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Date: 3/17/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter March 18
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~, 
To date, 18% of our members have completed the short conference survey that was disseminated on Tuesday. If you haven't had a chance to complete the survey, we invite and encourage you to do so. We appreciate how important our members' time is so we kept it short, it will take you less than 2 minutes to complete and you can do so here.
TASA Thursdays: Troy Henderson will be speaking about Universal Basic Income next week on March 25 (12:30pm - 1:30pm AEDT) via Zoom: Meeting ID: 851 9585 0901
Passcode: 010220

Last chance to have your say on the State of the Social Sciences via The Australian Academy of Social Sciences' survey here.  Survey responses due TOMORROW Friday 19 March.
TASA Thursdays: save the date

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
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


Dan Woodman and Steven Threadgold (2021) This is Sociology: A Short Introduction. Sage Publishing. 

This is Sociology
This is Sociology is a progressive, engaging and concise introduction to the key concepts for studying social life. It shows how sociology can help us understand our lives, the groups we are part of, and the rapid social changes and inequalities that shape contemporary societies.

Key features:
  • Using compelling international examples, this book covers what you need to know from the rich history of sociology and goes beyond traditional perspectives.
  • Introduces you to the latest approaches emerging from efforts to build an inclusive global sociology equipped for the challenges of the 21st Century.
  • Tackles topics such as gender, race, and class through a diverse range of theoretical perspectives from across the world, including theorists that have often been excluded from the established western narrative.
 Further enhance your learning with a wide range of accompanying podcasts, videos, discussion questions and further reading at thisissociology.home.blogRead on...    

Hodge, L. (2021). Eating disorders and child Sexual Abuse, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

Eating Disorders
This book takes up the challenge of examining women’s understandings of eating disorders and child sexual abuse away from a framework focused on pathology. The central argument is that women’s distress is an enactment of their engagement with certain discourses and practices, rather than a reaction triggered by child sexual abuse. Guided by a contemporary feminist framework and Mikhail Bakhtin’s sociological linguistics, to substantiate the argument, women’s own poetry and drawings are used as evidence to develop, support and supplement research findings. The book establishes that an eating disorder is ‘an understandable response’ to sexual trauma and shifts the focus away from ‘a damaged personality’. Even more importantly, it demonstrates that women with eating disorders are using their bodies as a form of resistance to express silenced traumas that remain in the silenced female body. This is an active way of making sense of experiences of child sexual abuse. Read on... 

Pereira M, Scott J, (2020) Inequalities and justice, Crime and Justice: a guide to criminology

Crime and Justice
With its recurring Ned Kelly-themed cover, Crime and Justice: A guide to Criminology has earned its reputation as the leading Australian textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students embarking on a journey of discovery into all things criminological. The contributors are prominent academics engaged in research-informed teaching all over Australia; and so, they have an appreciation for knowing how to inspire student readers. As prominent researchers in their field they are at the forefront of national and international criminological debates.

Fully revised and updated, this sixth edition offers an exhaustive guide to criminal justice and criminology that can be readily adapted to any University course. It covers a wide array of topics including: different forms of crime – from hyper-visible street-level offences to less visible ‘corporate’ crimes perpetrated in lofty office towers; who commits crimes (and why); who are the victims of crime; and how society seeks to combat and reduce crime.  Read on...

Book Chapters

Acharya, Keshav & Scott, John (2021) Cultivating local capacity to restructure Nepali governance. In Deb, Sibnath, Sanhalakshmi, G, & Chakraborti, Kaustuv (Eds.) Upholding Justice: Social, Psychological and Legal Perspectives. Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 171-190.

Book Reviews

Vostal, F. (2019) Book Review: 'The Social Structures of Global Academia.', The Sociological Review. Available here. Note, fellow members Fabian Cannizzo & Nick Osbaldiston edited the book. 

Journal Articles

Scott J, Staines Z & Morton J 2021. Crime, justice and social capital in the Torres Strait region. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 620. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.
Pavlidis, A., & Rowe, D. (2021). The Sporting Bubble as Gilded Cage: Gendered Professional Sport in Pandemic Times and Beyond. M/C Journal, 24(1). (Original work published March 13, 2021) [open access]
Dr Enqi Weng & Dr Fethi Mansouri (2021): ‘Swamped by Muslims’ and facing an ‘African gang’ problem: racialized and religious media representations in AustraliaContinuum, DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2021.1888881. Note, 50 free downloads available. 
Sarah Maslen (2021) (Dis)connected parenting: other-tracking in the more-than-human sensoriumThe Senses and Society, 16:1, 67-79, DOI: 10.1080/17458927.2020.1852722
Manouchehri, Bahar., & Burns, Edgar A. (2021). Participation as a right to the city: Iranian children’s perspectives about their inclusion in urban decision-makingChildren & Society, 1-17. doi:10.1111/chso.12446
McKenzie, L 2021 (Early view), 'Unequal expressions: Emotions and narratives of leaving and remaining in precarious academia', Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale. Free access: <>.

Burns, Edgar. A., & Manouchehri, Bahar. (2021). Context is Everything: Environment and Education Intersections in the Rise and Fall of Iran’s Nature schools. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 15, 1-18. doi:10.1177/0973408220978829
Kostecki, T., Hodge, L., Dervisovski, V., & Fitzgerald, C. (2021). Beyond a Sugarcoated Pill: Critical Approaches to Social Work Field SupervisionResearch on Social Work Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1049731521996475
Kumar, Navin, Janmohamed, Kamila, Nyhan, Kate, Forastiere, Laura, Zhang, Wei-Hong, Kagesten, Anna, Scott, J. et al. (2021) Sexual health and COVID-19: protocol for a scoping review. Systematic Reviews, 10(1), Article number: 37. [full access]

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...
Benjamin Hanckel & Shiva Chandra (2021) How young LGBTQIA+ people used social media to thrive during COVID lockdowns. The Conversation, March 15. 



Dan Woodman and Steven Threadgold (2021) This is Sociology


Brady Robards & Deborah Lupton (2021) Journal of Sociology Author Interview: Prof Deborah Lupton
Thematic Groups
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...

Video interview series with JoS authors

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]. 

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. 
New: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Urban Geographies of Care, Institute for Culture and Society
Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
They are looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a period of three years (0.6FTE) to work with them on an ARC Discovery Project titled ‘Shadow Care Infrastructures: Sustaining life in post-welfare cities.
Application deadline: March 25. 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
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...
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

Melbourne Cultural Studies Monthly Drinks

New: Melbourne Cultural Studies Monthly Drinks
After the lonely days of lockdown and too many zoom experiences, we want to start conversations flowing about all things cultural studies so we are organizing a monthly catch-up for cultural studies folk in Melbourne and beyond. Everyone is welcome and we especially encourage postgrads and early career scholars.
26th March 5-6.30pm
Oxford Scholar Hotel (427 Swanston St Melbourne)
Please RSVP to fellow member, and current TASA Treasurer, Anna Hickey-Moody (so the the right space can be booked).
Feel free to pass on to anyone who may be interested.


IRSA flyer

So Fi Zine: Call for Submissions

New: So Fi Zine #9 with Sujatha Fernandes
With Sujatha Fernandes, So Fi Zine #9 invites creative pieces that open new spaces of expression. Play with voice and place. Consider the conditions under which stories are told. Read her reflections on why we need connective stories of depth and complexity here.
Submissions close: April 30. Read on...

Research Seminar

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,
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.


Crime, Criminalisation & Injustice: Stream 1 (Ethnicity, Crime & Welfare)
Wednesday, 31 March, 20:00 – Thursday, 1 April, 00:00 AEDT
For full details, and to register, read on...
New: Crime, Criminalisation & Injustice: Stream 2 (Welfare & Citizenship)
Wed, 7 April 2021 19:00 – 23:00 AEST
For full details, and to register,  read on... 
The above workshops combine the strengths & insights of International research on Social Policy, Sociology, Politics & Criminology. Fellow member Karen Soldatic is one of the organisers. 
Note, you do not need to present to participate in the stream workshops.
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Updating your Member Profile
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You can access details of TASA's current Executive Committee 2021 - 2022, and their respective portfoliosas well as documents and policies, including the Constitution, Code of Conduct, Grievance Procedures & TASA History
Accessing Online Materials & Resources
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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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