Social Sciences Week is an opportunity for social scientists to engage non-academic audiences with cutting edge social science research, to showcase the diversity and relevance of social science. It will include interactive community and school-based events, bringing the social sciences to life, particularly for the next generation of university students, social scientists and citizens. The below video is of one of the 2018 Social Sciences Week events.
The panel discussion included two specialist forensic investigators, Dr Xanthé Mallett and Duncan McNab who outlined the evidence of the case, presented what lead them to the prime suspect (Harry Phipps) and the technology that was central to the recent excavation.
South Australian youth worker and youth sociologist, Ben Lohmeyer, also joined the panel to comment on the way that the nature of childhood has changed since the disappearance of The Beaumont Children.
The Beaumont Children: investigations and implications of cold-cases.
Toffoletti, K., Thorpe, H., & Francombe-Webb, J. (Eds.). (2018). New Sporting Femininities: Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Milner Davis, Jessica, Roach Anleu, Sharyn (Eds.). (2018). Judges, Judging and Humour. Palgrave Macmillian.
Rikke Guldager, Karen Willis, Kristian Larsen & Ingrid Poulsen (2018). Relatives’ strategies in subacute brain injury rehabilitation: The warrior, the observer and the hesitant. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Meredith Nash & Robyn Moore (2018), ‘I was completely oblivious to gender’: an exploration of how women in STEMM navigate leadership in a neoliberal, post-feminist context’, Journal of Gender Studies
Deborah Lupton & Sarah Maslen (2018). The more-than-human sensorium: sensory engagements with digital self-tracking technologies. The Senses and Society.
Informed News & Analysis
Steve O’Brien (July 25, 2018). Going backwards is the new going forward. The Herald.
Karen Soldatic (July 26, 2018), New report brings Sri Lankan women living with a disability ‘Out of the Shadows‘. Western Sydney University News Centre.
TASA 2018 (2018). Why are so many academic conferences hostile to women? The Guardian
Leah Ruppanner & Brendan Churchill (August 6, 2018). Sorry, men, there’s no such thing as ‘dirt blindness’ – you just need to do more housework. The Conversation.
David Rowe (August 3rd, 2018). Angela Williamson’s sacking shows gulf between Cricket Australia’s words and deeds. The Conversation.
Jo Lindsay & Deb Dempsey ( August 4th, 2018). As common names become uncommon, parents feel pressure to perform. The Sydney Morning Herald.
Kate Fitz-Gibbon, JaneMaree Maher, Jude McCulloch & Sandra Walklate (August 3, 2018). Victorian government should be wary of introducing a stand-alone offence of non-fatal strangulation. The Conversation.
Vivienne Waller (June 30, 2018). Planet or plastic? Australian Academy of Science
Juliet Watson (August 12, 2018). ‘Just a piece of meat’: how homeless women have little choice but to use sex for survival’. The Conversation
Sumnall H & MacLean S (2018) ‘Volatile substance abuse – a problem that never went away. The Conversation. 8 August, 2018
Roberts, Steven, Elliott, Karla & Maloney, Marcus (2018), ”Battleground: masculinity’ – The importance of highlighting men’s contestations of manliness’, Discover Society.
Catherine Robinson (August 7, 2018). Comment: Why ‘Filthy Rich & Homeless’ enables the homeless to tell their own stories. SBS
Petra Bueskens (August 9, 2018). It’s OK To Be Right, But Careful What You Wish For Lauren Southern. NewMatilda
Kristin Natlier (August 30, 2018). What type of relationship should I have with my co-parent now we’re divorced. The Conversation.
Dan Woodman (August 28, 2018). With Scott Morrison, Gen X are now in charge. But will this close the generational divide? ABC News.
Sue Malta & Raelene Wilding (August 26, 2018). The digital divide: small, social programs can help get seniors online. The Conversation.
Julia Cook (August 6, 2018). Reflecting on an ISA session addressing Andy Furlong’s legacy. TASA Youth.
Ann Game (August 3, 2018). Belonging in Anghiari: Paola Foni (Part 2). Living in Relation.
Joseph Borlagdan (August 15, 2018). A very public sociology.
James Arvanitakis (August 10, 2018). Islamic Studies Network launch at WSU
Deborah Lupton (August 16, 2018). Using graphic narratives for research translation and engagement
Ann Game (August 24, 2018). Belonging in Anghiari: Lorenzo Sbragi. Living in Relation
Deborah Lupton (August 26, 2018). Findings from the Young Australians and Digital Health Project. This Sociological Life
Alan Scott (August 29, 2018). Socially, nothing much has changed.
Michael Walsh (August 30, 2108). Creating video abstracts: a few hints and tips
Dan Woodman (August 8, 2018). What are the chances of young people getting work? ABC Overnights
Na’ama Carlin (August 8, 2018). “Na’ama Carlin on dissonant universities” Chattersquare
Nicholas Hookway (August 17, 2018). Young adults staying at home longer than before. ABC Hobart
Michael Walsh (July 4, 2018). Walsh & Clark (2018) Co-present Conversation as “Socialized Trance”
James Arvanitakis (August 7, 2018). 5 Mistakes Conference Presenters Make!
Kirsten Harley (August 17, 2018). Kirsten – NeuroNode
Michael Walsh (5 February, 2017). Sociology with Michael Walsh
Edition #3 of So Fi Zine is out now. Featuring sociological fiction and art by TASA members, plus guest editorials by Les Back and Nirmal Puwar. Read it online at sofizine.com.
Allegra Schermuly, Monash University and Andy Schermuly, Clinical Facilitator, Theatres, Royal Children’s Hospital. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The article is the final of the 5 in the Professionalisation series.
Timmons and Tanner have explored occupational boundary disputes involving theatre nurses and Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) in the UK (2004). In Australia, conflict over whether nurses or anaesthetic technicians (ATs) should assist the anaesthetist in the operating theatre is a classic example of an occupational boundary dispute. By suggesting a framework for how this dispute manifests itself – titles, territory, scope of practice, registration, compliance with national standards, alliances – this brief article aims to contribute to the way such disputes are conceptualised. Read more…
Olivia King, Monash University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The article is the 4th of 5 in the Professionalisation series.
Professionalisation is not a finite process with a clear and unchanging end-point but rather an on-going journey characterised by efforts to establish spheres of expertise and achieve aspirational objectives in the face of interprofessional competition [1-3]. Milestones such as national registration, title protection and legislative reinforcement for specific practices (such as prescribing) offer relative security to profession-based statuses and have historically featured as key objectives for the healthcare professions. In spite of these milestones, the healthcare professions are considered as dynamic as the social, political and demographic contexts within which they exist and even the most ostensibly consolidated professions are vulnerable to undermining [1, 2]. There are similarities between historic and contemporary professionalisation campaigns in healthcare, in that the key objectives remain the same for the emerging professions such as natural medicine practitioners . There are also some marked differences due to the vastly altered social and political contexts. There are three major, inextricably linked factors influencing the context within which healthcare professionalisation occurs: shifting demographic trends and disease patterns (such as burgeoning rates of chronic disease), health policy directives and diminishing medical dominance [5-9]. Read more…
Tom J. Kehoe, University of New England. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The article is the 3rd of 5 in the Professionalisation series.
The academic profession is changing rapidly creating challenges for Australian doctoral programs and their graduates. Reflecting university requirements, hiring committees often seek impeccable credentials in discipline research and in teaching, including in course design and knowledge of relevant higher education literature. Applicants for first lectureships should have taught extensively–including online–and developed curricula. Terms like “blended” and “flipped” learning should be familiar. Formal qualifications like a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education are often expected. Read more…
Carmel Hobbs, La Trobe University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The article is the 2nd of 5 in the Professionalisation series.
“Ultimately what determines how children survive trauma, physically, emotionally, or psychologically, is whether the people around them – particularly the adults they should be able to trust and rely upon – stand by them with love, support and encouragement” (Perry & Szalavitz 2017, p.5)
It is estimated that up to 40% of young people are exposed to traumatic events (Brunzell, Waters, & Stokes, 2015). Complex trauma (repeated, extreme, ongoing rather than a one off event) such as child physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, and family violence, alter a child’s brain structure, function, and chemistry. This impacts cognitive functioning including concentration, thinking, memory, and focus. Trauma limits self-regulatory and relational capacities, the consequences of which are often seen in the classroom. While it is important that trained health professionals address this trauma, positive impacts on students’ learning can also emerge if teachers and schools staff take a trauma-informed approach. Read more…
Edgar Burns, La Trobe University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission. The article is the first of 5 in the Professionalisation series.
Professionalisation, like other concepts in the crosshairs of intense and sustained social contestation, has multiple, even contradictory, meanings. Its most conventional usage refers to the 200+years historical development of occupations and professions within Western modernity. This linear model assumes progress from craft to occupation to profession, building modern knowledge, sometimes traced to earlier centuries. Often progressive science is presumed to be the basis of the evolution of professions, but this sits oddly with professions like law, social work, teaching, journalism and divinity that are not science- or technology-based. At different times many occupations have been thought to be professionalising but are not recognised as such today. Some that did not fully professionalise are described as semi-professions, but that explains little. Today, exclusion by social class, gender and ‘race’ make much better sense of stalled professionalisation (e.g. Witz, 1992). Read more…
Marina Khan, Western Sydney University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission.
It was a great pleasure to receive a scholarship to present my study at my very first TASA conference in 2017. I had just submitted my Master’s thesis and was awaiting the PhD scholarship announcements. The timing couldn’t have been better, because I was in the process of applying for scholarships and working on possible publications from my research. At the same time, the idea of presenting my work to field experts and academics was a bit nerve-wracking, especially since this would be my very first presentation ever. However, the beautiful surrounds of the UWA campus and the extremely supportive group of people at TASA calmed my nerves, and the Conference resulted in my having an intellectually and socially stimulating experience. Read more…
Bruce Curtis, Waikato University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission.
“Congratulations and well wishes poured in from all corners of the globe following the news of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford welcoming a baby girl into the world.” “Welcome to our village wee one,” Ardern wrote on Instagram at 6.15pm on Thursday. The little girl [Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford] …. was born at 4.45pm. “Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. We’re all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital.” Ardern, 37, posted a photo of the baby, alongside herself and partner Clarke Gayford. “I’m sure we’re going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people. Thank you,” Jacinda Ardern said. Both mum and the baby are doing well. (Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz, 21 June, 2018) Read more…
Alexia Maddox, Deakin University. Please note, this article was originally published in the online TASA publication Nexus. It has been reprinted here with the Editors’ permission.
The next TASA Conference is on the 19–22nd November, 2018, with the theme Precarity, Rights and Resistance. The conference will be held in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne at the Burwood campus of Deakin University. In this article, Local Organising Committee members Grazyna Zajdow, Anna Halafoff and myself reflect on how the conference themes were chosen and the highlights that we can anticipate. These include fantastic domestic and international keynote speakers in an all-woman line up. There will also be two stellar panels focusing on academic precarity in higher education, and refugee rights in Australia. We are also excited to say that this conference will be an inclusive conference, where we’ve articulated the scholarships and facilities in place to support a greater diversity of participants. Read more…