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Past Annual Conferences

TASA Annual Conference is the major academic activity each year. It is usually held in late November / early December and is hosted by a university, with support from the TASA Executive and a Professional Conference Organiser. The Conference features keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, a trade display and social events, and provides opportunities for networking with colleagues from Australia and overseas. The conferences are large enough to showcase a broad cross-section of cutting-edge Australian research, and small enough to remain friendly and accessible. The general details of past annual conferences are listed below.
Click here for full content of each past TASA Annual Conference
Year Date Venue Theme Convener/s
 27-29 November  University of Sydney Sustaining the Social: Voices, Cultures, Natures  Kim Humphery
 2022    November 28 - December 2nd University of Melbourne  Social Challenges, Social Change  Peta Cook
*2021   22 - 26 November Online TASA Thematic Week Peta Cook
*2020    23 - 26 November Online Sociological Insights for the 'Now' Normal Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
2019 25-28 November Western Sydney University Diversity & Urban Growth Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
2018 19-22 November Deakin University, Burwood Precarity, Rights and Resistance Grazyna Zajdow
2017 27 - 30 November University of Western Australian Belonging in a Mobile World Farida Fozar and Catriona Stevens
2016 28 November - December 1 Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Cities and Successful Societies Mark Chou

23 - 26


James Cook University. Held atShangri-La Hotel in Cairns Neoliberalism and contemporary challenges forthe Asia-Pacific. Theresa Petray &Anne Stephens
2014 24 – 27 November University of South Australia Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities Brad West
2013 25 - 28 November Monash University, Clayton Reflections, Intersections & Aspirations: 50 Years of Australian Sociology Catherine Strong, Nick Osbaldiston, Helen Forbes-Mewitt (with JaneMaree Maher, Anita Harris, Alan Peterson, Harry Ballis)
2012 26 - 29 November University of Queensland, Brisbane Emerging and Enduring Inequalities Alex Broom, Lynda Cheshire, Janeen Baxter, Mara Yerkes, Peter Walters and Judy Rose
2011 29 November -1 December University of Newcastle, Newcastle Local Lives, Global Networks Steven Threadgold and Emma Kirby
2010 6-10 December Macquarie University, Sydney Social Causes, Private Lives Selvaraj Velayutham, Norbert Ebert, Sheila Watkins, Michael Fine and Heather Middleton
2009 1-4 December Australian National University, Canberra The Future of Sociology Stewart Lockie, David Bissell, Alastair Greig, Maria Hynes, David Marsh, Larry Saha, Joanna Sikora, Dan Woodman
2008 2-5 December University of Melbourne, Melbourne Re-imagining Sociology Tim Marjoribanks, Jo Barraket, Jui-shan Chang, Andy Dawson, Marilys Guillemin, Millsom Henry-Waring, Andrew Kenyon, Renata Kokanovic, Jenny Lewis, Dean Lusher, David Nolan, Priscilla Pyett, Rosemary Robins, Deborah Warr, Johanna Wyn
2007 4-7 December University of Auckland, New Zealand Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons Bruce Curtis, Steve Matthewman, Tracey McIntosh and Marueen Baker
2006 4-7 December University of Western Australia and Murdoch University, Perth Sociology for a Mobile World Val Colic-Peisker, Farida Tilbury and Bev McNamara (with Loretta Baldassar and Raelene Wilding)
2005 6–8 December University of Tasmania, Hobart Community, Place and Change Rob White and Roberta Julian (with Maggie Walter, Reannan Rottier, Mark Stranger, Della Clark, Lyn Devereaux)
2004 8–12 December La Trobe University, Beechworth Revisioning Institutions: Change in the 21st Century Katy Richmond
2003 4–6 December University of New England, Armidale New Times, New Worlds, New Ideas: Sociology Today and Tomorrow Peter Corrigan (with Michael Bailey, Sharon Gallen, Margaret Gibson, Gail Hawkes, Eric Livingston, John Scott and Steven Thiele)
2002i 5–6 July University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Sociology in the Antipodes: Gateways, Frontiers, Trajectories Zlatko Skrbis (with Barbara Adkins, Scott Baum, Angela Coco, Michael Emmison, Nicole Shephard and Ian Woodward)
2001 13–15 December University of Sydney, Sydney - Robert van Krieken
2000 6–8 December Flinders University, Adelaide Sociological Sites/Sights Debra King and Jason Pudsey
1999 7–10 December Monash University, Clayton Sociology for a New Millennium Harry Ballis (with Dan Lennon, Lyle Munroe, Steven Russell and Pam Reynolds)
1998 1–4 December Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Refashioning Sociology: Responses to a New World Order Gavin Kendall (with Malcolm Alexander, Sandra Harding, Paul Harrison and John Western)
1997 9–12 December University of Wollongong, Wollongong Shifting Structures, Shifting Sociology Trish Vezgoff
1996 4–8 December University of Tasmania, Hobart Community, State, Nation Tim Scrase
1995 5–8 December University of Newcastle, Callaghan Tolerance, Diversity and Social Inequality John Germov
1994 7–10 December Deakin University, Geelong Human Rights Grazyna Zajdow (with Ray Jureidini)
1993 12–15 December Macquarie University, Sydney Social Theory in Practice George Morgan and Ken Johnston
1992 10–13December Flinders University and University of South Australia, Adelaide - Claire Williams and Sharyn Roach Anleu
1991 10–14 December Murdoch University, Perth Empowerment, Regulation and Social Change Gary Wickham and Cora Baldock
1990 12–16 December The University of Queensland - Claire Runciman
1989ii 8–12 December La Trobe University, Bundoora - Katy Richmond
1988iii 28 November – 2 December Australian National University, Canberra - Stephen Mugford
1987 14 –17 July University of New South Wales, Sydney - John Buchner
1986 9 –12 July University of New England, Armidale - Mary Wilke and Steven Thiele
1985 30 August – 2 September University of Queensland, Brisbane - Paul Boreham
1984iv - - - -
1983 25–28 August Melbourne College of Advanced Education, Carlton - Roger Woock, Bruce Wilson and Johanna Wyn
1982 26–29 August University of New South Wales, Sydney - Frances Lovejoy and Ann Daniel
1981 28 November - 1 December Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand The crises within our discipline as well as the crises in the societies we are studyingv Colin Goodrich
1980 23–26 August University of Tasmania, Hobart - Peter Gunn, Jan Pakulski and Malcolm Watersvi
1979 Canberra College of Advanced Education, Belconnen Sociology and Social Change: The Challenge of Relevance Cedric Bullard
1978 18–21 May University of Queensland, Brisbane - Michael Cass
1976 4–6 August La Trobe University, Melbourne - Katy Richmond and G.Ternowetsky
1975 University of Waikato, New Zealand - David Bettison
1974 23–25 August University of New England, Armidale - J.S. Nalson
1971 21–23 May University of Queensland - D.J. Tugby and John Western
1970 23–26 August Australian National University, Canberra - Jerzy Zubrzycki
1969 23–25 August Monash University, Clayton - Anne Edwards
1968 1–3 February Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand - J.H. Robb
1967 21–23 January University of New South Wales, Kensington - Sol Encel and Athol Congalton
1965 21–23 August Monash University, Clayton - Max Marwick
1964 Australian National University, Canberra - W.D. ‘Mick’ Borrie
1963 Australian National University, Canberra - W.D. ‘Mick’ Borrie


[i] In this year, the TASA conference was immediately followed by the ISA XV World Congress at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, 7–13 July, hosted by TASA. This event was held at QUT and the Brisbane Convention Centre. The local organizing committee was from the University of Queensland, chaired by Jake Najman. The Media release for this event can be accessed here.
[ii] This was the first conference organised under the new name of the association – TASA.
[iii]In this year, the separation between the New Zealand and the Australian sections of the association became official.
[iv] No SAANZ conference held this year.
  * Due to the pandemic, the 2020 & 2021 conferences were moved online. In both years, the original destination was at the Australian National University with local organising committee members Paul K. Jones (chair), Baptiste Brossard, Melinda Cooper, Simon Copland, Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Maria Hynes, Adrian Mackenzie & Catherine Waldby. The theme was to be 'Broken World'. 



2012 Local Organising Committee

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