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Date: 3/11/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter March 12
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
The International Sociological Association (ISA) is monitoring the updates from the World Health Organization with regards to the health risks associated with coronavirus and will act accordingly for the ISA Forum in July 2020. So far, they have adopted the following measures:

- Extension of the deadline for presenters' registration to 19 April 2020
- Registration fees will be reimbursed:
- To presenters who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated
   travel restrictions, unless they want to present their papers in virtual format
- To attendees who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated travel
- To everyone in case the Forum is finally cancelled for sanitary safety reasons

Congratulations to Mel Baak on being presented the 2019 University of South Australia EASS Early Career Researcher Award.

Mel Baak
Melanie is a Research Fellow in the School of Education and the convenor of the Migration and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet). Her research and teaching interests broadly cover areas of equity and inclusion, particularly in schools, with a focus on refugee education and resettlement.

In recent research projects she has collaborated with several refugee background communities recently resettled in Australia to explore themes including; belonging, schooling and education, employment, identity, home, place, transition, family and gender. She is currently a chief investigator on an ARC Linkage study exploring how schools foster refugee student resilience. Read on... 

Thematic Groups

Introducing the incoming conveners for the
Ageing and Sociology thematic group:

Maho Omori & Jack Lam

Dr Maho Omori is currently a Research Fellow at Monash University. Maho is also involved in a research project with Dr Sue Malta (the former convener of the Ageing and Sociology group) and a scholar in Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University. Prior to the current positions, Maho was a Research Fellow at National Ageing Research Institute.
Jack Lam
Dr Jack Lam is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland Institute for Social Science Research and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. He is a mixed-methods sociologist and conducts research in families, health and ageing. Much of his research focuses on understanding variations in health and wellbeing among older adults and couples. He is particularly interested in understanding how social inequalities may exist and compound as individuals age, and how institutions may act to reduce such inequalities. His scholarly contributions focussed on these issues are showcased through publications in journals such as the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Social Science & Medicine, and the International Journal of Care and Caring. In addition to traditional academic research, he is also actively engaged in research with government departments and third-sector organisations. He also serves as an Executive Board Member for a leading provider for in-home aged care services in Brisbane, and is on the expert reference committee for the 2020 National Carer Survey, run by Carers NSW, a peak non-government organisation.
Members' Publications


Possamai, A., & Blasi, A. J. (Eds.) (2020) The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion. Sage Publishing. 

The Sage Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion
The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion takes a three-pronged look at this, namely investigating the role of religion in society; unpacking and evaluating the significance of religion in and on human history; and tracing and outlining the social forces and influences that shape religion. This encyclopedia covers a range of themes from:
• fundamental topics like definitions
• secularization
• dimensions of religiosity to such emerging issues as civil religion
• new religious movements
This Encyclopedia also addresses contemporary dilemmas such as fundamentalism and extremism and the role of gender in religion. Read on... 

Journal Articles

Thorneycroft, R 2020, ‘Crip Theory and Mad Studies: Intersections and Points of Departure’, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 9(1): 91-121.
Thorneycroft, R 2020, ‘If not a Fist, then what about a Stump: Ableism and Heteronormativity within Australia’s Porn Regulations’, Porn Studies, DOI: 10.1080/23268743.2020.1713872.
Pei-Chun Ko (2020) Investigating social networks of older Singaporean learners: a mixed methods approach, Educational Gerontology, 46:4, 207-222,
Drysdale, K., Bryant, J., Hopwood, M., Dowsett, GW., Holt, M., Lea, T., Aggleton, P., Treloar, C. (2020). “Destabilising the ‘problem’ of chemsex: diversity in settings, relations and practices revealed in Australian gay and bisexual men’s crystal methamphetamine use”, International Journal of Drug Policy. Online 14 February 2020.
Haw, A. L. (2020). Duelling discourses: A rhetorical device for challenging anti-asylum sentiment in Western Australia. Journal of Australian Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14443058.2020.1737178

Informed News & Analysis

Belinda Hewitt & Niels Blom (March 11, 2020) Most couples are less satisfied when the woman earns moreThe Conversation. 
Signe Ravn & Steven Roberts (March 9, 2020) Young men on sexting: it’s normal, but complicated. The Conversation. 
Louise St Guillaume (March 5, 2020) Sick or disabled people on Newstart face 'unrealistic' obligations to find work. The Guardian. 




Quarter 1, 2020 Issue, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.


Louise St Guillaume (March 5, 2020) Newstart, Poverty and Disability. ABC Statewide Drive with Fiona Wyllie (interview starts at 2:38:22). 
Nicholas Hookway (February 26, 2020) Lose yourself in the music, not your phone. ABC Hobart. 
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

Call for a new editorial team 2021 - 2024

The TASA Executive seeks to appoint a new editorial team for the Journal of Sociology for the four-year term 2021–2024. The term of the current editors expires at the end of 2020, although copy for the first issue of 2021 will be organised.The journal receives financial and administrative assistance from TASA and from the publisher, Sage. Manuscript submission is done on-line through ScholarOne.
All members of the editorial team (Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors) must be TASA members and ideally will be located within a department of sociology or a School/unit that offers a major sequence of sociology, including doctoral studies. The Executive are willing to consider applications from an editorial team at a single university or a consortia of staff at two or more universities. Such consortia will be required to demonstrate that they have the capability to work effectively across locations. TASA will provide the Managing Editor with a complimentary TASA membership. 
Expression of interest deadline: June 1. For the full details, read on...

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...
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.
Monash University, Clayton campus
Current Scholarship Opportunities
Other Events, News & Opportunities

Book Launch

New: Understanding Risk-Taking by J. O. Zinn
Wednesday 18 March 2020, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
The Linkway, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne
Introduced by Prof. Alan Petersen (Monash University) and Dr. Signe Ravn (University of Melbourne).
For catering purposes, please RSVP by 15th March at understandingrisktaking@gmail.comRead on...

National Library of Australia Fellowships

New: Fellowships are open to researchers from Australia and overseas undertaking advanced research projects. Eight funded fellowships will be awarded for research areas where the Library’s collections have the depth to support the desired outcomes.
Application deadline: April 24. Read on...

Fremantle Network and Politics in the Pub

New: Make Renting Fair
Featuring: Vachel Spirason (Tenancy WA), Trish Owen (Tenants Action Group of WA), and Harry Davies (Bellourt Property Group)
Tuesday, March 31, 7.00pm - 9.30pm
The Local Hotel, South Fremantle

EOI in taking on Making Multicultural Australia website and associated multimedia data collection

Commenced in the 1990s as a three CD ROM set, and going online early this century, the Making Multicultural Australia website and database provides a unique perspective on and resource base for understanding Australia’s development as a multicultural nation. The website was created by the multimedia team at the NSW Board of Studies (in Education) and built under the direction of Andrew Jakubowicz, a professor of sociology at the University of Technology Sydney. It was last updated in about 2013. The Board changed its priorities in about 2015, and since then it has been privately supported on an Amazon server. It is also archived on Pandora and the Way Back machine. There are 250 items under the “sociology” search term, and many hundreds of items (video, audio, image, text) available online, accessed through a very efficient internal Google search engine. Read on...

Journal: Call for Papers

Diversity and Work Atmosphere in Research Organisations
For an edited collection, the editors are seeking contributions that present empirical findings of a qualitative or quantitative nature on the relationship between an individual's diversity characteristics and his or her perception of working environment in research organisations worldwide.
Submission deadline: April 22nd. Read on...

Report Launch

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...


Working towards a better future through partnerships and co-operation
The National Disability Insurance Scheme
19 - 21 October 
Brisbane Mercure, 85/87 N Quay, Brisbane. Read on...

Indigenous Mental Health & Suicide Prevention 
The National Disability Insurance Scheme
21st – 23rd October
Brisbane Mercure, 85/87 N Quay, Brisbane. Read on...
Interculturalism in a Polarised World
The UNESCO Chair on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice and the Journal of Intercultural Studies
23–25 September, Deakin University
Abstract submission and panel proposal deadline: May 4. Read on...
Visions: Possibilities, Performance and the Past
The Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia
16–19th June, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
Submission deadline: Tomorrow March 13. Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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...
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...
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