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Host the 2019 or 2020 TASA Conference: Call for Expressions of Interest

We are seeking expressions of interest for hosting the November 2019 and the 2020 TASA Conferences.

The annual conference is a key event for sociologists to present their research and network with peers, usually attracting over 400 participants. Hosting the conference is an ideal opportunity for a university, department or other workplace to showcase their achievements, and promote their strengths. Alternatively a collective of sociologists in and outside of the university sector in a particular city or region may wish to use the conference to highlight the benefits of sociology to a broader audience.

The intellectual input into the conference is provided by the Local Organising Committee, which will select the theme, invite guest speakers, determine the format and maintain overall responsibility for the success of the conference. The Local Organising Committee is also expected to appoint a media liaison who is responsible for engaging with the press about the conference generally and about specific papers which will be of interest to the public. TASA uses the services of a professional conference organiser to provide continuity in processes and assist in organising the administrative side of the conference.

In 2012, TASA introduced a reinvestment initiative in the form of a release grant, to be made available to the hosting organisation in the 12 months preceding the Conference. This is a sum of up to $15,000 to relieve the Local Organising Committee from some of their usual duties. This amount is to be repaid to TASA from the conference profits. Any remaining profits will be split evenly between the host organisation and TASA. Please note that the expression of interest needs to include a question about what a host will contribute to the event if they are going to be charging for venue use. TASA will not co brand if the host is charging for the venue without contributing to the event.

Expressions of interest for 2019 and 2020 are due to the TASA office ( on or before Friday November 17th, 2017. Please make clear in the submission whether it is for 2019, 2020, or either.

In preparing an expression of interest, please refer to TASA’s Conference Hosting Application Guidelines. For more information on hosting TASA’s 2019 or 2020 Conference, including preliminary inquiries, please contact TASA Vice-president: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy –