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Date: 9/17/2020
Subject: September quarter news letter
From: TASA

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Newsletter of the
Sociology of Youth Thematic Group

September quarter newsletter.

Dear TASA youth members,
Welcome to the quarterly newsletter. We hope you are well and keeping safe in these uncertain times. The impact of COVID is still being felt across our sector and we hope that our TASA thematic group can help you to link with others during this time. As part of our commitment to ensure an even representation of voices within our thematic group, we 
would like to welcome our new PhD co-convener, Caroline Lyall from La Trobe University, Sociology Department. Caroline will be ensuring that our PhD's interests and needs are represented within all we do.  Caroline's thesis is an examination of the experiences of University students living with common mental health disorders and how this impacts on their well being. 
As always, please let us know if there are any new publications, workshops or other announcement you would like us to add to the next edition.
Shereen, Caroline and Paulina
Reminder - The Journal of Youth Studies recently put out a call for proposals for a Special Issue in 2021.
Dr Benjamin Hanckel, Dr Karenza Moore, Dr Caitlin Nunn, Sophie Atherton, and Wendy Gill are leading a special issue proposal, entitled ‘Making Sense of Intersecting Crises: Promises, Challenges & Possibilities of Intersectional Perspectives in Youth Research’.
 If you are interested in being part of this special issue proposal could you please send

1) Name(s) of the author(s) of your proposed paper;
2) a provisional title, and,
3) a short description of your article (300 words)
Please forward this to the BSA Youth Study Group ( ) by 18 th September 2020.

Online Seminar: Contemporary Approaches to Race, Class and Youth Cultures (online event)

by Newcastle Youth Studies Network
The Newcastle Youth Studies Network and the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Cultures facilitate this seminar hosted by Sherene Idriss, Rose Butler and Anita Harris.

Young people’s lived experiences, sense of personal agency and collective expressions, often theorised through the loose frame of ‘youth cultures’, always take shape in relation to intersecting forms of structural inequalities around race and class. Yet while ubiquitous to young people’s experiences, race and class are not always foregrounded in analysis. This seminar offers an opportunity to reflect, both conceptually and using empirical case studies, on how youth researchers in different contexts are theorising race and class in relation to contemporary youth cultures. We are prompted by the observation by Gary Younge, that “To try to understand race and class separately is to misunderstand them both completely. I think class is important, but in a multiracial country, it would be impossible to understand it without understanding race. Similarly race is important, but trying to understand it in a capitalist country without understanding class is impossible”. Key questions animating this seminar may include:

• How does youth culture research contribute to productive ways of theorising race and class today?

• How is COVID-19 making more visible the often-hidden ways that race and class, in intersecting ways, produce systemic disadvantage in young people’s lives?

• How do the complexities of current race-class conditions, such as popular discourses of the post-racial, deepening social and economic polarisation, and the burgeoning of activism shape the ways youth cultures are expressed, represented and theorised?

• How might we think through this race and class axis for young people and youth cultures in distinct contexts where the production and experience of ‘class’ and ‘race’ identities may differ significantly in relation to colonialism, place and power?


Date And Time

Tue, 29 September 2020

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM AEST

PhD opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS) at Deakin University. (Application deadline: 31 October 2020)


Deakin University's Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies is seeking an outstanding PhD applicant based in social sciences or multidisciplinary inquiry to work with CRIS in the research stream on Youth, Diversity and Wellbeing in a Digital Age. For further information please go to or email

Publication by Youth Thematic Group members

Butler, Rose, and Jehonathan Ben. 2020. Centring settler colonialism in rural Australian multicultures: race, place and local identities. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.



You can follow the group via Twitter: @YouthTASA