Last week's newsletter incorrectly listed the Jean Martin Award eligibility dates. This year's award is open for theses for which a PhD has been formally awarded between the period March 1st 2019 to 28 February 2021. Nominations close on March 1.
We ask for your help to increase and diversify our Sociology in Action resources so that we can strengthen how we convey to the media, current and future students, as well as the public etc, about what sociology is and what sociology is used for.
We welcome you to submit text, about what you are using sociology for and how you are doing sociology, as well as links to resources you know about, such as websites, papers, videos, and anything else that showcases sociology.
Please email all resources to TASA Admin, using Sociology in Action resources in the subject line, and include a brief description on how the resource/s show what sociology is and what sociology is used for in our region.
TASA's Jean Martin Award recognises excellence in scholarship in the field of Sociology and aims to assist with establishing the career of a recent PhD graduate. It is a biennial award that is open this year for theses for which a PhD has been formally awarded between the period March 1st 2019 to 28 February 2021.
Supervisors and Heads of Sociology departments/schools and interdisciplinary Social science departments and other departments with a major commitment to Sociological analysis within Australian tertiary institutions are invited to submit candidates for the Award. Self nominations are also accepted.
Other TASA Awards open for nominations this year include:
- Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award
- Outstanding Service to TASA Award
- Teaching Sociology Award
- Sociology in Action Award
- Early Career Researcher - Best Paper Prize
- Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award
This year, judging panels will also be assessing for the:
- Best Paper in Health Sociology Review; and the
- Best Paper in the Journal of Sociology.
You can access details about each award, including deadlines and the nomination process, via TASAweb's Awards page.
As mentioned last week, to help raise the profile of sociology further, we'd like to see more sociological articles in The Conversation (TC). We disseminated an email to members, who have published in that platform, asking for their tips on how to go about getting published in TC.
A big thanks to those members who have contributed to the below tips: Kellie Bousfield, Bronwyn Carlson Catherine Hastings, Deborah Lupton, Robyn Moore, Brady Robards, Shanthi Robertson, David Rowe & Michael Walsh.
- Read the TC's Pitch guidelines;
- Go through the pitch to the editor process before writing the piece to get feedback and make sure it is of interest to them – be really clear what the story is about;
- TC is looking for interesting (even a bit controversial) topics that appeal to the broader Australian public not just the academic community. Your pitch should be timely – new research, public interest story;
- Co-author with someone who has already published in TC or ask them for feedback about your pitch/article;
- Be a bit 'flexible' about what section you pitch to. One member had a pitch rejected in one section (Politics & Society) but accepted in another (Education). Another member had a piece on COVID-19 and arts workers rejected from the Health & Medicine section but got into Arts & Culture. Their friend’s article on COVID-19 deaths and the federal v. state issues was rejected from Politics, but got into Health & Medicine. The pitch only allows you to nominate one section in the first instance. So mention its possible suitability in another section or sections, if appropriate, in one of the text boxes. Ensure your pitch is broadly in scope in terms of what content they usually publish and suggest how it fits if it’s ambiguous;
- Review other articles already published on TC that pertain to your idea or even that are tangential and make sure your idea is different and distinctive. The general sense is that TC will not green light an idea that they perceive covers ground they’ve already published so ensure you distinguish your idea;
- Think about your prose when pitching the idea - keep your style simple, direct and clear. TC really like short sharp sentences.
- Don’t be discouraged/get angry if your idea is not commissioned. The general understanding is that sometimes different sections of TC will have an abundance of material. As a result they may find it difficult to accept new material at these points in time. At other times they may seek out content. In other words, they have busy and quite times and sometimes your pitch might not make the cut because of other activities the editors are focused on. Don’t be discouraged by this. When you have a good idea, pitch it, hope for the best and move on; and
- As mentioned above, don't be disheartened if your initial pitch is rejected, sometimes you can find a new outlet. Get advice from your university's media office if you have one, or another fellow member who has published in other non-academic platforms (see the Informed News & Analysis section of our weekly newsletter). TC is now bombarded with pitches and is accepting proportionately fewer of them, so have several alternative outlets in mind.
- Be prepared to write to a short deadline. If your piece is about a breaking story, they may want it within 24 hours. You usually get a few days for a piece about non-breaking news.
- Look for the newsworthy angle of your pitch, as TC is very interested in 'click-bait'. If you can comment on a breaking news item, drawing on your expertise, and do so quickly, this will be valued by TC. Altenatively, if you have just unearthed some interesting findings from a new research project, this could be a good chance to tell the world about them. TC prefers that there's at least a preprint available that you can link to in your TC piece so people can follow up (which means it's best if you have first prepared a journal article for submission and have made it OA on an OA repository before pitching). For example, one member who has had articles published around the broad purpose of education (that outside of economic return) - related this to student protests which were newsworthy at the time. They also had an article published about middle class parents engagement with schooling (their area of research) but built it around a scandal that was occurring in the US at the time about celebrities buying their way into college;
- Use the site’s search facility to see whether/how it has previously covered a topic. Briefly discuss and hyperlink to earlier articles if necessary;
- If you want to address a primarily Indigenous topic and you are not Indigenous, you must have an Indigenous co-author: https://theconversation.com/a-new-way-to-recognise-indigenous-knowledge-at-the-conversation-146477
- Editors still tend to favour statistical data so if you are a qualitative researcher see if you can crunch some relevant Census data or draw on stats from secondary sources to complement your qualitative findings. One member commented about having good luck in the past teaming up with a quant/demography co-author to achieve this. Also consider teaming up to co-author with someone from outside the academy – e.g. a sector partner, policy person. Having data that can be presented in charts and graphs is often favoured;
- Don’t just add lots of stats though – link to other articles that have the information you want to include or to make the point. If you can, co-author with a PhD student to give them/their work some exposure also;
- Think and write like a journalist not like an academic when structuring the piece. Check out the classic inverted pyramid newspaper article structure:https://writingcooperative.com/how-to-structure-an-article-the-inverted-pyramid-8fa0c165fcae;
- Be prepared to write in an accessible way. TC platform has an accessibility check embedded, which is helpful. TC want the language to be appropriate for non-university-educated people but, don’t allow editors to oversimplify what you are saying. Remember, nothing gets published until you sign off on the finished text;
- Think carefully about the idea you want to convey and ensure it can be comprehended by a year 10 reader. Never hide behind jargon or verbosity, especially in your pitch! Focus on your reader. You want to pitch the idea for a general audience. This means an idea that can be understood more or less by a 16-year-old;
- Keep it mostly jargon free and make it an easy read for people who may not be in your area of expertise;
- Conceive of what the hook is for your idea - think about it in terms of how it might look as a newspaper article. This means translating the content from the world of academia into one that is as simple as you can express it. It is a process of reducing the complexity of the ideas and if you don’t aim to do this yourself as an author, an editor is likely to either reject your idea or do this process of reduction much more clumsily than you might be comfortable with.
- Look at the structure and content of other highly read TC articles in your area/by other sociologists to see how they are written – punchy title, key points up front, ‘key messages’, lots of links, pitched for ‘lay educated’ audience etc. For sociological pieces about everyday social/policy issues editors often like a brief a ‘call to action’ at the end e.g. what should the reader/policy makers do about this issue?;
- Most TC articles are limited to 800 words, so make your points pithy. TC wants a fair amount of referencing (by hyperlink only), so be ready to embed relevant hyperlinks in support of your argument. This is a good chance to link to your own (relevant) work (preprint or published), but also that of others. Try to make sure most of the hyperlinks are to open access publications, however, as the vast proportion of your readership won't have access to journals or books;
- Don’t be precious about things like headlines or structure of the piece as their editors make a lot of changes – it is not a journal article;
Be prepared for the editor you work with to heavily edit your article. They will usually choose the headline and images (unless you have some good ones you can supply) but, as mentioned above, be assertive if you feel at all uneasy about text changes, especially when they relate to your intended meaning;
- Don’t be overly precious with the editorial process. The process will likely take several iterations (especially if you are new to writing for the website), but the editors are usually always aiming to improve the way your ideas are presented. Be prepared for them to suggest substantive content additions. Push back when you feel as though the idea no longer speaks to your original idea, but also keep in mind the process is one of collaboration with the editors. If you are overly sensitive or naive to this fact, then you likely will be unhappy with the end result.
- Follow and engage with TC editors and other journalists on Twitter if you use Twitter professionally;
- Try to develop a relationship with an editor as their ‘go to’ person in your areas of strength.
- In general, it helps to have a good social media profile for your research.
When you get an article published
- If you find an error in the published article, get onto the editor straight away. They will fix it;
- Email the details to TASA Admin so that we can share it with your fellow members via our newsletter and social media outlets;
- Share the details with your media department so that they can promote it too.
Also, fellow member David Rowe wrote an article mainly about The Conversation a few years back that is available in full here.
Thanks again to the members listed above for these great tips. Additional ones can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heggart, Keith (2020) Activist Citizenship Education: A Framework for Creating Justice Citizens. Springer.
| This book explores alternative models of civics and citizenship education. Specifically, it uses Justice Citizens, a participatory research and film-making project, as a tool to examine young people’s ideas about active citizenship and participation in public spaces. It introduces a framework that seeks to explore the diverse and apparently contradictory nature of young people’s active citizenship. The framework draws on complexity theory combined with critical pedagogy and democratic education to formulate an approach to developing active citizenship among young people. This approach extends theories of both critical pedagogy and education for citizenship, and by doing so seeks to explain the variegated nature of young people’s engagement with civil society. |
This book contains a valuable repository of ideas and resources for application for teachers to use in schools and classrooms. Academics engaged in initial teacher education, at both primary and secondary levels, will find the framework of use when describing the importance and new approaches to civics and citizenship education within the current school and policy environments. Read on...
Mark McCrindle & Ashley Fell (2020) Work Wellbeing. Rockpool Publishing.
| |Eighty-three per cent of employees say it is up to the employer to facilitate well-being in the workplace. Well-being at work is a key priority for employees.
Over the last decade our world has increased its focus on individual well-being. There is a huge amount of information available and education offered on how to enhance personal well-being by reducing stress and being more physically active, but when it comes to our workplaces, do we really know what well-being means?
Do Employers really take notice of these changes taking place?
Because we now live longer and work for extended hours and well into our twilight years, workplace well-being becomes a key element to employee attraction, retention and satisfaction. It's not just important that workplaces prioritise well-being; it's vital for their success. Read on...
| |McKenzie, Lara 2021. ‘The risks of precarity: How employment insecurity impacts on early career researchers in Australia’, in Researchers at risk: Precarity, jeopardy, and uncertainty in academia, Mulligan, Deborah L. & Danaher, Patrick Alan (eds), Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 115-129. <https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030538569>.
The lead author of the below article, fellow member Julia Kantek, is a PhD Candidate at Western Sydney University. The article content is based on Julia's PhD topic area:
Kantek, J. Veljanova, I. & Onnudottir, H. (2021), ‘ConstructingHungarian ‘good-will ambassadors’: the collaborative soft power efforts of Hungary’s Balassi Institute and the Hungarian community in Australia’, International Journal of Cultural Policy: https://doi.org/10.1080/10286632.2020.1858068
New: Research Fellow - ARC Linkage Project ‘Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena'
Join an interdisciplinary and international research team on an exciting new ARC Linkage Project Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena!
The Research Fellow will collaborate with a large interdisciplinary, international team led by TASA member Professor Renata Kokanović on the ARC Linkage Project Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena (LP190100247). The investigator team also includes Jacinthe Flore, co-convenor of the Health Sociology Thematic Group, as well as academics with expertise in critical mental health research, medical humanities, cultural studies, psychiatry, and qualitative and arts-based approaches to mental health research. The project represents a significant partnership with key mental health organisations in Australia and is guided by an Advisory Group led by people with experience of contact with mental health services. It will provide unique opportunities for mentorship and career development for an academic focusing on developing their track record in critical mental health research. The project is based in the Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University.
| 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. |
| 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.|
|Other Events, News & Opportunities |
Online Research Workshop - call for abstracts
Leaving the city for the beach and bush: Counter-urban trends to regional Australia
A research workshop online
19th of February 2021
Chairs: Caitlin Buckle (University of Sydney) and Nick Osbaldiston (James Cook University)
Abstract submission deadline: January 20. Read on...
Comparative Studies in Modern Society; Balkans in European and Global Context
At site or Online
University of Prizren Ukshin Hoti, KOSOVO
19-20 march 2021
Deadline for abstract submission: 19 January. Read on...
New: My War: Participation in Warfare. Special Issue of the Digital War Journal
Edited by Olga Boichak, University of Sydney and Andrew Hoskins, University of Glasgow
Abstract submission deadline: TOMORROW January 15. Contact fellow member Olga if you would like an extension. Read on...
Special Issue New Media and Social Technology to Support Healthy Ageing and Aged Care in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Open Access Journal).
Guest editors: Loretta Baldassar (Loretta.email@example.com), Lukasz Krzyzowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Catriona Stevens (email@example.com)
Submission deadline: 31 August. Read on...
International Journal on Homelessness (IJOH)
This is a new journal and you are invited to contribute to the first edition
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