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Date: 8/19/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter August 20
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
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As usual, the below newsletter is packed full of members' updates, which is great. However, we'd like to draw your attention to the reopened call for expressions of interest (EoI) for the Journal of Sociology (JoS) editorial team for 2021-2024. This time we are seeking EoI from a group of members as well as from individual members wanting to be considered as part of an editorial team (which would be put together by the TASA Executive). For details, see the JoS section further down. 
We'd also like to highlight that there is only one Executive portfolio position now available for the 2021 - 2022 term; Thematic Groups. All portfolios are important and underpin the success of TASA. However, Thematic Groups are the nucleus of TASA so having a representative on the Executive is vital.  We understand these are difficult times but we also know how valuable being on the Executive can be for members. As such, we encourage you to put yourself forward for this role. For details, see the election update further down. 
We hope you can join us for today's  TASA Thursdays webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with Michael Flood speaking on 'Unpacking and Reconstructing Masculine Norms in Australia'August 2012:00pm - 1:00pm AEST, via Zoom. (Meeting ID: 871 0916 9257, Passcode: 828554). 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?
Next Thursday, please join us for a Casual Chat with Distinguished Sociologist Riaz Hassan on Suicide Bombing, August 27, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, AEST, via Zoom. Please find links below to some of Riaz's publications on the Casual Chat topic:
Participants needed for a TASA video project

Sociologists in the Workplace – promotional video project

TASA is developing a series of videos to promote the diversity of workplaces that sociology skills can be applied in, from the academy to the non-profit sector and private industry, for example. The aim is to showcase the many job & career prospect possibilities inherent within a sociology degree. The intended audience is school leavers, people changing careers or those simply looking for a powerful discipline to help understand an ever-changing world.

TASA seeks members, who are interested in starring in these videos, that are applying their sociological skills in the work setting. Our aim is to showcase the diversity of the sociological application opportunities in the workplace and, as such, we will select participants based on that criteria. Selected participants will be asked to produce a short video, on their phone, highlighting how they use their sociological training and insights in their current employment positions. Selected videos will be grouped and professionally edited by Western Sydney University's BlabCoats team. 

If you are interested in participating in this project, please email and the following information by August 31st:

  • The sector you work in and the type of work you do; and
  • 2 or 3 sociological skills that you use in your everyday work
2020 TASA Election

Final opportunity to be a part of the awesome 2021-2022 Executive team

As previously advised, as no nominations were received for the Thematic Group portfolio we are now calling for nominations for that position. If you are interested in nominating, and you would like more information, we encourage you to contact Sara, the current holder of that role, Dan, TASA President or Sally in TASA Admin (and/or phone Sally on 0425 728 392).
Please submit the Candidate and Nominator forms by midday next Wednesday August 25th.

Introducing incoming TASA Secretary 

Kay Cook

Kay Cook
Kay Cook is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology and a current ARC Future Fellow. Kay has been a long-term member of TASA, having previously convened what was then the Families, Relationships and Gender thematic group. She nominated for an executive position, as it is a time when the executive needs strong leadership to navigate a challenging time for Australian social science and humanities academics. Kay served as the research director for the Department of Social Sciences and now the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at a university that foregrounds the technological, physical and health sciences. She has a strong appreciation for the challenges facing the social sciences and humanities, and has successfully advocated for the social sciences at Swinburne. Kay will bring enthusiasm, strategic insights and experience in administration and leadership.
TASA 2020 Virtual Event
The theme of our virtual gathering is “Sociological Insights for the ‘now’ normal”. We will run the event during the previously advertised time for the TASA 2020 conference (November 23-26). There will be two panels and one workshop session on mentoring – details to follow soon. We hope to have a number of sessions across 2-3 days and we will finish the event with our Annual General Meeting. 
Thematic Group convenors and individual members can propose a session to contribute to this virtual event. The contribution may take the form a panel session, workshop, or a session of presenters (for example, inviting or selecting members from your thematic group to present their research). You may have another idea for a session that you would like to hold as part of TASA’s virtual event. TASA understands that this is a challenging time and it may not be feasible for everyone to participate.
Expression of interest deadline: August 30. 
For more details, please go to the TASA 2020 Virtual Event webpage. 
TASA Thursdays - Save the date
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. Access details to be confirmed. 
Casual Chat with Distinguished Sociologist Sharyn Roach Anleu, September 24, 12:30pm - 1:30pm,  AEST, via Zoom
Discussion topic and access details to be confirmed. 

Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker Joseph Borlagdan on 'Poverty and homelessness'.   October 1512:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom. Access details to be confirmed. 
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 ZoomAccess details to be confirmed.  
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. Access details to be confirmed. 

Members' Publications


Dallas Rogers, Adrienne Keane, Tooran Alizadeh, Jacqueline Nelson (Eds.) Understanding Urbanism. Springer Singapore

Understanding Urbanism
Understanding Urbanism presents built environment students with the latest approaches to studying urbanism. The book is written in an accessible and easy-to-understand format by leading urban academics and practitioners with decades of teaching and practical experience. As students move through the chapters, they will develop a critical understanding of the different ways architects, urban and social planners, urban designers, heritage professionals, engineers and other built environment professionals design our cities. Importantly, the book shows how and why the built environment professional of the future will need to work within the Indigenous context of cities in countries like Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. Read on... 

Book Chapters

Gregson S & Humphrys E (2020) ‘The West Gate Collapse: How Disaster Happens’, in Russell Lansbury, Sarah Gregson, Peter Sheldon & Karin Sanders (eds), The Regulation and Management of Workplace Health and Safety: Historical and Emerging Trends, Routledge: London, pp 32-51.
Nelson J., Ho C. (2020) Multicultural Cities. In: Rogers D., Keane A., Alizadeh T., Nelson J. (eds) Understanding Urbanism. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore.

Journal Articles

Wang, W., Han, G-S., Forbes-Mewett, H. (2020) Community stakeholder and opinion formation towards end-of-life planning in the Chinese community in Australia. Death Studies. (Accepted for publication 19 August 2020).
Baker, S. A., Wade, M., & Walsh, M. J. (2020). The challenges of responding to misinformation during a pandemic: content moderation and the limitations of the concept of harm. Media International Australia.
Waling, A., Kerr, L., Bourne, A., Power, J., & Kehler, M. (2020). ‘It’s nice to be appreciated’: Understanding heterosexual men’s engagements with sexting and sharing Dick Pics. Sexualities.
O'Sullivan B, Leader J, Couch D, Purnell J. 2020. Rural Pandemic Preparedness: The Risk, Resilience and Response Required of Primary Healthcare, Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 13
Browne, Craig (2020) ‘Social Practices and the Constitution of Knowledge: Critical Social Theory as a Philosophy of Praxis’, Berlin Journal of Critical Theory Volume 4, No. 1: 37-156 
 Gregory, S. K. (2020). Managing labour market re-entry following maternity leave among women in the Australian higher education sector. Journal of Sociology.
Smith, G. J. (2020). The politics of algorithmic governance in the black box city. Big Data & Society. Note, this article is available in full. 
Grant, R, Smith, AKJ, Newett, L, Nash, M, Turner, R, Owen, L. Tasmanian healthcare professionals' & students' capacity for LGBTI + inclusive care: A qualitative inquiry. Health Soc Care Community. 2020; 00: 1– 10.
Brossard, Baptiste, Tegan Cruwys, Haochen Zhou, and Gabriel Helleren-Simpson. 2020. "What do we mean by “social” in mental health research?" Social Science & Medicine, 261:113233 (online first)

Informed News & Analysis

Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Naomi Pfitzner & Jacqui True (2020) More women seeking late-night help through online chat as COVID lockdown triggers past trauma. Lens, August 18.
Michelle Peterie (2020) The true cost of reopening the Christmas Island detention centreOverland, August 18. 
James Arvanitakis (2020) Arvanitakis on American politics: the complexities of Kamala Harris. Open Forum, August 15. 
Yoland Wadsworth (2020) Acknowledging one of sociology’s long-term contributorsNexus, August 20.
Gavin JD Smith, Zoei Sutton & Eleanor Armstrong (2020) Multispecies entanglements in a land of fire. Nexus, August 20.
Kirsten Harley (2020) First Homeversary. Living with MND, August 17.
Ann Game (2020) Living in-relation with horses: softness. Living in Relation, August 12. 
Conference Presentations
Nick Pendergrast (2020), ‘Who is to blame for harm to animals?’. Paper presented at the Worldly Togetherness? Showcasing sociological contributions to understanding multispecies entanglements conference: audio, PowerPoint.

David Rowe (2020):‘Softpower Asset’ and ‘Economic Multiplier’: Australian Sport Diplomacy, Cultural Citizenship and Regional Hegemony (Start time 4:40)
Social Sciences Week
Social Sciences Week is gaining on us fast. Below are events either being organised and/or facilitated by TASA members or that have TASA members as speakers (or all three!). If we have missed including your event, please email Sally so that it can be listed in next week's newsletter. You can view all other events via the SSW Website. Note, dates and times listed are in AEST. 
Dinesh Wadiwel – Industrial animal agriculture, environment and COVID-19: Thinking again about the place of animals in our food systems (& other talks) for Social science through a multispecies lens. September 7, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Brady Robards - Covid-19 and Digital Distruption, September 7, 1:00 - 2:00pm 
Nicole Peel: Connecting vulnerable populations with nature. September 8, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Barrie Shannon, Gemma Killen &  Megan Sharp: Genders and Sexualities in Sport: Theorising the State of Play. September 10, 5:30pm
Karen Farquharson (& others) as speaker for Black Lives Matter at the University of Melbourne. September 10, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Naomi Pfitzner & Susan Carland (& others) Gender Based Violence and the Covid-19 pandemicSeptember 10, 5:00pm - 6:30pm 
Ben Spies-Butcher: US election 2020: Crisis and opportunity. September 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thematic Groups
New: Activist Research and Reflections during the 2020 Pandemic
Webinar, Friday October 2nd, 12.30pm - 1.30 AEST, 10.30am to 11.30 WAST  
Calling for presentations or stimulus papers
There will be up to five presentations of five minutes each on the theme with five minutes discussion. The goal of the webinar is to prompt further action/activism, research networks and collaborations, and research and sociological reflection.
Submission deadline: September 17. Read on...
Applications for the second round of Thematic Group funding are due on September 1st, 5pm. This funding is for applications for activities between January 1st and June 30 2021. Due to the uncertainty around COVID restrictions, TASA will not be supporting any face to face activities in this funding round. Instead, groups are encouraged to submit proposals for online events or other activities. Conveners can refer to the TG Conveners Manual for full details and contact either Sara or Sally with questions regarding the funding. If you are not a convener but you have an idea for an event, we encourage you to reach out to the relevant TG convener/s.
TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology

Renewed call for an editorial team for 2021 - 2024
The call for expressions of interest (EoI) for the Journal of Sociology (JoS) editorial team for 2021-2024 has been reopened. EoIs are sought from a group of members as well as from individual members wanting to be considered as part of an editorial team (which would be put together by the TASA Executive).

For EoIs from groups, please click here for the detailed call.

If you would like to put yourself forward as an interested individual, to be a part of the editorial team, please respond to the following questions and copy and paste the details into an email to Please note that the successful Editor in Chief will be required to have (non-financial) institutional support for taking on the role.


Area of Expertise:

Editor in Chief: yes/no

Associate Editor: yes/no

Expressions of interest from groups as well as individual members need to be emailed to TASA Admin by Monday September 14th.
Note: there us currently free full access the recent Journal of Sociology Special Issue on Indigenous Sociology
The Journal of Sociology’s next Virtual Special issue is out now: A Sociology of Youth: Defining the Field edited by Professor Johanna Wyn:
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 is now available. You can access all the articles, which are open access for 60 days, via the HSR website here.
New: Research Assistant
Australian Catholic University, Sydney
Part time through to Christmas with the possibility of continuing into 2021.
Working with fellow member Tom Barnes on projects about worker precarity in auto manufacturing & warehouse logistics. Job includes data entry & analysis. There is scope for co-publication. 
Email Tom directly about this position. 

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: New Chinese Migrants and Everyday Citizenship in Sydney Suburbs
Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Lead Researcher: Shanthi Robertson
Application deadline: September 30. Read on...
New: Indigenous peoples' experiences of cyberbullying: an assemblage approach
Macquarie University
Lead Researcher: Bronwyn Carlson
Application deadline: October 31. Read on... 
HDR candidate opportunities. There are several available and some with TASA members as supervisors
The Alfred Deakin Institute and Deakin Science and Society Network are seeking individuals who are passionate about pursuing Science and Technology Studies (STS) as part of a fully-funded and well-supported PhD program. STS is a multidisciplinary field that explores how cultural and political forces shape technology, scientific knowledge and society.
Application deadline: September 30. 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


New: Black Stories Matter: Does the Media Fail Aboriginal political aspirations?
Seminar 2:  TODAY Thursday 20 August, 1-2pm
Robert Tickner (Former Indigenous Affairs Minister), Catherine Liddle (First Nations Media), Jason Ardler (Former head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW) and Andrew Jakubowicz (UTS).
Seminar 3: Thursday 27 August, 1-2:30pm
Madeline Hayman-Reber (Freelance/Read the Room podcast), Rachel Hocking (NITV) Tanja Dreher, (UNSW).

Seminar 4: Thursday 3 September, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Ella Archibald-Binge (SMH/Age), Lorena Allam (The Guardian), Anne-Maree Payne (UTS), Amy Thomas (UTS).
For the full details, and to register, read on...

Conference series

New: 4 part conference series - Surveillance and Humanities Virtual Conference Series
Part 1: In sickness and health, surveillance in an age of COVID-19 - MONDAY 24 AUGUST 2020, 5-6.15PM
Part 2: Surveillance and policing - THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2020, 5-6PM
Part 3: Space and power - MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2020, 5-6.15PM with presenter Gavin Smith
Part 4: Surveillance versus privacy - THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2020, 5-6PM
For full details, and to register, read on...

Call for Participants

New: The Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC) have partnered with the University of Queensland and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on men’s and women’s careers. You can participate in the research by completing a ten minute survey.
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New: Fellow member Natalie Jovanovski is recruiting participants for her DECRA project 'Using feminist pedagogy to resist harmful messages of weight loss dieting'. The study aims to develop strategies to intervene in the normalisation of weight-loss diet culture among women.
For details, and to take part in the project, please read on...

Prize Opportunity

2020 Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia  
The Awards honour Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in one or more fields of the social sciences.
Nomination deadline: Monday 31 AugustRead on...


Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series
Semester 2, 2020, Fridays: 2.30-3.30pm AWST
The organisers are delighted to be able to welcome some international and interstate presenters this semester, including fellow member Ash Watson (August 28), as well as quite a number of PhD candidates fulfilling their milestone requirements. 
For full details, read on... 

Call for Papers

Complicity: Methodologies of power, politics, and the ethics of knowledge production (Special Issue and edited monograph)
The annual Sociology of Health and Illness journal monograph is this year focused on 'methodological complicity'. Global inequalities, colonial legacies, and the innumerable power imbalances striating the social world have never been more pertinent to social studies of health and illness.
Submission deadline: TOMORROW August 21. Read 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...


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... 
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
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TASA members have access to over 90 peer-reviewed  Sage Sociology full-text collection online journals encompassing over 63,000 articles. The image on the left shows you where to access those journals, as well as the Sage Research Methods Collection & the Taylor and Francis Full Text Collection, when logged in to TASAweb. 

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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