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2012 TASA Conference

School of Social Science and Institute for Social Science Research,

The University of Queensland

26th – 29th November 2012

The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference 2012 will be a joint event including both TASA and the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ), including a special trans-Tasman plenary session.













2012 Local Organising Committee at the Conference dinner






Welcome to the website of the TASA 2012 conference, hosted by the School of Social Science and the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland (UQ). It has been more than a decade since Queensland hosted a TASA conference and nine years since UQ co-hosted the highly successful meeting of the International Sociological Association in 2002. It is the first time, as far as we recall, that TASA has been held on UQ’s beautiful St Lucia campus, located 7 kilometres from the city centre in a bend of the Brisbane River.

The theme of the 2012 conference is social inequality, which lies at the heart of sociological study and research. On the one hand, sociology deals with enduring structural inequalities arising from differences in race, class, gender and geographic location. On the other hand, sociologists have become increasingly aware of emerging inequalities in relation to other characteristics and institutions, such as ageing, sexuality, access to technology and mobility, food security and work-family intersections. These emerging inequalities affect individuals at different times across the life course and often intersect with enduring inequalities of race, class, gender and place. They are also unevenly distributed across space as neighbourhoods, regions and countries experience differential access to resources and opportunities and different social groups seek to exclude others through practices of segregation and displacement.

The Local Organising Committee promises to give you an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable conference experience. We are continuing with the old traditions of TASA but also cementing new ones, including the John Western Plenary to recognise someone who not only had a profound impact on Australian sociology, but was held with esteem and affection by his UQ colleagues. We are also working closely with colleagues from SAANZ to strengthen the Australian-New Zealand relationship and warmly welcome all our trans-Tasman friends. Finally, in recognition of our focus on enduring and emerging inequalities, we remain committed to the principles of equity and inclusion throughout the conference, particularly through attempts to encourage participation among postgraduate students.

We are also delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the event: Professor Katherine Newman, a widely published expert on poverty and the working poor from The John Hopkins University, and Professor Loïc Wacquant, a global intellectual and researcher on urban marginality, ethnoracial domination, the penal state and social theory, from the University of California at Berkeley.

Please navigate the conference website for all the information you need in planning your conference visit to Brisbane this year. Further details will be provided as arrangements progress.

We look forward to meeting you all soon!

Alex Broom and Lynda Cheshire (Co-chairs)
on behalf of the UQ Local Organising Committee






Associate Professor Alex Broom ARC Future Fellow, School of Social Science (Co-chair)






Associate Professor Lynda Cheshire, ARC Future Fellow, School of Social Science (Co-chair)






Professor Janeen Baxter, ARC Professorial Fellow, School of Social Science / ISSR






Dr Mara Yerkes, Senior Research Fellow, ISSR






Dr Peter Walters, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Science






Ms Judy Rose, PhD Candidate in Sociology, School of Social Science / ISSR