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Date: 5/6/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter May 7
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
Our inaugural TASA Thursdays Rapid Peer Support session, hosted by Ash Watson is on at midday today. Once a month, Ash will host a rapid peer support session via Zoom. Each session will involve two speakers, who will talk about a problem they are facing in their sociological work for five minutes. This is an opportunity to talk candidly with others, to develop ideas and work you may be finding difficult to progress in a supportive and collegial space. Other participants (peer supporters) will then have twenty minutes to ask questions of each speaker. Please limit this time to brief questions only – there will be later opportunities to engage in dialogue, give advice, and suggest readings.
You can join today's Rapid Peer Support session via this Zoom link to participate as a peer supporter. 

TASA Thursdays - save the dates:
The inaugural Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session,hosted by Ben Lohmeyer, is next Thursday May 14, 12:30PM - 1:30PM AEST, via Zoom: This first session will focus on Postgraduate Research in the next 6 months in a panel discussion of the challenges and opportunities when doing Postgraduate research as a result of Covid-19. The panel will include a postgraduate and international student representative, postgraduate research supervisors, and experts in precarious employment. The panel will also take questions from the audience.
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with Alan Petersen presenting, May 21, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom"COVID-19, loneliness and digital media"
Casual Catch-up with 2018 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award recipient David Rowe, May 2812:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom The topic of David's discussion will be announced on May 21st. 
Rapid Peer Support session hosted by Ash Watson, Thursday June 4,  12:00PM - 1:00PM AEST
Volunteer to be a speaker here:
Join the monthly Zoom meeting to participate as a peer supporter. 
Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session hosted by Ben LohmeyerThursday June 11, 12:30PM - 1:30PM AEST, via Zoom: “Pitching your research in the context of COVID-19”. This session will be suitable for postgraduates and early career researchers. 
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson. Speaker TBC. June 1812:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Casual Catch-up with 2017 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award recipient Johanna Wyn, Thursday June 2512:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom “Implications of COVID-19 for researching young people”. 

Members' Publications


Barbara Barbosa Neves (2020) COVID-19 and Ageism, ABC Far North, May 6 (from 2:53:02). 
Brady Robards, Helen Forbes-Mewett, Allegra Schermuly, Claire Tanner, Karla Elliott, Jo Lindsay, Steven Roberts, Barbara Barbosa Neves (2020) Counting the COVID-19 social cost: How people are faring in the pandemic. Lens, May 4.
David Rowe (2020) In Sydney, the Magic Hour Means Noise. It’s Heavenly to Hear. The New York Times, May 4.
Anna Halafoff, Enqi Weng, Gary D Bouma & Greg Barton (2020) Religious groups are embracing technology during the lockdown, but can it replace human connection? The Conversation, May 1. 
Jenny, L. Davis, Erika Altmann, Peta S. Cook, Simon Copland, Helen Keane, Gemma Killen, Stewart David Lockie, Ben Lyall, Annetta Mallon, Bianca Manago, Lizzie Maughan, Mikayla Novak, Rebecca Olson, Elaine Pratley, Judy Rose, Suzanne Schrijnder, Naomi Smith, and Matthew Wade et al. (2020) 'A Crowdsourced Sociology of COVID-19', Contexts. April  27.
Yvette Maker (2020) Care, Support and COVID-19, Melbourne Social Equity Institute Blog Series, April 23.
Ramón Spaaij (2020) Coronavirus crisis increases inequality in the sports worldSport Knowhow XL, April 23.

Book Chapters

Nicholas, L. (2020). ‘Genderation: Am I allowed to be non-binary too?’ Non-Binary Lives: An anthology of intersecting identities. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

Journal Articles

Burns E. A., Fogelgarn, R., & Billett P. (2020). Teacher Targeted Bullying and Harassment in Australian Schools: A Challenge to Teacher Wellbeing. British Journal of Sociology of Education. doi:10.1080/01425692.2020.1755227
Petra Bueskens, ”Mothers reproducing the social: Chodorow and beyond,” Journal of Psychosocial Studies, Volume 13, Number 1, March 2020, pp. 65-86
Ashlin Lee, Adrian Mackenzie, Gavin J. D. Smith & Paul Box (2020) Mapping Platform Urbanism: Charting the Nuance of the Platform Pivot. Urban Planning, March 13. 

Research Reports

Storr, R., Robinson, K.,., Davies, C., Nicholas, L. & Collison, A. (2020). Game to Play? Exploring the Experiences and Attitudes Towards Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity Amongst Same Sex Attracted and Gender Diverse Young People. Sydney; Western Sydney University

Informed News & Analysis

James Arvanitakis (2020) Arvanitakis on American politics: Don’t believe the social media hype. Open Forum, May 2. 


Lyall, B. (2020) ‘Narratives in numbers’, Cognitive Sensations, April 7. 


Introducing a new podcast series, Teeny Topics,  hosted by Ben Lohmeyer, our current Postgraduate Portfolio Leader. Teeny is a tiny podcast about teeny topics like Youth, Young People and Youth Work. Questions asked include, 'Is youth really the best time of your life? Why do adults cause so much trouble for young people? Are “Millennials” really lazy? What do young people care about? How can I show I care about young people? The first two podcasts in the series are now available: 
Ben Lohmeyer & Peta Cook (2020) Ageism and Covid-19 with Dr Peta CookTeen Topics, April 30
Ben Lohmeyer (2020) Youth Spirituality: Portraits of Shy Hope with Dr Phil Daughtry, Teen Topics, April 23.


Note, all 2020 Awards will be presented during an online event later this year. 

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. While not necessarily a lifetime achievement award, candidates for the Distinguished Service Award would usually be nearing the end of their careers.
For the full details, please see the award web page here.
Nominations close May 31st.

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. There are many ways in which this can occur, but in all cases the quality of the service is the determining criterion, rather than the quantity alone.
For the full details, please see award page here.
Nominations close May 31st. 

Teaching Sociology Award

This award celebrates outstanding contributions to enhancing the pedagogy, practice or outcomes of teaching and learning sociology in Australia.It recognises contributions at the disciplinary level (rather than acknowledging excellence in teaching within the classroom or institutions).
For the full details, please see award page here.
Nominations close June 15. 

Sociology in Action Award

This scholarship seeks to encourage the participation of sociologists working outside academe (in areas such as private industry, government and non-government organisations, and private contract and consultancy work) with The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). The TASA Executive would like to encourage non-academic members who have conducted applied research or written sociological papers on their work to apply for the scholarship.
For the full details, please see the award page here.
Nominations close June 15. 

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 (ie the 2020 Award will assess papers that were published from 2017 – 2019).
For the full details, please see award page here.
Nominations close June 30.

Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award

This new annual award recognises the impact and engagement of a Postgraduate TASA member’s scholarship that is of high social value to Australian society and/or sociology. This award is not limited to publications but also to outstanding contributions in teaching, community work and non-traditional academic outputs. The award seeks to value and encourage an understanding of scholarship and impact that extends beyond publication and citation metrics. This award draws on the Boyer model of scholarship recognising the value of Discovery, Integration, Application and Teaching.
For the full details, please see the award page here.
Nominations close July 31st.
Thematic Groups
'Conversations About Global Partnerships in Comparative Research' with Assistant Professor Rochelle Cote from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. Rochelle will be discussing how to build and conduct comparative research on an international scale, building partnerships in research and publications in the realm of multiculturalism, racism and ethnic relations.
Hosted by the Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism thematic group
Tue, May 12, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM ACST. Read on...
In case you missed it, the recording of the inaugural NextGenMEM Conversation 'Ethics in Migration and Refugee Research' can be accessed via TASA's YouTube channel

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...

Health Sociology Review

New - Call for papers: November 2021 Special Issue 

Progressing critical posthuman perspectives in health sociology

Sociologists have increasingly engaged with more-than-human understandings and posthuman perspectives on health and illness to move beyond dualistic understandings of the biological and the social, agency and structure, digital and physical. With a focus on ontology, health sociologists have fruitfully engaged with posthumanism to elucidate how health processes and experiences materialise through human-non-human relationality as biosocial environments. 
This Special Issue aims to consolidate, challenge and expand the contribution of posthuman thought to health sociology. Special Issue editors Kim McLeod & Simone Fullagar are seeking empirical and theoretical contributions which progress key themes currently emerging in the field.
To be considered for submission and review, please email an abstract of 250-300 words to Kim McLeod by 15 June 2020. Abstracts will be reviewed by 30 June 2020. A limited number will be selected to go forward for peer review. If selected to go forward, contributors must undertake to submit their piece for peer review by 1 February 2021.

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
New: Schooling, Parenting and Ethnicity: Asian Migration and Australian Education
Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Applications close 31 May 2020. Read on...

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

Online Seminar

New: The Monash Migration & Inclusion Centre online seminar: Dr Francesco Ricatti - 'Youth in the city: one place many cultures'
Tuesday 26 May 12-1pm (AEST)
For details, and to register: Read on... 

Call for Book Chapters 

New: Social Control Policies - Governing Human Lives and Health in Times of Pandemics
300 words suggestions to be submitted by 31st of May.
Chapters will be due by 30th of November, 2020. 
Read on...

Australian Research Network for Utopian Studies

Call for expressions of interest
The Australian Research Network for Utopian Studies is an emerging project launched by researchers of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. It aims to gather scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds willing to examine “utopia production”, broadly understood as the social processes through which cultural productions depicting alternative models of society, emancipatory projects or political ideals are generated, and its relation to transformative social change throughout history. If you are interested in this initiative, please send an email to Baptiste Brossard, preferably by May 10, 2020.
 For the full details, read on... 

International Sociological Association

All activities that have been prepared for the 2020 Forum will be maintained and the abstract selected for the Forum in July 2020 remain valid for the Forum in February 2021. Preliminary sessions program is available here.
The ISA have set a new calendar that allows Research Committees, Working and Thematic Groups to update and re-open some of their panels to new participants to replace the colleagues who will not be able to attend in February 2021.

16 - 25 October 2020: RC/WG/TG publish Calls for new abstracts
26 October – 12 November 2020: Submission of new abstracts via online platform
24 November 2020: Authors are notified about the acceptance or rejection of their abstracts
15 December 2020: Presenters final registration deadline

The RC/WG/TG will start diffusing the new calls for abstract in September.

Art/Research International special issue: Fiction as Research – Writing Beyond the Boundary Lines

Guest edited by Dr Ash Watson and A/Prof Jessica Smartt Gullion

(Submission due June 1; Anticipated publication date February 2021)

This special edition calls for submissions that progress the use and understanding of fiction in/as research. We seek authors who consider fiction in ways that move beyond translation, beyond instruction, and beyond utility. We invite contributions on fiction as research or fiction within the research process. We are particularly interested in ambitious pieces that attempt both – that creatively explore the complex relationships between practice (or method), form, theory, and context. That is, we seek pieces on or of fiction that offer critical analyses and consider the affordances and limitations of fiction in doing this work. Full call at

ECR Publication Subsidy Scheme

This publishing subsidy is designed to assist early career researchers working in Australian Studies.
International Australian Studies Association
Up to $1,500 in Award money
Closing Date: 5pm (EST), 30 June. Read on...

Conferences - online

Expected Inequalities and Unintended Symmetries
11-12 May
 Presentations and discussions will be broadcast live on the conference channel on YouTube
The program is available at


Social Boundaries of Work. Politics and ideologies of work
Warsaw, on 28-29 October
The Sociology of Work Section of the Polish Sociological Association in cooperation with Warsaw Branch of PTS and Institute of Sociology WFiS and Institute of Applied Social Sciences WSNSIR University of Warsaw
Submission deadline: 15th May. After 15th May they will announce if there will be any changes regarding the date of the conference, taking into account the constantly changing circumstances caused by COVID-19. Read on...
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Gift memberships are available with TASA.  If you would like to purchase a gift membership, please email the following details through to the TASA Office:

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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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