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Rural Issues Symposium – The future of rural sociology in Australia

CALL FOR PRESENTERS:

Rural Issues Symposium – The future of rural sociology in Australia, 2019

La Trobe, Bendigo

Friday 28th June

Key Dates
Abstracts and scholarship applications due: Friday 22nd March
Abstract and scholarship decision notifications: Friday 29th March
Registration closes: Tuesday 30th April

The Rural Issues thematic group of TASA is pleased to host this symposium, ‘the future of rural sociology in Australia’ taking place at the La Trobe campus in Bendigo, Victoria on Friday the 28th of June. It will include keynote presentations from Professor Barbara Pini, Griffith University and Professor Robyn Eversole, Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology. In recognition of the unique social experiences of rural, remote, and regional residents, the symposium aims to bring together students, researchers, applied sociologists, community and social services professionals and academics engaging with a range of issues pertinent to rural, remote and regional Australia. It is hoped that this symposium will facilitate in-depth dialogue between attendees and provide opportunities to identify and engage with potential collaborators from a range of backgrounds and with different expertise.

We invite you to submit a paper title and abstract of no more than 200 words for a short presentation (approx. 15-minute time allocation) on topics, themes, projects, works-in-progress or project proposals relevant to the theme and audience – those interested in and/or engaging with a range of issues pertinent to rural, remote and regional Australia. Postgraduate students, early career researchers and those working in the field in unwaged or casual positions are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract.

To support attendance, two scholarships of $250 each are available for TASA members who are either postgraduate students or unwaged or casually employed whose work is relevant to rural, remote and/or regional Australia and informed by sociological thought. Applications will be assessed on: quality and relevance of abstract to the symposium’s theme and aims; location/distance from venue; financial hardship; care responsibilities; and commitment to TASA. To apply for one of these scholarships, please email your application to Dr Christina Malatzky at christina.malatzky@unimelb.au using the subject line ‘[your surname and first initial] Rural Issues symposium scholarship application’.

To submit your abstract, please email it to Dr Christina Malatzky at christina.malatzky@unimelb.au using the subject line ‘[your surname and first initial] Rural Issues symposium abstract submission’.

To register for the symposium, please go to goo.gl/QQd6V8. A small registration fee ($15 for TASA members who are postgraduate students, casually employed or non-waged, otherwise $36) will be charged to cover the costs of catering.