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Thematic Group Conveners
The TASA Executive introduced Thematic Groups (TGs) in 2005. The groups are designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between TASA members working in similar areas. They are also intended to provide a vehicle for the organisation of the annual TASA conference. Currently, there are 26 TGs that reflect the diverse interests of the TASA membership.
Thematic Groups are the nucleus of the association and the conveners work hard to support their group members by overseeing their group's social media platforms, web pages, forum, blog, newsletter, conference submissions/program as well as organising events and an annual meeting. The thematic groups are represented on the Executive by a portfolio leader.
Convener/s are determined by the membership of the TGs, either through meetings at the TASA Annual Conference or through email communication with all TG members. Previous to 2019, all conveners changed over every three years. From November 2019, the convener term will be two years. Images & bios of the group conveners will be uploaded to this page soon.
In the meantime, if you are interested in being a thematic group convener for the November 2019 – November 2021 term, please let your current conveners know.
Thematic Groups Portfolio Leader: Sara James
Sara James is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She is a cultural sociologist whose research focuses on the changing role of work in people’s lives in an era when work is increasingly characterized by flexibility, uncertainty and precariousness. Her recent book Making a living, making a life: Work, meaning and self-identity (Routledge 2017) draws on in-depth interviews and cultural analysis to investigate the significance of work today, with a focus on vocation and the work ethic. Sara has been a TASA member since 2013. She was co-convener of the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group from 2014 to 2016. In this time, with Dr Nicholas Hookway, Sara organised and secured funding for two member events. One of these led to the publication of a special issue of M/C Journal, facilitating publication outcomes for a number of members. Sara is also a member of the Teaching Sociology Thematic Group and in 2016 she contributed to a session at the TASA Conference Postgraduate Day on engaging teaching practices. She has co-authored two text books: Key concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2018) and Sociology in Today’s World, 3rd edition (2014).