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Thematic Groups

TASA Executive introduced Thematic Groups (TG) in 2005. The groups are designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between TASA members working in similar areas. They are also intended to provide a vehicle for the organisation of the annual conferences. Since 2005 thirty Thematic Groups have been established with 27 groups currently in operation. More information about the Executive’s original discussion and design of TGs can be found in Nexus March 2005 (Vol. 17, No. 1.). To access information about current Thematic Groups, please click on the ‘Established Groups’ tab in the sub menu on the right hand side of this page. Alternatively, click here.

The aims of Thematic Groups:

The aims of TGs are to:

  • build discipline depth and support the development of emerging areas of sociological inquiry;
  • facilitate communication and collaboration between members working in similar areas; and
  • provide a basis for streams within conference programs.

To support these aims, TASA will:

  • have a designated concurrent time slot at the annual conference for TG members to come together;
  • provide a presence on TASAweb (see individual TG pages) and offer interested groups a TASAweb sub-site (for example, see Cultural Sociology; Gender and Sexualities; Sociology of Economic Life; and Sociology of Emotions & Affect);
  • provide two rounds of competitive funding per year to support TG activities;
  • formally recognise each TG for a period of three years (groups can then be reformed or restructured where appropriate, or disestablished);
  • encourage new areas of disciplinary inquiry; and
  • to establish new TGs (when and where possible) (see 1 Terms of Reference).

Code of Conduct

In late 2017, TASA’s Executive introduced a Code of Conduct that outlines a set of behaviours and practices expected of TASA members when in an official role in carrying out the functions and tasks associated with that role. Convening a thematic group is classed as an official TASA role. The Code of Conduct can be accessed here.

TG Conveners’ Manual

In 2015, Karen Soldatic created a electronic manual for thematic group conveners. The TG Convener Manual (278kb) was updated by Peta Cook in 2017. Conveners are encouraged to email suggested changes/requirements to the Thematic Group portfolio leader for inclusion.