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2015 TASA Conference

Proceedings: The 2015 Conference Proceedings eBook is available here.   The papers can be accessed individually further down this page.

Handbook: The 2015 Conference Handbook can be accessed here.

App: The 2015 Conference App is available here.

Twitter: The 2015 Conference backchannel can be accessed by searching on #TASA2015 here.



  1. Barbara Barbosa Neves
  2. Beth Keough
  3. Susan Banks

Applied Sociology

  1. Menadue, B.
  2. Miles, D. & Howard. E

Crime and Governance

  1. Coventry, G.
  2. Dawes, G., Davidson, A. & Walden, E.
  3. Death, J.
  4. Maher, S.
  5. Mmanga, A
  6. Piercy, G., Mackness, K. & Rarere, M.

Critical Disabilities

  1. Annear , K.
  2. Fisher, K., Robinson, S., Graham, A. & Johnson, K.
  3. Gilroy, J.
  4. Smith, L.
  5. Spurway, K. & Soldatic, K.
  6. Goggin, G – Slide Share

Cultural Sociology

  1. AlGhuraibi, M.
  2. Armour, Z.
  3. Booth, K.
  4. Bradshaw, W.
  5. de la Fuente, E.
  6. Desmarchelier, C.
  7. Dhakal, H.
  8. Eddyono, S.
  9. Gray, S.
  10. James, S.
  11. Lee, A.
  12. Loh, B.
  13. Luckman, S
  14. McGarry, M.
  15. Paschen, J-A., & Beilin, R.
  16. Powell, W.
  17. Robards, B. & Lincoln, S.
  18. Scotcher, J.
  19. Strengers, Y. & Nicholls, L.
  20. Walker, A.
  21. Walsh, M. & Baker, S.
  22. Watson, A.
  23. West, B.

Economic Life

  1. Adkins, L.
  2. Barnes, T.
  3. Benbow-Buitenhuis, A.
  4. Connell, R.
  5. Pham, L.
  6. Roffey, C.


  1. Charles, C.
  2. Hopkins, S. & Farley, H.
  3. Hughes, K. Leve, A.
  4. Mahoney, C.
  5. Mahy, B.
  6. Matthews, J.
  7. Miller, M.
  8. Reid, C.
  9. Sansoni, E.
  10. Shannon, B.
  11. Singh, P.
  12. Stevenson, B., Nicolls, J. & Field, E.
  13. Thomas, J.
  14. Tuinamuana, K.
  15. Wang, D.
  16. Williams, K.

Sociology of Emotions and Affect

  1. Banks, S.
  2. Gook, B.
  3. Holmes, M. & McKenzie, J.
  4. Patulny, R. & Olson, R.
  5. Peterie, M.
  6. Stephens, J.
  7. Zajdow, G.

Environment & Society

  1. Bowden, V.
  2. Daly, J.
  3. Ferreira, J.
  4. Foale, S.
  5. Glover, A., Strengers, Y. & Lewis, T.
  6. Goods, C. & Fitzgerald, S.
  7. Lindsay, J. & Supski, S.
  8. McIntosh, I.
  9. McKenna, K.
  10. Middha, B.
  11. Newlands, M.
  12. Parison, J.
  13. Pearse, R.
  14. Ribeiro-Duthie, J.
  15. Stephens, A.

Families, Relationships & Gender

  1. Andrew, Y.
  2. Bamberry, L., Barton, R. & Fairbrother, P.
  3. Bueskens, P.
  4. Churchill, B.
  5. Dyer, M
  6. Elizabeth , V.
  7. Gahan, L.
  8. Giblin, H.
  9. Gobey, L.
  10. James, A.
  11. Kaak, A.
  12. Licina, D.
  13. Natalier, K.
  14. Nockolds, D.
  15. Peng, Y.
  16. Rose, J. , Wyder, M. & Hewitt, B.
  17. Smith, J. & Skrbis, Z.
  18. Watson-Bonnice, K.
  19. Wilkinson, J. 


  1. Alexandra. G, Kirby, E. & Broom, A.
  2. Battams, S.
  3. Black, M.
  4. Brophy, J.
  5. Brosnan, C.
  6. Bryant, J.
  7. Cohen, B.
  8. Flaherty, I., Willis, K., Lewis, S., & Collyer, F.
  9. Lewis, S., Harley, K., Marcus, K., Willis, K. & Collyer, F.
  10. Maher, JM., Wright, J., Leahy. J., Lindsay, J. & MacDonald, F.
  11. Mayes, C., Lipworth, W. & Kerridge, I.
  12. Newman, C., Persson, A., Miller, A. & Brown, R.
  13. Olson, R.
  14. Schofield, T.
  15. Smith, N. & Graham, T.
  16. Tseris, E.
  17. Vallee, M.
  18. Ward, S. Thorn, M. & Giorgi, C.


  1. Chugg, R.
  2. Haw, A., Fozdar, F. & Harney, N.
  3. Hobbs, M. & Owen, S.
  4. Keen, C.
  5. McGuire, J.
  6. Patulny, R. & Seaman, C.
  7. Talbot, S. & Resnyansky, L.

Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

  1. Ann Moraby, K.
  2. Bahnisch, M. & Jakubowicz, A.
  3. Boese, M.
  4. Burgess, R.
  5. Cheng, J.
  6. Collins , J.
  7. Dyer, M
  8. Fozdar , F.
  9. Hayes, A.
  10. Hynes, M.
  11. Jackson , S.
  12. Jayasinha, R., Bunde-Birouste, A. & Travaglia, J.
  13. Kharel, A.
  14. Kirpitchenko , L.
  15. Lam , K.
  16. Marino, S.
  17. Martin, J.
  18. Osbaldiston, N. & Picken, F.
  19. Stirling, N., Shaw, S. & Short, P.
  20. Terruhn , J.
  21. Vasta , E.
  22. Willing, I., Plage, S., Woodward, I. & Skrbiš, Z.
  23. Younus, Md.

Sociology of Religion

  1. Cook, J.
  2. Halafoff, A.
  3. Hancock, R.

Risk Societies

  1. Fabiansson, C.
  2. Graham, N.
  3. Kramnaimuang King, D.
  4. Matthewman, S.
  5. Tranter, B., Booth, K. & Hardwood, A.
  6. van der Vegt, R.G.

Rural Issues

  1. Congues, J.
  2. Lawrence, G.
  3. Lockie, S.
  4. Luhrs, D.
  5. Malatzky, C. & Bourke, L.

Social Stratification

  1. Denny, L.
  2. Hassan, R., Balaev, M. & Shariff, A.
  3. Huang, X. & Western, M.
  4. NAKA, S.

Social Theory

  1. Adams, S.
  2. Browne, C.
  3. Chunyuan , G.
  4. Franzway, S.
  5. Ling, T.
  6. Maniam, V.
  7. Pollard, C.
  8. Possamai-Inesedy, A. & Nixon, A.
  9. Stones, R.
  10. Vélez, F. & Builes, A.

Sociology & Activism

  1. Banfield, G. & Farber, D.
  2. Carroll, J.A., & Sankupellay, M.
  3. Hynd, A.
  4. Watson, J. & Casey, S.


  1. Bunn , M.
  2. Forsdike, K., Marjoribanks, T. & Sawyer, A-M.
  3. Oxford, S.
  4. Rodriguez, L.
  5. Storr, R., Spaaij, R., Gorman, S., Magee, J., Farquharson, K., Jeanes, R. & Lusher, D.

Teaching Sociology

  1. Arvanitakis, J.
  2. Cook, P.
  3. Lehmann, A.
  4. McLean. K.
  5. Metcalfe, A.
  6. Waller, V.

Urban Sociology

  1. Cheshire, L., Fitzgerald, R., Heybroek, L., Liu, Y., Ten Have, C. & Feodoroff, J.
  2. Inazu, H. Morris, A.
  3. Walters, P.
  4. Warr, D

Youth Sociology

  1. Borlagdan, J.
  2. Bowman, D. & Allan, M.
  3. Coleman, A.
  4. Collin, P., Black, R., Walsh, L. & Third, A.
  5. Dee, M.
  6. Dobson, A.S., & Carah, N.
  7. Farrugia, D.
  8. Geldens, P. & Wilmore, M.
  9. Hanckel, B.
  10. Harris, A.
  11. Mansfield, M.
  12. Ravn, S.
  13. Threadgold, S. & Sharp, M.
  14. Vromen, A.
  15. Waite, C.
  16. Wallace, V., Lewthwaite, B. & Wilson, K.

About TASA 2015

The Cairns Institute and the College of Arts, Society & Education at James Cook University are delighted to host the 2015 TASA Conference:  Neoliberalism and contemporary challenges for the Asia-Pacific. 

November 23 – 26, Cairns, Australia

As a global structure, neoliberalism has impacted lives around the world in far more than an economic sense. This conference provides us the opportunity to further seek to understand the global effects of neoliberalism, but especially the ways neoliberalism is experienced in different local contexts. The experiences of Australia and New Zealand are different from those of Asia and again of the Pacific. What challenges and opportunities does neoliberalism present and how does sociology respond to those challenges?

As far as we know, there has never been a TASA conference held this far north. But Cairns is ideally placed to bring together work from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Cairns is easily accessible from all Australian airports, and also hosts an international airport with regular flights to East and Southeast Asia, including direct links to Tokyo, Osaka, Guam, Port Moresby, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Conference delegates can take advantage of the excellent tourist infrastructure in the Cairns CBD, and might like to extend their stay to explore more of North Queensland. Though it will be hot, all conference venues are air conditioned for your comfort, and we recommend a ‘Tropical Smart Casual’ approach to your conference wardrobe.

The conference will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Cairns city. Located at the Marina, the best of Cairns city is at our doorstep.

All conference delegates are invited to participate in our post-conference tours. You can choose from three day trips: one to the Great Barrier Reef, one to Yarrabah Aboriginal community, and one to the Atherton Tablelands. All tours will be led by a social scientist who will discuss the space for sociology in these places. Spaces are limited to register early to avoid disappointment!

Organising Committee

Conference Co-Convenors Dr Theresa Petray ( Dr Anne Stephens (

Local Organising Committee Professor Stewart Lockie, Dr Roger Wilkinson, Dr Catherine Wong, Dr Nick Osbaldiston, Ms Sharon Barnwell, Mrs Naama Blatman-Thomas

Keynote Speakers

Eva Cox photoProfessor Eva Cox is an Australian public intellectual with a background in sociology, feminism and Indigenous rights. Cox is a high-impact sociologist who does work on policy and with the community sector. Her work on democracy and equality in Australia is focused on practical outcomes for making the country better for its citizens. She directly challenges policies and practices that enable the spread of neoliberalism at the expense of the social.  Recently, Eva was a part of a panel discussing where our society will be in 5 years time. To access that discussion, please click here.  You can follow Eva Cox on Twitter too!


Associate Professor Itty Abraham is Head of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He moved to NUS from the University of Texas at Austin, where he directed the South Asia Institute. Before that he served as program director for Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Global Security and Cooperation at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York. He is the author, most recently, of How India Became Territorial: Foreign Policy, Diaspora, Geopolitics, published by Stanford University Press in 2014; the editor of volumes on borderlands, political violence, and nuclear power; and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. He was a Fulbright-Nehru senior fellow in 2011 and has received grants from the US National Science Foundation, and the Ford, Rockefeller, and, MacArthur foundations, among others. His research interests include science and technology studies, postcolonial theory, and international relations. Itty Abraham’s conference abstract can be viewed here.

Vedi Hadiz imageProfessor Vedi Hadiz is Professor of Asian Societies and Politics at Murdoch University and Director of its Indonesia Research Programme. An Indonesian national, he has been an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in 2010-2014.  Professor Hadiz  received his PhD at Murdoch University in 1996 where he was Research Fellow until he went to the National University of Singapore in 2000. At NUS, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology until returning to Murdoch in 2010.  He has recently completed a book manuscript on the New Islamic Populism in Indonesia and the Middle East (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

His other books include Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective (Stanford University Press 2010);  Workers and the State in New Order Indonesia (Routledge 1997) and (with Richard Robison) Reorganising Power in Indonesia: The Politics of Oligarchy in an Age of Markets (RoutledgeCurzon 2004,) as well as the co-edited Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and the edited Empire and Neoliberalism in Asia (Routledge 2004). His articles have appeared in such journals as Development and Change, Journal of Development Studies, Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Democratization, Critical Asian Studies, Indonesia, New Political Economy, and Historical Materialism. Vedi Hadiz’s conference abstract can be viewed here.

Key Dates

Registration: OPEN for non presenters

Abstract Submissions: CLOSED Sep. 3

Paper Submissions: CLOSED July 31

Acceptance Announcements: Sep. 11

Early-bird Registrations: CLOSED Oct. 2

Proceedings Inclusion: CLOSED Oct. 23rd

Opening Closing
Abstract submission May 4 CLOSED
Paper submission (Postgraduate refereed) May 4 CLOSED
Notification of acceptance of Abstracts/Papers Sep 11
Deadline for Resubmission of Revised Papers Sep 25
Early Bird registration May 18 October 2
Registration (non early bird/no discount) Oct 3 Nov 23
Registration for inclusion in the conference programme October 23


Conference registration includes participation in the conference, attendance at the Welcome Reception, participation in the Postgraduate Day if applicable, access to the conference booklet and refereed proceedings, a conference satchel, and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for all three full days of the conference. During the registration process, delegates may choose to attend the Women’s Breakfast, Conference Dinner, and post-conference tours. Delegates can also bring guests to all conference social events, with tickets available through the registration process.


Members Non-Members
Early Bird (closed 2 October 2015) $580* $730
Standard – all presenters must be registered by October 23rd to be included in the conference programme. $730 $880
Standard (closes 23 November 2015) $730 $880
Postgraduate student / retiree / low-income: This category is open to TASA members in the low-income category of membership, to those with valid student ID cards, or those with health care or pension cards. $325 $375
Undergraduate / Honours students: Student card required $250 $250
Day only $261 $319
Day only – student / retiree / low-income $125 $144

For delegates who cancel before November 15, they can get a refund of what they have paid less $50. Delegates cancelling from the 16th on will be refunded what they have paid less $102 ($50 admin + $52 catering)  if they are a day delegate and less $233 ($50 admin + $52x3days catering + $27 welcome function catering) if they are a full delegate. Additional costs for the Postgraduate Day ($35 catering), Women’s Breakfast ($35 catering) and Conference Dinner ($75 catering) will not be refunded, should the delegate have included those in their registration.


After the conference is over, all delegates and any of their travelling companions are invited to join one of our sociological road trips. These post-conference tours, which can be booked via the conference registration portal, will take place on Friday, 27 November. All tours will combine a healthy mix of tourism with social science critique. Our tours are heavily discounted and have been put together using local knowledge of the best spots to visit. All trips include lunch as well as morning and/or afternoon tea. Register early to avoid disappointment! Each tour requires a minimum of 30 adults to go ahead, and maximum numbers for all trips are indicated below. If your preferred trip sells out we will put your name on a waiting list. If your preferred trip doesn’t meet the minimum threshold, we will refund your money and suggest alternative commercial tours. If you have special accessibility requirements, please contact Theresa Petray before booking to discuss your needs.

Great Barrier Reef

Cost: $130 adults, $50 children Leave the mainland and see one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the only living thing on earth that is visible from space, up close and personal. This trip will visit Green Island for the morning. Green Island is a beautiful coral cay which enjoys world acclaim as a tropical paradise on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The island is a protected Marine Park which is readily identified from the air by its emerald rainforest surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs. The marine life is abundant, including endless varieties of colourful fish, giant clams, shells, starfish, sea anemones, turtles and much more. While on the Island you have your choice of a free glass bottom boat tour or free snorkelling gear hire. You also have the option on the trip of purchasing extras like entry to Marineland Melanesia, a Seawalker Helmet Dive, or a Semi-Submarine Coral Viewing Tour. The morning at the reef will be followed by an afternoon cruise of Cairns Harbour and Trinity Inlet. This cruise will be exclusive to TASA Delegates and will be accompanied by expert commentary on the social context of the reef and the harbour. The cruise will see plenty of birdlife and possibly even some crocodiles. Relax in air conditioned comfort while enjoying stunning scenery of the estuary, mangroves, rainforest and mountains. The boat has a licensed bar on board. Maximum 60 guests

Yarrabah Aboriginal Community

Cost: $80 adults, $30 children Across the Cairns Harbour, Yarrabah is a former Aboriginal mission on the lands of the Gunggandji people. From its establishment in 1892 until 1972, there were 969 recorded removals of Aboriginal people to Yarrabah. Anthropologist Norman Tindale recorded 43 different cultural groups represented in Yarrabah when he visited in 1938. In October 1986, Yarrabah Council was issued a deed of grant in trust (DOGIT) and now operates as an Indigenous Local Government Area. With a contemporary population of around 3000 people, the community has many service providers including a hospital, schooling at all levels, a library, shops and a museum. Our trip will visit some of these services and speak to the community members who are working hard to address the disadvantage and inequality within the community. This tour will be led by Rev Les Baird, who was instrumental in establishing the Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service and suicide prevention strategies. You will hear firsthand accounts of service establishment and delivery from the people of Yarrabah. The tour will also be accompanied by JCU researchers who have partnerships with the Yarrabah community, who will discuss the process of identifying the research priorities of the community and working collaboratively with Aboriginal research partners. Maximum 50 guests yarrabah-government-sign


The three main hotels selected for the conference have accessible rooms that include the following accessibility features:

  • Amenities within accessible range to reach
  • Roll-in shower
  • Grab bars alongside toilet
  • Wider guest room and bathroom doorways
  • Wheelchair accessible lobby
  • Wheelchair accessible public restrooms

The Cairns Access for All Directory has a comprehensive list of accessible accommodation, services and facilities that we hope will make planning your trip less stressful and your visit more enjoyable. Accommodation Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns Guestrooms The hotel has lifts to each level which allow wheelchairs to access guestrooms, function rooms, the Events Centre and all the main public areas of the Hotel. Event Centre Wheelchair access to the Event Centre is through the lifts located on the ground floor of the Pier, next to the Centre Stage. Reception staff can escorts guests to this left if required. Transport Hire and Services The hotel is approximately a 15 minute drive from the airport. Black and White Taxis provides door to door passenger transport service. The company operates a fleet of 137 government licensed taxi vehicles comprising sedans and station wagons for up to four passengers and 12 maxi taxi wheel chair capable vehicles. Phone: 131 008 Other The Cairns Regional Council has a comprehensive ‘Access for all Directory’ for services and facilities within the Cairns and surrounding areas. For information on things to do and places to visit, please click here.


The Australian Sociology Association (TASA) 2015 Conference will be hosted by James Cook University which is located in Cairns, Queensland Australia. The Conference venue city is one of Australia’s most sought out destination. The stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as Australia’s favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of The Great Barrier Reef, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for TASA 2015. The TASA Conference venue will be the Shangri La Hotel Cairns. The Hotel is only minutes from Cairns central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities. The hotel is a 5 Star with 255 guest rooms, business centre, gym, sauna, spa, bar and restaurant. The Shangri La offers a baby sitting service. For details, please scroll to the bottom of this page. Competitive Room Rates The Conference Managers have negotiated competitive room rates for delegates at a variety of venues for Conference delegates. Please note these are room only rates. Credit card details are supplied to the hotel at time of online booking as guarantee of room reservation. Your accommodation booking can be completed when you register for the conference and payment will be deducted at the time of checkout at the end of the conference. Shangri La Pierpoint Road, Cairns (Room Only) Free WIFI

  • Superior Room $180 per night
  • Superior Sea View $195 per night
  • Deluxe Marina View $230 per night

Rydges Plaza 50 Grafton Street, Cairns (Room only) Free WIFI

  • Standard Room $159.00 per night.

Mantra on the Esplanade 53 – 57 The Esplanade, Cairns (Minimum 3 night stay) WIFI – In-room internet access (charges apply)

  • City View Room $128
  • Ocean View Room $190
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment $158
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment Ocean View $228

Accommodation Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy Any cancellations within 30 days to 48 hours prior to arrival will incur a one night fee. Any cancellations within 48 hours of arrival will incur full accommodation booking fee. Please note: if you do not arrive at the hotel on the specified date the hotel will hold the room for each paid night and all monies will be retained by the hotel. All hotel accommodation bookings must be accompanied by credit card details in order to secure a reservation. Delegates must settle the balance of their account with the hotel concerned upon check out. The hotels may apply credit card surcharges upon check out if you choose to settle your account with your credit card. The credit card surcharge fee may vary according to the hotel. How to Book Accommodation Complete the Online Registration Process, which will open on May 18. The Conference Managers will forward your contact details, reservation and credit card details to the hotel of your choice. Change of Booking Any change to a reservation must be notified to the Conference Managers and not directly to the hotel. Please note that any changes should be made to the Conference Managers by 30 October 2015. Click here to email. Late Arrivals Please indicate on your registration form or notify the Conference Managers in writing if you will arrive at your hotel after 1800 hours. Failure to do so may mean that your room will be released. Check-in and Check-out Times

  • Shangri La Hotel: Check-in 2.00 pm and Check-out 10.00 am
  • Rydges Hotel: Check-in 2:00 pm and Check-out 10:00am
  • Mantra on the Esplanade: Check-in 2:00 pm and Check-out 10:00am

Should you wish to guarantee check-in before your choice of hotels check-in time, you will need to pre-book, and pay for the previous night. If you wish to guarantee a late checkout you will need to book for the next night. These additional nights can be booked at the time of making your reservation. If early check-in or late check-out is required please indicate on your registration form. Hotel Check-in Procedures As per standard hotel policies and procedures, delegates will be required to provide a credit card or full cash payment upon check-in. This is to cover any incidental charges incurred during your stay and all remaining unpaid room nights, regardless if your booking was guaranteed by a deposit to secure your booking. Discount Accommodation Please book the discounted accommodation directly with your venue of choice: Global Backpackers – 67 The Esplanade (single rooms from AU$35) The Bellview 85-87 The Esplanade (twin rooms from $55 & motel rooms from $59) For more options, please search ‘budget accommodation in Cairns’. Childcare / Baby Sitting Shangri-La Hotel offers the services from a local business called Executive Baby Sitting. Visit website Call 07 4055 6510 or 0417 612 975 Email

Members' Book Display

Have you published a book in 2016? Let TASA 2015 delegates know about it! We will have a display table for TASA members’ new books in the conference meal area. We will also hold book launches during morning and afternoon tea breaks. If you have a book you would like to display and/or launch during the TASA 2015 conference, please send an email to by October 2 with the book title and the name of the person who will launch your book, if applicable. You will need to provide one hard copy of your book by Monday, 23rd November at 4.00pm for display. Sales will not be possible, but you can include flyers with your book display. Please note, you will be able to collect your book, from the table, at your convenience by conference end. We will not be able to return books by post.


Programme A copy of the program overview can be accessed here in both Word (20kb) and Pdf (496kb) formats. A full program of presentations (V7) is available here in both Word (61kb) and Pdf (638kb) formats.


There will be four plenary sessions at TASA 2015. Please click on each of the plenary session titles below to view the content (click again to close).

John Western Memorial Plenary – Asian Migration in a Neoliberal Era: Flows, Actors and Controls

Plenary Speakers: Professor Stephen Castles (University of Sydney), Professor Maggy Lee (The University of Hong Kong) and Dr Shanthi Robertson (University of Western Sydney).

Abstract: A major shift brought about by the neoliberal globalisation of modes of governance and economic activity is a reshaping of migration networks and flows, which have diversified considerably across the Asia-Pacific region. New forms of labour differentiation linked to human capital, gender, race, nationality and legal status are issues that deserve unpacking sociologically in order to understand the transformation of migration patterns from, to and within Asia. Yet skilled and unskilled labour mobility also intersects with emerging international markets for marriage migration, and education, investment and retirement mobilities. Many Asia-Pacific nations are caught in the tension between the need for migrants to fulfill various roles in dynamic and accelerated economies and ongoing populist anxieties around the cultural changes wrought by migrant settlement. Furthermore, neoliberal policies within Asia have also transformed how actors deal with migrants within regulatory hierarchies of ‘desirable’ and ‘undesirable’ mobilities. We have seen the development in recent times of novel assemblages of state, non-state and trans-state actors in migration control through the securitisation of international assistance, paternalistic protection and discipline of female migrants, and the meshing of migration management and development aid. Various formal and informal modes of commercial brokerage also operate within these assemblages to facilitate mobility, settlement and transnationalism. This plenary aims to unpack these issues through case-studies within the Asia-Pacific, and to explore possible future directions.

技术发展和风险社会 Risk Society in Contemporary Asia-Pacific Plenary Speakers: Dr Qi Qiao 乔琦, Associate Professor Leo Guangyang Qiao 乔光辉, and Dr Linus S. digim’Rina

Abstract: Neo-liberal economic development in the Asia Pacific region has taken the form of intense and rapid industrialisation. This has led to changes in the landscape of risk in the region. The last few decades have seen significant shifts: Asian countries have moved from being commodity exporters to commodity importers, driving resource extraction within the region; more advanced industrialisation in high technology, more complex systems and advanced manufacturing has also began to emerge in major countries like China and India; cross-boundary conflicts over water and energy security have intensified and increasingly intersect; and the rise of the middle class in major countries like China have bolstered tourism within the region, creating new opportunities but also new risks. This plenary session seeks to map out the risk implications of these developments. It seeks papers that address a range of issues around risk assessment and risk perception, to risk governance, deliberative democracy and the sociology of risk. The goal of this plenary is to create a sketch of the evolving landscape of risk in the Asia Pacific Region from multi-disciplinary perspectives that will both advance the conceptualisation of risk and better inform decision makers in relevant sectors (e.g. government, industry and civil society).

Neoliberalising Natural Resources in the Asia-Pacific

Chair: Prof Stewart Lockie

The global land grabbing phenomenon has focused considerable attention on the appropriation of resources by multinational firms and state-controlled enterprises. However, customary rights of access to land and other natural resources face a broader range of threats associated with peculiarly neoliberal conceptions of property. Collective forms of tenure are under threat of privatisation to facilitate investment. Post-colonial land reform projects are in stasis or reversal. Kyoto Protocol instruments re-conceive forests as little more than tradable stocks of carbon. This session will assess pressures to neoliberalise natural resources in the Asia-Pacific and ask how customary tenures may both be protected and serve as the basis for sustainable, equitable livelihoods. Speakers to be confirmed

Roundtable Discussions

1. Creativity and Regional Innovation: Culture, Economy and Place Chair: Dr Eduardo de la Fuente One of the interesting paradoxes regarding globalization, and growing levels of cultural and economic interconnectedness, is that place seems to matter more and more. Concepts like regionalism, regional identities and regional development have gained traction in sociology, geography, economics, marketing, tourism, urban and cultural planning. These days everything from the making, selling and marketing of agrifoods to the ability to mobilize human, and other types of, capital seems to hang on the importance of regionality and the dynamics place. Regions have come to be appreciated for their character and traditions, as well as for their capacity for innovation and renewal. In keeping with these themes, this plenary will address questions such as: to what extent is regional social, cultural, ecological and economic futures predicated on embracing the challenges of creativity and innovation? Is it enough to pursue so-called ‘iconic’ projects and build new stadiums, new ports or airports, new museums that photograph well, or for governments to pour money into regional universities? Is regional innovation by definition place-specific and, if so, how are governments, corporations, civic organizations and communities meant to design and implement place-specific models of renewal? And, what is the difference between projects that provide a short-term dose of glamour and/or increased sense of dynamism and those that are sustainable and likely to contribute to a richer experience of place and the long-term wellbeing of the community? Presenters: Professor Terry Flew, Professor Susan Luckman, Professor Adrian Franklin, Mr Warwick Powell, and Dr Eduardo de la Fuente

2. The Global Dimension of the Sociology of Knowledge

Chair: Prof. Emerita Raewyn Connell Recent decades have produced new approaches to questions about knowledge, concerned with the global politics of knowledge, the shifting mechanisms of knowledge production, and the capacity of existing sociological theory to comprehend these developments. This session will open with comments from speakers who have been involved in developing postcolonial or Southern perspectives in specific fields: disability studies, criminology, and gender studies. They will consider questions about the strategies of knowledge workers in the face of global centrality/marginality, the significance of global neoliberalism in universities and research domains, and how the global economy of knowledge can become more democratic. A collective discussion, inviting contributions from audience as well as speakers, will develop about these themes and about future paths for the social sciences in Australia. Presenters: Prof. Kerry Carrington, A/Prof. Helen Meekosha, Prof. Emerita Raewyn Connell

3. Myths, Narratives and Controversies of Neoliberalism

Chair: Prof Lisa Adkins In this session we will explore myths, narratives and controversy regarding neoliberalism in economic sociology. Tom Barnes will ask about the historical roots of the precariat and how ‘new’ the phenomenon really is. Elizabeth Humphrys will suggest we destabilise the dominant narrative that the labour movement was simply the victim of neoliberalism, and ask about its active role in creating it. Ben Spies-Butcher will tell us he’s learned to stop worrying and love neoliberalism, and raise whether we have already won. And Dina Bowman will urge us to move beyond critique, to talk about what we need to do from here. Lisa Adkins, survivor of the Thatcher era , will facilitate — encouraging discussion from the floor. Join us for a lively session to end the conference!

Social Events

TASA conferences are notoriously collegial events and there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up with friends outside the formal conference proceedings. Organised social events include the following: Conference Welcome Reception Monday, 23rd November 2015 6.30-8.30pm Trinity Room, Shangri-La Hotel Cost: included in the registration SLMC-Bá8-Lounge-Bar Women’s Breakfast Tuesday, 24th November 2015 7.00am for a 7.15 start, finish at 8.45am Venue: Al Porto Café, Reef Fleet Terminal Cost: $35 Guests at the Women’s Breakfast will enjoy a tropical breakfast on the covered patio overlooking the Cairns Marina. Our breakfast speaker will be Rachael Ham, an Aboriginal woman born and raised in Cairns with family ties to the Ewamian and Western Yalanji peoples of Far North Queensland. Rachel has been working in the field of health research since joining a team at UQ in 2000. She has been pivotal in spreading the Family Wellbeing programme across north Queensland, a programme designed by Indigenous women to empower individuals and families with healing from past hurts and life skills for parenting, work and community life. Rachel moved with the team to JCU where she continued to deliver the programme and monitor its impact. In 2014 Rachael moved to the Cape York Health Council, Apunipima, where she’s been the Research Coordinator for the last 15 months. But recently was appointed the Manager at a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation service just north of Cairns, one of the only long-term treatment services dedicated to Indigenous people battling addiction. The Women’s Breakfast will be a great opportunity for networking with old and new friends. Womens breakfast venue2             Queer Drinks Tuesday 24th November 2015 7pm onwards Green Ant Cantina and Bar (183 Bunda St, Cairns, an untaxing stroll from the conference venue). As well as being a fabulous bar, it also serves great Mexican food, including veg and gluten-free food. If you’re LGBT+, or aspiring in that direction, we’d love you to join us. If you’re lost, text 0481 298 768 to find us. Conference Dinner Wednesday, 25th November 2015 7.00-11.00pm North Bar & Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel Cost: $75, cash bar available 79012581         Please join us for the official conference dinner. We will congratulate TASA’s 2015 prize winners and celebrate being in the tropics on the deck overlooking the marina. Dinner guests will enjoy a three-course meal featuring delicious North Queensland produce, and can dance the night away to local band Koahlition. Conference venue map

Visual Sociology

Call for exhibition of Visual Sociology to be displayed during TASA 2015 We invite sociologists to contribute to a display of visual sociology. Visual sociology could include photography, drawing, mapping exercises, or other visual data. Images and accompanying captions will be displayed in the meal area of the conference. The purpose of the exhibition is to offer a stage for researchers to visually represent their work. Specifically, we hope to enhance the discussion of the conference theme, Neoliberalism and Contemporary Challenges in the Asia-Pacific, with images that capture the challenges facing the Asia-Pacific, and/or solutions to those challenges. If you are interested in submitting work to this exhibition, please submit an Expression of Interest by 31 August. Your EoI should include your name, contact information, and abstract of the overall display, and one or two sample images with captions. Each successful visual display will be allocated space on grey Velcro display boards (1.8m high x 1.2m wide). Please indicate if you will need part of one board, a full board, or more than one board. Note that we cannot necessarily accommodate requests for multiple display boards, depending on the level of interest in this exhibition. Successful applicants will be responsible for providing hard copies of images and captions (templates will be provided for captions to ensure consistency), and installation on Monday, 23 November before 4pm. Exhibition participants will also be invited to participate in a Roundtable Discussion on Visual Sociology on the final day of the conference. The discussion will be chaired by Dr. Peta Cook from University of Tasmania. Participation in the exhibition and the Roundtable Discussion are separate from the normal abstract submission process, and applicants are also encouraged to submit an abstract to the relevant thematic group.