Promoting sociology in Australia
Facilitating sociology teaching and research
Enhancing the professional development of TASA members
Nexus, TASA’s newsletter, publishes news and views on TASA and sociology, with a special focus on the Australian scene. Nexus is the forum for sociologists to engage in current issues in sociology. Back issues of the newsletter are held in Nexus archives. The latest issue is available here.
The Nexus editors are seeking contributions for the next issue – including responses or commentaries about ERA, neoliberalism, sociology in the higher education and non-academic contexts, the state of publishing, TASA’s 50th anniversary, or other issues relevant to members – as well as news about thematic group or departmental activities, member news, tips and strategies, and books of note. Please contact Kirsten Harley or Nick Osbaldiston to discuss your ideas. Contribution deadline: Friday 12 July
Kirsten Harley is a postdoctoral research associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences and honorary associate in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include the history of sociology, public/private healthcare systems and health governance. She has been a member of TASA since joining as an undergraduate, and is currently co-convenor of TASA’s teaching sociology thematic group and a member of the Academic Standards Working Group.
Nick Osbaldiston is a lecturer in Sociology at Monash University. He is currently a co-editor of Nexus with Kirsten Harley (University of Sydney) and a current Executive Committee general member. Presently Nick is researching with several others the implications of Lifestyle Migration and Second Home Ownership on small coastal communities. He has published a monograph and several papers on this phenomenon and is currently compiling an edited collection with Michaela Benson (York) on the theoretical aspects of it.
Our goal for Nexus in 2012-13 is to improve upon the outstanding contributions that appeared in 2011. We will continue regular features such as the ‘books of note’, ‘feature article’, ‘UniNews’ and ‘teaching sociology’ sections. We aim to strengthen the postgraduate page by ensuring regular publicising of theses that have been completed and passed and other postgraduate network news. In 2012 we commenced a regular short article called ‘A brief history of…’, which deals with some aspect of our discipline’s history. In 2013 feature articles, interviews and editorials will be used to celebrate TASA’s 50th anniversary.
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Contributor Deadline: October 11, 2013
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Nick Osbaldiston is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is currently the co-editor of the Nexus newsletter with Peta Cook from the University of Tasmania. Nick is also serving as the co-convener of the Cultural Sociology thematic group. He is currently researching climate change adaptation to sea level rise amongst coastal towns across the Gippsland region in Victoria. He is also concurrently researching the Seachange phenomenon of which he has published a number of times on. Nick is also serving on the editorial collective for the journal Social Alternatives. firstname.lastname@example.org
Peta Cook is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania’s School of Sociology and Social Work (Launceston). Her research interests include the sociology of science (particularly medical science), xenotransplantation, medical tourism, animals in science, critical and public understandings of science, and embodiment (technological and health-related). She is currently serving on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Sociology, and is an active member of the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network (APSTSN), TASA, and the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). Peta.Cook@utas.edu.au
Our goal for Nexus in 2011 is to strive to maintain the newsletters professional appeal by continuing strong regular contributions such as the ‘books of note’, ‘feature article’, ‘UniNews’ and other reports such as those on recent workshops/events. We aim to strengthen this with the addition of a few regular contributions and the possibility of other ‘special’ issues.
In March we sent around an invitation for sociologists across TASA to provide us with a photograph for a competition we were running. The prize was a copy of the 2010 Stephen Crook Memorial winning book by Jack Barbalet. The entries were very good and we are grateful for those who entered. However, we had to choose a winner and the photo below from Andrew Jakobowicz has been our choice. Congratulations Andrew.
Image: Prof. Andrew Jakubowicz (Head, Social and Political Change Academic Group, University of Technology Sydney)
At the height of the Indian students debate in late 2010, I wrote a paper for the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia on the role of social science research in understanding the human rights issues associated with international students in Australia. The paper was written from a sociological perspective and argued for a strong research base for public policy (clearly lacking in this case). I took the photo in Melbourne while I was there researching the paper. It summarised for me the nuances of the situation, with a rather wonderful dual/triple irony about social change and social relations:
1. The location was labelled with "The Bite", described as modern Australian cuisine: here a private college is looking to put "the bite" on international students? And what is "modern Australian cuisine" if not multicultural?
2. At street front the former unidentified fast food joint is being replaced by "fast" Indian food - opening just as the Indian student market has begun to collapse - so it's opening fast and closing faster?
The photo was then published in the paper (http://www.assa.edu.au/publications/occasional_papers/2010_No6.php ) along with another picture of Federation Square hung with Michel Laurence's images of Indian Australians, part of the "we love Indians" response of the Australian government.
Call for Editors 2012 - 2013 ( Word - 29kb and Pdf- 25.7kb)
In addition to standard presidential messages and reports each issue contained the following sections:
Feature Article (1500 words)
This was a research orientated entry from a distinguished scholar. Typically it was sourced from TASA's public lecture(s), keynote addresses at the annual TASA conference or thematic group events.
Teaching Tidbits (500 words)
In this section colleagues were invited to outline their approach to teaching a particular theory, theorist, method, concept or area. Contributors were encouraged to detail their innovative aids and resources, such as film or television clips used, websites noted, games played, problems posed.
Expat (500 words)
This section profiled Australian sociologists teaching or studying (in the case of postgraduates) abroad. Those profiled were asked to provide responses to four general prompts, providing them with a large amount of discretion in what they contributed.
10 things postgrads should know about...: (200 words)
This list by an anonymous author(s) will be a collection of 'tips' or insights for postgraduates including themes on writing, publishing, conferences, teaching, academic jobs, and sociology.
Institutional News (500 words)
This section listed the activities of TASA members (including those who work outside of sociology and universities) under the following headings: appointments, promotions, visitors, national grants, events.
Books of Note (1000-1500 words)
This section provided brief summaries of Australian and international monographs that had been recently published.
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Biographies of Editors
Brad West is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Flinders University. He is co-convenor of the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group. In recent years he has contributed a number of articles to Nexus and edited a special issue on nationalism and cosmopolitanism. With Eduardo de la Fuente in 2008 he edited a special 'Cultural Sociology' issue of the Journal of Sociology.
Priscilla Dunk-West is a sociologist and lecturer in the School of Social Work at Flinders University. After qualifying as a social worker, Priscilla worked in child protection before specialising as a sexual health counsellor which saw her work therapeutically with individuals and couples experiencing sexual difficulties. Priscilla is in the final stages of completing her PhD in Sociology entitled 'Individual, Everyday Sexuality: Contingent Identity in Late Modern Life' in which, using interview data, everyday sexuality is compared with a range of theoretical debates about the self in late modernity.