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Date: 7/8/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter July 9
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
Today's TASA Thursdays Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session is entitled 'Using Digital Research Methods'. COVID-19 has made a number of traditional sociological research methods extremely difficult or even impossible to conduct, at least in the short term. While digital research methods are not new to sociology, they are now more important than ever. In this session some pioneers in Australian digital sociological methods will share their tips and techniques for taking your research online. Due to unforseen circumstances, there has been a slight change in the speaker line up. Brady Robards is now hosting the session. Panel members are Akane Kanai, Crystal Abidin, Shanthi Robertson & Ben Lyall.  To help with security, we've added additional digital bouncers. Helping us out today in that role are Ash Watson, Brady Robards and Sally Daly. We hope you can join us at 12:30pm (AEST). You can access the event via with password 762096.  

TASA 2020 Executive Election

Call for Nominations

In case you missed it, the call for nominations for the 2020 Executive Election is now open through to midday July 31st. For the full details, please visit TASA web here.
TASA Thursdays - Save the date
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 What is the state of gender norms in Australia? To what extent are traditional norms of masculinity still dominant, and to what extent are they shifting or breaking down? Do young men agree with stereotypical constructions of masculinity, and if they do, what implications does this have for their lives and their relations with others? To answer these questions, this webinar draws on two recent Australian surveys, one among young men aged 18 to 30 and another among people in Australia. The webinar then explores how we may reconstruct masculine norms. What messages and approaches are likely to prompt resistance and backlash, and what messages are likely instead to inspire positive change?
Note: there will be no session on July 30 (TASA Executive meeting 30th & 31st)
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

Repository on Australian social research on COVID-19
Fellow member Deborah Lupton has started an open access repository on Australian social research on COVID-19. You are invited to add your projects to build the collective resource. You can access it here.
Members' Publications


Giordan, Giuseppe, Possamai, Adam (Eds.) (2020), 'The Social Scientific Study of Exorcism in Christianity' ,: Springer

The Social Scientific Study of Exorcism in Christianity
This book presents an academic analysis of exorcism in Christianity. It not only explores the crisis and drama of a single individual in a fight against demonic possession but also looks at the broader implications for the society in which the possessed lives. In recognition of this, coverage includes case studies from various geographical areas in Europe, North and South America, and Oceania.

The contributors explore the growing significance of the rite of exorcism, both in its more structured format within traditional Christian religions as well as in the less controlled and structured forms in the rites of deliverance within Neopentecostal movements. They examine theories on the interaction between religion, magic, and science to present new and groundbreaking data on exorcism. Read on... 

Ashley Barnwell (2020), 'Critical Affect: The Politics of Method',: Edinburgh University Press

Critical Affect_The Politics Method
Critical Affect explores the emotional complexity of critique and maps out its enduring value for the turn to affect and ontology. Through a series of vivid close readings, Ashley Barnwell shows how suspicion and methods of decoding remain vital to both civic and academic spaces, where concerns about precarity, transparency, and security are commonplace and the question of how we verify the truth is one of the most polarising of our age.

Weaving together both the critical and affective dimensions of ‘paranoid reading’, Critical Affect opens crucial questions about the ethics of practicing theory and offers a new route into the critical study of affect. Read on... 

Catherine Gomes, Lily Kong & Orlando Woods (Eds.) (2020),' Religion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia',: Amsterdam University Press

Religion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia
Digital media is changing the ways in which religion is practiced, understood, proselytised and countered. Religious institutions and leaders use digital media to engage with their congregations who now are not confined to single locations and physical structures. The faithful are part of online communities which allow them a space to worship and to find fellowship. Migrant and mobile subjects thus are able to be connected to their faith - whether home grown or emerging - wherever they may be; thus providing them with an anchor in unfamiliar physical and cultural surroundings. As Asia rises, mobilities associated with Asian populations have escalated. The notion of 'Global Asia' is a reflection of this increased mobility, where Asia includes not only Asian countries as sites of political independence, but also the transnational networks of Asian trans/migrants, and the diasporic settlements of Asian peoples all over the world. Read on... 

Alan France, Julia Coffey, Steven Roberts, Catherine Waite (2020),'Youth Sociology',: Macmillan International Higher Education.

Youth Sociology
Falling somewhere between childhood and adulthood, ‘Youth’ is a key period of transition. It can be difficult to define and make sense of this period in one’s life.

However it is categorised, young people face a number of challenges and issues growing up in today’s world. From the pressures created by social media to the increasing precarity of employment, the major social, cultural and economic developments of our time are each impacting this period of the lifecourse in myriad ways. Youth Sociology helps readers to understand how such changes factor into the experience of being young today, and illuminates the realities of the world in which young people live.

Embedding perspectives and insights from a wide range of disciplines beyond sociology, this authoritative new textbook will be incredibly useful for all students of youth. Read on... 

Journal Articles

Matthewman, S., & Huppatz, K. (2020). A sociology of Covid-19. Journal of Sociology. Note, the full article is available. 
Dempsey, D., Parkinson, S., Andrews, C., & McNair, R. (2020). Family relationships and LGB first homelessness in Australia: What do we know and where should we go? Journal of Sociology.
Haugen, H. Ø., & Lehmann, A. (2020). Adverse articulation: Third countries in China–Australia student migration during COVID-19. Dialogues in Human Geography, 10(2), 169–173.
Meenagh, J. (2020). 'She doesn't think that happens': When heterosexual men say no to sex. Sexualities.
Catherine Palmer & Zack Dwyer (2019) Good Running?: The Rise of Fitness Philanthropy and Sports-Based Charity Events, Leisure Sciences, DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2019.1656122
Hannah McCann (2020) Is there anything “toxic” about femininity? The rigid femininities that keep us locked in, Psychology & Sexuality, DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2020.1785534
Nick Pendergrast (2020), The vegan shift in the Australian animal movement, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.

Issue Papers

Melissa Phillips (2020) Responding to Migrant Workers: the case of Australia, p. 12. In Georgeou, N., & Hawksley, C. (2020). State Responses to COVID-19: A Global Snapshot at 1 June 2020

Informed News & Analysis

Kim Humpherey (2020) Trans rights have been pitted against feminism but we're not enemies. The Guardian, July 7. 
Simon Copland & Jennifer Davis (2020) Reddit removes millions of pro-Trump posts. But advertisers, not values, rule the day. The Conversation, July 2.
Rachel Busbridge (2020) Does reading Frantz Fanon matter? Encountering black lives through anti-racist literature . ABC Religion and Ethics, July 2. 


Rick Spencer (2020) The role of the rubbish bin. TASA Media blog, July 3. 
Abidin, Crystal, and Thomas Baudinette. 2020. “The Civic Hijinks of K-pop’s Super Fans.” Points, Data & Society, 1 July.


Rick Spencer (2020) Queer and Gender Diverse Safety In Schools, Rick Spencer. 3CR Radio, July 3. 
Steve Roberts, Brittany Ralph, Rebecca Stewart, Sandro Demaio & Susan Carland (2020) Nice Guise - What Happens Next? podcast exploring modern masculinity, part two. LENS, June 26.
TASA Postgraduates

Pilot Peer-Coaching program

TASA Postgrads have launched a Pilot Peer-Coaching program
The purpose of this new initiative is to provide a platform for TASA postgrad connection, support, and self-development.

Peer coaching is an adult learning strategy in which peers coach each other to maximise performance. Research shows that benefits of peer coaching include mutual problem solving and goal setting, self and peer personal development, and increased support and wellbeing.
Limited places: max 20 participants.
Applications close tomorrow. For details, and to register, read on...

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.

Health Sociology Review

The Health Sociology Review Special Section – Sociology and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic will be available very soon. 
New: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Criminology / Criminal Justice / Sociology
Pūkenga/Pūkenga Matua i te Muru Taihara me te Mātauranga Hapori
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, College of Arts - Te Rāngai Toi Tangata, University of Canterbury - Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, Christchurch - Ōtautahi, New Zealand - Aotearoa

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!
He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu i te muru taihara me te mātauranga hāpori? He pōwhiri atu tēnei nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai te hunga i te tūranga pūkenga/pūkenga matua i Te Rāngai Toi Tangata.

What You Will Do
We invite applications for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer position in Criminology/Criminal Justice/Sociology, teaching into the Te Tari Mātai Taura Tangata - Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Te Kura Ture - School of Law.
Applications close: Sunday, 2 August (midnight, NZ time). Read on... 
Note: this is a paid ad. 

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: A fully-funded PhD scholarship in the ARC Discovery project “The African Diaspora in Australia: New Perspectives on Materiality, Media and Religion.” Within this larger project, the PhD candidate will conduct ethnographic research with religious communities of African migrants and refugees in Australia. The PhD project will be developed within the fields of diaspora, globalisation and material religion studies. As such, an ideal candidate will be trained in the social sciences and interested in one or more of these topics:
  • Material culture, the body, religious experiences, the senses, aesthetics, lived religion, ritual practices, infrastructures (e.g., the city, church buildings), mediatisation (traditional and new media), and transnational and translocal connections.
Application deadline: July 31. 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

Call for Participants

Youth Mobilities, Aspirations, and Pathways (YMAP) survey
It's a survey about young people who travel into or out of Australia for any purpose for a period of six or more months
The call is for Australians who are 18-30 year olds living overseas as well as young people from elsewhere living in Australia.
For the survey link, read on...

Flyer: call for participants
PhD candidate & TASA member, Linda Marsden, is now recruiting people between 15 and 24 years of age, to participate in research on Selfies and Health. Details of the project and contact form are available at
Register your interest by Friday 17 July to be involved.

Call for New Editor

The International Sociological Association is now seeking expressions of interest for the position of editor for eSymposium.
The new editor will take on responsibilities in the second half of 2020.
Expression of interest deadline: July 20. Read on...

Call for Papers

Comparative Perspectives on Migration, Diversities and the Pandemic
The Journal of Comparative Migration Studies (CMS) is issuing a call for papers on the relation between migration and the pandemic. Prospective papers might examine the consequences of the pandemic for migrants and mobility across different regions and/or jurisdictions; compare policy responses and their effects across different cases; and consider the long-term consequences of the pandemic with regard to questions of diversity.
Abstract submission deadline: July 15. 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...

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...


New: International Australian Studies Association (InASA) have revised their conference dates to 8-10 February 2021. 
The have reopened the call for papers with the new abstract deadline of 31 August. They also invite applicants for the postgraduate bursary scheme by 30 August.
For details about abstracts and the postgraduate bursaries, read on...
Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change conference (SMRSC) 
Hosted online and on location at Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), 11-14 November 2020
The organisers are inviting people who would like to host, lead, or convene activities to submit their proposal by Monday 20 July.
For further details, 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...
TASA Documents and Policies
You can access details of TASA's current Executive Committee 2019-2020 as well as documents and policies, including the Constitution, Code of Conduct, Grievance Procedures & TASA History
Accessing Online Materials & Resources
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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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