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Date: 8/11/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter August 12
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,  
We have had a good response to the call for abstracts for TASA Thematic Week. As there is still some room to include more presentations the Executive decided to extend the submission deadline to August 25. We are also pleased to share that we will be having keynote speakers during the event – details will be released soon! To submit to TASA Thematic Week click here.
We received several funding applications for TASA November in-person events. We hope to be able to include details of those planned hybrid events in the newsletter next week. In the meantime, we can tell you that 4 are planned for Sydney (one needs hope!), 1 in Canberra, 1 in Western Australia and 1 in Victoria. 
If you missed last week's TASA Thursdays Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session on Successful Networking: why, what and how, you can catch up on it here. 
We hope you can join us for our next TASA Thursdays event on August 26 with  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’, discussing Protest SongsAnn Lawless & John McGuireco conveners of the Sociology and Activism Thematic Group, will also be joining in on the discussion. More details to follow. 
Save the Dates
New: Alex Broom, the University of Sydney, Planet of the Microbes: Blowback Blues and Ecological (di)Stress, for TASA Thursdays on October 21stMore details to follow. 
Tim Graham, Queensland University of Technology, will be speaking on Social media and misinformation for TASA Thursdays on October 28thMore 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

Book Chapters

Jonathan Gabe & Paul Martin (2021). Pharmaceuticalisation: Origins, drivers and new directions in Routledge International Handbook of Critical Issues in Health and IllnessRoutledge. 

Rebecca E. Olson (2021).  Health services and care: Political and affective economies in Routledge International Handbook of Critical Issues in Health and IllnessRoutledge. 

Journal Articles

Michael J Walsh & Stephanie A Baker (2021) Avoiding conflict and minimising exposure: Face-work on Twitter. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.
Robyn Moore, Emily Rudling, Maria Kunda & Sebastien Robin (2021) Supporting casual teaching staff in the Australian neoliberal university: A collaborative approach. Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching, Vol. 4 No. 2 (2021). [OPEN ACCESS]
Pienaar, K., Flore, J., Power, J. & Murphy, D. (2021). Making publics in a pandemic: Posthuman relationalities, ‘viral’ intimacies and COVID-19. Health Sociology Review, part of forthcoming special issue on ‘Progressing critical posthuman perspectives in health sociology’ (edited by Kim McLeod & Simone Fullagar).  
Renae Fomiatti, David Moore, Suzanne Fraser & Adrian Farrugia (2021) Holding ‘new recovery’ together: Organising relations and forms of coordination in professional sociomaterial practives of addition recovery. International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 97, November 2021, 103357. 
McCann H, Myers K. Addressing the silence: Utilising salon workers to respond to family violence. Journal of Sociology. August 2021. doi:10.1177/14407833211031005
Dahlgren K, Pink S, Strengers Y, Nicholls L, Sadowski J. Personalization and the Smart Home: questioning techno-hedonist imaginaries. Convergence. August 2021. doi:10.1177/13548565211036801
Quah, Sharon Ee Ling and Ridgway, Alexandra. 2021. The woman writer’s body: multiplicity, neoliberalism and feminist resistance. Gender, Work & Organization. Published Online First: 

Hastings, C. (2021) ‘A critical realist methodology in empirical research: foundations, process, and payoffs’ Journal of Critical Realism, (online) DOI: 10.1080/14767430.2021.1958440

Hastings, C. (2021) ‘How Do Poor Families in Australia Avoid Homelessness? An fsQCA Analysis’ Housing, Theory and Society, (online) DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2021.1936624

Informed News & Analysis

Tadgh McMahon & Shanthi Robertson (2021) Brad Hazzard is wrong about multicultural western Sydney: new research shows refugees do trust institutions. The Conversation, August 11.
Michael Mason, Philip Hughes, Anna Halafoff, Andrew Singleton, and Gary Bouma (2021) How should you answer the Census’ religion question? ABC Religion and Ethics, August 9. 
McKenzie, Lara 2021. ‘Partners’ financial support is holding female academics back’, Times Higher Education 5 August.  
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...

Member Mentions

Raewyn Connell (2021) The Brave New Wave. The Australian, August 5.


Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Dr Matthew Harrison. TASA, August 11.
Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Laura/Remus Short. TASA, August 9.
Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Dr Gerald RocheTASA, August 6. 
Social Sciences Week 2021 small logo
New: with just under a month to go, Social Sciences Week (SSW) events are starting to be listed on the SSW website. Listed below are some events that TASA members are involved in:
Alex Broom (Chair). Speakers include fellow members Michelle Peterie, Leah Williams Veazey & Barbara Barbosa Neves Emotion Inequality in Pandemic Australia. 8 September, 11:00 AM AEST. 
Karen Soldatic (Chair). Speakers include fellow members Ryan Thorneycroft. Judy Singer, Raelene West & Lizzie Knight. Sociology and Disability Justice: Transforming our World. September 9, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM AEST.
Dinesh Wadiwel (Chair). COVID, Green Energy, Social and Natural Environments. 10 September, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM AEST
Troy Henderson (Moderator). From Bailouts to Basic Income?. 10 September, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM AEST
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).
Submission deadline: October 18th via the orange button below.  Read on...
Thematic Groups
High School Competition
Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group
Online Writing and Art Competition Inclusion is!
If you have links with high school students/teachers, or social media accounts, please share this flyer and this video link
For details, 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
Due to lockdown, this event has been postponed to Monday 27 September 9:00 am – 4:30 pm AEST Macquarie University, NSW. 
For full details, and to register, read on...   
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.
Research assistants needed for a project on homelessness and disability
A team of researchers at Western Sydney University have been contracted to undertake a rapid evidence review of homelessness risk among people with disability transitioning out of prisons, forensic units and youth justice centres. The research will also examine the evidence on policy and program responses to prevent homelessness among this group.

The team is seeking expressions of interest from people with lived experience of disability to work as casual research assistants on the project. Experience in conducting policy audits and/or systematic reviews would be helpful but is not essential. Skills in searching Scopus or other academic databases and using Endnote or other referencing software are required.
Please send a brief letter and CV to
Research Officer
The BRAIx project is recruiting for the Qualitative Research Officer role at St Vincent’s BreastScreen to lead the consumer focus groups and field research
Based at St Vincent’s BreastScreen, Melbourne.
Applications close: August 16. 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
PhD scholarship – Social licence and the development of commercial onshore lobster aquaculture in Australia
University of Tasmania
This PhD project will examine how 'social licence' is relevant and can be gained in the development of a commercial onshore lobster aquaculture industry in Australia.
Project supervisor: fellow member
Vaughan Higgins
Application deadline:
 29 October. Read on...
Re-advertisied: PhD Scholarship in Social Science – Muslim women, social cohesion, and Islamophobia
Monash University, with fellow member Susan Carland. 
The broader project the PhD sits within investigates the role of gender in initiatives to counter Islamophobia by Muslim women, the reception to these initiatives by non-Muslims, and how these groups understand social cohesion in relation to one another.
New application deadline: TOMORROW Friday 13 August, 11:55pm AEST. Read on...
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 – 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 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

Politics in the Pub

New: Higher Education Work in W.A.
The Local Hotel, South Fremantle, W.A.
7-8.30pm Tuesday, August 31st.
For more information, contact fellow member Christian Mauri.

Journal call for PhD Students

Editors in Chief, Web Editor and Design & Layout Editor

New: Graduate Journal of Social Science (GJSS).
The GJSS is an open access journal, run by post graduate students in the social sciences, as well as publishing the work of post-graduates in the social sciences.
The journal needs well-organised, and self-directed PhD students to take over some roles. There are two editor in chief positions available as well as one Web Editor and one Layout & Design editor.
Application deadline: 20 September. Read on... 

Call for Advisory Group Members

Research advisory group members with lived experience of disability
A team of researchers at Western Sydney University have been contracted to undertake a rapid evidence review of homelessness risk among people with disability transitioning out of prisons, forensic units and youth justice centres. The research team is seeking expressions of interest from people with lived experience of disability or mental illness and homelessness and/or incarceration to become members of a research advisory group. The group needs to be to be largely representative of jurisdictions across Australia and to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. No research experience needed.
For more information please contact

Call for Submissions -Zine

So Fi Zine edition #10
Another call for submissions for So Fi Zine is live! It’s a special milestone: the tenth edition of the zine.
Submission deadline: October 31. Read on...

Research Grants

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 2: 9.30am-12.00pm, Tuesday 17th August. Read on...


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...


New: Recovery, Reconfiguration and Repair: Mobilising the Social Sciences and Humanities for a Post-Pandemic World.
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
11-12 November, in person at Deakin’s Burwood campus in Melbourne, and online.
Keynote panellists includes Prof. Janet Roitman (New School), A/Prof Katerina Teaiwa (ANU), Mr Bhiamie Williamson (ANU), and Prof. Deborah Lupton (UNSW).
Proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers aligned with the conference theme are now open.
Submission deadline: TOMORROW 13 August. Read on...
Note: please contact the convenors if an extension is required.
Conflict, Confinement and Immorality
(In)Justice International
Taiwan, 22nd - 25th March, 2022
For details, about (In)Justice International visit 
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 i mmediate past president, Dan Woodman
For a list of the Australian organising committee for the 2023 World Congress, visit:
TASA Gift Memberships
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