- Thursday 12 September 2019University of Technology, SydneyTaking the forthcoming ten-year anniversary of the My School website as a starting point this one day summit will focus on broader themes associated with education wherever it is happening, such as:
TASA 2019 Diversity & Urban Growth
Western Sydney University (WSU) is pleased to host the 2019 Australian Sociological Association Conference, a return to Sydney for the first time since 2010. WSU’s School of Social Sciences and Psychology and Institute of Culture and Society will hold the conference in Greater Western Sydney (GWS) at their new Parramatta City campus and at other sites nearby. Submissions close May 27, 2019.
Political Emotions Conference
The Australian Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group (TASA_SEA), together with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), invites you to a two-day conference on political emotions, to be held in Adelaide on 22-23 July 2019.
The TASA Carer’s Travel Bursary is designed to assist TASA members who have primary caring responsibilities by providing funds to assist with the costs of additional care required while they present their research at the TASA annual conference.The bursary assists carers up to the amount of $700. TASA provides up to 5 bursaries per year for researchers who are the primary carer of one or more child under 5 years of age as well as unpaid caring responsibilities for family members who have a disability or chronic health condition.The bursary is intended to assist with the financial challenges associated with these caring responsibilities. Applicants should note that expenses can be claimed before or up to one month after the conference. Receipts must be provided and be in alignment with the proposed budget. There is one round for applications:
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced two new regional visas as part of a national population plan. The Skilled Employer Sponsored and Skilled Work regional visas require workers to live outside major cities for three years before they can apply for permanent residency. Morrison said the new visas would benefit communities “looking for more people to come and settle in their districts, to fill jobs, inject more life into their towns, and shore up the important education and health services for the future”.
However, newly released statistics on regional population growth in Australia in 2017-18 show current growth is heavily concentrated in the capitals. People clearly prefer to settle in these cities. So how can migration to the less favoured regional centres be made to work? Read more…
Raewyn Connell (2019) The Good University: What universities actually do and why it’s time for radical change. Monash University Publishing.
Yuri Contreras-Vejar, Joanna Tice Jen and Bryan S. Turner (Eds.) Regimes of Happiness: Comparative and Historical Studies. Athem Press.
Robert van Krieken (2019) Georg Franck’s ‘The Economy of Attention’: Mental capitalism and the struggle for attention. Journal of Sociology.
Lilly Brown (2019)Indigenous young people, disadvantage and the violence of settler colonial education policy and curriculum. Journal of Sociology.
Jenny Chesters (2019) Egalitarian Australia? Associations between family wealth and outcomes in young adulthood. Journal of Sociology.
Informed News & Analysis
Jessica Richards, Eric Anderson & Keith D. Parry (1 March, 2019)Rugby league may finally have reached its tipping point on player behaviour and violence. The Conversation.
Stewart Lockie (1 March, 2019) People and issues outside our big cities are diverse, but these priorities stand out. The Conversation.
Na’ama Carlin (March 18, 2019) What I learned from my year of having no things. SBS Life.
Sophie Lewis, Karen Willis and Rebecca Olson (March 15, 2019) If you’ve got private health insurance, the choice to use it in a public hospital is your own. The Conversation.
Alan Scott, TASA member and Applied Sociology Thematic Group Continuing Education Officer
In NSW we are one election down and another one to go, sometime soon. For the rest of you, you have just one. All this talk and argument has reminded me of the originator of “democracy”. Plato, the Greek philosopher used the name in his analysis of governments. Democracy was the fourth in his list, and he describes it as Democracy “a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.” He later goes on to say that democracy easily degenerates into dictatorship and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery. Read more…
CALL FOR PAPERS: SYMPOSIUM + POST GRAD WORKSHOP
“Social Suffering in the Neoliberal Age: Classificatory Logic and Systems of Governance”
Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus, Sydney, Australia, July 18-19th, 2019
Post Grad Workshop: Wednesday, 17 July 2019.
Chris Grover, University of Lancaster www.lancaster.ac.uk/sociology/people/chris-grover
Corrinne Sullivan, WSU www.westernsydney.edu.au/staff_profiles/uws_profiles/ms_corrinne_sullivan
Jason De Santolo, UTS, Sydney www.uts.edu.au/staff/jason.desantolo
Paddy Gibson, UTS, Sydney www.uts.edu.au/staff/padraic.gibson
Dear Associate Professor Matthewman (Steve)
I write to you on behalf of the TASA Executive to express our deepest sympathy to our Aotearoa-New Zealand colleagues in SAANZ following the Christchurch terror attacks. We offer a particular message of support to members in Christchurch, members of Muslim heritage and those directly affected by Friday’s tragedy. The shocking and callous attack on the Muslim community at a time and place both sacred and vulnerable was an attack on a city finding its feet after previous tragedy. It is also a profound attack on shared values of peace, tolerance and respect for diversity and human rights. Many of our TASA members have deep connections to New Zealand and are feeling the impact of this attack but we also recognise with horror that the person responsible was Australian and his violent extremism cultivated here. Your TASA neighbours have you in our thoughts but realise it is also a time for action. It is a time to commit sociology, to renew our efforts to understand and counter the roots of extremism and hate, particularly at this time the dangers of white supremacy, its narrative and the politics that supports it.
As friends and colleagues, you are in our hearts this week and we offer solidarity as the New Zealand community heals and repairs.
You arrive at your local public hospital for treatment. The hospital staff ask for your name, date of birth and address. They ask if you have Medicare and private health insurance. Then they ask if you would like to be admitted as a public or private patient. You’re unsure. You’re left wondering whether this decision will affect the care you receive.
Almost all patients will be asked, either verbally or via a standard admission form, whether they have private health insurance and wish to use it.
In our research projects we’ve spoken to Australians with private health insurance who have received treatment in public hospitals. Many people say they find it difficult to decide whether to be a private or public patient. They are unsure of the benefits and costs, and where to find this information. Read more…