In other news, as mentioned last week, the registration deadline for TASA Thematic Week presenters has been extended to TOMORROW Friday October 22nd. To be included in the event program, please be sure to register by that date. Full details about registering for our big week of sociology are available on TASAweb here. Note, you will need to login to TASAweb to receive the member discount. Please contact Sally in TASA Admin if you need login support.
We extend our warm congratulations to fellow member Lara McKenzie who has been elected to the Board of The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS).
|Looking for Volunteer Mentors for Postgrad Day Event |
| |As part of TASA Thematic Week and the Postgrad Day on the 23rd November, the ‘Postgrad Mentoring Session’ is running between 2:30-4:00pm (AEDT). We are looking for ECRs, mid-, and senior-career TASA members to volunteer to share tips and insights about navigating a career as a sociologist with small groups for this mentoring session. Each mentor will be paired with a small group of postgrads via a Zoom breakout room. If you would like to volunteer as a mentor, please contact Sally in TASA Admin by Friday November 12th.
|Software solutions for Sociologists |
Following TASA's Retired Members' meeting on 14 October, I have decided to commence an on-going dialogue entitled ‘Software solutions for Sociologists’. Special emphasis will be to collate open source, free or cheap solutions to their more expensive counterparts (for example, SPSS and NVivo).
The target population is early career sociologists, retired sociologists, sessionals and the precariously employed, for example, who are conducting research and/or engaged in consultancy work, and who require dedicated software but don't have access to it via a workplace.
The aim is to build a resource list of alternative software solutions for sociologists. For example:
- Alternatives to Microsoft Office
- Quantitative research software
- Qualitative research software
- Transcribing interview and multimedia material
- Things to do with PDFs
- Accessibility issues
- Website research
- Social media research
We seek your feedback. Are there additional areas, to those listed above, that should be considered? If so, could you please email your suggestions, along with a couple of sentences of explanation, to email@example.com. Could you please also email me the name/s of any free/low price software that you are aware of.
TASA, Digital Publications Editor
| |TASA Thursdays Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session: What is a sociologist anyway? hosted by Laura Simpson Reeves and Jane (Defeng) Jin on behalf of the Postgraduate Sub-Committee, with panellists Dr Zoe Staines (UQ), Dr Rebekah Ramsay (The World Bank) and Dr Andrew Clarke (UQ) – Thursday 4 November, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEDT, via Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86946559001?pwd=dnZ5VWduWTBzb1cyTW54LzdvOXozZz09. Meeting ID: 869 4655 9001, Passcode: 784151 Sociologists are not restricted to the world of academia. They work across government, nonprofits and other industries. Similarly, sociology departments across universities are filled with individuals whose academic background spans other fields such as health, economics and political science. Or vice versa, people with sociological backgrounds who find themselves working in non-sociology departments. So in this increasingly diverse world of sociology, we ask, ‘What is a sociologist anyway?’ This panel will bring together individuals whose work involves sociology but may or may not identify as just sociologists.
Dr Lizzie Knight, Victoria University, and Emma Colvin, Charles Sturt University, will be speaking on 'Assumed parenting roles and the systemic gaps in education and justice systems' for TASA Thursdays on December 9th via Zoom:
|Members' Engaging Sociology |
Valentina Cuzzocrea, Ben Gook & Bjørn Schiermer (eds) (2021). Forms of Collective Engagement in Youth Transitions: A Global Perspective
| This collection sheds light on diverse forms of collective engagement among young people. Recent developments in youth studies, and the changing global shape of socio-economic conditions for young people, demand new approaches and ideas. Contributors focus on novel processes, practices and routines within youth collectivity in various contexts across the globe, including Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Norway and Poland. The chapters pay particular attention to transitional phases in the lives of young people. Conceptually, the book also explores the strengths and limitations of a focus on collectivity in youth studies. Ultimately, the book makes the case for a focus on forms of collectivity and engagement to help scholars think through contemporary experiences of shared social life among young people. Read on... |
Isaac Yeboah Addo, Sienna Aguilar, Sarah Judd-Lam, Lukas Hofstaetter & Abner Weng Cheong Poon (2021) Young Carers in Australia: Understanding Experiences of Caring and Support-Seeking Behaviour, Australian Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2021.1971271 [1st 50 online copies available free via this link]
Gibson A, Drysdale K, Botfield J, Cook T, Mooney-Somers J, Newman C (2021). “Navigating trans visibilities, trauma, and trust in a new cervical screening clinic”, Culture, Health & Sexuality. Online 10 September 2021, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2021.1952307.
| |Soong, H, Reid-Nguyen, R, Radford, D, Hetz, H, Lucas, B and Wrench, A 2021, Intergenerational refugee aspirations and academic success: from uncertain pasts to promising futures Final Report, University of South Australia, Adelaide. ISBN: 978-1-922046-36-9DOI: http//doi.org/10.25954/611df7c669a15
Weblink for report and resources: bit.ly/UniSARefugeeAspirationsandAcademicSuccess
Soong, H, Reid-Nguyen, R, Radford, D, Hetz, H, Lucas, B and Wrench, A 2021, Intergenerational refugee aspirations and academic success: from uncertain pasts to promising futures Summary Report, University of South Australia, Adelaide. DOI: http//doi.org/10.25954/611e07abc3f9f
A video series, ‘Refugee-background young people talk about aspirations and educational success’ has been developed as a resource to facilitate reflection and discussion with educators, pre-service teachers, students and parents. The series includes:
- the main resource, a 9 minute compilation of five refugee-background young adults
- a 3 minute video of one tertiary student of Hazara-Australian ethnicity
- 5 extended videos; one of each of the participants.
The videos can be accessed via YouTube here. Questions to facilitate discussion and reflection are available on the UniSA webpage.
TASA Thematic Week
Some events are listed below. We will be announcing more soon!
Acknowledgement of Country
During TASA Thematic Week, we will be participating in and listening to sociological presentations delivered from across different nations in Australia. To mark this, I would like to invite your participation in an Acknowledgement of Country.
To be part of this is very simple. I ask you to record a short video of yourself saying the following:
“My name is _________________. [short pause] I am joining from the unceded lands of the _________ people”
You can email the recording to me at Peta.Cook@utas.edu.au. When you email through this recording, please also provide in the body of your email the completed version of the above text for captioning purposes. If you are unable to email your recording and text for captioning, you can share them with me via Dropbox instead.
When recording your video, it would be ideal to use the following settings: 1080p at 25 frames per second. If you are unable to change your settings – or don’t know what I am talking about – please do not worry as we can work with what you can provide.
Note that you do not need to be part of TASA Thematic Week to be involved in the Acknowledgement of Country.
Your video and accompanying text for captioning (as per above) are due to me by Friday 29 October, 5pm. Again, my email address is Peta.Cook@utas.edu.au.
I appreciate your involvement and I look forward to receiving your video.
Chair – TASA Thematic Week
For TASA Thematic Week, there will be an afternoon of activities, Monday November 22nd, specifically for postgraduates (inclusive of honours, masters, and PhD, including those who have recently submitted). Following a short update from the Postgraduate Portfolio Leader, we have a workshop from Inger Mewburn (The ‘thesis whisperer’) exploring future career prospects inside and outside academia. Following a short break we will then meet for a ‘Postgrad Mentoring’ activity.
If you have registered, or intend to register, for TASA Thematic Week, then you will get automatic access to all postgraduate sessions. If you are unable to register for TASA Thematic Week but you would like to attend the postgraduate sessions, please register, gratis, via the links below:
Sociology at the intersections
Keynote: Christy Newman (UNSW, Sydney)
Chair: Kay Cook (Swinburne)
Wednesday November 24th, 11am - 12pm AEDT
Research work demands self-classification. Across fields of research, areas of expertise, and even the thematic groups in the Australian Sociological Association (TASA), we code and categorise our interests as a necessary condition for participating in contemporary research industries and cultures. But as with every form of classification, these systems are not designed to capture the diversity and dynamism of research practice. In this keynote presentation, I will explore insights gained from working at the intersections of sociology and public health – and across their thematic interests in health, gender and sexuality, and families and relationships – over two decades at the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health. Originally founded as the National Centre in HIV Social Research, I learned from those who led the frontline response to HIV/AIDS about the significance of building meaningful collaborations with affected communities, policymakers, and clinicians, and across social and health disciplines. While sociology at the intersections may be more difficult to categorise, it provides a model of inclusive research practice based in trust, humility and respect for difference which is ideal for responding to both enduring and emerging social issues.
Talking values: institutions, nations, the globe
Keynote: Farida Fozdar (University of Western Australia)
Chair: Roger Patulny (University of Wollongong)
Friday November 26th, 11am - 12pm AEDT
While debates about the desirability, and possibility, of a ‘value-free’ sociology continue, values are increasingly recruited discursively by institutions and nations as part of their identity work. This paper explores the ways in which values-talk works, considering a number of concrete examples including the institutional values of Rio Tinto, Wesfarmers, and the author’s own university, University of Western Australia (which is about to remove its Anthropology and Sociology degree and all its staff), and the national ‘Australian values’ as espoused by politicians and in debates around the Values Statement signed by migrants. The focus is on the rhetorical work the language of values does and the ways in which it constructs positive identity rather than forming the basis for the behaviour of those associated with the institution or nation. It is literally ‘virtues signalling’, where the signalling is the whole point of the exercise. The paper considers how/whether values talk is part of the Civilizing Process, and how it might relate to talk of cosmopolitan values.
Gary Bouma's Legacy to Sociology
Jim Spickard (University of Redlands): Gary’s Global Contribution to Sociology of Religion and International Societies
Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa): Gary’s Contribution to the Religion and Diversity Project
Adam Possamai (Western Sydney University): Gary Bouma and the Australian Soul.
Andrew Singleton and Anna Halafoff: Mentorship and Recent Scholarly Reflections (both Deakin University)
Chairs: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy (Western Sydney University) and Enqi Weng (Deakin University)
Wednesday November 24th, 9:10am - 10:30am AEDT.
We invite you to join us to celebrate the life and scholarly achievements of Emeritus Professor Gary Bouma through a series of international and local presentations. There will be a time for reflection and response at the end of the presentations. This is a free session and we welcome you to join us. If you have registered for TASA Thematic Week (TTW), or intend to, you don't need to register for this event separately. However, if you are unable to attend TTW but would like to be present for this event, please register via the button below:
Working beyond academia in and outside of universities
Professor Vaughan Higgins (University of Tasmania)
Associate Profess Karen Soldatic (Western Sydney University)
Dr Joseph Borlagdan (Brotherhood of St Laurence)
Dr Katherine Carroll (ANU)
Ricki Spencer (University of Melbourne)
Chair: Peta Cook
Thursday November 25th, 9:00am - 10:30am AEDT
As the study of human society, sociology offers critical insights into social structures, mechanisms, and relationships. Nevertheless, it can be challenging to translate sociology into evaluation strategies and practical outcomes for governments, industry, businesses, and community groups. In this plenary, sociologists experienced working inside and outside of university settings and with divergent actors (government, industry, business, community), will explore their research and how they have translated and applied sociology. This will include consideration for some of the tensions and challenges they have faced in this process.
Facilitator: Heidi Hetz (University of South Australia)
Wednesday November 24th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm AEDT
For many of us, the last 18 months have been defined by periods of isolation and disconnection in our personal and professional lives. TASA Teatime is an opportunity for students, early career researchers, independent researchers and for those who are precariously employed to (re-)connect with other sociologists. Join with a drink and snack of your choice, and chat to others with a shared interest in sociology.
Other TASA November Events
Sociology in the West
University of Western Australia, Room TBC
November 5, 9AM - 5PM AWST
A better body?: Towards a sociology of wellness
University of New South Wales, Sydney
This event has been postponed and will take place in January or February next year. We will update you when more information becomes available.
Healthy Societies Symposium
The Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies (SCHS) and the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Sydney
November 16, 8:30am - 4:30pm (note, time correction)
Applied Sociology Symposium
Co-design and co-production: Challenges and opportunities for sociologists
November 17, 11am start (AEST/Qld time)
Guest Speaker - Jayne Malenfant
New lives, new research agendas: Sociology beyond the pandemic
La Trobe University, Melbourne
This event has been postponed and will take place in February next year. We will update you when more information becomes available.
Art as Resistance: Myanmar Protest Art from the Frontline
University of Sydney
Venue: a Newtown art gallery, a short walk from the University of Sydney.
This event has been postponed and will take place 2022. We will update you when more information becomes available.
Sociology Goes Public
Australian National University, Canberra
Monday November 29
The deadline for the Thematic Groups Support Scheme Round 2 is 8 November. This scheme offers up to $2,000 funding for events happening during the first half of next year, from 1 January to 30 June 2022. If you have event ideas, we encourage you to share those with the convener/s of the thematic group/s you are a member of.
Thematic Group Conveners' Annual Meeting
New convener term: Nov 2021 - Nov 2023
| |The new thematic group convener term is fast approaching (November 2021 - November 2023). If you are interested in convening/co-convening a thematic group, and you haven't reached out to the relevant current convener yet, we encourage you to do so in the next few weeks. If you have any questions, you can contact Ramon, the Thematic Group Portfolio Leader, via firstname.lastname@example.org or Sally in TASA Admin.
Hope and Empathy in Uncertain Times
Keynote Speakers: fellow members Simone Fullagar and Signe Ravn
The draft program is available here.
|Journal of Sociology - Volume: 57, Number: 3 (September 2021) has been published. You can access the Table of Contents here. |
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 - Call for Papers: Special Issue
Sociological Aspects of Knowledge Translation
Special Issue: Issue 1, 2023
This special issue focuses on knowledge translation. Knowledge translation is important, timely, and particularly relevant to the sociology of health, illness, and medicine because:
- The processes through which different knowledges coalesce embody and demonstrate myriad interactions between society and health
- Knowledge translation requires sociologically informed scholarship that accounts for how social interactions and political processes influence health, illness, and medicine
- Indigenous people have emphasised that knowledge translation should be grounded in respect for diverse knowledges and that it should operate relationally, rather than uni-directionally. Further, making knowledge translation foundational to research design and communication provides opportunity to demonstrate respect for Indigenous people’s enduring connections to Country, intergenerational responsibilities and knowledge of communities.
Abstract submission deadline: February 28, 2022. Full papers will be due before July 31, 2022. Read on...
New: Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor, Campaigns
With Our Watch - a national leader of primary prevention of violence against women and their children.
You would be responsible for managing developmental research and ongoing evaluation of a number of exciting campaigns/projects.
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: Health promotion in post-secondary music education: An institutional ethnography
The University of Western Australia
La Trobe University: The Living with Disability Research Centre
Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarship opportunity for an outstanding candidate to explore a disability related topic in a discipline such as social work, disability studies or any other of the social sciences.
PhD scholarship with the Life Patterns research program
University of Melbourne
Current Honours students are encouraged to apply, pending their final results
Nominated co-supervisor: fellow member Jenny Chesters
Youth living with chronicity in the digital age
Sydney Centre for Health Societies at the School of Social and Political Sciences, Sydney University
Chief investigators are fellow members Alex Broom and Katherine Kenny.
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...
| 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 |
Researchers at the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute are looking for participants in Western Australia to help them learn more about attitudes and access to COVID-19 vaccination, as well as their thoughts on the roll-out and government mandates. Participating in an interview as part of the Coronavax Project will ensure that your voice is heard during the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine program. We are especially looking for people who are:
- Dads of kids under 5
- Childcare workers
- Aged care workers
For details and to sign up to participate, click here.
The Australian Death Studies Society (ADSS)
Three Prizes are open for submissions:
- Best Student Paper
- Creative Work.
The Australian Death Studies Society was founded in 2020 and aims to foster the development of high quality scholarship about dying, death, and body disposal within Australia. The subject matter of death touches all aspects of human experience, and this is reflected in the multidisciplinary nature of our membership. The ADSS welcome submissions for the above 3 prizes from scholars of diverse disciplinary backgrounds.
Call for Papers - Journal
| |Research in the Sociology of Work: New editorial team and Call for papers
Research in the Sociology of Work (RSW) publishes research that examines current issues related to the nature of work, the places and spaces of work, and the experiences of workers and examines the forces that shape the context of work. The incoming editorial team of Rick Delbridge (Cardiff), Andi Pekarek (University of Melbourne), Gretchen Purser (Syracuse), and Markus Helfen (FU Berlin) are pleased to announce a call for papers on ‘Ethnographies of work’.
Critical Refugee Intersections: Before, During, and After Flight
Editor(s): Niro Kandasamy (University of Sydney, Australia), Lauren Avery (University of York, UK) and Karen Soldatic (Western Sydney University, Australia)
This thematic issue is the result of Social Inclusion’s partnership with research network (In)Justice International,
Abstract submission deadline: December 15. Read on...
Call for Chapter Proposals
Call for Chapter Proposals
Expanded Edition of How Qualitative Data Analysis Happens: Moving Beyond “Themes Emerged”
Proposal submission deadline: December 31. Read on...
New: Loneliness Beyond Repair?
UNSW Social Policy Research Centre
Online, Tuesday, 9 November, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM AEDT
Fellow member, and Public Sociology Portfolio Leader, Roger Patulny will be discussing the long-term impacts of COVID-19 and the Zoom Revolution on social isolation and loneliness.
Gender/Sexuality/Culture Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
‘What had become of me?’: Liminal Whiteness in Early US Male Citizenship Hannah Lauren Murray, University of Liverpool
Hannah Lauren Murray, University of Liverpool
Thursday 28 October, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM AEDT (via zoom)
The Disaffection Seminar Series
Seminar 4 - Aesthetics & Disaffection: French Algeria to Japan
TODAY Thursday, 21 Oct 2021 13:00 AEDT
Seminar 5 - Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling
Thu, 28 Oct 2021 19:00 AEDT
For details about the seminars, click here.
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.
| |New: Rural sustainability in the urban century
XV World Congress of Rural Sociology, 19-22 July 2022, Cairns, Australia
Abstract submission deadline: November 30. Read on... and see flyer
for more details.
Building Equality and Justice Now
The British Sociological Association Virtual Annual Conference 2022
Abstract submission deadline: Friday, 29 October. Read on...
Work-Family Justice: Practices, Partnerships & Possibilities
Work and Family Researchers Network
June 23-25, 2022, New York City
Labour Movements in a Post COVID-19 World
The International Sociological Association (ISA)’s Research Committee on Labour Movements (RC44)
Asia-Pacific regional conference
27–29 June 2022
Abstract and Panel Proposals due: 15 November. Read on...
Conflict, Confinement and Immorality
Taiwan, 22nd - 25th March, 2022
Abstract submission deadline extended: November 10. Read on...
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