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Date: 3/18/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter March 19
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
We hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones well during what is a difficult time for everyone. In this current challenging environment, we invite you to share your ideas & analyses of the issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic (whether they've been published in academic journals or forums such as blogs, podcasts and The Conversation etc.). We will include them in this newsletter and promote them further via TASA's social media channels. If you have something you would like to contribute, please email the details to Sally in TASA Admin.
Also, Roger Wilkinson, our Digital Publications Portfolio Leader, is calling for contributions to a blog series about the impact of COVID-19 on work. Note, you can view the call without being logged in but if you would like to upload a post, please log in or email the details to Roger. We'd want to support your sociological voice where we can. 
Resource wise, Sage have created a microsite that highlights both social and behavioral sciences and medical sciences research on COVID-19 and more broadly on managing pandemics. They have also collated a collection of blog posts on impacts for researchers, instructors, and the public in general.
Please note, some or all of the events in this newsletter may have been cancelled or may be impacted down the track.
Call for UniSuper to divest from fossil fuel sector
TASA President Dan Woodman, on behalf of the Executive, has called for UniSuper to divest from fossil fuel sector:
This summer saw Australia endure a devastating and unprecedented bushfire crisis. The Australian bushfires have been linked to a hotter and drier climate caused by global warming and a failure by government and business to reduce carbon emissions. Limiting further dangerous emissions now requires significant cuts in fossil fuel use and an ambitious global response to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. In 2019 TASA released a public statement recognising the climate emergency and committed to showing leadership across sociology and academic networks to take actions that can drastically reduce and offset emissions. As part of this commitment to action, we call on UniSuper, the default super fund for university staff (professional and academic) to divest funding from companies that weaken action on climate change.
Previous submissions & statements made by TASA can be viewed here. 
Thematic Groups

Introducing the incoming conveners for the
Risk Society thematic group:

Jodie Bruning & Kiên Nguyễn-Trung

Jodie Bruning
Jodie Bruning is undertaking an MA (research) in sociology at the University of Auckland. The project aims to research institutional arrangements and cultures that shape public research investigating the potential for endocrine disrupting chemicals to harm human health. An Australian, as an undergraduate Jodie studied agribusiness (Monash University). Her research interests parse the global chemical regulatory environment and the social construction of risk, science production, knowledge and ignorance. Jodie is particularly interested in the development of transparent and accountable mechanisms to ensure there are effective controls on environmental chemicals that can intergenerationally protect human health and biodiversity at the level of the hormone. Jodie is a trustee of Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility (New Zealand) and a national council member of the New Zealand Soil and Health Association. Jodie has produced white papers and public submissions addressing pesticide regulation and freshwater policy-making; in addition to presenting to various policy committees and New Zealand regional councils. Her website is  Email:
Kiên Nguyễn-Trung is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology, Teaching Associate and Research Officer at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia. He is also Head of Social Studies Division at the Institute of Development Studies and Assistance (IDSA), Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA). His research interests are risk, disaster resilience, vulnerability, social capital, social inclusion, social media, and everyday life interaction. His PhD project focuses on how Vietnam’s rural communities in Mekong Delta employ varying social capital to reduce risks and their vulnerability and facilitate their recovery from natural disasters. Kien’s most recent publications include two book chapters on social vulnerability to natural disasters, and one journal article on social capital in disaster recovery. Kien has reviewed for many referred journals including Sustainability, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Remote Sensoring, and Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal. Email:
Members' Publications

Book Chapters

Phillips, T., Brömdal, A., Mullens, A., Gildersleeve, J., & Gow, J. (2020). "We don't recognise transexuals...and we're not going to treat you": Cruel and Unusual and the Lived Experiences of Transgender Women in US Prison. In M. K., Harmes, M. A., Harmes & B. Harmes (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration across Popular Culture (pp. 331-360). London: Palgrave Macmillan. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-36059-7.

Journal Articles

Cameron Duff, Renata Kokanović, Jacinthe Flore, Stuart D. M. Thomas, Felicity Callard & Lisa Blackman (2020) Perspectives on person-centred care for borderline personality disorder: a critical research agenda, Health Sociology Review, 29:1, 1-15, DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2020.1715815
Pienaar, K., Petersen, A., & Bowman, D. M. (2020). Managing risks or generating uncertainties? Ambiguous ontologies of testing in Australian healthcare. Health, early online.
Michelle S. Fitts & Karen Soldatic (2020) Who’s caring for whom? Disabled Indigenous carers experiences of Australia’s infrastructures of social protection, Journal of Family Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13229400.2020.1734478
Lara Sweeney, Katherine Carroll, Debbie Noble-Carr & Catherine Waldby (2020) Lactation after infant death: an analysis of Australian healthcare agencies’ online health information, Health Sociology Review, 29:1, 45-61, DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2019.1708206
Nick Osbaldiston,  Felicity Picken  & Lisa Denny (2020) Exploring emotional reflexivity in British lifestyle migration to Australia. Population, Place and Space.
Bridges, Donna., (10 March 2020). “Barriers for women in peacekeeping”. Policy Forum, International Women’s Day Special Edition. Asia and the Pacific Policy Society.
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:

Informed News & Analysis

James Arvanitakis (2020) Arvanitakis on American Politics: What now for the centre-left? The Open Forum, 14 March
Michelle O'Shea, Chloe Taylor & Jessica Richards (2020) Stadiums are emptying out globally. So why have Australian sports been so slow to act? The Conversation, 11 March


JaneMaree Maher (March ) International Women's Day & Gender Equality. 2Ser107.3
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.
New - Two new UTAS Sociology PhD Scholarships added to our Jobs & Scholarships Board
  1. Like Nowhere Else: Expectations, Experiences, and Practices of Working in Antarctica
  2. Action sports for girls
Current Scholarship Opportunities
Other Events, News & Opportunities

National Library of Australia Fellowships

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

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...


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...

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

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...


New: Drug trends in WA – Findings from the 2019 IDRS and EDRS
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
Thursday, 26 March 2020, 11am-12pm
Technology Park, Building 603, Level 2 Seminar Room (Room 213), Sarich Way, Bentley, WA. Read on...


New: Safe for women? Preventing gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units
Juliet Watson, Jayashri Kulkarni, Penelope June Weller, Vrinda Edan, &  Charlotte Jones
Monday, March 23, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM AEDT 
For details and to register, read on...

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