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2006 TASA Conference

You can access the 2006 Conference Proceedings here

This year’s TASA conference is co-hosted by Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia (UWA). It will be held at the Crawley campus of UWA, on the banks of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia. To download a map of the campus, please click here. The campus is serviced by regular buses into the Perth city centre, Fremantle and the Subiaco train station. For further information about public transport to the campus, please click here.

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Important Notice

Daylight Savings

Important Notice: daylight saving will begin in Western Australia on 3 December 2006. At 2am standard time on 3 December, Western Australia will wind its clocks forward one hour.

Key Dates


Early bird registration closes on 20 October 2006.

For further details of registration costs, please click on the Online Registration Form.

Call for Papers

Full Paper (Refereed):


Full Paper (General):


Work in Progress Paper:


Conference Events

Health Day

Monday 4 December 12 noon – 5pm

(Coordinator: Dr Bev McNamara,

It is not too late to register for the Health Day which precedes the TASA
Conference at UWA on December 4 at 12.30pm. The program (available for
download by clicking here) provides health sociologists with an
opportunity to hear international speakers and network with fellow
researchers in an informal setting. Of particular interest will be a
paper considering the development of medical sociology in the UK and an
extended discussion which will allow Australian health sociologists to
reflect upon the development of our own subdiscipline in Australia.
Register online through the registration page on this conference

Postgraduate Workshop

Monday 4 December 10.30am – 4.30pm

The Postgraduate Day is shaping up, with an exciting program based on feedback from previous years. There will be a choice of sessions, including a ‘getting to know you’ session; a session on thesis/life balance; and sessions on writing strategies, managing supervisors and thesis examination. There will also be sessions on getting published, such as information about the JOS review process, and lunch with the TASA Executive Committee. A panel discussion and Q&A session about the various career options after postgraduate research study, including academic, research only, public service, and private consulting, will top the afternoon off. We hope to see many postgrads attend.

(Coordinators: Tara McGee, and Angela Dwyer )

Advanced Methodology Seminar (NEW!)

Thursday 7 December 1pm – 5pm

The Advanced Methodology Seminar seeks to bring together those interested in qualitative and quantitative social research methods for a stimulating afternoon of debate.
Plenary speakers Professor Emeritus David Silverman, Goldsmiths College, will speak on The Aesthetics of Qualitative Research: On Bullshit and Tonsils (1 – 2pm) and Professor Catherine Riessman, Boston College, will speak on Narrative Analysis and Bob Dylan: What’s the Connection? (2 – 2.45pm). The afternoon will conclude with a round table discussion on “Getting sociology heard – research methods in the public eye”. Participants include the plenary speakers, plus Yoland Wadsworth (University of
Melbourne); Alec McHoul (Murdoch); and Timothy Phillips
(ANU) (3.15 – 5pm).
The afternoon costs $45.

(Co-ordinator: Dr Farida Tilbury,

Opening Reception

Monday 4 Dec 6.00 – 7.30pm

Women’s Breakfast

Tuesday 5 Dec 7.30 – 8.30am

Guest speaker: Joan Eveline on “Labors and Labels”

Joan Eveline labels and labors some of the bright spots and dim recesses that feminist sociology and feminist epistemology have explored, revealed and produced over the past three decades. She asks: what makes particular kinds of thought possible? and what stops us from expressing those thoughts aloud? These are not new questions for feminist sociology but Joan draws on some newish research to explore them.

Biographical note: Joan Eveline is an Associate Professor in the UWA Business School. Current research is in gender, work and organization; leadership; gender mainstreaming of policy; and work/life quality in employment. Recent publications include her book Ivory Basement Leadership (2004, UWA Press). She co-directs the Consortium for Diversity at Work, UWA Business School, with colleague Trish Todd and she has recently completed a ministerial review of the gender pay gap in WA (with Trish Todd) and a framework for women’s leadership in the WA public sector (with Jacquie Hutchinson).

Lecture and Reception at Murdoch University

Tuesday 5 Dec 6 – 8 pm (buses will leave UWA at 5.15pm)
Professor Bryan Turner, National University of Singapore, will present a lecture titled ‘Sociology of Mobile Rights: mobility, borders and security’ discussing whether there can be rights to travel and how these are contradicted by modern surveillance. This will be followed by a reception before buses return delegates to Crawley or deliver them to the restaurant strip in Fremantle.

Conference Dinner

Wednesday 6 Dec 7.30pm

The Conference Dinner will be held at AQWA Function Centre, Hillarys Boat Harbour

Additional Post-Conference Event

Following the TASA conference, The University of Western Australia will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Anthropology at UWA with a Symposium, Anthropology in the West: 1956 – 2006
8 & 9 December, 2006

One of the symposium sessions, on the interface between Anthropology and Sociology at UWA, will feature presentations from the outgoing and incoming Presidents of TASA: Dr Roberta Julian and Dr Michael Gilding.

Please check for more information.

Contact details:

Conference Organising Committee

Dr Val Colic-Peisker, Murdoch University (co-convenor)
Dr Farida Tilbury, Murdoch University (co-convenor, Advanced Methodology Seminar coordinator)
Dr Bev McNamara, UWA (co-convenor, Health Day coordinator)

A/Prof Loretta Baldassar, UWA
Dr Raelene Wilding, UWA

Conference Secretariat

For registration, accommodation and general enquiries, please contact:
Institute of Advanced Studies
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway , CRAWLEY WA 6009, Australia
t: +61 8 6488 1340
f: +61 8 6488 1711