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Date: 6/10/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter June 11
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
Today's Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session hosted by Ben Lohmeyer will feature panel members Steve Threadgold, Barbara Barbosa Neves, Steve Mathewman & Karen Willis. We welcome you to join in at 12:30pm today (AEST), via Zoom to discuss “Pitching your research in the context of COVID-19”. 
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker Anna Anderson on 'Critical activity today'. Next Thursday June 1812:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom  Anna will raise the problem of whether scholarly critiques of culture and society reliant on theories such as ‘broken worlds’ or ‘risk society’ are out of touch with the ways critique is being practiced in culture and society by the new social movements and political groups. Dr Anna Anderson has published journal articles and book chapters on the discourses and government of youth, contemporary interrelations between risk and politics, and on using Michel Foucault’s key concepts and methods. Her current research examines the ways risk and risk-taking operates both as a partner and adversary to the operation of various forms of modern power. Anna's most recent publication won the TASA / Sage Journal of Sociology Best Paper Award
Pending TASA Election
Every two years a TASA Executive Election is held. The next call for nominations will be disseminated to all members on July 1. We encourage all members to consider standing for an Executive position. Read on...

TASA Thursdays - Save the date
Casual Catch-up with 2017 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award recipient Johanna Wyn, Thursday June 25, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom“Implications of COVID-19 for researching young people”. 
Rapid Peer Support session hosted by Ash Watson,Thursday July 2,  12:30pm - 1:30pm 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 Simon Copland: Thursday July 9, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom: 'Using Digital Research Methods' with panel members Brady Robards, Akane Kanai, Crystal Abidin & Shanthi Robertson. 
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with Michael Flood speaking on 'Unpacking and Reconstructing Masculine Norms in Australia'July 23, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
TASA ThursdaysJuly 30 session TBC: 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Rapid Peer Support session hosted by Ash Watson,Thursday August 6,  12:30pm - 1:30pm 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 Lohmeyer: Thursday August 13, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom: Topic, TBC.
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker Timothy GrahamAugust 20 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom Timothy researches social media platform architectures and online social networks, with a particular interest in mis- and disinformation, social bots, and ratings and ranking devices. Recently, he has researched trolls and information disorder during the most recent 2019-2020 bushfire season, and conspiracy theories about Covid-19. In this webinar, Timothy will discuss how sociologists can research on-going social and political issues through a combination of computational and qualitative methods.
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker Naomi Pfitzner on COVID-19 and domestic violence, September 17, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson. Poverty and homelessness. Speaker TBC October 1512:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson. US election and the impact on Australia.  Speaker TBC November 1212:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom 
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with Adele Pavlidis, Catherine Palmer & Suzanne Schrijnder each presenting on their area of expertise to the topic, 'Sport, leisure and the #newnormal: sociological insights for developing an agenda for change'. December 1012:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom

Members' Publications


Shanthi Robertson (2020) Who gets to stay in Australia? SBS Television, airing July 1. The series profiles 13 migrants and their families who want to settle in Australia but face a tough Immigration system for better or worse.
Meredith Nash (2020) The Leadership. Premiering at the Sydney Film Festival on 10 June. Set against the planet’s last untouched wilderness, The Leadership unearths the profoundly troubling systemic obstacles to women's advancement in science and beyond.


Sexual Citizenship and Queer Post Feminism
Ruby Grant (2020) Sexual Citizenship and Queer Post-Feminism: Young Women’s Health and Identity Politics. Routledge. 
Sexual Citizenship and Queer Post-Feminism makes new connections between post-feminism and queer theory to explore the complexities of contemporary gender and sexuality. In a wide-ranging examination of sex education, safe sex, and sexual healthcare, this book demonstrates how queer post-feminist discourses practically shape young women’s lives.

Bisexual, pansexual, non-binary, queer. With the ever-expanding scope of gender and sexuality categories, some feminists have bemoaned a "shrinking of the lesbian world." But how do young women understand these identity politics? Drawing on extensive interviews with queer young people, this book offers a timely exploration of the links between identity, sex, and health. Read on...

The two books below - Fields, Capitals, Habitus and The Australian Art Field - have been produced out of an ARC Discovery project, Australian Cultural Fields: National and Transnational Dynamics, which sought to develop the cultural sociological approach of Pierre Bourdieu in the Australian context.
Fields, Capitals, Habitus: Australian Culture, Inequalities and Social Divisions
Tony Bennett, David Carter, Modesto Gayo, Michelle Kelly & Greg Noble
Fields, Capitals, Habitus provides an insightful analysis of the relations between culture and society in contemporary Australia. Presenting the findings of a detailed national survey of Australian cultural tastes and practices, it demonstrates the pivotal significance of the role culture plays at the intersections of a range of social divisions and inequalities: between classes, age cohorts, ethnicities, genders, city and country, and the relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Read on... 
Note: you can access a 20% discount via the book flyer.
The Australian Art Field
The Australian Art Field: Practices, Policies, Institutions
Tony Bennett, Deborah Stevenson, Fred Myers & Tamara Winikoff
The Australian Art Field brings together leading scholars and practitioners to take stock of the frictions generated by a tumultuous time in the Australian art field and to probe what the crises might mean for the future of the arts in Australia. 
 This book will be of interest to scholars in contemporary art, art history, cultural studies, and Indigenous peoples. Read on... 
Note: you can access a 20% discount via the book flyer.

Spina, N., Harris, J., Bailey, S., Goff, M. (2020). 'Making It' as a Contract Researcher. London: Routledge,

Making it as a contract researcher
The ‘Insider Guides to Success in Academia’ offers support and practical advice to doctoral students and early-career researchers. Covering the topics that really matter, but which often get overlooked, this indispensable series provides practical and realistic guidance to address many of the needs and challenges of trying to operate, and remain, in academia.

These neat pocket guides fill specific and significant gaps in current literature. Each book offers insider perspectives on the often implicit rules of the game – the things you need to know but usually aren’t told by institutional postgraduate support, researcher development units, or supervisors – and will address a practical topic that is key to career progression. They are essential reading for doctoral students, early-career researchers, supervisors, mentors, or anyone looking to launch or maintain their career in academia.


Dan Woodman (2020) Generation COVID | The COVID Conversation. The New Daily, June 9. 
Rae Cooper and Sarah Mosseri (2020) Pandemic has impacted on women most significantly. The Sydney Morning Herald, June 5. 
Myra Hamilton, Emma Kirby & Georgia van Toorn (2020) COVID-19 places spotlight on dying alone. Australian Ageing Agenda, May 27. 

Journal Articles

Meredith Nash & Hanne Nielsen (2020) Gendered Power Relations and Sexual Harassment in Antarctic Science in the Age of #MeToo, Australian Feminist Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2020.1774864
Hanckel, B., Milton, S. & Green, J. Unruly bodies: resistance, (in)action and hysteresis in a public health intervention. Soc Theory Health (2020).
Marston, Greg and Peterie, Michelle (2020). Is universal basic income a desirable alternative to conditional welfare?. Social Alternatives 39 (1) 39-46.
Ruth Lane, Dharmalingam Arunachalama, Jo Lindsay & Kim Humpery (2020) Downshifting to care: The role of gender and care in reducing working hours and consumption. Geoforum, Volume 114, August 2020, Pages 66-76. Note, full version available online. 
Barnes, T. (2020). Pathways to precarity: Work, financial insecurity and wage dependency among Australia’s retrenched auto workers. Journal of Sociology.
Olson, Rebecca, Bellocchi, Alberto, & Dadich, Ann (2020) A post-paradigmatic approach to analysing emotions in social life. Emotions and Society. Note, full version available online. 
Flore J. (2020) Ingestible sensors, data and pharmaceuticals: subjectivity in the era of digital mental health. New Media & Society. Online first,
Robertson, S 2020, ‘Suspending, settling, sponsoring: the intimate chronomobilities of young Asian migrants in Australia,’ Global Networks DOI:
Lupton D, 2020, 'Thinking With Care About Personal Data Profiling: A More-Than-Human Approach', International Journal of Communication, vol. 14, pp. 3165–3183. 

Informed News & Analysis

Gene Lim, Brady Robards & Bronwyn Carlson (2020) Grindr is deleting its ‘ethnicity filter’. But racism is still rife in online dating. The Conversation, June 8. 


Dan Woodman (2020) Generation COVID | The COVID Conversation. The New Daily, June 5. 


Deborah Lupton has started up a new webinar series on YouTube, designed as an open access resource to support teaching and learning about innovative research methods. The first two are now available:
  1. Map Making as a Social Research Method 
  2. The Story Completion Method 

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

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
How can social theory make sense of living in this time of crisis?
Social Theory thematic group special online workshop
Keynotes: Deborah Lupton (UNSW), Craig Calhoun (Arizona State), Peter Vale (Johannesburg), Peter Beilharz (Sichuan) 
November 27, 2020
Two bursaries are available for TASA members: 1 x $500 HDR bursary and 1 x $500 ECR bursary (must be unwaged/casual).
Abstract submission deadline: July 15. Read on... 
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 extended: Friday July 24. For the full details, read on...

Latest Issue

The Journal of Sociology - Volume: 56, Number: 2 (June 2020) is now available. 
The Table of Contents can be viewed here.  To access each article, please click here.

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

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.
New: Senior Social Researcher - Policy, Strategy & Science
NSW Government, Sydney Region / Sydney - Greater West
Full-Time, Temporary for up to 30 June 2022
$131,321. Package includes salary ($106,346 - $118,468), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Apply online by next Tuesday June 16. 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

Online Panel Discussion

New: AusMob Virtual Plenary 2020 (IM)MOBILITIES IN 2020: CORONAVIRUS AND BEYOND
Zoom at 12:30pm – 2:00pm (AEST), on Friday 19th June
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has seen rapid, largely unprecedented changes to our mobility systems at all scales. Global air travel has contracted dramatically, supply chains have been interrupted, and transport commuting has in many cases been replaced by working from home.
Moderator: Andrew Glover. Read on...

Special Issue - call for papers

Rethinking the politics of sex and drugs: Critical, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding drug use in sexual contexts.
The proposed special issue seeks to challenge conventional understandings and adopting a critical, interdisciplinary perspective on the confluence of sex and drugs. 
Potential contributors should send an abstract of up to 200 words to by 24 July 2020.
For full detailsread on...

Research projects: call for participants

New: The Shut-In Worker: Working from home and digitally-enabled labour practices during COVID-19
Have you found yourself having to work from home during the COVID crisis when you would have previously gone to ‘work’, whether in an office, co-worker space or another kind of environment?

Researchers at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University are conducting a research project to examine the role of digital technology and practices for Australian households who have had to work from home during the COVID pandemic. People who participate in the online interview process will receive a $100 gift voucher. Read on...
Producing Knowledge in Precarity: research, universities and labour insecurity 
 While research remains central to academic professional identity and career progression, a significant proportion of university employees are in temporary employment (casual and fixed-term) and contribute to research from positions of labour insecurity. This project investigates the social and economic dynamics that have created a precarious workforce, the contribution of precarious workers to the professional project of knowledge production, the circulation and valorisation of their contributions in contemporary knowledge economies, and the impacts of labour insecurity on individual and collective identity formation and career progression.
Interviews for this project are invited from employees at any Australian university who:
  • Have completed a PhD, and
  • Are employed in temporary work (casual, fixed-term; academic or professional), and
  • Contribute to academic research through publications or other outputs
To participate in an interview, please contact fellow member Nour Dados. For full details, read on...


'Sri Lankan Refugee Homes: The ethical navigations of filming and walking with refugees'
Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre (MMIC) Online Seminar Series
Speaker: Dr Charishma Ratnam (Monash University)
Tuesday 23 June, 12-1pm (AEST) 
For details, and to register, read on...
University of Western Australia Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series 2020
The seminars are an opportunity to share findings in original research in anthropology and sociology. They are a supportive and encouraging community, eager to participate in presentations on a wide variety of projects. If you have a paper you would like to present, please email Dorinda for the presenters form by June 26. Seminars are currently conducted via Zoom on Fridays, 2:30-3:30PM (AWST) during semester.

Call for Book Chapters 

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...

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...


Coronavirus and its Impact on International Students: International Education in the Time of Global Disruptions
Wednesday 10 February 2021, RMIT, Melbourne
Convenors: Catherine Gomes (RMIT) and Helen Forbes-Mewett (Monash University)
Abstract submission deadline: August 1. Read on...
Social Boundaries of Work. Politics and ideologies of work
Warsaw, on 28-29 October, fully online
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 extended: 15th June. Read on...
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Gift Memberships

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:

1. Name of gift recipient;
2. email address of gift recipient;
3. the membership category you are gifting (see the available Membership Categories & Fees); and
4. who the Tax Invoice should be made out to.

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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