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Date: 9/2/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter September 3
From: TASA

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Unfortunately, today's TASA Thursdays event has been cancelled. Don't despair, though, there's a bumper Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session lined up for next week: What use is sociological knowledge anyway? Please join us for a casual conversation about sociology in action in the community services sector between Catherine Robinson (Social Researcher Social Action and Research Centre (SARC), Anglicare & Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania) and Ben Lohmeyer (Head of Youth Work, Tabor & Adjunct Researcher, Flinders University). Please bring your lunch and questions about how sociology is useful for social service policy and practice.   Thursday September 10, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom: Meeting ID: 835 6974 6464. Passcode: 762096

Thank you for getting behind Social Sciences WeekWe are super proud of how many events are being organised and/or involve TASA members. See further down the newsletter for sociology SSW events. 
A warm congratulations is extended to fellow member Catriona Stevens who was awarded her PhD last week: Stevens, C. (2020). Unlikely settlers in exceptional times: The impact of social class and selective migration policies on the recent migrations of trade skilled workers and their families from China to Perth, Western Australia. Supervisors: Nick Harney, Debra McDougall, Loretta Baldassar & Farida Fozar, University of Western Australia. You may remember Catriona from our TASA 2017 Perth conference. Catriona was co-convened that event along side long time TASA member Farida Fozda
2020 TASA Election
As mentioned last week, at the close of nominations for the Thematic Group portfolio leader position, the following three members nominated:
  •  Linda Marsden, Western Sydney University
  •  Pariece Nelligan, Deakin University
  •  Ramon Menendez Domingo, La Trobe University
An online election will through to midday September 10, 2020, AEST. Note, you will need to log in to cast your votes. If you click on the orange button below, you will be taken to the login page and then redirected for voting. Please contact Sally in TASA Admin for a speedy password reset solution, if needed. 

Introducing incoming TASA Postgraduate Portfolio Leader

Anthony K J Smith

Anthony K J Smith is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. His research draws on sociological frameworks to explore current issues in HIV prevention and LGBTI+ inclusive healthcare. He has been a member of TASA since 2017, attending the conference annually. Anthony has been a Postgraduate Sub-Committee Member and a co-convener of the Health Thematic Group since 2019.
Anthony says that as a postgraduate student, TASA has provided a welcoming environment to expand his scholarly and professional development as a sociologist and to create meaningful connections to a diverse network of early career and senior sociologists across the country. Given the amplified uncertainty facing the tertiary sector - especially for postgraduates – Anthony's priorities as the Postgraduate Portfolio Leader are to build on existing strategies and programs for postgraduates through networking, mentoring, and professional development opportunities, and to expand understanding and connection to the broad range of career options for research sociologists, including outside of academia. These foci build on the experiences Anthony has had in serving on the Postgraduate Sub-Committee. Additionally, he will work towards ensuring a strong postgraduate presence at the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne in 2022.

TASA 2020 Virtual Event
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

Book Chapters

Farida Fozdar and Catriona Stevens. 2020. Measuring mixedness in Australia. In Zarine Rocha and Peter Aspinall (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification.

Text Books

Rawlinson, P. and Poynting, S. (2020) ‘‘The International Dimensions of Crime and Deviance’. In A. Rodas, et al, Crime, Deviance and Society: An Introduction to Sociological Criminology Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 343-373. [ISBN 9781108333658]

Journal Articles

Possamai, A. and G. Long (2020) ‘Losing Faith in the Classification and Evaluation of Research: A Meta-Metrics Approach to Research Australian Universities’ Review 62 (1): 3-9.
Abidin, Crystal, and Jing Zeng. 2020. “Feeling Asian Together: Coping with #COVIDRacism on Subtle Asian Traits.” Social Media + Society 6(3): 1-5. DOI: 10.1177/2056305120948223 <Open Access>
Clarke, A. and Parsell, C. (2020), The Ambiguities of Homelessness Governance: Disentangling Care and Revanchism in the Neoliberalising. Antipode. doi:10.1111/anti.12671
Nicholas, Lucy: Social transaction: Introduction to the Special Issue: Positive non-binary and / or genderqueer sexual ethics and politics, INSEP – Journal of the International Network for Sexual Ethics & Politics, Vol. 8, Special Issue 2020, pp. 3-10.
Nicholas, Lucy & Clark, Sal: Leave those kids alone: On the uses and abuses and feminist queer potential of non-binary and gender, INSEP – Journal of the International Network for Sexual Ethics & Politics, Vol. 8, Special Issue 2020, pp. 36-55.
Vivienne, Son: Surveillance, and the boundaries of binary gender: flashpoints for queer ethics, INSEP – Journal of the International Network for Sexual Ethics & Politics, Vol. 8, Special Issue 2020, pp. 93-108.


 Andrea Waling, Suzanne Fraser & Christopher Fisher  (2020) Young people and sources of sexual health informationAustralian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. August. 
Clarke, Andrew and Parsell, Cameron (2020). Responding to rough sleeping in Brisbane: an ethnographic study - summary report. Brisbane, QLD Australia: School of Social Science, University of Queensland. Available from:

Informed News & Analysis

Angela Lehmann & Aasha Sriram (2020) 4 out of 5 international students are still in Australia – how we treat them will have consequences. The Conversation, August 31. 
Stephanie Alice Baker, Matthew Wade &  Michael James Walsh (2020) Misinformation: tech companies are removing ‘harmful’ coronavirus content – but who decides what that means? The Conversation, August 28. 


Baldwin, J. and A. Possamai (2020) ‘Hyper-real Religion. An interview with Adam Possamai’ International Journal of Baudrillard Studies 16 (1).


Mark Western (2020) Institute for Social Science Research Quarter 3, 2020 Issue. August 28. 


New podcast by Sarina Kilham (2020) What's sociology got to do with it


Shanthi Robertson (2020) Social Science Myth Busters | September 8th 10 am. August 30. 


Ash Watson (2020) Edition #7 of So Fi Zine. August 21. 
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. 
Sarina Kilham - Podcast: What’s Sociology got to do with it? September 7.
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 
Raewyn Connell, David Rowe, Robert van Krieken (& others)  A Sociology of Covid-19  September 7, 1:00pm- 2:00pm
Jenny Chesters & Steve Lockie - COVID-19 and Young Australians: The long-term effects of a Pandemic September 7, 7:00pm
Shanthi Robertson, Kate Huppatz, Zoei Sutton, Phillippa Collin (& others) Social Science Myth Busters. 8th September 10am-11.30am
Nicole Peel: Connecting vulnerable populations with nature. September 8, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Melissa Phillips (& others) State Responses to COVID-19: Migrants, the Pacific and South Asia. September 9, 1:30pm
Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Lucy Nicholas, Jen Tsen Kwok, Adam Possamai (& others) Freedom of Speech- why understanding society is vital to free communication September 9, 4-5:30pm
 Farida Fozdar, Catriona Stevens (& others) Migration and marginality in the time of Covid 19: Impacts and Challenges. September 9, 4-6:00pm
Ben Spies-Butcher: US election 2020: Crisis and opportunity. September 9, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Greg Noble, Deborah Stevenson, David Rowe (& others) Australian Culture, Inequalities & Social DivisionsSeptember 10, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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 pandemic. September 10, 5:00pm - 6:30pm 
Eileen Clark (& others) Collections from the asylum: Past lives, present tense. Sunday 13 September, 5 pm
Thematic Groups
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...
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 through to the end of this year, via the HSR website here.
New: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level A)
Big data’s potential to address/undermine social & health inequities
University of New South Wales
Applications close: 11pm, 27th September. 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
PhD scholarship on Youth, Diversity and Wellbeing in a Digital Age
Deakin University, with fellow member Anita Harris as supervisor
Application deadline: October 31. Read on...
PhD scholarship on Men, Sex and Sexuality PhD research scholarship
La Trobe University, with fellow member Andrea Waling
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: Social Science Fiction
Wednesday 9th September, 5:30 – 6:30pm AEST
An online workshop on social science fiction with TASA Secretary Ash Watson.
For details, and to register, read on... 

Book Launches

Australian Mothering: Historical and Sociological Perspectives
Tuesday 8th September, 6:00pm - 7:30pm (AEST). Read on...


Black Stories Matter: Does the Media Fail Aboriginal political aspirations? 

Seminar 4: Today 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...

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...


Social Science Methodology Conference
Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc (ACSPRI)
University of Sydney from December 1-3, 2020. Read on...
TASA Documents and Policies
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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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