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Katy Richmond


Katy Richmond
(neé Catherine Worcester) was born on 3rd May 1938 in Melbourne. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in history from the University of Melbourne in 1960, Richmond began her academic career with a string of tutoring positions in history, first at the University of Melbourne, then Monash University and the Australian National University (1960-64). During this period Richmond became friendly with Jean Martin, who introduced her to the discipline of sociology. In 1964, Richmond enrolled in a coursework masters program in sociology at the Australian National University, one of Australia’s first sociology courses. Two years later (1966), Richmond was appointed to a lectureship position at La Trobe University, where she remained for the rest of her academic career, publishing on the subjects of deviance, women in the workforce, health policy and mental illness. Richmond was fundamental to the institutionalisation of sociology in Australia. She was pivotal to the creation of the Medical Sociology Section (1967) and the Women’s Section (1976) of SAANZ (TASA’s predecessor) [link to the webpage on the thematic groups] and also contributed to the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology as Business Manager (1967). Richmond has represented TASA internationally, and was instrumental in encouraging the International Sociological Association’s Executive Council to consider holding a World Sociology Congress in Australia (which finally took place in Brisbane in 2002). But her contribution to Australian sociology extended far beyond this. Over a period of nearly four decades, Richmond not only served as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of SAANZ/TASA, but also organised sociology conferences at La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus in 1976 and 1989, and at its Beechworth campus in 2004. She was a recipient of the TASA award for Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology in 2004. Richmond retired in 2006 as Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne (Bundoora).

Kate Huppatz (L) and Steve Matthewman (R) congratulating Michelle Peterie on being the 2018 JoS Best Paper Award winner for Docility and Desert: government discourses of compassion in Australia’s asylum seeker debate

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