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Date: 2/26/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter February 27
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
Last week we emailed you about a pool of TASA funding - $3500 - available for Social Sciences Week (SSW) events that any TASA member can apply for. As a reminder, the application deadline is March 10. For the full details, please click here. If you have any questions or require assistance accessing the funding form, please contact Sally in  TASA Admin
Also, the nomination deadline for our 2 book prizes is this Sunday March 1, see below for details. 

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.

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.
Thematic Groups

Introducing the incoming conveners for the
Health thematic group:

Allegra Schermuly, Jacinthe Flore, Kiran Pienaar & Anthony Smith

Dr Allegra Schermuly is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. Before joining Monash, Allegra worked as a perioperative nurse in Australia and the UK. She completed her PhD at Monash University in 2018 on the topic of police legitimacy. With her industry background in nursing, Allegra uses her interdisciplinary skills in migration, employment and health-related research. Allegra is currently involved in a large-scale, international study looking at the career development prospects for migrant nurses in Australia. Her other research interests include the challenge for public institutions  ― such as law enforcement and healthcare ― to remain fit for purpose in rapidly changing, multicultural societies and the social inequalities that persist in access to justice and healthcare despite advances in digital technologies.
Dr Jacinthe Flore is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Her research focuses on the intersections of technology, health and society, and is situated in two interrelated areas: (1) the genealogy of psychiatric diagnoses, sexuality and medical techniques, and (2) pharmaceuticals, mental health and digital technology. Jacinthe's current work interrogates the nexus of digital technology, design and mental health, particularly artificial intelligence, wearable devices, wellbeing apps and fourth generation pharmaceuticals. She is the author of several articles published in international journals and her first monograph, A Genealogy of Appetite in the Sexual Sciences will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020.
Dr Kiran Pienaar is a Research Fellow in Sociology at Monash University. She has a multidisciplinary background in Gender Studies, Sociology and Applied Linguistics, and before joining Monash University she was a research associate at Curtin University's National Drug Research Institute. Kiran's research explores connections between health, gender, sexuality and the body, with a particular interest in the sociopolitical dimensions of health, and the implications of particular health interventions for marginalised populations. Her research has appeared in leading journals including Social Science and MedicineThe International Journal of Drug PolicyHealth; and Social Theory and Health. Her first book Politics in the Making of HIV/AIDS in South Africa was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.
Anthony KJ Smith is a Scientia PhD candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales. His research examines clinician perspectives on prescribing HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Australia, with a focus on the two distinctive contexts of New South Wales (NSW) and Western Australia (WA). The study uses a range of qualitative methods, including interviews, online story completion and observational fieldwork to allow for multiple lines of inquiry into different aspects of clinical prescribing. It includes an exploration of social norms in prescribing encounters, along with accounts from clinicians on the intricacies of prescribing PrEP. Anthony has published his work in leading international journals including Sociology of Health and Illness, and Health Sociology Review.
Members' Publications


Amy Thomas, Andrew Jakubowicz and Heidi Norman (2019), Does the media fail Aboriginal political aspirations? 45 years of news media reporting of key political moments. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press

Aboriginal political aspirations
For too long Australia’s media has failed to communicate Aboriginal political aspirations. This unique study of key Aboriginal initiatives seeking self-determination and justice reveals a history of media procrastination and denial. A team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers examine 45 years of media responses to these initiatives, from the 1972 Larrakia petition to the Queen seeking land rights and treaties, to the desire for recognition expressed in the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart. This analysis exposes how the media frames stories, develops discourses, and supports deeper historical narratives that corrode and undermine the intent and urgency of Aboriginal aspirations, through approaches ranging from sympathetic stalling to patronising parodies. This book can be used by media professionals to improve their practices, by Aboriginal communities to test media truth-telling and by anyone seeking to understand how Aboriginal desires and hopes have been expressed, and represented, in recent Australian political history. Read on... 

Leaver, Tama, Tim Highfield, and Crystal Abidin. 2020. Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures. Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN: 9781509534388 / 9781509534395 / 9781509534401

Instagram is at the heart of global digital culture, having made selfies, filters and square frames an inescapable part of everyday life since it was launched in 2010. In the first book-length examination of Instagram, Tama Leaver, Tim Highfield and Crystal Abidin trace how this quintessential mobile photography app has developed as a platform and a culture. They consider aspects such as the new visual social media aesthetics, the rise of Influencers and new visual economies, and the complex politics of the platform as well as examining how Instagram’s users change their use of the platform over me and respond to evolving features. The book highlights the different ways Instagram is used by subcultural groups around the world, and how museums, restaurants and public spaces are striving to be ‘Insta-worthy’. Read on... 

Book Chapters

Thomas, A. (2019). Tough love and talkfests: Discourses of Aboriginal policy in media reporting on Closing the Gap. In A. Thomas, A. Jakubowicz, & H. Norman (Eds.), Does the media fail Aboriginal political aspirations?: 45 years of news media reporting of key political moments (1st ed., pp. 177-195). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Thomas, A., Jakubowicz, A., & Norman, H. (2019). Introduction. In A. Thomas, A. Jakubowicz, & H. Norman (Eds.), Does the media fail Aboriginal political aspirations?: 45 years of news media reporting of key political moments (1st ed., pp. 9-29). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Thomas, A. (2019). The princess and the protestors: The 1972 Larrakia petition and discourses of failure in Aboriginal protest. In A. Thomas, A. Jakubowicz, & H. Norman (Eds.), Does the media fail Aboriginal political aspirations?: 45 years of news media reporting of key political moments (1st ed., pp. 37-56). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Thomas, A. (2019). The 'quite historic' compact that wasn't: media silence and the Two Hundred Years Later report. In A. Thomas, A. Jakubowicz, & H. Norman (Eds.), Does the media fail Aboriginal political aspirations?: 45 years of news media reporting of key political moments (1st ed., pp. 74-87). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Thomas, A., Jakubowicz, A., & Norman, H. (2019). Findings. In A. Thomas, A. Jakubowicz, & H. Norman (Eds.), Does the media fail Aboriginal political aspirations?: 45 years of news media reporting of key political moments (1st ed., pp. 232-241). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
The above chapters are available in the book here.

Journal: Special Issue

Abidin, Crystal, and Gabriele de Seta. (Co-editor) 2020. Private messages from the field: Confessions on digital ethnography and its discomforts. Journal of Digital Social Research 2(1).

Journal Articles

Andrea Waling, Anthony Lyons, Beatrice Alba, Victor Minichiello, Mark Hughes, Catherine Barrett, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen & Samantha Edmonds (2020) Older lesbian and gay men’s perceptions on lesbian and gay youth in Australia, Culture, Health & Sexuality, DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1696984
Pavlidis, A. (2020). Being grateful: Materalising ‘success’ in women's contact sport. Emotion, Space and Society, 35, 100673.
Haw, A. L. (2020). What drives political news engagement in digital spaces? Reimagining ‘echo chambers’ in a polarised and hybridised media ecology, Communication Research and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/22041451.2020.1732002
Forbes-Mewett, H., Schermuly, A C. and Hegarty, K. (2020) Aspirational Individuals, Hopeful Communities: Histories and Subjectivities of Precarity in Regional Australia. Critical Sociology. Online first:
Forbes-Mewett, H., Han G-S. and Wang, W. (2020) Together Here, Now and Forever: Chinese Immigrants’ Belonging in Australia, Family, Ethnicity and Memorialisation. Journal of Intercultural Studies (accepted 22 Jan 2020)
Nguyen-Trung, K., Forbes-Mewett, H. and Arunachalam, D. (2020) Social Support from Bonding and Bridging Relationships in Disaster Recovery: Findings from a Slow-onset Disaster. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Online first:
Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Somewhere Between Here and There: Negotiating Researcher Visibility in a Digital Ethnography of the Influencer Industry.” Journal of Digital Social Research 2(1): 56-76.
Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Minahs and Minority Celebrity: Parody YouTube Influencers and Minority Politics in Singapore.” Celebrity Studies (Online first)
Fitzpatrick, Scott J. (2020). Epistemic justice and the struggle for critical suicide literacy. Social Epistemology.
Thomas, A. (2020). Apocalypse now?Overland, Summer 2019 (237).
McCann, H. (2020) Look good, feel good. Overland, Summer 2019 (237). 

Research Reports

Greg Marston, Philip Mendes, Shelley Bielefeld, Michelle PeterieZoe Staines and Steven Roche (February 2020) Hidden Costs: An Independent Study into Income Management in Australia. The University of Queensland, Monash University & Griffith University. 

Informed News & Analysis

Greg Marston, Michelle Peterie, Phillip Mendes & Zoe Staines (February 26, 2020) ‘I don’t want anybody to see me using it’: cashless welfare cards do more harm than good. The Conversation. See also, 'Compulsory income management ‘disabling, not enabling’, study shows'.
Juliet Watson, Chris Maylea & Nicholas Hill (February 26, 2020) ‘They wouldn’t let me call anybody’: women in mental health wards need better protection from sexualThe Conversation. 
James Arvanitakis (February 22, 2020) Arvanitakis on American politics: Can the Democrats win? Open Forum. 


Dan Woodman (January 30, 2020) From school to work - managing that transition then and now. ABC Overnights. 
TASA 2020
Awards 2020

Early Career Researcher - Best Paper Prize

The TASA Prize for the most distinguished peer-reviewed article published by an Early Career Researcher is an annual process that uses academic peer review to select a paper of outstanding quality published in any journal during the previous three calendar years. This year, the Award will assess papers that were published from 2017 – 2019. Nomination deadline: June 30. For full details, and the form, please see the Award webpage. 

Service Awards

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

Special Issue 2022: Call for Guest Editors

Kate Huppatz and Steve Matthewman invite expressions of interest to guest edit the 2022 Special Edition of JoS. Special Editions may address any sociological theme that is likely to be of interest to the Journal’s readership. Papers featured in special editions are subject to the normal process of peer review. Selection of papers and coordination of the peer review process will be the responsibility of the Guest Editors. Papers may be selected via invitation or a general ‘call for papers’ (organised by the guest editors). Final copy for this special edition is due on the third of September, 2021 and publication will be in March 2022.
Expressions of interest deadline: June 22. Read on...
In case you missed it, the articles from the March issue of the journal are already available Online First. 
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...

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. 
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.
Current Scholarship Opportunities
Other Events, News & Opportunities

Report Launch

New: Understanding the context of racial and cultural exclusivism: A study of Melbourne neighbourhoods
The Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Australian Catholic University, and Australia Multicultural Foundation
March 17th, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne. Read on...


New: IV ISA Forum of Sociology (July 14-18, 2020)
Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality
Early bird presenter registration deadline: March 19. Read on...

New: Reinventing Australia
The International Australian Studies Association (InASA)
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 30 November - 2 December
Postgraduate bursaries and ECR workshops on offer.
Submission deadline: March 31. Read on...

New: Politics in the Age of Disruption and Realignment
Australian Political Science Association
21st to 23rd September, Macquarie University, Sydney
Submission deadline: 3 May. Read on...

New: Social Science Methodology Conference
The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI)
University of Sydney, December 2-4
The call for session convenors is now open. Read on...

Call for Abstracts: Universal Basic Income and the Organisation of Work
The Sociology of Work, Labour and Economy Thematic Group Conveners are inviting sociologists and broader social and political scientists to submit abstracts for a special panel on ‘Basic Income and the Organisation of Work’, to be presented at the Basic Income Earth Network’s 2020 conference (BIEN2020) and also at The Australian Sociological Association’s 2020 conference (TASA2020). These events, which are two months apart from each other, will form developmental workshops to develop research papers for a special issue of a scholarly journal, focussed on ‘Universal Basic Income and the Organisation of Work’. 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):
TOMORROW 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...

Social Boundaries of Work. Politics and ideologies of work
Polish Sociological Association
Warsaw, 28-29 October
Submission deadline: April 30. Read on...

RC33 Best Paper Awards

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...

Summer School

New: 10th Marie Jahoda Summer School of Sociology: Research and Activism
14-18 September, Department of Sociology of the University of Vienna, Austria
Application deadline: 29 February. Read on...


New: Facing Fitzgerald: A Red Letter Day for Qld Sex Workers - Townsville CQU
Wednesday, March 25, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM AEST
CQUniversity, Townsville. Read on...
New: Australian Women’s Leadership Symposia
The Australian Women's Leadership Symposia are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce. Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and September, the Symposia are an unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent.
An attendance discount of 25% is currently available by entering code ANSY20 at the time of booking (available until each symposium sells out). Read on...

Housing Theory Symposium
Housing, care and relationality under neoliberalism
University of Tasmania, Hobart, 11-12 June
Abstract submission deadline: March 1. Read on... 


'Moving Data' - movement methods workshop
Vitalities Lab, Tuesday 10th March, 10:30am - 12:00pm, UNSW, Sydney
Registration deadline: 6th March 2020. Spaces are limited. Read on...
Decolonizing Visual Methods with Displaced and Refugee Youth
Vitalities Lab, Monday 9th March, 10:30am, UNSW, Sydney. 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.
TONIGHT February 27, 6pm UTC. Read on...
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