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Date: 3/10/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter March 11
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,  
In case you haven't heard, Social Sciences Week will run from the 6th to the 12th of September this year. You can check the SSW website for updates. 
If you haven't already, we encourage you to have your say on the State of the Social Sciences via The Australian Academy of Social Sciences' survey here. Note, submissions and survey responses due Friday 19 March.
TASA Thursdays: save the date
TASA Thursdays: Troy Henderson will be speaking about Universal Basic Income on March 25 (12:30pm - 1:30pm AEDT). 
TASA Thursdays: The Postgraduate Subcommittee are putting a program together again this year. Their monthly events will start on April 1 (12:30pm - 1:30pm AEDT). More details to follow. 
2021 TASA Awards
TASA Awards open for nominations this year include:
  • Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award: nominations close May 31
  • Outstanding Service to TASA Award: nominations close May 31
  • Teaching Sociology Award: nominations close June 15
  • Sociology in Action Award: nominations close June 15
  • Early Career Researcher - Best Paper Prize: nominations close June 30
  • Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award: nominations close July 31
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, and the nomination process/form, via TASAweb's Awards page
Members' Publications

Special Issues

A special issue on medical testing is now out in Science, Technology and Society. Titled ‘Testing for life? Regimes of governance in diagnosis and screening’, it includes an editorial by guest editors and TASA members Alan Petersen and Kiran Pienaar. Focussing on the biopolitics of testing, the issue features interviews with leading scholars in the field, Annemarie Jutel and David Armstrong, as well as articles on diverse topics including cancer screening, prenatal testing and newborn screening, and testing for Lyme disease.

Journal Articles

Carter, A., Strnadová, I. Watfern, C., Pebdani, R., Bateson, D., Loblinzk, J., Guy, R., Newman, C. (2021) The sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people with intellectual disability: A scoping review. Published online in Sexuality Research and Social Policy on 7 March 2021.
Stephen Molldrem, Mustafa I. Hussain & Anthony K J Smith (2021) Open science, COVID-19, and the news: Exploring controversies in the circulation of early SARS-CoV-2 genomic epidemiology research, Global Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2021.1896766 [OPENN ACCESS]
Olivia King & Nicole Shaw (2021) ‘ … breaks down silos’: allied health clinicians’ perceptions of informal interprofessional interactions in the healthcare workplace, Health Sociology Review, DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2021.1886865
Theobald, J., Watson, J., Murray, S., & Bullen, J. (2020). Women’s Refuges and Critical Social Work: Opportunities and Challenges in Advancing Social Justice. The British Journal of Social Work.
Petersen A, Pienaar K. Testing for Life? Regimes of Governance in Diagnosis and Screening. Science, Technology and Society. 2021;26(1):7-23. doi:10.1177/0971721820964889 [open access]
Solbjør M, Willis K. Informed Choice and Nudging in Mammography Screening: A Discourse Analysis of Australian and Scandinavian Webpages. Science, Technology and Society. 2021;26(1):64-80. doi:10.1177/0971721820964890  [open access]
Pienaar K, Petersen A. Testing and Diagnosis as Social Interventions: An Interview with Annemarie Jutel. Science, Technology and Society. 2021;26(1):135-139. doi:10.1177/0971721820964887
Petersen A, Pienaar K. The Molecular Turn, Predictive Technologies and Diagnostic Fragmentation: An Interview with David Armstrong. Science, Technology and Society. 2021;26(1):140-145. doi:10.1177/0971721820964888
Sherene Idriss (2021) Researching race in Australian youth studies, Journal of Youth Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2020.1869193
Ridgway, A. (2021). From paradise to prison: The disrupted spatial imaginaries of victimised female British migrants in Australia. Population, Space and Place, e2430.


Yolande Strengers, Melisa Duque, Michael Mortimer, Sarah Pink, Alicia Eugene, Rex Martin, Larissa Nicholls,
Ben Horan, Sue Thomson (2021) Smart homes for seniors: Intelligent home solutions for independent living, Mclean Care, Monash University, Melbourne University. 

Informed News & Analysis

For tips from fellow members on getting published in The Conversation (TC), click here. For some members' articles published in TC between 2013 & 2019, click here. To find out what can happen after publishing in TC, read on...
Ash Watson, Marianne Clark, Clare Southerton & Deborah Lupton (2021) Fieldwork at your fingertips: creative methods for social research under lockdown, Nature, March 3. 
Yolande Strengers (2021) Amazon Echo's Alexa is programmed to always apologize, NBC Think, March 2.
Yolande Strengers (2021) Older Australians give smart tech the thumbs up for music and video chat, The Guardian, February 28. 
Yolande Strengers (2021) Getting Smart: Seniors see benefit of smart technology in the home, Monash Lens, February 25. 


Sharyn Roach Anleu, David Cheng & Cathy Wilcox (2021) Why humour does more than make you laugh. Seriously Social, Academy of Social Sciences Australia. 


Thematic Groups
New: Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) Thematic Group Symposium and Special Issue of the Journal of Global Indigeneity on Indigenous Sociology
Sociology needs Indigenous scholars. Reflections in recent years have highlighted the paucity of Indigenous Australian perspectives in sociology scholarship. Despite this shortfall, Indigenous sociologists and allies are highly research productive in areas of the sociology of sport, health and wellbeing, politics and policy, intimacy, identity, digital technology, and popular culture.
CIS co-conveners Bronwyn and Tristian call for papers from Indigenous sociologists and cross-disciplinary researchers that demonstrate contemporary directions in Indigenous scholarship. They particularly welcome papers which look to Indigenous peoples’ and communities’ political, social, and cultural futures.
Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be submitted to by COB 5 April 2021.
For full details, see the Flyer

Call for Resources
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 Publications

Journal of Sociology - call for expressions of interest

Call for expressions of interest to guest edit a special issue of the Journal of Sociology for 2023.  The deadline for submissions, of no more than 3000 words in length, is Monday 21st June and they need to go to Allegra Schermuly, Managing Editor of the Journal. For details, read on...

Health Sociology Review

New: The latest special issue of Health Sociology Review is now out, guest edited by TASA members Christy Newman and Anthony K J Smith along with colleagues Elizabeth Duck-Chong, Son Vivienne, Cristyn Davies, Kerry H. Robinson & Peter Aggleton: Waiting to be seen: social perspectives on trans health [open access for 90 days]. 
Christy NewmanElizabeth Duck-Chong made a video about the importance of co-created, critically informed, social science and sociological research for advancing the health and rights of trans people around the world.

There are many members of TASA who are looking for work, from sessional teaching through to applied consultancy research. Our 'Looking for Work' registry is to provide a way for our members who are looking for work to connect with people looking to employ sociologists. We also acknowledge many of our members are employed precariously, and we hope this registry might help in building connections and networks towards more stable employment.
Note, if you are looking for work you can list yourself in the 'Looking for Work' registry via your membership profile. Click on the Additional Member Data tab and scroll down to the question 'Are you looking for work?' After selecting 'yes' to that question, your details will appear in our publicly searchable 'Find a Sociologist' directory. Please contact TASA Admin if you need assistance adding your details. 
If you would like to be spotlighted in our newsletter as someone looking for work, please email TASA Admin, and attach a profile image that can be used in the spotlight and include a bio outlining your location, highest qualification, areas of expertise, the type of work you are looking for, and whether you are in a position to relocate etc. 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The University of Queensland, St Lucia
The successful applicant will work with fellow member Professor Lynda Cheshire on her current and emerging research projects in the broad area of the sociology of housing, neighbourhoods and community. They will also have an opportunity to establish their own independent program of research with her support.
Application deadline: 14 March (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time. Read on...
Postdoctoral Research Associate/Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level A or B) in Sociology
The University of Sydney, Camperdown campus
The Research Fellow will work directly with fellow member Alex Broom, on a wide-ranging program of research centred on the social, political and economic dimensions of health, including emerging infectious diseases ‘threats’.
Application deadline: 11:30pm 21 March. 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
New: PhD Scholarship - Urban Care Geographies: Sustaining life in post-welfare cities
Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
The successful candidate will work within a research team on an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project, Shadow Care Infrastructures: sustaining life in the post-welfare city.
Applications close:
30th April. Read on...
Monash Data Futures Institute PhD Scholarships
The Monash Data Futures Institute is developing a community of outstanding critical thinkers with a deep understanding of social, scientific and policy issues, along with training in advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science.
6 scholarships on offer
 Expression of interest deadline: March 14. Read on...
PhD Scholarship in Social Science – Muslim women, social cohesion, and Islamophobia
Monash University
This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an ARC-funded project ‘Living Well Together: Muslim women, social cohesion, and Islamophobia’ conducted by fellow member Susan Carland.
Expression of interest deadline: March 22. Read on...
Reducing young women’s offending through improved service delivery in human services and the youth justice system
This opportunity is for a full time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) student who identifies as both female and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to support an innovative three-year study of young women’s contact with the youth justice and community services systems. For details, read on...
Exploring borderline personality in youth populations
The scholarship is art of an ARC funded Linkage Grant.
Applications will close when the position is filled. 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: Communication, Authority and Power
Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference
Melbourne, July 6–9
Submission deadline extended: TOMORROW Friday 12 March. Read on...
IRSA flyer

Research Seminar

New: Queering the Map: Stories of love, loss and (be)longing
Online, Thursday, 25 March, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM AEDT
With TASA members Ash Watson (UNSW), Emma Kirby (UNSW), Brendan Churchill (UOM), Brady Robards (MONASH)
 For details, and to register, read on...

Fellowship Opportunity

National Library of Australia Fellowships
The National Library of Australia, in partnership with its generous sponsors and donors, offers researchers an opportunity to undertake a 12-week residency at the Library. Applicants may work in any field or discipline where the Library's collections have appropriate depth and breadth to support the desired outcomes.
Application deadline: 5pm AEST, Monday 26 April. Read on...


Queer Theory Reading Group Symposium
August 5th, Macquarie University and Online via Zoom
The Queer (Theory) Reading Group began in 2019 as an interdisciplinary group for HDR students to meet and discuss genders and sexualities research. The reading group has been a source of ongoing support and collaboration, and we hope to share this space with others as we showcase ECR and HDR scholars' research on genders and sexualities.
Abstract submission deadline: April 30th. Read on...


(Con)spirituality, Science and COVID-19 Colloquium
25-26 March, AEDT
Hosted by Deakin University and Western Sydney University
(Con)spirituality – the merger of conspiracy theories and spirituality – has attracted significant media and academic attention globally during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information about the (Con)spirituality in Australia project can be found here.
For further details, about the event, and to register, read on... Also, see Conspirituality event flyer.


Prior to the below events going live on ‘eventbrite’, please contact s.j.prideaux@leeds for further information.
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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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