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Date: 2/5/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter February 6
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
In case you are not aware, our new Member Directory enables you to indicate if you are available for supervision or mentoring as well as search for members who are available for one or both of those supporting roles. We are very happy to report that there are currently 31 members who have indicated their availability for mentoring. Please do get in touch with Sally in TASA Admin if you need assistance with the Member Directory or any other TASA related matters. 
Thematic Group Conveners

Introducing the incoming convener for the

Applied Sociology thematic group:

Sophie Hickey

Dr Sophie Hickey is a mixed-methods early career researcher, at Charles Darwin University, with a focus on social inequalities of health and workforce development in the Indigenous context. Her background is Sociology and Public Health and works in health service research. She currently manages a large longitudinal cohort study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and children designed to provide feedback to local service providers on best practice maternity care, that has seen a profound reduction in preterm birth for women accessing the new model of care. As an applied sociologist working within a large hospital, Sophie works in a very multidisciplinary team and uses institutional ethnography, participatory action research and implementation science to improve health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You can follow the Applied Sociology group via Twitter
XX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne, 2022

ISA 2022 Local Organising Committee: Call for Nominations

The Local Organising Committee will be comprised of TASA members holding specific portfolios which will each contribute to the smooth running of the World Congress. All roles will commence in March, 2020, and will involve working alongside the Professional Conferences Organisers and Conference Conveners. Details about the portfolios, as well as the nomination form,are available via this link. Note, after clicking the link, you will need to login to view the details and to nominate.
Members' Publications


Possamai-Inesedy, Alphia and Nixon, Alan (Eds.) (2020). The Digital Social: Religion and Belief. De Gruyter. 

The Digital Social
The edited volume aims to present a critical analysis of the current state of research on religion and belief systems in the realm of the ‘Digital Social’. The rapid expansion and democratization of digital technologies in conjunction with the significant shifts taking place within the practices of religion and belief through digital technology demand a critical examination across the social sciences and humanities. These changes call for an overview of not only our current methodological tool box but also the epistemological and ethical considerations that researchers must contend with. The proposed volume provides a critical framework that recognizes that the social, and therefore the religious, cannot be fully understood without recognizing how the digital world actively constitutes notions such as identity, social networks, embodiment, and social institutions. While some specific methods will be discussed, the volume’s emphasis remains on the critical epistemological and logistical considerations that are needed when undertaking this form of research. Read on...

Tamara Kayali Browne (2019) Depression and the Self: Meaning, Control and Authenticity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Replacement Depression and the Self
Depression is widely recognised as the leading disability worldwide. Though classified as a medical condition, depression also contains very personal and social aspects which are integral to the experience – as those who have experienced it know all too well. Drawing on research interviews with women who have experienced depression, this psychological study elucidates experiences of depression and the meanings attached to it. In so doing, Browne challenges current understandings of depression as a chronic and endogenous illness and stresses the importance of the perception of authenticity among depression sufferers. Written in plain language accessible to non-specialists, Depression and the Self argues that in depression, perceptions of control and the self are intertwined – and that this has important implications for diagnosis and recovery.

Note, a 20% discount is available; see the book flyer.

Disability Hate Speech: Social, Cultural and Political Contexts, 1st Edition. Edited by Mark Sherry et al. Routledge. 

Disability Hate Speech
This book, the first to specifically focus on disability hate speech, explains what disability hate speech is, why it is important, what laws regulate it (both online and in person) and how it is different from other forms of hate. Unfortunately, disability is often ignored or overlooked in academic, legal, political, and cultural analyses of the broader problem of hate speech. Its unique personal, ideological, economic, political and legal dimensions have not been recognized – until now.

Disability hate speech is an everyday experience for many people, leaving terrible psycho-emotional scars. This book includes personal testimonies from victims discussing the personal impact of disability hate speech, explaining in detail how such hatred affects them. It also presents legal, historical, psychological, and cultural analyses, including the results of the first surveys and in-depth interviews ever conducted on this topic in some countries. Read on...

Book Chapters

Possamai, A., Roose, J., Turner, B. S., Dagistanli, S., Voyce, M., Worthington, L., ( 2020) Shari’a in Cyberspace: An analysis of Australian and US Internet Sites. In Possamai-Inesedy, A., & Nixon, A. (Eds.) The Digital Social Religion and Belief. De Gruyter. China, pp. 129-150.
Nixon, A. (2020) Public Atheism and ‘Islamophobia’ on TwitterIn Possamai-Inesedy, A., & Nixon, A. (Eds.) The Digital Social Religion and BeliefDe Gruyter. China,pp. 153 -177.   
Possamia-Inesedy, A. (2020) The Study of Post-Secularization through the Digital Social.  In Possamai-Inesedy, A., & Nixon, A. (Eds.) The Digital Social Religion and BeliefDe Gruyter. China,pp. 178 - 196.   
Mark Sherry and Louise Walker (2020) Disability hate speech laws. In Sherry, M.,  Olsen, T., Vedeler, J.S., & Eriksen, J. (Eds.) Disability Hate Speech. Routledge. 

Mark Sherry (2020) Disablist hate speech online. In Sherry, M.,  Olsen, T., Vedeler, J.S., & Eriksen, J. (Eds.) Disability Hate Speech. Routledge. 

Mark Sherry and Solomon Amoatey (2020) Hate speech by carers: Exploring an Australian case. In Sherry, M.,  Olsen, T., Vedeler, J.S., & Eriksen, J. (Eds.) Disability Hate Speech. Routledge. 

Journal Articles

Blunch, N., Ribar, D.C. & Western, M. Under pressure? Assessing the roles of skills and other personal resources for work-life strains. Review of Economics of the Household (2020).
Rob Stones and Bryan S. Turner (2020) 'Successful Societies: Decision-Making and the Quality of Attentiveness', The British Journal of Sociology, 71(1) 183-199.
Staines, Zoe. 2020. Australia’s remote workfare policy: rhetoric versus reality of ‘community’ empowerment. Critical Social Policy
Pienaar, K., Murphy, D., Race, K. & Lea, T. (2020). Drugs as technologies of the self: Enhancement and transformation in LGBTQ cultures. International Journal of Drug Policy, 78 (April 2020). Published as Editors’ choice in the special section ‘The “ontopolitics” of drugs and drug policies’. Note, this article is available free for the next 45 days. 
Hendl, T. & Browne, T.K. "Is ‘gender disappointment’ a unique mental illness?." Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy (2019).
TASA 2020 
Awards 2020

Book Awards - call for nominations

Stephen Crook Memorial Prize

This book Prize was established to honour the memory of Professor Stephen Crook in recognition of his significant contribution to Australian sociology. The 2020 Prize covers books published in 2018 or 2019, as indicated by the publication date in front matter (please double check this as sometimes this date is different to the date your book was released/published). The full details are the prize are available on TASAweb. The nomination form can be accessed here. Nominations will close on March 1, 2020.

Raewyn Connell Prize

This book Prize was established to honour the work of Professor Raewyn Connell in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian Sociology.  The 2020 Prize will cover books published in 2018 or 2019, as indicated by the publication date in front matter (please double check this as sometimes this date is different to the date your book was released/published). The full details are the prize are available on TASAweb. The nomination form can be accessed here. Nominations will close on March 1, 2020.

Service Awards - call for nominations

Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award

This award is made to a TASA member who has demonstrated outstanding, significant and sustained service to Australian sociology over many years. 
Nominations close May 31st. For the full details, please see the prize page on TASAweb here.

Outstanding Service to TASA Award 

This honour is accorded to a TASA member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation in and promotion of TASA over a number of years.
Nominations close May 31st. For the full details, please see the prize page on TASAweb here.
TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology

  1. a call for expressions of interest to guest edit the 2022 special issue; and 
  2. a call for expressions of interest for the JoS editorial team for 2021 - 2024. 
You can sign up for New Content alerts for Journal of Sociology and receive an alert for the latest full issue as well as when new articles are published online? See here. 

Health Sociology Review

2021 Special Issue - call for papers  
Towards a Global Sociology of Trans and Gender Diverse Health.
After years of advocacy for improved recognition and action, the health and well-being of trans and gender diverse people is receiving overdue attention. In some parts of the world, gender-affirming care is made available in forms which explicitly support a diverse range of gender identities, service preferences and affirmation goals. However, good quality models of care are unevenly available and face a range of threats, creating heightened uncertainty for those who need to access them.
The aim of this special issue is to enhance knowledge on what supports and complicates the provision of health care and support for trans and gender diverse people across different parts of the world.
Full paper submissions are due: 15 June 2020. Please email Christy Newman at to indicate your interest and to access the 'Intention to submit' document, which we ask all prospective authors to complete as soon as possible. Read on...


In case you missed it, you can catch up on the final 2019 Nexus issue via TASAweb on the Emailing page (scroll down to Nexus).  

Jobs Board

The Jobs Board enables you to view current employment opportunities. As a member, you can post opportunities to the Jobs Board directly from within your membership profile screen. 
Note: two new opportunities have been listed this morning - Research Fellowships/Senior Research Fellowships (Levels B and C) in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course, at the Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.
Current Employment Opportunities
PhD Scholarships

Scholarships Board

The Scholarships Board enables you to view available scholarships that our members have posted. Like the Jobs Board, as a member, you can post scholarship opportunities directly from within your membership profile screen.
Note: new scholarship listed since the last newsletter.
Current Scholarship Opportunities
Other Events, News & Opportunities

RC33 Best Paper Awards

New: Call for Applications for the 1st RC33 Awards for Best Papers
The Board of RC33 is pleased to announce the introduction of two awards for best social science papers! These two awards will highlight excellent published work by RC33 members. Winning articles will each be awarded a prize of 300 €. The awards will be presented at the 10th RC33 Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus taking place 8th-11th September, 2020.
Application deadline: March 31. Read on...


Indigenous and Intercultural Research: Issues, Ethics, and Methods 
Learn practical tips for designing and conducting research across cultures. In particular, they speakers will explore issues, ethics, and methods for researchers to consider when studying formerly colonized societies, indigenous people, or historically oppressed communities. Panelists will include Dr. Bagele Chilisa, author of Indigenous Research Methodologies a University of Botswana Research and Evaluation Specialist, and Dr. Deborah McGregor, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at York University in Toronto.
February 27, 6pm UTC. Read on...

Coaching Program

“Closing the Gap” is a 6 week group coaching program designed to help early and mid-career academics ‘close the gap’ and build their strategic research capacities through purposeful action in a vibrant, supportive group setting.
Sundays, from 23 Feb to 29 March, 2:00-3:30pm AEST, AUD600 incl. GST, via Zoom. Read on...

Monash Seminar Series

MMIC Seminar Series: A/Prof Pierluigi Musarò (University of Bologna) - 'Aware Migrants: the role of information campaigns in the management of migration'
Tuesday 12 February, 1-2pm, Elizabeth Burchill Room, E561, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
For the full details, and the RSVP,
read on...


Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress
International Congress: Basic income, the ecological crisis and a new age of automation
September 28th – 30th, Brisbane, Australia (UQ / QUT)
Submission deadline (extended): February 28. Read on...
Law and Digital Society: Re-Imagining the Futures
Research Committee for the Sociology of Law
Lund/Sweden, 24-26 of August
Submission deadline: March 15. Read on...
Australia as a Risk Society: Hope and Fears of the Past, the Present and the Future
European Association for Studies of Australia
13-16 October, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy
Submission deadline: February 15. Read on...
Social Boundaries of Work. Politics and ideologies of work
Polish Sociological Association
Warsaw, 28-29 October 
Submission deadline: April 30. Read on...
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Upon receiving the above details, TASA will email the recipient with full details on how they can take up the gift membership. You will receive the Tax Invoice, via email, after the recipient completes the online membership form.

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