University report on their 2016 thematic group event below. Please note, this report was originally published in Nexus

    Our contemporary global age is certainly an uncertain one. Major events of 2016 demonstrated this: Brexit and the victory of Trump indicated a collective ambivalence toward globalisation. These two sensations—Trump and Brexit—buzzed frequently throughout the 2016 TASA Conference. Erin’s own conference presentation was no exception!

    These trends of uncertainty – or Unsicherheit, as Bauman put it in In Search of Politics – formed the frame for the symposium and workshop held on 2 December 2016, at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Run by the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group, this was the last event organised under the stewardship of group co-convenors, Dr Nicholas Hookway (University of Tasmania) and Dr Sara James (La Trobe), and was supported by TASA thematic group funding. Ashleigh Watson (Griffith University) and Erin Carlisle (Flinders University) received postgraduate scholarships from the Cultural Sociology network which facilitated our attendance at the workshop. The symposium consisted of three main paper sessions (with a total of seven presentations), four postgraduate ‘snapshot’ presentations (including Olivia Kinnear, Adrian Rosenfeldt, Ramon Menendez Domingo and Cameron West), and a panel discussion titled ‘Writing and publishing panel in cultural sociology’, with Associate Professor Brad West (UniSA), Dr Katie Wright (La Trobe) and Dr Nicholas Hookway as discussants. Unfortunately, keynote speaker Clive Hamilton (Charles Sturt University) could not attend because of unforeseen personal circumstances, but nevertheless there was robust debate at the symposium on the contemporary problematics of uncertainty from across diverse cultural sociological perspectives. Read more…

  • From surviving to thriving: Work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum

    Posted on May 26, 2017


    TASA member John van Kooy, Brotherhood of St Laurence, summarises the 2016 Surviving to Thriving research forum below. This article was originally published in Nexus

    The Surviving to Thriving (S2T) research forum was held on 7 December 2016, convened by Dr Dina Bowman and John van Kooy at the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) Research & Policy Centre in Melbourne. TASA sponsored the event through the Support Scheme for Thematic Groups, under the Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Thematic Group convened by Dr Martina Boese. The Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne also provided in-kind and financial support to host the forum. The event was moderated by Peter Mares, Contributing Editor of Inside Story and Adjunct Fellow at the Swinburne University Institute for Social Research.







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  • Postgraduate Day, TASA Conference 2016

    Posted on May 25, 2017

    Ashleigh Watson, Griffith University, and TASA’s Postgraduate Portfolio Leader wrote a summary of the 2016 Postgraduate Day (originally published in Nexus).    

    The 2016 Postgraduate Day was a big, busy and delicious way to kick off the annual TASA Conference. In Melbourne, a real hub for sociology PhDs, our biggest cohort yet convened at ACU in Fitzroy. Bright eyed and bushy tailed (and freezing! Or was this just me, coming from sweltering Brisbane?) we were registered and ready for 9am.

    Postgraduate days are a big part of academic conferences around the world, and not just in sociology. The aim of these days is to help introduce postgraduates to their future world of work – the themes, debates, and perhaps most crucially the people who work in their field. It is not just a day for information delivery. Senior researchers speak about publishing, teaching, navigating the grant scheme and the postdoctoral world, and get us to share our work and ourselves with others doing postgraduate study. The PhD process can be isolating but I personally love all the big and small events I have attended. The best ones give you a real sense of cohort and community, and alleviate some of the stresses of this work or at least make you realise you’re not doing it alone. Read more…

  • Calling all postgraduates!

    Posted on May 24, 2017

    In the next couple of issues, Nexus is providing space to publish short accounts (up to 500 words) from postgraduate students in sociology and allied disciplines on their research methodology. We would be interested in hearing whether you had to change course methodologically and why, whether theory drove your initial investigations or empirical data. If theory was significant, tell us which theorist(s) and why and whether the theory has sustained you. Accounts of what approach worked for you and why would be especially welcome. Once our readers engage with your accounts, we will provide space in later issues in the ‘letters to the editors’ where these will be published. We will publish up to six pieces in the next issue of Nexus. Successful applicants will be asked to provide a photograph and contact details for themselves.

    Please submit all articles to the editors: Eileen Clark, Peter Robinson & Alexia Maddox.

  • 2017 Thematic Group events

    Posted on May 23, 2017

    Several of TASA’s Thematic Groups are running events in the second half of 2017.  Some of these have travel bursaries for postgraduate students. Details of 5 of those events are listed below:

    1. 2017 TASA Health Day, Mobilising health sociology for impact: How can complex understandings of injustice and inequality be used in policy and practice? Friday 13th October, UNSW Sydney. Read on…
    2. A 2-day Symposium: Development for Species: Animals in society, animals as society. Deakin University, Melbourne City campus, September 18-19. Read on…
    3. A 1-day Symposium: Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges.  22nd September, UoN Sydney campus. Read on…
    4. A Workshop: Ten years since the global financial crisis: Social movements, labour & the crisis last time. Concurrently in Perth – Melbourne – Sydney. Friday 1st December. Read on…
    5. A 1-day Symposium: Research Methods in Youth Studies: Doing ‘Difference Differently’. Wednesday 22 November, University of Melbourne. Read on… 


  • Journal of Sociology – Special Edition 2019: Call for Editors

    Posted on May 22, 2017

    The Journal of Sociology is an international journal published four times a year by Sage. Each year the Editors invite expressions of interest from the international community of sociological scholars in guest editing a Special Edition of the Journal. Special Editions may address any sociological theme which is likely to be of interest to the Journal readership.

    Papers featured in special editions are subject to the normal process of peer review. Selection of papers and coordination of the peer review process will be the responsibility of the Guest Editors. Papers may be selected either on the basis of invitation or via a general ‘call for papers’. Final copy for this special edition is due on the fourth of September, 2018 and publication will be in March 2019.

    Please submit expressions of interest of no more than one A4 page in length to Kate Huppatz and Steven Matthewman by Monday 31st July, 2017. Expressions of interest should include the following information:

    1. Contact details and brief biography for each Guest Editor
    2. 300 word summary of the special edition theme, including rationale, aims and objectives, and significance of contribution to contemporary sociological thinking and
    3. Where appropriate, an indicative list of authors and papers to be featured in the special


    Dr Kate Huppatz (Western Sydney University)



    Associate Professor Steve Matthewman (University of Auckland)



    Editors in Chief, Journal of Sociology

  • On mobility, academic freedom and advocating for the social sciences – Letter from the President of TASA

    Posted on May 22, 2017

    Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne and the president of The Australian Sociological Association. Dan’s letter below was originally published in Nexus.

    Greetings TASA members and TASA friends,

    After the political and social upheavals of 2016, we live in a world that needs sociology more than ever. Yet sociological perspectives are often missing from where they are needed most. The early part of 2017 has highlighted for me some of the barriers sociology faces, and that they are very different around the world.

    I spent late January through to early March on the road. Primarily, I was travelling to spend a month working with Professor Andy Furlong, Dean of Research at the University of Glasgow. I have been collaborating with him on various projects for almost ten years and my trip was funded through an ARC project in which he is involved. Unfortunately I landed in Glasgow to a missed call from Andy’s partner telling me that he had suffered a heart attack, and three days after I arrived in town Andy passed away. For those working in the sociology of youth and young adulthood, Andy Furlong needs no introduction and you will know how profoundly his loss is being felt. Those unfamiliar with his work and the way he has shaped this field of study can learn more about him here. Read more…

  • Invisible labour: Tales from the undercity

    Posted on May 21, 2017

    Sujatha Fernandes, University of Sydney, was a keynote at TASA’s 2016 conference in Melbourne. Below is a summary of Sujatha’s keynote address, which was originally published in Nexus.     

    Karl Marx expected that the great cities of the future would industrialise in the same ways as Manchester and Berlin. The high modernist architect Le Corbusier sought to design cities as workshops for production to house the industrial working classes. Yet the contemporary city has been marked by deindustrialisation, slum growth, and the rise of low wage, invisible labour. Rapid urban growth and migration, structural adjustment, currency devaluation, and the withdrawal of state services has led to a failure of the modernist vision. Today’s postmodern cities are home to increasingly large undercities, characterised by surplus migrant populations engaged in unskilled, low wage work with few job protections or security. In this talk, I turn to artistic depictions of invisible labourers to understand what the new global informal working class looks like. What can fictional stories tell us about the parameters of everyday life for migrant workers, their consciousness and strategies for survival? What kind of insights can they offer us for our methods, the strategies we use to carry out research on invisible groups like migrant workers? Are the problems of invisible labour simply a by-product of successful societies or are they part of a broader strategic transfer of wealth from poor to rich? What kinds of futures are possible and what can we do to help bring alternative futures about? Read more…

  • Getting respect: Responding to stigma and discrimination

    Posted on May 20, 2017

    Michèle Lamont, President of the American Sociological Association, was a keynote at TASA’s 2016 conference in Melbourne. Below is a summary of Michèle’s keynote address,

    [Editor’s note: This article was first published in The Sociologist, May 2016, pp. 3–5. It was subsequently republished in Nexus We thank the respective editors for permission to republish it here.]

    Racism is a common occurrence for members of marginalized groups around the world. Getting Respect [1] is a book that illuminates experiences of racism by comparing three countries with enduring group boundaries: the United States, Brazil, and Israel. This book is the result of a multi-year collaboration between sociologists living on three different continents. We joined forces to gain a better understanding of what racial tensions look like at the ground level from the perspective of the stigmatized.

    We delve into what kinds of stigmatizing or discriminatory incidents individuals encounter in each country, how they respond to these occurrences, and what they view as the best strategy—whether individually, collectively, through confrontation, or through self-improvement—for dealing with such events. We learned that “exit, voice, and loyalty” [2] take different forms across contexts (e.g. African Americans sue more), and this is what we aimed to document and account for. Read more…

  • 7 things you can do to help promote TASA

    Posted on May 17, 2017

    Do you want to help promote TASA while also showing off your impressive cultural, social, and symbolic capital by naming up your affiliation with Australia’s best sociological association? Here’s how!

    1. Put TASA in your email signature!

    You can do it simply, in plain text, something like:

    Member, The Australian Sociological Association (

    Or you can do something a bit more flashy (possibly annoying your colleagues in the process) and dazzle your email recipients with an upcoming conference flyer:

    You can download and embed this conference postcard file:

    There is also the ‘I am a member of The Australian Sociological Association’ image below that you could download and embed:

    2.Tag us in your Twitter bio

    By saying you are a member of TASA (@AustSoc on Twitter) you are both telling your followers (and potential followers) something about you, while also linking them to the TASA account. Professional affiliations are an important marker of your networks – make them visible!

    3.Include a reference to TASA in your Conversation articles & Conversation profile









    4.Pin up posters and flyers advertising TASA around your workplace

    5.Include a TASA power point slide at the beginning and end of all your lecture slides






    You can download and embed this power point slide file: TASA Power Point Slide for lectures

    6.Share the weekly newsletter with via your social media and by email to your colleagues and students

    The ‘sharing links’ are on the bottom of every newsletter like in the Members’ Newsletter – May 11, 2017

    7.Share this blog post with your colleagues, students and fellow members!

  • TASA 2017 Belonging in a Mobile World

    Posted on May 16, 2017

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    Submission close June 1.

    The University of Western Australia is pleased to host the 2017 Australian Sociological Association Conference, which returns to Perth after ten years. This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful UWA campus on the shores of the Swan River, from 27–30 November. As one of the most isolated cities in the world, with a very high migrant population and highly mobile workforce including temporary visa holders and fly-in-fly-out workers, but also with a range of issues around immobility, Perth is well placed to host a conference on the theme ‘Belonging in a Mobile World’. UWA promotes itself as being ‘in the zone’ – the same general time zone as 60 percent of the world’s population – a gateway to the Indo-Pacific region, ‘Looking north, thinking east, facing west’. Thus its relationship to this part of the world, its economies, cultures and peoples, and engagement with it through movement, commerce and technology, are key areas of interest. Read more…

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