Promoting sociology in Australia
Facilitating sociology teaching and research
Enhancing the professional development of TASA members
50 Years of Social Inquiry, Engagement and Impact
The conference theme– Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities – is designed to encourage presentations on social, cultural and political change as it occurs locally, nationally and globally, as well as critical reflections on the power of social groupings in facilitating or resisting these directions.
The conference will be hosted by the University of South Australia, being held at its City West campus. As well as being a modern, accessible venue, it is home to the state’s second largest public art gallery, the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum which features a world-class calendar of contemporary art exhibitions. The City West campus is connected to the rest of the city by a free public tram and is a five minute walk to the main shopping district and key hotel accommodation; to the beautiful banks of the River Torrens or other key attractions along the cultural boulevard of North Terrace.
We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the event:
David Inglis is Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter. He writes in the areas of social theory and cultural sociology. He has specific interests in cultural globalization, long-term social change, the history of sociological thought, cosmopolitanism, and the sociology of food. He is founding editor of the journal Cultural Sociology, published by Sage. His books include
Professor Moreton-Robinson is a Goenpul woman from Quandamooka. She is Professor of Indigenous Studies and Director of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network. Professor Moreton-Robinson is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous academics. The global reach of her work extends across different disciplines and fields of studies including Sociology, Law, Indigenous Studies, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies and Women’s Studies.
Sylvia Walby is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Lancaster University, UK. She was awarded an OBE for services to equal opportunities and diversity in 2008. She was founding President, European Sociological Association, 1995-7, and was President of Research Committee 02 Economy and Society, International Sociological Association, 2006-10. She has conducted research for the UN, European Parliament, European Commission, Home Office, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and ESRC. Her books include: Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities (Sage 2009), The Future of Feminism (Polity 2011) and Gendering The Knowledge Economy (with Gottfried, Gottschall and Osawa) (Palgrave 2007). Her next book will be Gender and the Crisis (Polity 2014).
On behalf of the organizing committee we warmly invite sociology academics and postgraduates as well as scholars from cognate areas to participate in this meeting. As well as opening drinks, plenaries and themed sessions at the conference venue, participants are invited to the conference dinner, held at the nearby Sebel Playford Hotel Ballroom on Wednesday, 26th November.
After more than a decade since TASA was last held in Adelaide, the 2014 conference promises to be a memorable event. Significantly, the conference will coincide with the launching of the University of South Australia’s new Bachelor of Arts, with sociology featuring for the first time as a full major.