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Date: 6/17/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter June 18
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~, 
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker Anna Anderson on 'Critical activity today'. Today 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
Casual Catch-up with 2017 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award recipient Johanna Wyn, next Thursday June 25, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom“Implications of COVID-19 for researching young people”. 
TASA Thursdays - Save the date

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 chaired by JaneMaree Maher with speaker Naomi Pfitzner on Responding to the 'Shadow Pandemic': Domestic violence during COVID-19, September 17, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker Joseph Borlagdan on 'Poverty and homelessness'.  October 1512:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker James Arvanitakis on Living Blue in a Deep Red State: A sociological analysis of the 2020 election after a year spent in Wyoming.  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


Into the Sea
Into the Sea, by current TASA Secretary Ash Watson, is a novel about the Australian way of life.

Grounded in ethnographic research, this book is an experiment in sociological imagination. A simultaneously global and local frame sees contemporary cultural tensions play out through the panoramic dimensions of relationships and life events. This novel will appeal to all interested in contemporary fiction, and particularly those interested in the promises and fictions of our dominant cultural narratives.
Published in Brill’s award-winning Social Fictions Series, Into the Sea will make a lively addition to undergraduate and graduate courses across social science and literature. Written with and for introductory sociology curricula in particular, this novel creatively engages canonical disciplinary themes and, at its heart, considers what Mills calls the promise and cultural meaning of sociology. Read on...

Youth and Violent Performativities: Re-Examining the Connection Between Young People and Violence by current Postgraduate Portfolio Leader Ben Lohmeyer.
This book challenges the dominant narrative of young people being a uniquely violent group. Instead, the book critically examines how young people become violent as they enact and resist the available violent performativities in youth. It focuses on the experiences of 28 young people in Australia who are subjected to violence, who use violence and who resist violence. A critical analysis of these young people’s “messy” stories facilitates a reframing of the physical violence routinely attributed to young people as a product of violating systems and structures.
Ben constructs a converging theoretical landscape to re-examine youth, violence and resistance at the intersection of the sociology of violence and the sociology of youth. Read on...  

Growing up on Facebook
Growing up in the era of social media isn’t easy. With Facebook now having existed for more than a decade and a half, young people who have grown up using social media can look back and see earlier versions of themselves staring back: nostalgic moments with friends from school, reminders of painful breakups, birthdays and graduations, posts that allude to drama with family, experiences of travel, and blurry drunken photos. How do we make sense of our own personal histories inscribed on and through social media? What are the implications for future careers, for public trust in social media companies, and for our own memories?
Growing up on Facebook, by former TASA Executive member Brady Robards and colleague Siân Lincoln, examines the role of Facebook, and other social media platforms that have emerged around Facebook, in mediating experiences of 'growing up' for young people. Based on interviews with the first generation of young people to grow up with social media, the book covers education and employment, love and relationships, family life, and leisure (drinking, travel, and music). It touches on processes of impression management, privacy, context collapse, and control, and raises critical questions about the standards we hold social media platforms to, as they become the guardians of our personal histories. Read on... 

Christina Ho (2020) Aspiration and Anxiety: Asian Migrants and Australian Schooling. Melbourne University Press. 
The children of Asian migrants are often perceived to be perfect students: ambitious, studious and compliant. They are remarkably successful-routinely outperforming other students in exams, dominating selective school intakes, and disproportionately winning places at prestigious universities. While their hard work and success have been praised, their achievements have ignited fierce debates about whether their migrant parents are 'pushing too hard', or whether they ought to be lauded for their commitment to education. Critics see a dark side, symbolised by the 'tiger mother' who is obsessed with producing overachieving 'dragon children'. What is often missing in these debates is an understanding of what drives Asian migrant parents' approaches to education. This book explores how aspirations for their children's future reinforce their anxieties about being newcomers in an unequal society. Read on... 

Book Chapters

Bronwyn Carlson (2020) Indigenous Killjoys Negotiating the Labyrinth of Dis/Mistrust. In Moeke-Pickering, Taima, Cote-Meek, Sheila, Pegoraro, Ann (Eds.) Critical Reflections and Politics on Advancing Women in the Academy. Information Science Reference


Fitz-Gibbon, K., Maher, J., Thomas, K., McGowan, J., McCulloch, J., Burley, J., & Pfitzner, N. (2020).The views of Australian judicial officers on domestic and family violence perpetrator interventions  (Research report, 13/2020). Sydney: ANROWS 

Journal Articles

Thorneycroft, R 2020, ‘When Does Research End? The Emotional Labour of Researching Abjection’, Methodological Innovations, DOI: 10.1177/2059799120926350.
Petersen, A., Schermuly, A. C. and Anderson, A. (2020) 'Feeling less alone online: patients' ambivalent engagements with digital media', Sociology of Health & Illness, DOI:

Informed News & Analysis

Shanthi Robertson & Tadgh McMahon (2020) ‘The neighbours were always very welcoming and warm’: little things count to help refugees belong. The Conversation, June 18. 
Kylie King, Brittany Ralph, Ruth Jeans, Justin O'Connor, Richard Pringle, Steve Roberts, Karla Elliott, Mark Davis, Ben Lyall & Rebecca Stewart (2020) Mate, we need to talk about mental health and masculinity. Monash Lens, June 15. 
Angela Lehmann  (2020)  ‘I love Australia’: 3 things international students want Australians to knowThe Conversation, June 11. 
Pearse, Beck and Beggs, Mike (2020) ‘Refusing to be cheap or flexible: labour strategy in academia’, Overland, 22 April, 

Beggs, Mike and Pearse, Beck (2020) ‘Viral Socialism Now!’, Jacobin Magazine, 18 May, Spring Issue “Pandemic politics”, 

Pearse, Beck and Beggs, Mike (2020) ‘Realism for optimists: debating the university Jobs Protection Framework’, Overland, 25 May, 


Deborah Lupton (2020) Storyboards as a Research Method. Vitalities Lab, June 13. 

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

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.
Nomination deadline extended to June 30.

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
New: Worldly Togetherness? Showcasing sociological contributions to understanding multispecies entanglements
Sociology and Animals Thematic Group together with the Canadian Sociological Association
August 7th - 8th 2020
Submissions for 15 minute presentations, are welcomed, by way of 300-word abstracts to be sent to
by the 30th June. This is an online conference therefore all presentations will be delivered in live video
conference format on August 8. Presenters will be provided with technical assistance and opportunities to trial
their presentations in the lead up to the conference.
For full details, read on... 
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

The Health Sociology Review Special Section – Sociology and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic will be available very soon. 

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

Book Review Opportunity

New: If you are interested in doing a book review for the journal Disability and Society, please contact TASA member Mark Sherry at

Online Public Lecture

New: Anthropology in Times of Radical Unease
Next Friday 26 June, 10am - 11am, AWST
Join via Zoom:
For details, read on...

Online Panel Discussions

New: Foundations for Belonging: A snapshot of newly arrived refugees
Successful settlement and integration is a goal shared by refugees, the communities where they settle and government at all levels. Join Settlement Services International for the launch of new research that shines a light on the social and civic dimensions of integration. Hear the perspectives of refugees themselves and their everyday experiences of welcome, participation and belonging. ABC News reporter Lydia Feng will moderate a panel discussion featuring research Co-author and Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University Shanthi Robertson, SSI Settlement Services Manager Dor Achiek and Refugee Council of Australia Policy Officer Shufuka Tahiri. 
For the details, and to register, read on...
Zoom at 12:30pm – 2:00pm (AEST), TOMORROW 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...
New: ANU Sociology ‘Pandemic Society’ seminar
Monday, 22 Jun, 10–11.30am (AEST)
Speakers: Helen Keane, James Chouinard, Beck Pearse, Adrian MacKenzie, Baptiste Brossard
The COVID19 pandemic is transforming social relations. The virus’ immediate threat to health and life reveals human vulnerabilities in new ways. Meanwhile, is it our social responses that are changing the social order. Physical distancing is sparking profound shifts within the family, friendships, all forms of work and care, governmental and expert authority, society-nature metabolism, collective power and much more. 
For full details, and to register, read on...
New: Loneliness in the Digital Age: A Virtual Symposium
Wednesday 24 June, 4.00 - 5.30pm (AEST)
In recent years the phenomenon of loneliness has gained international prominence. In 2018, the UK appointed its first minister for loneliness, and policymakers in Australia and other countries have also called for action on the issue. The current COVID pandemic, with its physical distancing restrictions and increased reliance on digital technologies as means of social connection, has highlighted the potential for loneliness and social isolation to become more widespread. This symposium aims to promote debate on the dimensions of loneliness and effective interventions for its alleviation in our digital age. Do technologies help address loneliness—or do they exacerbate it? The event will be multidisciplinary and is intended to engender debate about the key issues among policymakers, service providers and members of the general community. 
For the full details, and to register, 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

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...
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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:

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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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