In case you missed our email earlier this week, we are so excited to share that our TASA 2022 conference submission portal is now open. Although you have until May 25th to submit, we are looking forward to receiving submissions sooner! In the coming weeks, we will include details about conference bursaries.
Speaking about events, the Postgraduate Sub-committee are hosting our next TASA Thursdays one - April 7th - Choosing the right PhD for you: traditional thesis versus thesis by publication. Chaired by Richa George, with panellists Claire Moran, Alice Campbell and Farida Fozdar. 10:30 - 11:30 AWST, 12:00pm - 1:00pm SA/NT, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST. The Zoom access details are: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89459716938?pwd=OC9Wd21pZllCb1U5aEVBTW0wazh3dz09. Meeting ID: 894 5971 6938. Passcode: 409407
| |A warm congratulations is extended to Georgina Brick who was the top Honours sociology student at Monash University in 2021. If you are the sociology convener/Honours coordinator at your university, we invite you to nominate your top Honours students in Sociology for 2021. Nominated students receive a complimentary 12 month TASA membership and are listed on TASAweb. Details of the Award, as well as the nomination form, and the universities that have already nominated students, are located here. (There is still time to nominate students.)
For a full list of our TASA Thursdays events for 2022, as well as the registration links, please see TASAweb here. The next event is scheduled for April 7.
Heidi Hetz, our Equity and Inclusion Portfolio Leader, will be hosting the next TASA Tea Time on Tuesday April 5, 8:30am - 9:30am (AWST Perth), 10:00am - 11:00am (Adelaide), 10:30am - 11:30am (AEST Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane & Cairns).
This event is open to TASA members only, you can register here and the zoom access details will be emailed to you a few days before the event.
|Members' Engaging Sociology |
Adam Possamai & David Tittensor (2022) Religion and Change in Australia. Routledge.
This timely book offers a panoramic overview of the enduring significance of religion in modern Australian society. Applying sociological perspectives and contemporary theories of religion in society, it challenges conventional assumptions around the extent of secularisation in Australia and instead argues that religious institutions, groups, and individuals have proved remarkably adaptable to social change and continue to play a major role in Australian life. In doing so, it explores how religion intersects with a wide range of other contemporary issues, including politics, race, migration, gender, and new media.
Religion and Change in Australia explores Australia’s unique history regarding religion. Christianity was originally imported as a tool of social control to keep convicts, settlers, and Australian Aboriginal peoples in check. Read on...
| |Laura Rodriguez Castro (2022): Complicating difficult heritage and the politics of institutionalized memory in post-Accord Colombia, Museum Management and Curatorship, DOI:10.1080/09647775.2022.2053872.
Li, Yao-Tai. 2022. “Digital Togetherness as Everyday Resistance: The Use of New Media in Addressing Work Exploitation in Rural Areas.” New Media & Society (Online first) https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448221080717
Lata, Lutfun Nahar (2022). The production of counter-space: informal labour, social networks and the production of urban space in Dhaka. Current Sociology, 001139212210780. doi: 10.1177/00113921221078049
Li, Yao-Tai and Ka Yi Fung. 2022. “Donating to the Fight for Democracy: The Connective Diaspora Activism of Overseas Hong Kongers and Taiwanese in the 2019 Anti-extradition Bill Movement.” Global Networks 22(2): 292–307. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12345
New: New lives, new research agendas: Sociology beyond the pandemic symposium
Note, due to the pandemic, this event was not able to be held during TASA November last year.
Thursday 2nd June 9.30am-4.30pm, La Trobe University Collins St Campus, Melbourne CBD
This is a free event, with limited places. Registration opening soon.
Accommodation and travel bursaries available for unwaged/casually employed/HDR students and will be advertised in the TASA newsletter in the coming weeks.
This 1-day event brings together TASA members from across Victoria to discuss the future of sociological research beyond the pandemic. COVID has thrown into question taken-for-granted notions of work, education, intimacy and care. The experience of ‘tele-everything’ during the pandemic has made clear the potential for digital technology to transform the way we relate, work, access services and care for others. The pandemic has seen an exacerbation of inequalities and exclusionary practices (by the state and within societies) as well as the potential for change and transformation. This forum provides an opportunity to discuss how we make sense of the pandemic and what lies ahead, particularly how we might pivot our research to respond to this challenge. In addition, the event provides a space for Victorian TASA members to debrief on the impact of COVID on our work and to partake in reflexivity as sociology- reflecting on our own lives and the lives of those we study.
Three panel discussions will focus on broad areas that have experienced significant shifts during COVID, posing a challenge to sociologists to make sense of the implications.
Panel 1: Living and working in COVID times
Panel 2: Technology transforming care and wellbeing
Panel 3: Youth, education, universities
Breakout sessions will allow for informal discussion and workshopping in small groups on the theme of ‘reorienting your research/ rethinking sociology post-pandemic’.
|Career Development Grants |
The new Career Development Grant has been developed by Heidi Hetz, the Equity and Inclusion Portfolio Leader. The grant seeks to support the career development activities of TASA members where these activities are not covered by other funding. Applications close on May 20.
For details, visit the TASAweb grant page here.
|Gary Bouma Memorial Workshop Program |
Sydney Food System Innovator Workshop
At the start of 2021, TASA introduced a new initiative, 'The Australian Sociological Association’s Workshop Program', which was subsequently renamed the Gary Bouma Memorial Workshop Program. While we appreciate the pandemic may continue to thwart scheduled events, we will continue to support and promote sociology where we can.
The Sydney Food System Innovator Workshop is one of two TASA funded workshops being held this year.
How do we prepare Sydney's food system for the future?
We are calling on food systems innovators in the City of Sydney to envision the future of food in Sydney and map the current innovation pathways.
Sydney Park Pavilion, Sydney
Due to building water damage, this event has been moved to Thursday April 7, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT
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Deadlines for our TASA hosted ISA 2023 XX World Congress are now available here. For quick reference, the abstract submission deadline is September 30.
Sociology and Animals Thematic Group
Bi-monthly 'Hive Mind' Workshops
Unfortunately, due to COVID and flooding, this event has been postponed until April 28th. More details will be included in next week's newsletter.
Families & Relationships Thematic Group
Returning / Incoming Conveners
| |J.R. Bruning is an Australian sociologist based in the Bay of Plenty. Jodie focusses on the methods by which governance mechanisms regularly fail to appropriately analyse, appreciate and estimate risk between biological systems and Anthropogenic stressors - in particular pollution and novel entities. Novel entities include chemicals (such as pesticides, plastics and pharmaceuticals) and other new types of engineered materials or organisms not previously known to the Earth systems. Her interests are broad, spanning policy, regulation and the production of science; and the role of ignorance and non-knowledge. Her Masters thesis (research) explored the relationship between science and health research policy and the difficulties scientists faced in securing funding to research the upstream, environmental drivers of disease (her specific research focus was on endocrine disrupting compounds). Her work draws attention to the institutionalised deficits that compromise the capacity for modern societies to appropriately steward human technologies, and the uncomfortable knowledge inherent in drawing attention to harm from commercial activities. Such work will inevitably be contested by institutions who politically and financially profit from under or non-regulation. She can be found at www.TalkingRisk.NZ
|Jai Cooper is a sessional academic with the University of Newcastle and the Australian Catholic University. |
After decades in a career working with young people, landowners, Aboriginal communities, international tourists, government, community groups and corporations, it's been a privilege to encounter the many ways in which people understand, appreciate and utilise the environment. My work builds upon this career in community natural resource management and youth outdoor and environmental programs throughout New South Wales so it could be said (somewhat problematically) that it's been 'natural' to evolve' into an environmental sociologist.
I have recently completed doctoral research into the three-decades of Australian experimentation with 'environmental workfare' programs such as Green Army, National Green Jobs Corps, Green Corps and LEAP (the Landcare Environment Action Program).
As part of the growing field of research into the 'Just Transition' to sustainability and calls for a ',Green New Deal' I hope this work can help understand how responses to climate change will be experienced by young workers and those around them. With some politicians calling for conscription to deal with climate change, the 'Anthropocene Bargain' faced by today's young people is an emerging challenge. Hopefully, we can avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and intercept any new problems. Read on...
| |Journal of Sociology - Volume: 58, Number: 1 (March 2022) has been published. You can access the Table of Contents here.
Journal of Sociology - call for guest editors for the 2024 special issue
Each year the editors invite expressions of interest from the international community of sociological scholars to guest edit a special issue of the journal. Special issues may address any sociological theme that is likely to be of interest to the journal’s international readership.
The deadline for expressions of interest for the 2024 special issue is June 20th, 2022. For full details, read on...
Health Sociology Review Call for New Editorial Team
Applications are invited for the editorship of the journal HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW (HSR) for the four-year term 2023–2026. Transition arrangements will begin later in 2022, although the content for the first issue of 2023 will be finalised by the out-going editors.
New: Teaching Fellow
The Contemplative Studies Centre, The University of Melbourne
Level A or B, 3 year contract
New: Lecturer - Sociology/Anthropology
Monash University, Clayton campus
Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership – Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC): Towards living a better life
The Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership is seeking casual Research Assistants located across Australia to carry out qualitative fieldwork during August and September 2022.
The research explores the barriers and enablers to reducing the number of young people living in or at risk of entering residential aged care and how these barriers could be addressed across the disability, housing, health, and aged care systems. It also investigates the impact of the Younger People in Residential Aged Care Systems Coordinator Program.
The role involves facilitating focus groups and carrying out interviews, conducted either in-person or via on online platform.
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: Men and Paid Care Work
Supervisors: fellow members Karla Elliott and Steve Roberts
Gendered Dynamics in Community Volunteering Practices
This PhD scholarship is offered by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute in partnership with Volunteer West
Under the supervision of fellow member Brendan Churchill
| 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: The colonial project of gender (and everything else) under the burden of proof
University of Melbourne Anti-Racism Hallmark Research Institute (ARHRI) Webinar
Presenter: Professor Sandy O’Sullivan
Tuesday 5th April, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
New: So Fi Zine is a sociological fiction zine for arts-based research, creative sociology, and art inspired by social science. The zine publishes short fiction, poetry, and visual art in various forms. Edition #11 will be published in mid-2022.
|Fellow member Simon Prideaux was one of the organisers of the recent (In)Justice International World Convention in Taiwan. Based on the registration figures, attendees came from 21 countries consisting of: |
Union of the Comoros
There were 6 streams and the attendee numbers of each stream were:
Stream 1 - 85
Stream 2 - 230
Stream 3 - 214
Stream 4 - 99
Stream 5 - 117
Stream 6 – 83
The second (In) Justice World Convention will be held in Mikkeli, Finland April 19th – 22nd 2023. More details will be available soon.
New: March 2022 “Homelessness and Social Work" edition of Parity
The Council to Homeless Persons invites you to the virtual launch
Next Friday, 8 April 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm AEST
| |Research lead by the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT, and collaborated on by TASA member Alexia Maddox, is investigating how Melburnians are re-emerging after the long lockdowns and asking what role the city plays for them, now and into the future. We have launched a city-wide survey for residents of Melbourne and it’s surrounds to tell us about their attitudes and perceptions of the city Bit.ly/digitalCBDsurvey. We are keen to share this survey with our colleagues and the broader public, in order to reach a broad range of residents living in Melbourne metro, urban areas and regional centres. The survey launched on Wednesday 23rd March and will run for two weeks. Please share this survey with your relevant networks.
This work is being conducted by researchers at RMIT from DERC, BIH and Cybersecurity research centres, commissioned by the State Government and the City of Melbourne, the 'Digital CBD' project is about how as a community we emerge from COVID and adapt to our new ways of living, moving, working, and engaging with our city.
More information on the project can be found here.
New: The sociology of crisis and the crisis of sociology
The second annual Caribbean Sociological Association conference (CASA)
Online, June 15 to 17, 2022
Crisis and Transformation - Basic Income Earth Network Conference
Brisbane 26-28 September 2022
Hosted by the University of Queensland and the Australian Basic Income Lab.
Papers and panels are welcome exploring all aspects of basic income, both supportive and critical.
Session proposals are also welcome. Please include a description of the overarching session theme and significance, session title, author/s, and abstract (250—300 words) for each of the papers to be presented during the proposed session.
The deadline for abstracts has been extended to TOMORROW FRIDAY 1 April. Read on...
Caring masculinities and intersectionality
Fellow member Karla Elliott will be in conversation with Riikka Prattes in Norway
TONIGHT THURSDAY March 31, 7:00pm AEDT
Call for Chapter Proposals/Abstracts
| |Young People and the Sustainable Development Goals
The Companion will be published by Elgar Publishing as part of a series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Handbooks/Companion series.
Abstract submission deadline: May 30, 2022. Read on...
International Journal of Homelessness - Special Issue
For this special edition, scholarship related to homelessness and the COVID-19 pandemic is invited.
Disabled People and the Intersectional Nature of Social Inclusion
Social Inclusion, Volume 11, Issue 4
Abstract submission deadline: November 15 - 30. Read on...
Indigenous Emancipation: The Fight Against Marginalisation, Criminalisation, and Oppression
Special Issue for Social Inclusion (all open access)
Abstract submission deadline: between June 1st and June 15. Read on...
Call for Editors - ISA Publications
Call for Editors
| The call for Global Dialogue is available here. Expressions of interest deadline: June 3rd. |
|The call for Social Justice and Democratization Space is available here. Expressions of interest deadline: April 30th.
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