By now you may have heard about the changes proposed to the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia that include discontinuing both sociology and anthropology majors and dismissing the majority of the staff that teach into them. The UWA staff and students have created a website and petition as well as Twitter and email accounts. Together with the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), TASA made a submission on the proposed changes that you can read here. The Sociology department at Macquarie University have also made a submission. You can extend your support by making a submission, signing the petition, and following @SaveSocSciUWA on Twitter. TASA will continue its support of our UWA colleagues in pursuit of its mission of promoting sociology and serving sociologists in their work.
Meeting ID: 868 7523 9317 Passcode: 519209
Hopefully you received our dedicated email reminder earlier this week about the deadline extension for panel and abstract submissions to TASA Thematic Week. As mentioned last week, we will be using a different online platform system this year that includes some great networking features. If you haven't already submitted your abstract, and/or panel form, please do so by Monday July 26. You will find all the details here.
Monday July 26 is also the deadline for TASA November funding applications for face to face events in your state or territory. For details, please visit our TASA November webpage.
| |Liz Dean, University of Melbourne, James Godfrey, University of London, and John Haycock, whose PhD thesis title was ‘Revolution Rock: A Study of Public Pedagogy of Protest Music’, will be discussing Protest Songs for TASA Thursdays on August 26. Ann Lawless & John McGuire, co conveners of the Sociology and Activism Thematic Group, will be joining in on the discussion. More details to follow.
Tim Graham, Queensland University of Technology, will be speaking on Social media and misinformation for TASA Thursdays on October 28. More details to follow.
Lizzie Knight, Victoria University, will be speaking on 'Assumed parenting roles and the systemic gaps in education and justice systems' for TASA Thursdays on November 25th. More details to follow.
|Members' Engaging Sociology |
Shaun Wilson (2021) Living Wages and the Welfare State: The Anglo-American Social Model in Transition. Polity Press.
| Are living wages an unaffordable and unwieldy aspiration or a key progressive reform? Demands for fair minimum incomes have dominated national debates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This topical book addresses the rapidly shifting politics of minimum wages in US, the UK, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and Australia, where workfare has compelled many to find low-income work and where neoliberal thinking about minimum wages has prevailed. Analysing minimum wage policies within a political-economy narrative, this innovative book offers an alternative to the Basic Income narrative and identifies the success of Living Wage campaigns as central to welfare state change. Read on... |
| |Parsell, C., Clarke, A., & Perales, F. (2021). Poverty by Design: The Role of Charity and the Cultivated Ethical Citizen. Social Policy and Society, 1-17. doi:10.1017/S1474746421000312
Ashleigh L. Haw (2021) Social Exclusivism Versus Cosmopolitan Acceptance: Competing Constructions of ‘Australian Values’ in Discourse Surrounding People Seeking Asylum, Journal of Intercultural Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2021.1939279
Possamai, A. ., Long, G. ., & Counted, V. . (2021). An Analysis of Australian Research Council’s Grants in Religion. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 34(1), 74–95. https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.20133
|Kim Stace et al. (2021) Telepractice in Family Work Study. Sydney: Fams, July |
| |Raelene West (2021) Disability Studies. Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group, July 13.
Simon Prideaux (2021) Inclusion. Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group, July 12.
Simon Prideaux (2021) Disableism. Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group, July 12.
TASA Awards open for nominations this year include:
- 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.
|Workshop Program: call for expressions of interest |
Call for Expressions of Interest - TASA's Workshop Program
Funding of $10,000 is available for two workshops ($5k each).
About the Workshop Program
- Presenting TASA outwardly – engaging with the community
- Potential for feeding into policy
- Connecting with the research community
- Bringing experts in from the community
Successful workshops will advance research within sociology and showcase TASA as the face of sociological/interdisciplinary research in the region; engaging with issues of national concern; advancement of knowledge; support innovative ideas, and, the potential of feeding into policy and practice development.
a. include a minimum of 2 Early Career Researchers and a maximum of 20 disciplinary experts;
b. include details of planned publication outcome(s) for workshop;
c. agree to submit a post workshop report to TASA that can be referenced on TASAweb; and
d. present workshop findings at TASA’s conference in the year the workshop is held.
Creative Thinking: Innovative Approaches to Increase Participation of People with Disability in Arts & Culture
Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group
A panel session at the Accessible Arts 2021 Conference: Arts Activated
Monday August 9, 1pm-2pm AEST
Critical Indigenous Sociology
This Critical Indigenous Studies Thematic Group Symposium on Indigenous Sociology will showcase the diversity Indigenous sociologists/scholarship
Speakers include TASA members Raewyn Connell, Bronwyn Carlson, Karen Soldatic & Kim Spurway
Monday 9 August 9:00 am – 4:30 pm AEST Macquarie University, NSW.
TASA MEM Conversations About... 'Decolonising Methodologies'
Raising the voices and profiles of African women in Australia
Online, Tuesday, 20 July, 10:00 – 11:30 AEST
TASA’s Emotions & Affect and Health Thematic Groups are excited to announce a call for papers for a joint symposium on ‘Hope and Empathy in Uncertain Times’. Hosted by RMIT’s Social and Global Studies Centre, with generous support from TASA, the event will take place at RMIT’s Melbourne city campus on 28-29 October with keynotes by Professor Simone Fullagar (Griffith University) and Dr Signe Ravn (University of Melbourne). Abstracts due 25 July. For the CfP and more details check out: 'Hope and Empathy in Uncertain Times' Symposium
Sociology and Disability Justice Transforming our World
Thursday September 9, 10:00am - 11:30am AEST.
Speakers: Judy Singer, Ryan Thorneycroft, Raelene West, & Lizzie Knight
Chair: Karen Soldatic
For speaker bios and registration details, read on...
High School Competition
TASA's Sport & Leisure thematic group is organising an essay/video contest for secondary school students (year 10, 11, 12). With participation in sport increasing in Australia, especially among girls and young women, and with major sporting events on the horizon (Tokyo Olympics, Women’s World Cup 2023, Queensland bid for 2032 Olympics), it is time to engage students with sociology and how it can help explain various issues in sport and social life more broadly. Sports and leisure activities are a large part of many young people’s life and thus, the topic lends itself perfectly to introduce secondary school students to the sociology of sport. Students will be invited to write a 600-word essay or produce a 3 minute YouTube video covering the role of sport/leisure in society. Applicants should incorporate at least ONE key sociological issue: gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity into their answer.
Journal of Sociology - open access articles
|In case you missed it, Journal of Sociology's Volume 56 Issue 1, March 2020, Special issue articles - Asylum Seekers in the Global Context of Xenophobia - are available on open access here. |
Health Sociology Review -open access articles
| |There are currently 16 Health Sociology Review open access articles that you can access here.
The Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies
Harvard University’s Committee on Australian Studies is seeking to appoint to The Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies for the academic year 2023-24.
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.
| 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. |
New: PhD Scholarship - Developing data collection platforms to enhance human services delivery. The Bradshaw Family Research Initiative, Family Care Shepparton.
An Industry Engagement Scholarship through FamilyCare in partnership with La Trobe University, Shepparton Campus
Supervisors include fellow member Janet Congues
New: PhD Scholarship - Designing inclusive technologies for aged care: a sociological study
Project supervisors include fellow members Alan Petersen and Barbara Barbosa Neeves
PhD Scholarship in Digital Media Studies – Chinese Social Media Platforms, Industry, and Policy
Monash University, Caulfield campus
Application deadline: August 3. Read on...
PhD Scholarship - Digital Ethnography of Children with Vision Impairment
The opportunity is a funded PhD position for someone to join an interdisciplinary team at Deakin University.
Expressions of Interest deadline: July 30. Read on...
PhD Scholarship – Life Patterns project
University of Melbourne
Life Patterns is offering two PhD scholarships in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education to undertake qualitative and/or quantitative projects using data from the project, which has been following the lives of young Australians since the early 1990s. In the second half 2021, the project will recruit a new cohort of young Australians to examine their pathways following the pandemic. Please contact Associate Professor Hernán Cuervo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Jenny Chesters (email@example.com) for more information.
PhD Scholarship – Monitoring & Evaluating Climate Communication & Education
Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne
PhD scholarship exploring the experiences of borderline personality among young people
Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University
| 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 |
New: Motherhood, Labour and Care in Contemporary Australia
Online, Monday November 22nd
Conveners: fellow members Sheree Gregory and Kate Huppatz
Abstract submission deadline: September 1st. Read on...
Social Justice Matters' video essay competition for high school students
$2,000 in prizes available
The TikTok Cultures Research Network
Online, 19 July 9AM - 11AM (AWST)
The event will be featuring the network’s founding and international members who will offer insights on their TikTok research methodologies.
The settlement of humanitarian migrants in regional Australia
These events will bring together key stakeholders to consider knowledge gaps, challenges and opportunities affecting the diverse processes and experiences of humanitarian migrant settlement in regional Australia.
Forum - October 12, 9:30am - 3:30pm AEST
Roundtable - October 15 9:30am - 12:00pm AEST
Miscarrying in the Car: Centring Gendered Experiences of Homelessness
Delivered by fellow member Juliet Watson
TODAY Thursday 15 July, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ACST
Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, University of Adelaide
An Exploration of (cisgender) WSU staff's understanding of trans and gender diversity
With fellow member Lucy Nicholas
Wednesday July 21st 4:30pm, Liverpool or Zoom
Conflict, Confinement and Immorality
Taiwan, 22nd - 25th March, 2022
Abstract submission deadline: September 10. Read on...
Sociology of Vulnerabilities and Resistance: New and Emerging Challenges on Lives, Communities, and Places.
The Philippine Sociological Society
Online, October 1 - 5, 2021
Speakers include our immediate past president, Dan Woodman
Post Porto Alegre ISA Forum RC 54: Sociology of the body in COVID time.
2nd - 4th September, 2021
Featuring fellow member Raewyn Connell as one of the keynotes
The Body in the Social Sciences
II International Seminary Body and Culture (CBCE) Bodies in the Pandemic Context
Abstract submission deadline: July 30th. Read on...
Call for Session Proposals
Proposals are invited for sessions at RC20 Regional Conference on Comparative Sociology & The 2nd RC33 Regional Conference on Social Science Methodology.
Philippine Sociological Society's International Conference seeks to bring in a range of diverse voices that can problematize, theorize, and empirically analyze the various experiences of vulnerability, precarity and resistance. They invite presentations from sociologists and social scientists from around the world about their recent research and think pieces particularly on vulnerabilities and resistance. The conference is open to individual presentations and panel proposals.
Cultural Studies Association of Australasia - Bodies in Flux
1 - 3 December, Edith Cowan University, Perth
Submission deadline extended: July 30th. Read on...
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