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Gary Bouma's Legacy in Sociology

Emeritus Professor Gary Bouma AM Legacy in Sociology

At TASA Thematic Week this November, we will celebrate the life and scholarly achievements of Emeritus Professor Gary Bouma through a series of international and local presentations. There will be a time for reflection and response at the end of the presentations. This is a free session and we welcome you to join us. Please register via the Register Now button on the right hand side of this page. 

Wednesday November 24th starting at 9:10AM AEDT.

Presentations by:
Jim Spickard – Gary’s Global Contribution to Sociology of Religion and International Societies
Lori Beaman – Gary’s Contribution to the Religion and Diversity Project
Adam Possamai – Gary Bouma and the Australian Soul.

Jim Spickard is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Redlands, where he taught courses on the sociology of religion, homelessness and social inequality, social theory, and research design. He has written or edited seven books and authored over 80 journal articles and book chapters on such topics as theory in the sociology of religion, religious experience, religious social activism, human rights, and social science research methods. Read on... 

Lori G. Beaman, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., is the Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change, Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, and Director of the ‘Nonreligion in a Complex Future’ project ( She previously directed the 'Religion and Diversity Project' ( Read on... 

Adam Possamai
Adam Possamai is Professor in Sociology and Deputy Dean in the School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University. He is the (co)author and (co)editor of more than a dozen academic books, 5 novels, and close to 90 refereed articles and book chapters. He is the past President of the International Sociological Association’s Committee 22 on the Sociology of Religion. Read on... 


Andrew Singleton and Anna Halafoff - 'Mentorship and Recent Scholarly Reflections'

Andrew Singleton is Professor of Sociology and Social Research in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin. His research interests include spirituality, youth religion, new religious movements (including Spiritualism), global Christianity, secularisation, non-religion, religious change, religious movements in the Global South. Andrew has presented and published extensively in these areas both nationally and internationally. Read on... 

Anna Halafoff is Associate Professor in Sociology of Religion in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, Australia. She is also a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute’s Science and Society Network, Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS) Consortium, and AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network. Anna is a Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects on the Worldviews of Generation Z Australians and on Religious Diversity in Australia. Read on... 


TASA President, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy introducing and concluding the event with photo slide shows

Alphia Possamai-Inesedy is the Pro Vice Chancellor Engagement and Advancement, Chair of Academic Senate, Professor of Sociology and President of the Australian Sociological Association. She has worked as an Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Director of Sydney City Campus and was responsible for the co-creation of the Master of Research. Read on...  

Enqi Weng, Anna Halafoff and Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

Dr Enqi Weng is a media scholar and sociologist of religion. She completed her PhD in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University in 2018 and has since published her monograph Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversity (Routledge, 2020). Her doctoral thesis analysed media representation of religions in Australia, and revealed that public discussions about religion were not only primarily constructed and influenced by white male perspectives, British influences also problematically continued to shape these discussions in post-colonial Australia. Read on... 


Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 9:10 AM until 10:30 AM

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