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Date: 7/21/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter July 22
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,  
We hope you can join us for today's TASA Thursdays with Critical Indigenous Studies Thematic Group co-convener Tristan Kennedy, at Macquarie University, speaking about Indigenous Peoples’ Experiences of Negativity on Social Media. 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST. Access details are:
Meeting ID: 868 7523 9317 Passcode: 519209

 TASA Thematic Week
If you haven't had a chance to submit your 200 word abstract for TASA Thematic Week please note that the deadline is this coming Monday July 26. You will find all the details here
TASA November
Monday July 26 is also the deadline for TASA November funding applications for in-person events in your state or territory. For details, please visit our TASA November webpage.
Submissions to proposed UWA cuts
If you are an alumnus of Anthropology and/or Sociology at the University of Western Australia, there is now a petition for alumni in response to the proposed removal of Anthropology and Sociology degrees, as well as the proposed changes to other disciplines in Social Sciences. For access, click here. Note, the submission deadline for responses to the proposed changes has been extended to this coming Tuesday, July 27. You can access the proposal and rebuttals as well as the general petition here.
TASA Awards
Nominations for the Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award will close on July 31. For full details, read on...
Due to an upgrade of our hosting infrastructure, TASAweb will be offline this Saturday July 24 for around 4 hours, starting from 3:00pm AEST. 

Save the Dates
Our next TASA Thursdays Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session will be Successful Networking: why, what and how hosted by Dorinda ’t Hart on behalf of the Postgraduate Sub-Committee, with panellists Sophie HickeyCatherine Hastings and Brady Robards – 5 August @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom:  Meeting ID: 814 9115 7874 & Passcode: 460496
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 26Ann 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 28More 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

Journal Articles

Scott J, Staines Z, Morton J. Strong communities and justice practices in the Torres Strait Region. Journal of Sociology. July 2021. doi:10.1177/14407833211031299
Amie Bingham, Belinda O’Sullivan, Danielle Couch, Samuel Cresser, Matthew McGrail & Laura Major (2021) How rural immersion training influences rural work orientation of medical students: Theory building through realist evaluation, Medical Teacher, DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2021.1948520
Maslen, Sarah, Jan Hayes, Sarah Holdsworth, and Orana Sandri. 2021. "When Ethics is a Technical Matter: Engineers’ Strategic Appeal to Ethical Considerations in Advocating for System Integrity." Science and Engineering Ethics 27 (4):46. doi: 10.1007/s11948-021-00324-7. [OPEN ACCESS]

Brett, Ingrid, and Sarah Maslen. 2021. "Stage Whispering: Tumblr Hashtags Beyond Categorization." Social Media + Society 7 (3):20563051211032138. doi: 10.1177/20563051211032138. [OPEN ACCESS]
Humphrey, A., & Forbes-Mewett, H. (2021). Social Value Systems and the Mental Health of International Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic . Journal of International Students, 11(S2).
Hart Cohen (2021) COVID and Sport: In conversation with David RoweGlobal Media Journal, Volume 15, Issue 1.
Gomes, C., Hendry, N. A., De Souza, R., Hjorth, L., Richardson, I., Harris, D., & Coombs, G. (2021). Higher Degree Students (HDR) during COVID-19: Disrupted routines, uncertain futures, and active strategies of resilience and belonging. Journal of International Students, 11(S2).
Fitzpatrick, S. J., Read, D., Brew, B. K. & Perkins, D. (2021). A sociological autopsy lens on older adult suicide in rural Australia: Addressing health, psychosocial factors, and care practices at the intersection of policies and institutions. Social Science & Medicine [OPEN ACCESS]
McKenzie, L 2021 (Early view), 'Age-dissimilar couple relationships: 25 years in review', Journal of Family Theory & Review. Free link here.
Katherine Carroll, Jessica Mesman, Heidi McLeod, Judy Boughey, Gary Keeney & Elizabeth Habermann (2021) “Seeing what works: identifying and enhancing successful interprofessional collaboration between pathology and surgeryJournal of Interprofessional Care. 35(4) p490-502. [OPEN ACCESS]


Yolande Strengers, Kari Dahlgren, Larissa Nicholls, Sarah Pink, Rex Martin (2021) Digital energy futures: future home life Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash 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 happened after publishing in TC in June, read on...


Signe Ravn (2021) Using objects to help facilitate qualitative interviewsInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology, July 20. 
Ann Game (2021) Living in-relation with horses: stillness. Living in Relation, July 20. 


David Rowe (2021) Stateless athletes to compete in Tokyo Olympics as Refugee Team. SBS Radio, July 7 (8:30 minutes mark)


Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Jac TomlinsTASA, July 21.
Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Russell Weston. TASA, July 21.
Catherine Hastings and Sophie Hickey (2021) Being an academic and social change agentTASA, July 20.
Ricki Spencer and Susan Carland (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Dr Susan CarlandTASA, July 19.
Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Matt DixonTASA, July 19.
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.
Applicants must:

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.
Submission deadline: Monday October 18th to
Thematic Groups
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
For details, and to register, read on...
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. 
For full details, and to register, read on...  
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
A Critical Disability Studies thematic group 2021 Social Sciences Week event
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.

If you would like to help the group promote this competition in your (school) network, you can use this flyer.  Also, the conveners are looking for books on sociology on sport and/or leisure to compile for the prizes for the winning students. If anyone has copies left of their inspiring work and is willing to share for this competition, please contact us via email:,,
For more information, read on...
TASA Publications

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.
New: Gender Equality Research Associate
Monash University
Research and build evidence to better understand how gender inequalities in different workplaces can be addressed, and how family violence victim-survivors can be best supported at work.
Applications close: July 29. Read on...
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.
Applications close 30 September 2021. Read on...
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. 

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 - Using research farms to investigate the adoptability of Industry 4.0 AgTech
University of Tasmania, Hobart 
The broad aim of this project is to investigate how research farms can be used by farmers to trial, test and tinker with Industry 4.0 technologies that are otherwise considered too risky or uncertain to be implemented in commercial operations.
Application deadline: August 28. Read on...
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
Application deadline: September 30. Read on... 
PhD Scholarship - Designing inclusive technologies for aged care: a sociological study
Monash University
Project supervisors include fellow members Alan Petersen and Barbara Barbosa Neeves
For details, read on...
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 ( or Dr Jenny Chesters ( for more information.
Application deadline: August 15. Read on... 
PhD Scholarship – Monitoring & Evaluating Climate Communication & Education
Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne
Application deadline: July 31. Read on...
PhD scholarship exploring the experiences of borderline personality among young people
Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University
For more information, 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

Research Grants

New: Research grant of up to $5000
Royal Society of Queensland
Potential applicants should note that the grant must be managed by an agency with DGR status (most universities). You can search for a potential agency here. 
Application deadline: August 31. Read on... 


Convened by fellow member Deborah Lupton, UNSW Sydney, leader of the Health Focus Area
Workshop 1: 9.30am-12.20pm, Tuesday 10th August 2021 -
Workshop 2: 9.30am-12.00pm, Tuesday 17th August 2021 -


New: The Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research
The Award for Early Career Research honour Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in one or more fields of the social sciences.
Nomination deadline: August 31. Read on...

Research Symposium

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...

High School Competition

Social Justice Matters' video essay competition for high school students
$2,000 in prizes available
Winners to be announced during Social Sciences Week 2021.
Submission deadline: August 30. read on...


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
Abstract submission deadline: July 26. Read on...


New: Fashioning Gender in Asia
23rd – 26th October, La Trobe University
Abstract submission deadline: July 28
. Read on...
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.
Submission deadline: July 30. Read on...
Cultural Studies Association of Australasia - Bodies in Flux
1 - 3 December, Edith Cowan University, Perth
Submission deadline extended: July 30th. Read on...
TASA Gift Memberships
Gift memberships, for any membership category, can now be accessed at anytime via your membership profile screen. If you would like to gift a membership, to someone new or to a current member, please follow the steps below:
STEP 1: Click here and log in

STEP 2: Click on the drop down menu to the right of your name in the purple bar (RH) at the top of the website (see 1st image below)
STEP 3: Click on Profile (see 1st image below)
STEP 4: Click on the Gift Memberships menu item and complete the details, see yellow highlights in 2nd image below. 
Profile Steps 2
Submitting Newsletter Items
We encourage you to support your colleagues by sharing details of your latest publications with them via this newsletter. No publication is too big or too small. Any mention of sociology is of value to our association, and to the discipline, so please do send through details of your latest publication (fully referenced & with a link, where possible) for the next newsletter, to TASA Admin. Usually, the newsletter is disseminated every Thursday morning.
Updating your Member Profile
Personal pronoun preferences can now be added to your profile. There are 9 combination options to choose from. Please let Sally in TASA Admin know if your preference/s is not on the list and we will have them added.
For assistance with updating your Member Profile on TASA web please see the video tutorial: 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 ConstitutionValues StatementStatement on Academic Freedom, Code of Conduct, Grievance Procedures & TASA History
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