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TASA 2018 Precarity, Rights and Resistance.






The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Arts and Education, The Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University are all happy to invite you to the 2018 TASA Conference at our Burwood Campus in Melbourne.

The theme of this year’s conference is Precarity, Rights and Resistance.

The pressures that neoliberal capitalism is placing on people and the planet has led to a heightened state of precarity, particularly since the Global Financial Crisis and new climate of austerity. At the same time, while the mid-late 20th Century can be categorised as a cosmopolitan era, in which great advances were made in affirming the rights of women, children, LGBTIQ people, cultural and religious minorities, and animals, an aggressive anti-cosmopolitan turn has occurred in the early 21st Century. This is evident in a rise of narrow nationalism, far-right parties, Islamophobia, and climate change denial, with previously dominant groups fighting to maintain their supremacy over ‘others’ and the lifeworld. Resistance to this precarity and anti-cosmopolitanism has emerged in numerous social movements’ and scholar-activists’ calls for new ways to live well together, recognising our interdependence on one another and the natural world. Our conference will focus on these themes, and we call for critical analysis of these pressing issues currently confronting all of us.

Staff across the sociology discipline at Deakin University represent broad interests in the areas of globalization, gender, migration, risk, religion and caring. The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is an internationally recognised and highly regarded social sciences and humanities research institute. ADI researchers create cutting-edge knowledge about citizenship, diversity, inclusion and globalization, which informs scholarship, debate and policy.

The Burwood campus of the university is situated in the leafy eastern suburbs of Melbourne approximately 45 minutes journey to and from the city centre. The campus is serviced by bus and tram lines. We have an abundance of on-campus as well as off-campus accommodation.

We look forward to welcoming TASA members and sociologists from around Australia and the world to Melbourne this year.

The Conference convenor is Grazyna Zajdow and the Local organizing committee is:

Rose Butler
Bernie East
Liz Eckerman
Anna Halafoff
Anita Harris
Amelia Johns
Karen Lane
Doug Lorman
Alexia Maddox
Vince Marotta
Andrew Singleton
Kim Toffoletti
Jessica Walton


Lifts allow attendees with prams or with other mobility needs to access the conference venue. See Deakin’s accessibility map:


Accommodation for TASA 2018 has been reserved for delegates and their guests at highly competitive rates. To ensure you receive the negotiated rates, please book your accommodation through the Conference Registration Portal. If you have any questions or need assistance with your accommodation booking, lease contact the Conference Secretariat.

Rates quoted below are:
– Per room per night
– In Australian Dollars (AUD) and inclusive of 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
– Subject to availability
– Based on single or double occupancy

Punt Hill Apartment Hotel 300 Burwood Hwy, Burwood, VIC

Punt Hill Apartment Hotel offer comfortable, modern and stylishly designed 1 bed room serviced apartments. You will feel right at home with a Gym, Wi-Fi and BBQ facilities all available to you. The One Bedroom Apartment features Foxtel, Washer/Dryer and an oven. The hotel is directly across the road from Deakin University.

One Bedroom Apartment                                                                     $161

Art Series Hotel – The Chen 850 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill, VIC


This luxury boutique hotel hosts a myriad of features including 100 open plan style suites with in room art library and dedicated art channel, state of the art gymnasium plus heated rooftop pool and sundeck overlooking Melbourne’s impressive city skyline. The hotel is located approximately a 20-minute drive to Deakin University (in peak traffic conditions). There are also public transport options located within a 5-minute walk of the hotel including a bus that travels to Deakin University (about 25 minutes). If you are interested in going into Melbourne CBD, the Chen is a few minutes from Box Hill train station. From there, it will take you around 20 minutes by train to get into Melbourne City. You will need a Myki card to travel on all of Victoria’s Public Transport options.

Studio Suite                                                                                           $139
Deluxe Studio Suite                                                                             $159

Quest – Mont Albert 741/745 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill, VIC


Quest Mont Albert has 50 fully serviced apartments including one and two-bedroom hotel apartments. The serviced apartments are the perfect alternative to a hotel room with kitchens and laundry facilities. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and secure car parking (for a small cost). The hotel is located approximately a 25-minute drive (in peak traffic conditions) to Deakin University. There are also buses (around 30 minutes) that travel to Deakin University. The bus stop is 10 minutes walk from Quest Mont Albert. If you are interested in going into Melbourne CBD, the Quest is an 8 minute bus ride from Box Hill train station. From there, it will take you around 20 minutes by train to get into Melbourne City. You will need a Myki card to travel on all of Victoria’s Public Transport options.

One Bedroom Apartment                                                                    $197
Two Bedroom Apartment                                                                    $274

Deakin Residential Services Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 


Deakin Residential Services is a practical option for those wanting to be cost & travel time efficient. Studios are self-contained apartments fully equipped with kitchenette, a TV, fridge, microwave, air conditioning and heating. Parking is available (at a cost) and there is complimentary internet. The Studios are a 5 minute walk from the conference venue and are wheelchair accessible.

Double Studio                                                                                        $83
Two Bedroom Studio                                                                           $126
Four Bedroom Studio                                                                          $264

Accommodation for all three of the above places needs to be booked via the conference registration portal. A deposit of one night’s accommodation will be added to your total registration costs (if you book accommodation when registering for the conference).  This deposit will be credited to your room account and will come off your final accommodation charges, which you will be required to pay for upon checkout.

The rates quoted above are subject to availability and are only valid for bookings made by 4 October,  2018.

Please note, no accommodation deposits can be refunded after 4 October, 2018.

Late bookings can be made through the Conference Secretariat after 4 October 2018 but are subject to availability, and credit card details will be required to secure the reservation.

Any change in booking must be made via email to the Conference Secretariat and not directly to the hotel. Please note, charges may apply after 4 October 2018.

Please direct all registration and accommodation enquiries to:

TASA2018 Conference Secretariat
ICMS Australasia
PO Box 5005
South Melbourne, VIC, 3205
P: +61 3 9682 0500


Tuesday November 20, 5:30 – 7:00pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Deakin University


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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.

The 2018 Exhibitor Information can be accessed here (2MB).

Family Friendly Initiatives

The Australian Sociological Association Conference 2018
Supporting Conference Participation for Primary Carers

This year’s TASA conference provides a range of initiatives to better support conference attendees who are pregnant, breastfeeding and/or caretaking.

They have been devised by the Local Organising Committee, in consultation with Deakin University’s Equity and Diversity Office and TASA, to promote conference accessibility and address the career disadvantages experienced by delegates who are parents to young children.

The strategies outlined in this document are in accordance with Deakin University’s Child Safety Policy.

Please note, the Family Friendly room for TASA 2018 is HE2.006.

  1. Provision of childcare

Option 1

Name of service: Deakin & Community Childcare.


Location: On site. Deakin University, Burwood Campus.

Hours: 7.45am-6pm.

Eligibility: licensed to care for children aged between 12 weeks – 7 years old. Note that the centre’s programs are designed for children aged up to 5, therefore older children might find the offerings limited.

Availability: The centre is licensed for 60 children. Currently, there are 5 places available on 19, 20, 22 & 23 November. The centre is at capacity on 21 Nov with no places available – alternative childcare arrangements will need to be made on this date. Places are not guaranteed and TASA delegates are strongly encouraged to secure a placement for required days asap.

Cost: $125 per day.

Process for enrolling: Full enrolment required, including completion of an enrolment form, names of 2 emergency contacts and certified documentation of full immunisation. It is recommended attendees register children as soon as possible to ensure a placement. Attendees should contact the centre via the email or telephone number provided below and let one of the directors know that they are attending the TASA conference. Enrolment must be finalised at least one week before day of commencement.

Key Contacts: Sally Young, co-ordinator; Diane Duncan & Sheridan Corke, deputy co-ordinators.


Tel: 03 9888 0202


Option 2

Name of service: Melbourne’s Leading Nanny Agency


Location: Onsite or offsite.

Hours: Casual, flexible, varied, one-off, short term care options. Day or night.

Eligibility: All ages, from newborn through to teens.

Availability: delegates are strongly encouraged to register well in advance so that a suitable carer can be matched to their needs.

Cost: $23-45 per hour plus $25 booking fee.

Process for enrolling: Register with the organisation. $75 one off fee.

Email: Tel: 03 9576 7000


Option 3 (conditional)

Name of Service: Crechendo


Location: onsite

Details: the company will set up and run a crèche onsite. If there is a critical mass of children attending the TASA 2018 conference, and strong interest, the LOC will investigate this option on behalf of parents. Numbers will determine if this is an economically viable option for parents over the other paid childcare options available.


  1. Including children and caregivers

For some carers, like single-parents, low income attendees, carers of children with special needs or infants, the use of paid childcare services may not be feasible. The following options may support these cohorts to attend.

Children can attend sessions with caregivers if there is minimal disruption to speakers and the audience.

While prams cannot be brought into sessions, infants can be brought in baby slings to be near carers.

Seats will be reserved for caregivers with small children near the back exits of auditoriums to support leaving and re-entering the venue.

Coloured pencils and paper available at the registration desk for children to bring into sessions. Children can bring their own small toys or electronic devices to quietly occupy them (use of headphones is encouraged).

Subject to prior notice, registrants can bring along an additional caregiver at no extra cost – partner, friend, grandparent – to care for children while the delegate presents and attends sessions. Conference catering for the carer can be selected at registration.

Children are welcome to attend any social events in the company of the parent.

Breastfeeding women encouraged to breastfeed during sessions and events. For those who prefer to breastfeed in private, a parent rooms is available.

To meet Deakin’s child safe standards and ensure children are not subject to inappropriate content, parents are encouraged to check abstracts prior to attending sessions with children and accept all responsibility for the care and supervision of their child.


  1. Parent room and baby change facilities

Deakin’s parent room is located in Building P (P1.14), approximately 3 minute walk from most of the conference rooms/venues. It provides baby change facilities; a comfortable chair and a highchair; a sink, microwave and fridge for storing and heating milk and children’s food; a small play area for young children; toys and books; a lockable door for privacy. Access cards will be made available for collection at the registration desk. Additional baby change facilities can be found in the toilets of buildings BC, C, H, X, and V (the library). Download the campus map for accessibility details.


  1. Dedicated room (‘kid space’) for children and carers

In addition to the parent room, the conference venue will provide a dedicated ‘kid space’. This room offers a place for multiple carers and children to gather during conference hours. It is the place to store prams, bassinets and other gear that children need in close proximity to the conference sessions. Here children can watch programs, eat meals, play etc. under parental supervision. Toys and activities will be provided.


  1. Pram access

For those driving to the conference and bringing a pram, we recommend parking in the carpool area in car park 6, level 2, as it has no stairs.

Lifts allow attendees with prams or with other mobility needs to access the conference venue. See Deakin’s accessibility map.


  1. Conference scheduling

Thematic Group convenors and the Local Organising Committee will endeavour to meet the time needs of carers. If your caring responsibilities impact on when you are able to present, please contact the session organiser/Thematic Group convenor and provide a rationale and preferred times.


  1. Social networks

A Messenger group has been established for parents and carers to connect before and during the conference – to arrange shared childcare, organise playdates, share tips, recommendations etc. Search for the group name ‘TASA 2018 Parent & Carer Network’ in Messenger to request to join the conversation. The group administrator is Kim Toffoletti – contact Kim on with any inquiries.


  1. Family accommodation options

There are a number of accommodation options suited for families (serviced apartments, multiple rooms) listed on the TASA conference website at discounted rates for delegates.


  1. Pregnant women

Pregnancy can limit women’s ability to fully participate at conferences. The ‘kid space’ can offer a place for pregnant women to rest. Quieter seating options are available at the nearby library (Bldg V) and university grounds.

Please note when registering if cooked food options are needed at mealtimes to meet health recommendations to avoid pre-made foods/salads/soft cheeses etc.


Calisi, M & a working group of Mothers in Science (2018) Opinion: How to tackle the childcare-conference conundrum, PNAS, March 5. Available at

Rademaker, L (2017) Bringing a baby to a conference, Australian Women’s History Network Blog,

A pdf version of the above information can be download from here (111kb).

Key Dates

Abstract/Paper Submissions
Abstract submission Opens March 26 CLOSED June 14
Paper submission (Postgraduate refereed) Opens March 26 CLOSED June 14
Notification of acceptance of Abstracts/Papers  July 27
Deadline for Resubmission of Revised Abstracts/Papers August 3
Notification of acceptance of Revised Abstracts/Papers August 10
Registration* / Program Inclusion
Registration for inclusion in the conference programme Closed September 7
Early Bird registration Closed October 1
Registration (non early bird/no discount) Opened October 2

*Refund policy
All cancellations must be in writing (email accepted) and sent to Jessica at ICMS Australasia. The full amount minus a 15% administrative fee will be refunded until November 1, 2018; the full amount minus a 45% fee (administration and any prepaid catering) will be refunded up until November 20, 2018; no refund will be given after November 20, 2018 (although a substitute attendee will be permitted at any time).


Keynote speakers

Nira Yuval-Davis

Nira Yuval-Davis is Professor Emeritus, Honorary Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London. She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association, founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the international research network on Women In Militarized Conflict Zones and has acted as a consultant for various UN and human rights organisations.

Nira Yuval-Davis has won the 2018 International Sociological Association Distinguished Award for Excellence in Research and Practice. She has written widely on intersected gendered nationalisms, racisms, fundamentalisms, citizenships, identities, belonging/s and everyday bordering. Among her books Woman-Nation-State, 1989, Racialized Boundaries, 1992, Unsettling Settler Societies, 1995, Gender and Nation,1997, The Warning Signs of Fundamentalism, 2004, The Politics of Belonging, 2011, Women Against Fundamentalism, 2014 and Bordering (Forthcoming). Her works have been translated into more than ten languages.


Bronwyn Carlson

Professor Bronwyn Carlson is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D’harawal Country in NSW Australia. She is a scholar with both a national and international reputation in the field of Indigenous Studies. She has vast teaching and curriculum development experience and has published in scholarly journals, nationally and internationally. Professor Carlson maintains a strong connection between Indigenous Studies pedagogy and research. She is the author of the book, The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?(Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016) and a co-editor of The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity (University of Technology Sydney E-Press, Sydney, 2013). She is the founding and managing editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity.

Bronwyn’s keynote slides can be accessed by copying and pasting the following link into a new tab:

Madeleine Leonard

Madeleine Leonard is a Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is particularly interested in creative and participatory approaches to including children in the research process.  She employs a range of mainly qualitative methods in her research with children and their childhoods.  Her main research interest is in teenagers’ everyday experiences of growing up in politically sensitive societies, and she has carried out research into the experiences and perceptions of Catholic and Protestant teenagers growing up in Belfast as part of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project ‘Conflict in Cities and the Contested State’ ( She has also carried out research with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot teenagers growing up in Nicosia, funded by the British Council.  She has a number of publications on children’s experiences of and attitudes to protracted political conflict.  She is a founder member of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network for the Sociology of Children and Childhood.  Her recent publications include two books: The Sociology of Children, Childhood and Generation, London: Sage, 2016 and Teens and Territory in Post-Conflict Belfast: If Walls Could Talk, Manchester University Press, 2017.


Local Organising Committee

Convener: Grazyna Zajdow
Local Organising Committee:
Rose Butler
Bernie East
Anna Halafoff
Anita Harris
Amelia Johns
Doug Lorman
Alexia Maddox
Vince Marotta
Andrew Singleton
Kim Toffoletti
Jessica Walton

Plenary Panels

Plenaries & Panels

1.       Sociology of Youth

Rethinking Youth Sociology: A Spotlight on the Work of Johanna Wyn

This special panel session of the Thematic Group on Youth reflects on the work of Johanna Wyn on the occasion of her retirement and invites discussion of the past, present and future of youth sociology. Director of the Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne from 1991-2017, author of countless influential publications including 11 monographs such as Rethinking Youth (with Rob White), Youth and Generation (with Dan Woodman) and Youth and Society (with Rob White and Brady Robards), and leader of the ARC funded longitudinal Life Patterns research program for over 20 years, Johanna has pioneered a critical, interconnected youth studies across the domains of transition, gender, wellbeing and inequality that bridges gaps between theory and policy, crosses disciplinary borders and links methodological approaches. Many of the issues and frameworks that Johanna has developed throughout her career have become central to youth sociology. The international impact of her work is recognised by her Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences of Britain, the Academy describing her as ‘a leading sociologist who has pioneered new approaches to the study of youth and young adulthood which have had a major influence on researchers in Australia, Europe and North America’. This panel considers how her work has shaped the field and what questions her research agenda poses about dilemmas, opportunities and impetuses for youth studies research now and into the future.

Johanna will open the panel with reflections on the field and provocations for youth sociology today. Panellists will critically discuss some core aspects of her work, including the structure/agency tension in youth studies; the concept of a new adulthood in relation to youth transitions; questions of gender and generation, and the connections she has forged between sociologies of youth, childhood and the life course in international context. They will also respond to Johanna’s call to map out a future research agenda for youth sociology: what questions need answering, what are the conceptual breakthroughs required and what evidence will make the case?​​

Spotlight Speaker:

Johanna Wyn is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the Youth Research Centre and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the Academy of Social Sciences, UK. She is engaged in multidisciplinary and multi-method research on the ways in which young people navigate their lives in a changing world, with a focus on the areas of transition, gender, wellbeing and inequality. Her work recognises that young people are active citizens, cultural creators and active agents in learning and wellbeing. She leads the ARC funded Life Patterns longitudinal research program and has a strong research track record of competitive research grants and consultancies and tenders from a range of stakeholders, including government departments, foundations and the private sector.


Madeleine Leonard is a Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her main research interest is in teenagers’ everyday experiences of growing up in politically sensitive societies, and she has carried out research into the experiences and perceptions of Catholic and Protestant teenagers growing up in Belfast as part of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project ‘Conflict in Cities and the Contested State’ ( She is a founder member of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network for the Sociology of Children and Childhood. Her recent books include The Sociology of Children, Childhood and Generation, and Teens and Territory in Post-Conflict Belfast: If Walls Could Talk.

Julia Coffey is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research is focuses on gender, youth, health and the body. She is the author of two books, Body Work: Gender, Health and Embodiment and Learning Bodies: The Body in Youth and Childhood Studies (edited with Helen Cahill and Shelley Budgeon).

Rob White is Professor of Criminology at the University of Tasmania. He is co-author with Johanna Wyn of Rethinking Youth; and Youth and Society. His other youth studies books include Youth Gangs, Violence and Social Respect; No Space of Their Own; and Juvenile Justice: Youth and Crime in Australia (with Chris Cunneen and Kelly Richards). He is academic editor of the Journal of Applied Youth Studies.

Dan Woodman is TR Ashworth Associate Professor of Sociology and Assistant Dean for Engagement in the Faculty of Arts at University of Melbourne. He is President of The Australian Sociological Association and Vice President for Oceania in the Research Committee on the Sociology of Youth within the International Sociological Association. Dan’s primary research area is the sociology of young adulthood and generations, and he uses this focus to also contribute to the sociology of work and to sociological theory. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Youth Studies.

Panel Chair:

Anita Harris is a research professor in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. She researches in the area of youth identities, cultures, mobilities and citizenship in changing times. She is the author/editor of several books in youth studies and girls’ studies, and has undertaken a series of ARC projects on young people’s civic engagement, intercultural relations and social inclusion in the context of migration and diversity. She is currently exploring the effects of transnational mobility on youth transitions with colleagues Loretta Baldassar and Shanthi Robertson through their longitudinal ARC project ‘YMAP’ (youth mobility, aspirations and pathways:

1.      Religion

Religion, Sexuality and Young People in Australia and the UK

This panel, featuring international experts from the United Kingdom and Australia, reports on recent studies in the field of young people, religion, and sexuality.

Mary-Lou Rasmussen

Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen is located in the School of Sociology at The Australian National University. She is part of the ARC Discovery Project Queer Generations, investigating the experiences of two generations of LGBT young people in Australia. She leads an ARC Discovery investigating Worldviews of Australia’s Generation Z. She is co-editor, with Louisa Allen, of the Handbook of Sexuality Education (2017, Palgrave). Her monograph, Progressive Sexuality Education: The Conceits of Secularism (2015, Routledge) is available in paperback.

Yvette Taylor

Yvette Taylor is Professor of Education, University of Strathclyde. She has obtained a wide variety of funding, including ESRC funded ‘From the Coal Face to the Car Park? Gender and Class in the North East of England’ (2007-2009), ‘Making Space for Queer Identifying Religious Youth’ (2011-2013) and British Academy mid-career fellowship ‘Critical Terrain: Dividing Lines and Lives’ (2013-2014). Yvette has published four sole-authored books based on funded research: Working-class Lesbian Life (2007); Lesbian and Gay Parenting (2009); Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities (2012) and Making Space for Queer Identifying Religious Youth (2015). Yvette also edits the Palgrave Gender and Education Series and co-edits the Routledge Advances in Critical Diversities Series.

Sarah-Jane Page

Dr Sarah-Jane Page is senior lecturer in Sociology at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. She is a sociologist of religion with research interests in gender, sexuality and youth. She has undertaken projects on religious attitudes to sexuality, clergy mothers, clergy husbands, religious young adults’ navigation of sexuality and is currently completing an ethnography of prayer vigils at abortion clinics. She has published two monographs, both with Prof. Andrew Yip: Religious and Sexual Identities: A Multi-Faith Exploration of Young Adults (2013; Ashgate) and Understanding Young Buddhists: Living out Ethical Journeys (2017; Brill).

Panel Chair: 

Anna Halafoff

Dr. Anna Halafoff is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. She is also a Research Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific at Monash University. Anna’s current research interests include: religious diversity; interreligious relations; countering violent extremism; and education about religions and worldviews. She is the author of The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions (2013).

3.       Refugee Rights

Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Advocacy in Australia

This esteemed panel, featuring Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, David Manne and Fadak Alfayadh, will examine the TASA Conference theme of precarity, rights and resistance focused on asylum seeker and refugee rights advocacy in Australia.

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and the new Chair of Justice Connect, a non-profit dedicated to connecting people locked out of the justice system with free legal help. She is also Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Tribunal. Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-07. She is a former barrister and a Governor of the College of Law. She is also the author of many books and papers on international law, including International Law, Contemporary Principles and Practices.

David Manne is a human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Refugee Legal (previously the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre (RILC)). David sat on the Board of the Refugee Council of Australia for seven years, and currently the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Ethics Committee. He has also been appointed to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Advisory Board of Eminent Persons. David has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Law Institute of Victoria Paul Baker Prize for Administrative and Human Rights Law, the Law Institute President’s Awards (2006 and 2011), and was shortlisted for the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Medal in 2011.

Fadak Alfayadh is a lawyer and writer from a refugee background. Her work upholds human rights and ensures access to legal services for those marginalised. Before her current work in community development, Fadak worked in the refugee rights sector. Her work in settlement services was vital to newly arrived refugees. Fadak was the Director of Advocacy at RISE and she is passionate about building and mobilising communities. Fadak is an international and local speaker and commentator, and has had her work featured in Al Jazeera, The Age, New Matilda & Catalogue Magazine.

Panel Chair:

Dr Amy Nethery is a senior lecturer in Politics and Policy at Deakin University. She researches migration and asylum policies in Australia and Asia, with a special interest in policy development and immigration detention. Her article ‘Australia-Indonesia Cooperation on Asylum Policy: a case of incentivised policy transfer’ (Australian Journal of International Affairs) was awarded the 2015 Boyer Prize for the best article published by the journal that year. More recently she has written on secrecy and offshore processing, and how asylum seekers use social media to bear witness to their experience of detention.

4.       Precarity

Working in the Global Academy: Precarity, Rights, Opportunities and Resistance

As our universities became part of the global system, Australian academics, perhaps more so than in many other parts of the world, came face to face with neoliberalism, managerialism and marketisation. Our work loads have intensified and expanded, surveillance has increased, our environments have become less collaborative and much more competitive, and for many, our future is less secure and predictable. This plenary offers the opportunity to hear about some of the latest research on the academy. We begin with a focus on Australians as ‘Southern’ workers, on the peculiar challenges they confront, and the work practices and strategies developed in the face of the dominant ‘North’. This is followed with a report on the new Scholarly Teaching Fellows introduced as a more secure alternative to teaching casuals, with reflections on the implementation and experience of this new workplace model. Early career academics are the focus of the next presentation, reflecting on a new generation of workers who display both pessimism and a sense of hope for their futures in the academy. The final session will turn attention to the possibilities and potentialities of workplace activism and rights, as collective action becomes ever more important to address the issues of precarity and workplace rights for workers in the Australian academy.

Christian Mauri

Christian Mauri is a Perth based sessional teacher and sociologist specialising in Higher Education and social systems theory. His soon to be reviewed Doctoral thesis, “The Precariat, PhD”, takes a hard look at contemporary higher education by focusing on the employment and work situations of sessional academics working in Australian universities. His work has been published by The Australian Sociological Association, the Journal and Time and Society, and in the soon to be released paperback, “The Postdoc Landscape”, and the edited Routledge collection, “The Social Structures of Global Academia”.

Ann Lawless

Dr Ann Lawless is a sociologist with special interests in the sociology of higher education and the sociology of health, and the teaching of cultural competencies in the professions. She is an experienced educator and researcher of higher education, having completed a doctoral study of activism in the Australian academy. Ann is an active unionist and union leader, and in 2015, she – and the NTEU – won a significant and rare victory in the arbitration court of the Fair Work Commission which set cultural precedents in the use of the Welcome to Country in an industrial court and set legal precedents for the rights of workers on probation. In 2008, Ann was admitted to the South Australian Women’s Honor Roll, and in 2018, gave a keynote speech to HR professionals at a HR Analytics conference on the role of management, unions and a sociology of hope. She is an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning, co-convenor of TASA’s activism SIG, and an active member of the community.

Fabian Cannizzo

Fabian Cannizzo is a sociologist interested in the experiences of cultural and creative workers and the political economy of knowledge. He is currently developing an edited collection entitled The Social Structures of Global Academia (Routledge) with Nick Osbaldiston and a special section of the Journal of Sociology on ‘Meaningful Living in Late Modernity’ with Sara James.

Grant Banfield

Grant Banfield researches and writes in the fields of educational sociology, critical pedagogy and academic activism. His meta-theoretical interests lie in the application of Bhaskarian Critical Realist philosophy in the tackling of persistent theoretical and methodological problems confronting the social sciences. He is currently working on an edited book that will showcase the work of early and mid-career researchers employing critical realism to address methodological problems as they apply to specific empirical projects.

James Goodman

Associate Professor James Goodman is in Social and Political Sciences at UTS where he is Director of the Climate Justice Research Centre. He has been teaching at UTS since 1997 and in 2008 began co-researching the impacts of academic casualization. One result of this was a co-authored article in the Journal of Industrial Relations, ‘Academic casualisation in Australia: a new class divide?’  (2010). In 2016 he initiated an Office of Learning and Teaching ‘Strategic Priority’ project, ‘Scholarly Teaching Fellows as a new category of employment in Australian Universities’, which began in 2017, with co-researchers from UTS, Canberra, Griffith and UNSW.

Nour Dados

Panel Chair:

Fran Collyer

Associate Professor Fran Collyer is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Sydney, has served in various official positions in TASA, including convenor of the Health Section, and is currently the Secretary of RC08 History of Sociology in the ISA. She edited Health Sociology Review for six years, and been active in organising conferences and conference sessions at both the national and international levels. Fran has published widely in the history of sociology, the sociology of knowledge and health sociology. Her books include Public Enterprise Divestment: Australian Case Studies (2001); Mapping the Sociology of Health and Medicine (2012); the Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine (2015); and Knowledge and Global Power (with Connell, Maia and Morrell, 2018). The latter draws on field work across five countries and speaks to the challenges for academics working in the global South.

Plenary Session

Plenary Sessions

“Working in the Global Academy: Precarity, Rights, Opportunities and Resistance”At the upcoming TASA 2018 conference there will be a fascinating plenary session entitled “Working in the Global Academy: Precarity, Rights, Opportunities and Resistance”. This session will cover many of the current challenges faced by sociologists and practitioners in allied disciplines within the higher education sector. Matters close to many of TASA’s membership.The plenary session will  held by Associate Professor Fran Collyer, who has recently been named Sociologist of the month by the journal Current Sociology for her work onGlobal patterns in the publishing of academic knowledge Global North, global South. Other speakers will include: Nour Dados and James Goodman (UTS); Fabian Cannizzo(RMIT) and Christian Mauri (Murdoch); and Grant Banfield (Flinders) and Ann Lawless(UWA).

Postgraduate Day

Monday November 19, Burwood Corporate Centre, Burwood. 

Time Session and Presenters Session Description
8:30 – 9:30 am Registration
9:30 – 10:15 am Welcome Session

  • Dr Ashleigh Watson (Griffith University)
  • Dr Ben Lohmeyer (Flinders University)
  • Josie Reade (University of Melbourne)
  • Zoei Sutton (Flinders University)
  • Associate Professor Dan Woodman (University of Melbourne)
Welcome to TASA 2018In this welcome session, led by the Postgraduate Sub-Committee, participants will meet other postgrads in their thematic groups and share their experiences of postgrad life. We will focus on networking and conferencing tips including meeting academics and the conference Twitter backchannel.

TASA President Professor Dan Woodman will also present our annual Conference Scholarship recipients.

10:15 – 11:15 am Keynote

  • Associate Professor Steven Roberts (Monash University)
Triumphs and Tears; Fortune and Fears: an acknowledgement of what it feels like to be professional sociologistAt the risk of coming off like a wannabe motivational speaker, in this talk I focus on some of the affective dimensions of being an academic. In particular, I aim to illuminate, validate and legitimise the full range of ups and downs that we experience during our PhD training and into our research careers. I’ll advocate for greater emphasis on kindness and collectivity as we navigate increasingly precarious times in the neo liberal academy and end with a reminder of the significance of sociology for today, tomorrow and beyond.
11:15 – 11:45 am Morning Tea (provided)
11:45 – 12:30 pm Panel

  • Professor JaneMaree Maher (Monash University)
  • Dr Karla Elliott (University of Melbourne)
Graduate Students and Supervisors: precarious relationships of power and professionalismIn the ‘Change the Course’ report, evidence of systematic and troubling practices of harassment and discrimination in the Academy were revealed. In the subsequent months, AWGSA commissioned a feminist best practice report to resource the organisation and its members to offer support to those experiencing such incidents.

In this panel discussion, focused specifically on the postgraduate-supervisor relationship, we reflect on current University responses, the importance of effective gendered analysis and our shared responsibilities to create safe and inclusive spaces for academic work. We examine how current employment patterns in universities impact on ethical and professional graduate student/supervisor relationships.

12:30 – 1:15 pm Mentoring Session

  • Dr Brady Robards
  • Dr Shanthi Robertson
  • Dr Emma Kirby
  • Dr Karla Elliot
  • Dr Peta Cook
  • Dr Joseph Borlagdan
  • Dr Sara James
  • A/Pro Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
  • A/Pro Joanne Bryant
  • Dr Kate Huppatz
  • Dr Steve Matthewman
  • Dr Ashley Barnwell
  • Dr Brendan Churchill
  • Dr Christina Malatzky
  • Dr Steven Threadgold
  • Dr Theresa Petray
  • A/Pro Steven Roberts
  • A/Pro Deb King
Meet a MentorIn this session, established sociologists working in a range of institutions and fields will partner with small groups of postgraduate participants for mentoring and discussion. We will aim to group participants with other postgrads at similar stages but from different institutions to their own, to increase diversity of experience and help illuminate different institutional contexts. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring specific questions for their mentors or discussion points for their small groups.
1:15 – 2:15 pm Lunch (provided)
2:15 – 2:45 pm Info Session: Teaching

  • Dr Brady Robards (Monash University)
Teaching Sociology FuturesIn this session, we look to the future of teaching sociology. From professional relationships to class activities, we cover some practical skills for blended learning and tech-centric teaching environments. This session will also touch on managing teaching workloads in an increasingly precarious university landscape.
2:45 – 3:15 pm Info Session: Publishing

  • Dr Shanthi Robertson (Western Sydney University)
Publishing StrategiesThis session will take a big picture look at scholarly publishing. There is a heightened expectation for postgrads and ECRs to produce high quality (and high quantity) publications – in this session we look at the realities of the publishing landscape and explore how to maximise your postgraduate research during and following your PhD.
3:15 – 3:45 pm Info Session: Grants

  • Dr Emma Kirby (University of New South Wales)
Research GrantsThis session will shed light on the complex world of research grants and funding. Focusing on ARC grants, we translate the various available grants and fellowships including processes and priorities for early career sociologists. This will include a walk-through of how to apply for a DECRA.
3:45 – 4:15 pm Info Session: Jobs

  • Dr Jessica Crofts (Women’s Health Loddon Mallee)
  • Dr Emma Kirby (University of New South Wales)
Sociology JobsThis session presents advice for post-degree work pathways and paints a broad picture of early career sociology work. We hear from sociologists with experience in teaching, academic research, media, service, and council projects and programs. This session includes advice for building a research profile as a sociologist.
4:15 – 5:00 pm Closing Session

  • Ashleigh Watson
  • Dr Ben Lohmeyer
  • Zoei Sutton
  • Josie Reade
  • Dr Jessica Crofts
  • Dr Brady Robards
Going ForwardsIn this closing session, the postgraduate sub-committee with Jessica Crofts and Nicholas Hookway will work with participants to develop their conference strategies and refine their research ‘elevator pitch.’


The Postgraduate day will be held on the Monday and the conference proper will begin on Tuesday November 20.


Please note, the program could not be announced prior to the presenter registration deadline, 7th September 2018.  Once the program is finalised, and your presentation details have been shared with you, check if you need your registration day changed. If you do, please email Jessica the details to have your registration day changed.

*Members Non-Members
Program Inclusion – CLOSED September 7th
Early Bird – closed 1 October 2018 $590  $730
Standard – After 2 October 2018  $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 – note, you can change the day you have registered for if your presentation falls on a different day. To do so, email Jessica.  $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 September 7th 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.


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 Jessica at ICMS Australasia. The full amount minus a 15% administrative fee will be refunded until November 1, 2018; the full amount minus a 45% fee (administration and any prepaid catering) will be refunded up until November 20, 2018; no refund will be given after November 20, 2018 (although a substitute attendee will be permitted at any time).


Social Events

SOLD OUT – Dinner: The conference dinner will be held at FooMoo restaurant on campus. The building looks out high over Burwood Highway and towards the city skyline with lovely outdoor areas. Music for all ages and dancers will be provided to make sure that we all move and shake as we should. $70.00 per person

SOLD OUT – Women’s breakfast: The Women’s breakfast will be held on campus at Sage restaurant close by the conference venue. Our guest speaker will be Professor Johanna Wyn.

Johanna Wyn

Johanna is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Youth Research Centre at The University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the Academy of Social Sciences, UK.  Johanna was a founding member of the TASA (SAANZ) Women’s section in the late 1970s and of the feminist discussion group called Feminism in Social Theory, both of which sought to make women’s scholarship and lives more central to the discipline of sociology. She is engaged in multidisciplinary and multi-method research on the ways in which young people navigate their lives in a changing world, with a focus on the areas of transition, gender, wellbeing and inequality. Her work recognises that young people are active citizens, cultural creators and active agents in learning and wellbeing.

Johanna’s outstanding, significant and sustained service to Australian sociology over many years was celebrated at last year’s conference when she became the 9th recipient of the Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award.

Queer Drinks: this event is being organised by the Genders & Sexualities conveners.
Venue:  Nevermind Bar, 336 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, 03 9818 0078.
$15.00 per person (you will have a green circle on the back of your name tag if you have paid for this event)


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. 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 Friday July 27th, 2018. Accepted abstracts and papers will be allocated 15 minutes presentation time and 5 minutes for questions.

Please note, delegates, who are not Honours or above, are invited to submit poster presentations. The conference is open to all sociology students and others who wish to submit abstracts and papers outside the conference themes.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 27th. 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. 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.