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2017 TASA Conference

The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, November 27 – 30, 2017.

Refereed Conference Proceedings 2017
The University of Western Australia
November 27-30,
Editors: Farida Fozdar and Catriona Stevens
ISBN: 978-0-6482210-0-5
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TASA 2017 Belonging in a Mobile World

The University of Western Australia is pleased to host the 2017 Australian Sociological Association Conference, which returns to Perth after ten years.  This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful UWA campus on the shores of the Swan River, from 27 -30 November.  As one of the most isolated cities in the world, with a very high migrant population, and highly mobile workforce including temporary visa holders and fly-in-fly-out workers, but also a range of issues around immobility, Perth is well placed to host a conference on the theme ‘Belonging in a Mobile World’. UWA promotes itself as being ‘in the zone’ – the same general time zone as 60 percent of the world’s population – a gateway to the Indo-Pacific region, ‘Looking north, thinking east, facing west’. Thus its relationship to this part of the world, its economies, cultures and peoples, and engagement with it through movement, commerce and technology, are key areas of interest. The mobilities turn in sociology has generated questions about different modes of belonging in a world characterised by global flows and precarities. What are the implications of growing levels of permanent and temporary migration, undocumented migration, and movements of people seeking asylum? What are the implications of recent policies (Trump’s, among others) curtailing movement? Are we really becoming superdiverse and hypermobile? How are internal movements, and movements across national borders, to be understand through a sociological lens? Have multiculturalism and social cohesion been co-opted, and to what ends?  How do culture and belief systems reflect or challenge mobility? What role has technology played in these changes, and in the maintenance and creation of relationships locally and globally? What is the relationship between physical and social mobility? How has mobility affected the range of social inequalities? What new identity formations are available, and on what grounds do solidarities inhere? What place has nationalism and cosmopolitanism in the current climate? What are the implications of mobility for the environment? What are the implications of contemporary mobilities for indigenous populations globally? What about the dark side of mobilities, such as, in the Australian context, the Indigenous experience of mobilities as a form of colonial oppression, removal from families, and over-representation and deaths in custody? How can Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous voices contribute to debates about mobility and immobility?  These questions, and more, will form the basis for conference discussions around belonging in a mobile world. We are very pleased to have an extraordinary set of keynotes/plenaries including Professors Mimi Sheller, Anthony Elliott, Sharon Pickering, Matthew Tonts and Alison Phipps. We also have a number of features of this year’s conference, including sessions on the anthropology/sociology nexus, criminal justice and Indigenous peoples, and the latest on the ethics of research. In addition, a social research methods half day will be held on the Friday after the conference, which we hope participants will stay for.  We look forward to seeing you all in Perth.

Local Organising Committee

Farida Fozdar Co-Convenor

Catriona Stevens Co-Convener

Martin Forsey

Ashleigh Louise Haw

Loretta Baldassar

Catherine Martin

Donella Caspersz

Greg Acciaioli

Hilde Tubex

Joanna Elfving-Hwang

Maki Meyer

Mark Israel

Rob Cover

Harry Blagg

Teresa Flynn

Keynote Speakers

Professor Mimi Sheller, Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy and Professor of Sociology, Drexel University. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities; Associate Editor of the journal Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies; and serves on the Scientific Board of the Mobile Lives Forum, SNCF, France. She is the author of several books and numerous articles in the field of Caribbean Studies, including Democracy After Slavery (Macmillan, 2000); Consuming the Caribbean (Routledge, 2003); and Citizenship from Below (Duke University Press, 2012). She also serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Sociology and the International Journal of African and Black Diaspora Studies. As co-editor, with John Urry, of Mobile Technologies of the City (Routledge, 2006), Tourism Mobilities (Routledge, 2004), and a special issue of the journal Environment and Planning on ‘Materialities and Mobilities’, she helped to establish the new field of mobilities research.   Professor Anthony Elliott, Dean of External Engagement, Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre and Research Professor of Sociology, University of South Australia. Professor Elliott is a prominent social theorist, sociologist and public intellectual. He is the author and editor of some 40 books, which have been translated or are forthcoming in seventeen languages. His recent books include Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction (2009), The New Individualism (2E, 2009, with Charles Lemert), Mobile Lives ( 2010, with John Urry), On Society (2012, with Bryan S. Turner), Reinvention (2013), Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction (3E, 2015) and Identity Troubles (2016). He is best known for Concepts of the Self, which has been in continuous print for over 20 years and across three editions. In 2016, Professor Elliott was awarded an Australian Research Council Major Grant for research on robotics, artificial intelligence and the future of employment. This project is conducted with colleagues at the Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University; the Australian National University and Wollongong University. Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts, Monash University. She researches irregular border crossing and has written in the areas of refugees and trafficking with a focus on gender and human rights. Sharon leads a series of Australian Research Council projects focusing on the intersections of security and migration, deportation, and police and community responses to Prejudice Motivated Crimes. She has worked extensively with government agencies and law enforcement and with local and international NGOs. She has previously worked in Northern Ireland, on counter-terrorism policing, and human rights and women in South East Asia. She is the immediate past editor Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. She has recently taken up five year Australian Research Council Fellowship on Border Policing: Gender, Human Rights and Security. Her books include Sex Work (with Maher and Gerard); Globalization and Borders: Deaths at the Global Frontier (with Weber), Borders and Crime (with McCulloch); Gender, Borders and Violence; Sex Trafficking (with Segrave and Milivojevic); Counter-Terrorism Policing (with McCulloch and Wright-Neville); Borders, Mobility and Technologies of Control (with Weber); Refugees and State Crime; Critical Chatter: women and human rights in South East Asia (with Lambert and Alder); Global Issues, Women and Justice (with Lambert); Women, Policing and Resistance in Northern Ireland.   Professor Matthew Tonts, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, University of Western Australia. A member of the University since 2001, Professor Tonts was formerly the Director of the Institute for Regional Development (2005-2010) and Head of the School of Earth and Environment (2010-2016). In 2017, he took up the position of Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education. Professor Tonts’ disciplinary background is in Geography, and has broad interests spanning regional development, rural communities, economic restructuring, and public policy. He continues to be active in research on matters related to rural economic and social adjustment, employment geographies and urban development. Professor Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies UNESCO, Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow. Prof Phipps research interests focus on languages and intercultural studies, with a particular critical concern for the different ways in which people learn to live and communicate together by stepping outside comfortable or familiar contexts. Her work is interdisciplinary and draws on the resources of social and cultural anthropology, theatre and cultural studies, theology, law, modern languages and education. Her Ph.D. research and ethnographic training focused on open air community theatre in Germany. She has continued ethnographic work among tourists, modern language students, adult learners of tourist languages, in conflict zones and among sanctuary and asylum seekers, refugees and befrienders. At present she is developing research on languages and intercultural advocacy with asylum seekers and refugees; and through intercultural workshops on education for peace and non-violence with a growing focus on constructions of faith and on the contribution of theological perspectives. She is a published poet and brings poetic approaches to bear on much of her work.

Key Dates

Opening Closing
Abstract submission CLOSED June 16
Paper submission (Postgraduate refereed) CLOSED June 16
Notification of acceptance of Abstracts/Papers CLOSED July 25
Deadline for Resubmission of Revised Papers CLOSED August 10
Early Bird registration CLOSED October 2
Registration (non early bird/no discount) October 3 November 27
Registration for inclusion in the conference programme CLOSED October 10

*All cancellations must be in writing (email accepted). The full amount minus a $100 administrative fee will be refunded until November 1; a $250 fee (administration and any prepaid catering) will be refunded up until the week before the conference; no refund will be given from a week before the conference (although a substitute attendee will be permitted at any time).

Call for Submissions

We look forward to seeing you in Perth.

TASA invites authors to submit abstracts for consideration for presentation at the 2017 conference. Papers are welcomed that engage with the conference theme of ‘Belonging in a Mobile World’, as well as other papers submitted to the 28 TASA thematic groups. Submissions of abstracts and written conference papers (for Honours, Graduate and Postgraduate students, see below) were due by the extended deadline of June 16, 2017. Please note that all presenters must be registered by October 10 to be included in the conference programme. Abstracts are required for all presentations (i.e. even if you are submitting a paper). From 2015 onward TASA only accepts written conference papers from Honours, Graduate and Postgraduate students. These papers will be reviewed and if accepted included in the conference proceedings (please note, it is not compulsory for Honours, Graduate and Postgraduate students to submit a paper. This cohort can submit an abstract only and will be allocated the same presentation length as peers who have submitted a paper. The difference being, those students who have submitted a paper will have it reviewed and published in the proceedings). Conference papers for refereeing will be accepted from non-students if a delegate cannot access institutional support or funding to attend otherwise. If this applies to you, please contact Sally in the TASA Office for a ‘full paper submission’ code before submitting your paper. Papers for refereeing are due by the extended deadline of June 16 2017. Delegates can be listed as a sole or lead author on one presentation only and may be listed as a co-author on one additional paper. All abstracts (and papers) will be submitted for a review process with notification of results sent via email by late July 2017. Accepted abstracts and papers will be allocated 15 minutes presentation time and 5 minutes for questions. Please note that all presenters must be registered by October 10 to be included in the conference programme. Abstract Submission Guidelines

Font: Times New Roman
Title: 12pt Bold U/L case, centred
Presenter: 11pt Italics and Underline
Co-authors:  11pt
Affiliations: 10pt
Text Body: 11pt regular style, single spaced
Spacing: One line space under title and between author details and body of text
Length:  Maximum 200 words

Abstracts are required for all presentations. Please ensure you download and use the Abstract Template. All abstracts will be submitted for a review process with notification of results sent via email by July 25. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to register and attend the conference. All expenses associated with this are to be covered by the presenter. Full Paper Submission Guidelines

Font: Times New Roman
Title:  12pt Bold U/L case, centred
Presenter: 11pt Italics and Underline
Co-authors: 11pt
Affiliations: 10pt
Text Body: 11pt regular style, double spaced
Length:  Manuscripts should be no more than 3000 words in length, inclusive of referencing in-text and reference list.

For more details on paper submission, please see the refereed paper specifications. If you cannot locate a copy of the Style Manual mention in the paper specifications document, please refer to this Style Manual. All papers will be submitted for peer review with notification of results sent via email by August 26. Revisions will need to be resubmitted by September 9. Authors of accepted papers are expected to register and attend the conference. All expenses associated with this are to be covered by the presenter. A publication of conference proceedings will be provided to all delegates. As mentioned above, from 2015, TASA are only able to consider full refereed papers from postgraduate students or delegates who rely on refereed papers to secure conference travel funding. For more details, please click here.


UWA aims to ensure that all areas on campus are available to all people through the Physical Access and Wayfinding Project. All the UWA rooms and venues being used for the TASA conference are accessible, and new accessible toilets have been installed in 2017 on Oak Lawn, the green space on which the conference centres. Accessibility maps and other information are available through UWA UniAccess.
For accessible accommodation on-campusTrinity and St Catherine’s College both have lift access. St Catherine’s College has an accessible room for wheel chair requirements. Please contact Mandy at Conference Solutions to book this room. The two closest off-campus Motels with accessible rooms are the Quest West Perth and Quest on Rheola. If you have any questions regarding accessible accommodation please contact Mandy at Conference Solutions.


The 2017 TASA conference will be held on the riverside campus of UWA in Crawley, about 5km from Perth CBD. The university colleges of Trinity and St Catherine’s are within easy walking distance of the main campus and are the closest accommodation to the conference. Trinity on Hampden has 30 hotel quality guest rooms available for TASA delegates. These rooms can be single, double or twin share occupancy, room rates include a complimentary breakfast, internet and onsite parking. A further 25 ensuite student rooms at a rate of $110.00 per night (single occupancy), and 150 standard student rooms with shared bathroom available for TASA delegates at a rate of $85 / night including breakfast and linen. Please note accommodation at Trinity can be booked during your online conference registration process. St Catherine’s on Park has 18 hotel quality guest rooms and apartments available for TASA delegates. These can be single, double or twin share occupancy, and room rates include a complimentary breakfast. Please note accommodation at St. Catherine’s can be booked during your online conference registration process. For accessible accommodation on-campusTrinity and St Catherine’s College both have lift access. St Catherine’s College has an accessible room for wheel chair requirements. Please contact Mandy at Conference Solutions to book this room. The two closest off-campus Motels with accessible rooms are the Quest West Perth and Quest on Rheola. If you have any questions regarding accessible accommodation please contact Mandy at Conference Solutions.


Greg, Mandy & Jo Conference Solutions PO Box 238 Deakin West ACT 2600 Telephone: 61 2 6285 3000 Fax: 61 2 6285 3001 Email: 2017 Conference Co Convenors:

Farida Fozdar                                                      Catriona Stevens

Farida Fozdar

Catriona Stevens

Child Care

UWA’s on campus childcare centre, Unicare, have advised that they are able to take short term enrolments during the conference for children of 30 months and older. To make a booking please contact Valerie at the centre. They can also recommend babysitters for evening work near the UWA campus. Parents with children under 30 months will need to engage a nanny privately as childcare centres nearby have all indicated that they will not take short term bookings for very young children.

Members' Book Displays

Have you published a book in 2017? Let TASA 2017 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 2017 conference, please send an email to Maki Meyer 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, 27th November at 4.00pm for display. Sales will not be possible, but you can include flyers with your book display.


A copy of the 2017 Conference Handbook (Pdf 7MB), Program at a Glance (Pdf 417kb) and Concurrent Sessions (Pdf 5MB) documents can be downloaded from the links below: Conference Handbook (21/11) Program at a glance (21/11) Concurrent Sessions (21/11)

Postgraduate Day

Monday November 27 The 2017 Postgraduate Day features a line-up of early career and established sociologists working in a variety of professional capacities, who are keen to work with HDRs to develop their skills and answer questions about the future of sociological work. Morning sessions will aim to facilitate peer networking, demystify professional sociological work, and connect HDRs with mentors. Afternoon sessions will be split into two streams, targeted to early and late stage HDR candidates.

Time Session Type Presenters Session Description
8:30-9:00 am Registration
9:00-10:30 am Welcome Session Ashleigh Watson (Griffith University), Ben Lohmeyer (Flinders University), Josie Reade (University of Melbourne), Zoei Sutton (Flinders University), Milovan Savic (Swinburne University of Technology) In this interactive session run by the postgrad portfolio leeader and postgrad sub-committee, participants will meet peers and workshop issues central to their research and PhD ‘journeys.’ In this session the Postgraduate Conference Scholarships will also be awarded.
10:30-11:00 am Morning Tea (provided)
11:00-12:00 pm A Day in the Life of Real Sociologists Panelists: Shanthi Robertson (Western Sydney University), Vicki Williams (Clear Horizon Consulting), Gaye Mackenzie (Rangelands NRM), Dan Woodman (University of Melbourne) Chair: Luke Gahan (Federation University) This panel session brings four sociologists working in various areas to discuss their everyday work lives and includes a Q&A session
12:00-1:00 pm Meet a Mentor Mentors: TBA In small groups arranged by field, approach or future interest, participants will meet mentors to discuss their projects and research trajectories
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch (provided)
2:00-3:00 pm Becoming a Tutor and Lecturer Teaching Sociology thematic group Members of the Teaching Sociology thematic group will present an interactive workshop of teaching tips and strategies
Publishing your PhD Research Kate Huppatz (Western Sydney University), Steve Matthewman (University of Auckland), Joanne Bryant (University of New South Wales) Editors of TASA’s journals, JoS and HSR, will present a workshop on publishing strategies for late candidature and post-submission
3:00-4:00 pm Managing a PhD Project Nicholas Hookway (University of Tasmania), Martin Forsey (University of Western Australia), Peta Cook Experienced PhD supervisors will present a workshop on project management, aimed at pre-PhD and early to mid candidature participants
What Comes Next?? And How Do I Do It???? Brady Robards (Monash University), Alphia Possamai-Inesedy (Western Sydney University), Joseph Borlagdan (Brotherhood of St Laurence) Experienced sociologists working in various positions will present a workshop on applying for post-PhD work and navigating academic and professional roles
4:00-4:05 pm Closing and Thanks Ashleigh Watson (Griffith University)


Plenary Sessions

Plenary 1

Mobility and Belonging : On Being Sociological in a Multidisciplinary Way Chair: Greg Acciaioli Panel:  Martin Forsey – Anthropology & Sociology, UWA (Sociology and Anthropology Interface). Johanna Wyn – Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University (Sociology and Education interface) Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt – Senior Fellow, Resource, Environment and Development (RE&D) Program, ANU (Sociology and Geography interface) Graham Brown – Head of School of Social Sciences, UWA (Sociology and Political Science interface) What impact, if any, has the mobility turn had on academic identities? Just as mobility often involves traversal of politico-geographical boundaries, so too does its analysis often entail transgressing disciplinary boundaries. What then does it mean to study this turn sociologically in institutional settings promoting multi-disciplinary, ‘silo-less’ structures and in a broader cultural milieu celebrating diversity, multiple identities and flexible, malleable life courses? The panel, which will be structured in a round-table format, will feature contributions from multiple perspectives, ranging from those with a firm, clear commitment to particular visions of what it means to belong to a discipline such as sociology to boundary riders with a more fluid sense of disciplinary identity. Speakers will focus upon the conjunctures and disjunctures of sociology with such disciplines as Anthropology, Demography, Law, Geography, Theatre Studies and others.

Plenary 2

Decolonising Research Ethics Chair: Farida Fozdar Panel: Raewyn Connell (Sydney), Karen Farquharson (Swinburne), Len Collard (UWA) and Mark Israel (AHRECS) This 90-minute session will: explore how research ethics has been used by the Global North, settler states, disciplines and institutions to displace other perspectives on the ethics of research; assess the impact that this has on researchers, participants and reviewers, and consider what might be done in response. In this context, the language of decolonisation draws on Raewyn Connell’s book Southern Theory, Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s work on methodologies as well as her co-edited collection on critical and indigenous voices in social research and ethics, Zach Schrag’s book on Ethical Imperialism, and research on epistemic communities and policy transfer.

Plenary 3

Decolonising Justice: Placing Indigenous Knowledge at the Centre Chair: Harry Blagg Panel: Harry Blagg (UWA), Hilde Tubex (UWA), Ethan Blue (UWA), Thalia Anthony (UTS) and Victoria Hovane (UWA) This 90-minute session will explore the current relationships between the white settler justice system and Indigenous peoples. It is influenced, but not bound by, postcolonial, settler colonial and Indigenous perspective that see justice for Indigenous people in decolonising terms. Drawing on research on community justice, prisons, family violence, mobilities, deaths in custody, and Indigenous self-policing, this session argues for approaches to justice that radically reconfigure relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous domains.



*Members Non-Members
Early Bird – Closed October 2nd $590  $730
Standard – from October 3rd  $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.  $315 $365
Postgraduate Day $20 $25
Undergraduate / Honours students: Student card required  $250  $250
Day only  $261 $319
Day only – student / retiree / low-income  $125 $144

*If you are a member of a sister sociological association, you are welcome to register for the same rate as TASA members. As a part of the online registration process, you will be asked to nominate the country where you are a member of a sociological association. Also, to ensure you receive the most member discount, you will need to select the ‘Member of a sociological association outside of Australia – Early Registration’ option before October 2nd. Please note that all presenters needed to be registered by October 10 to be included in the conference programme. Non TASA members can join TASA to get the cheaper member rate. Your membership would be active for 12 months from the date you join. Join TASA now to be eligible for the cheaper conference rates Visa information can be accessed via the Australian Government’s Visa and Border Protection webpages. Refund policy All cancellations must be in writing (email accepted) and sent to Mandy at Conference Solutions. The full amount minus a 15% administrative fee will be refunded until November 1, 2017; the full amount minus a 45% fee (administration and any prepaid catering) will be refunded up until November 20, 2017; no refund will be given after November 20, 2017 (although a substitute attendee will be permitted at any time).


Social Events

Situated on the grounds of The University of Western Australia and in the heart of the university, this year’s TASA conference will offer conference delegates plenty of options to catch up with friends and colleagues on the grounds of The University of Western Australia. The Conference Welcome Reception kicks off on Monday 27 November 2017, 6.30-8pm at The University Club of Western Australia. CLICK HERE for location map. The cost is included with your registration fee.  ADDITIONAL guests $40pp.     This year TASA will hold our Women’s Breakfast on Tuesday 28 November 2017, 7-8.20am at The University of Western Australia Hackett Café. The Women’s Breakfast is open to all delegates who identify as a woman in a way that is significant to them. The keynote speaker for this event will be the Hon. Dr Carmen Lawrence, Professorial Fellow in the School of Psychological Science at UWA and former Premier of Western Australia. Carmen’s keynote is titled ‘Women, sexism and politics: Does psychology help?’ After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. She was at various times W.A Minister for Education and Aboriginal affairs and was the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government. She shifted to Federal politics in 1994 when she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She has held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007. She is now a Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia where she is working to establish a centre to research the forces driving significant social change in key areas of contemporary challenge as well as exploring our reactions to that change.  CLICK HERE for location map. The cost is $25pp.   This year’s Queer Drinks will be held at The University of Western Australia Guild Tavern on Tuesday 28 November 2017, 6.30-8.30pm. CLICK HERE for location map. Queer drinks is a time for LGBTIQ folks and their allies to get together informally to talk about shared research and activism. It is also an opportunity to socialize and get to know one another. The cost is $15pp and includes nibbles and one drink on arrival.   The Conference Dinner will be held on Wednesday 29 November 2017, 6:00-10:30pm at The University of Western Australia Guild Tavern. CLICK HERE for location map. This year the conference dinner will be an informal barbecue where delegates can mingle in the laid-back setting of the Guild Tavern while enjoying views of Matilda Bay, the Swan River and lights of Perth City at night. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan dietary requirements will be catered for. The cost is $60pp. The Tavern bar will be staffed for the purchasing of drinks.

Other Events

Mobile Methods

We are pleased once again to offer a special add-on event on Friday morning, December 1, (9-11am) focusing on social research methods. ‘Mobile Methods’ is a free two hour session showcasing a panel of leading mobilities scholars who will introduce the innovative methods used in their research. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion and question time.
Mimi Sheller, Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Professor of Sociology, Drexel University
Mark Western, Director, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland
Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, Director of Family Therapy Program, University of Massachusetts Boston
Ivalyo Vassilev, Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton
Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies UNESCO, Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow.
Although this event is free to attend, the LOC will need to know the number of registrants so that they can book an appropriate room size. Registration for this event is available on TASA’s conference proper online registration form.


Symposium: Ageing and New Media 

1-2 December 2017, commencing Friday 1 December at 11am
The Ageing and New Media Symposium, hosted by Prof Loretta Baldassar (UWA) and A/Prof Raelene Wilding (La Trobe University), brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and care givers to showcase their innovative work in the field of ageing – especially caring across distance using new media, and among culturally and linguistically diverse peoples. Keynotes delivered by international collaborators will complement discussion between scholars, industry and community members to develop joint and complementary research opportunities.


Keynote speakers: 
  • A/Prof Christa Lykke Christensen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Dr Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol (Open University of Catalonia)
  • A/Prof Elaine Ho (National University of Singapore)
  • Prof Joytsna Kalavar (Pennsylvania State University)
  • A/Prof Leng Leng Thang, Family & Population Research and Head of Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore
  • Prof Helen Manchester (Public Health, University of Bristol)
The registration website can be accessed here.


Details of the main TASA 2017 social events can be viewed here.


TASA conferences attract 400+ delegates (500 at the 2016 event) of social science academics, social researchers, policy analysts and post graduates from across both Australia and international countries. Sponsoring at the TASA conference will provide you with essential marketing opportunities. TASA Exhibitor Information 2017 TASA Prospectus 2017

Tours / Places of Interest

We are looking forward to welcoming delegates to Perth for the 2017 TASA conference. We’d like to share some information about our lovely city, to help encourage people to make the (not-so-long) trip. As the sunniest city in Australia, Perth is the perfect city to spend the day exploring. You can enjoy the vibrant dining and small bar scene, take a walking tour to discover street art-filled laneways or a short walk (from town, or UWA) that brings you to one of the largest inner city parks in the world – Kings Park. One of the world’s top ten parks, 400-hectares of flora offer some of the best views of the Perth City skyline and the Swan River. The historical port city of Fremantle is now a suburb just 20km south of Perth (15km south of UWA), famed for its rich cultural heritage, lively entertainment spots, maritime links and alfresco lifestyle. Over 150 buildings in the port city are classified by the National Trust, recognizing Fremantle as the best preserved 19th century seaport city in the world. Freo is a 20 minute bus ride from UWA. Before or after the conference, you can explore the coast by heading to one of Perth’s many stunning beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean. Inland is the Swan Valley, with award winning wineries, fine food and local artisans set in a charming rural landscape. Or you might wish to escape to Rottnest Island (a half hour ferry ride away), great for swimming, snorkelling, bike riding and generally vegging out…but with a dark history. Beyond the city you can discover a range of regional attractions. The South West is home to the world renowned food and wine region, Margaret River, with majestic old growth forests, caves and coastline. It also has Australia’s only World Biodiversity Hotspot, just three hours from Perth; November is the perfect time to enjoy the 2,500 species of wildflowers that illuminate the region. Or go north, for awe-inspiring scenery of rugged ranges and waters, spectacular beaches and amazing outback experiences. We look forward to hosting you here. Local information Western Australia Perth City City of Fremantle Tours and attractions Captain Cook Cruises Caversham Wildlife Park City Tours Pty Ltd Fremantle Prison Two feet and a heartbeat walking tours Kings Park Walk and Tours Perth Mint Tour Segway tours We hope TASA delegates will stick around after the conference to enjoy the best WA has to offer. Here are a few other links that may be of use in planning your visit. Promotional video Tour searches and Other tourist links and Perth Highlights (Pdf: 2MB)

Thematic Groups

You can choose to submit to any of the 28 different thematic groups listed below. If you feel your submission does not fall into any of these groups, there is an ‘other’ that you can select. More submission information is available here.

  • Ageing and Sociology
  • Applied Sociology
  • Crime and Governance
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Environment and Society
  • Families and Relationships
  • Genders and Sexualities
  • Health
  • Media
  • Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
  • Risk Societies
  • Rural Issues
  • Social Stratification
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology & Activism
  • Sociology of Economic Life
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Emotions and Affect
  • Sociology of Indigenous Issues
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Youth
  • Sport
  • Teaching Sociology
  • Urban Sociology
  • Work, Employment and Social Movements

Visual Sociology

There was no Visual Sociology at the 2017 event.


We invite sociologists to contribute to a display of visual sociology. Visual sociology could include photography, drawing, mapping exercises, poster, 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, Cities and Successful Societies, with images that capture?

If you are interested in submitting work to this exhibition, please submit an Expression of Interest by 31 August [submission details available soon]. 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, 27 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 (30th November). The discussion will be chaired by [TBC]. 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.