Travel Bursaries Award: TASA has provided funding to award two travel bursaries of $300 to postgraduate or casual/unwaged staff TASA members (who are living outside of Sydney) to attend the symposium. Recipients do not have to submit an abstract to receive an award. If you wish to apply for a travel bursary please email Anthony K J Smith firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Abstract Submission deadline: August 9. For full details of the event, read on…
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has re-ignited the ongoing debate about selective schools by announcing a new selective school will be built in the “key growth area” of southwest Sydney.
In announcing the school, the premier said:
There is strong demand for selective schools, with around 15,000 applications for only 4,200 places. This new school will provide another convenient local option for these students and their families.
But selective schools are never a “local option”. Selective school entry is open to anyone who meets the cut-off in the admissions test, regardless of where they live. Selective school students routinely travel for hours across Sydney to get to and from school.
And despite claims selective schools provide opportunities for gifted students across all socioeconomic backgrounds, the data actually show otherwise – selective schools are mainly comprised of advantaged students. Read more…
Informed News & Analysis
Peter “PJ” Holtum & Greg Marston (May 24, 2019) Uber drivers’ experience highlights the dead-end job prospects facing more Australian workers. The Conversation.
Elizabeth Humphrys (May 17, 2019) Hawke’s Complicated Legacy, on An Integral State: https://
Elizabeth Humphrys (May 20, 2019) We Live in Anti-political Times, at Overland Journal: https://overland.org.
Sarah Wendt, Kate Seymour & Kristin Natalier (May 16, 2019) An innovative way to counter domestic violence: provide housing for abusers. The Conversation. Read more…
Kerryn Drysdale (2019) Intimate Investments in Drag King Cultures:
The Rise and Fall of a Lesbian Social Scene. Springer.
Andrew Simon Gilbert (2019) The Crisis Paradigm: Description and Prescription in Social and Political Theory. Springer.
BERKA, A., MACARTHUR, J., MATTHEWMAN, S., POLETTI, S., and BARGH, M. (2018) ‘Policy Strategies for Inclusive Renewable Energy in Aotearoa (New Zealand)’, Policy Commons Blog, Public Policy Institute Te Whare Marea Tātari Kaupapa, University of Auckland, December 6, https://www.policycommons.
ac.nz/2018/12/06/policy- strategies-for-inclusive- renewable-energy-in-aotearoa- new-zealand/
Ravn, S., Barnwell, A., & Barbosa Neves, B. (2019). What Is “Publicly Available Data”? Exploring Blurred Public–Private Boundaries and Ethical Practices Through a Case Study on Instagram. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. https://doi.org/10.
MacLean, S., Maltzahn, K., Thomas, D., Atkinson, A., & Whiteside, M. (2019). Gambling in Two Regional Australian Aboriginal Communities: A Social Practice Analysis. Journal of Gambling Studies. https://doi.org/10.
Alan Scott, TASA member and Applied Sociology Thematic Group Continuing Education Officer.
The social and economic order that the social scientist observes and describes is the spontaneous result of the inchoate, often contradictory beliefs, desires, and opinions people have at a given moment. The patterns are not created by objective qualities of the items involved. The patterns, if there are any, arise as an unintended consequence of each individuals conscious actions. The social sciences, unlike the natural sciences, cannot make generalizations that allow for precise predictions of future events. Economics can describe what choices people have made in the past, but the data about the beliefs and desires and shifting values of the agent are subjective, unique, and only knowable by an individual at the moment of choice. There is no objective data on which a social scientist could base a general rule that would allow an accurate prediction of future beliefs, desires, and values. Planning to satisfy someone’s desires before he or she is in a position to choose is impossible. Any attempt to do so removes the freedom of the individual to make his or her own free choice at the moment.
This honour is accorded to a TASA member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation in and promotion of TASA over a number of years. There are many ways in which this can occur, but in all cases the quality of the service is the determining criterion, rather than the quantity alone. Nominations for this Award close this Friday May 27. Read on…
This award is made to a TASA member who has demonstrated outstanding, significant and sustained service to Australian sociology over many years. While not necessarily a lifetime achievement award, candidates for the Distinguished Service Award would usually be nearing the end of their careers. Nominations for this Award close this Friday May 31. Read on…
Great news, the local organising committee for TASA 2019 has EXTENDED the submission deadline, for abstracts and papers, by one week to Monday June 3rd. The submission deadline for conference scholarships, see below, has also been extended to June 3rd.
- Conference Scholarship for TASA Members with Disabilities
- Conference Scholarship for Sociology in Action
- TASA Precarious Work Scholarship Fund
- Postgraduate Conference Scholarship
- Carer’s Travel Bursary
- Jerzy Zubrzycki Postgraduate Conference Scholarship
The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) and the Regional Universities Network (RUN) is conducting a joint study on the factors and inequalities that influence students’ non-completions in Australian regional universities (CQUniversity, Southern Cross University, Federation University Australia, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland, and University of the Sunshine Coast). These factors might be positive or negative. E.g., a student finding a job/moving away or leaving due to financial difficulties. Read more…
TASA members Marina Khan & Yinghua Yu interviewed fellow TASA member Shanthi Robertson on migration, youth mobilities, and pathways.
Fran Collyer, Raewyn Connell, João Maia and Robert Morrell (2019) Knowledge and Global Power:
Making New Sciences in the South. Monash University Publishing.
Karen Soldatic and Kelley Johnson (Eds.) (2019) Global Perspectives on Disability Activism and Advocacy: Our Way. 1st Edition. Taylor and Francis.