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TASA Executive introduced Thematic Groups 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 twenty-three Thematic Groups have been established with 21 groups still 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.)
Grazyna Zajdow is Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University. She teaches at all levels of sociology from first year to honours. Her research interests include the experience of living with drug and alcohol affected people and public policy related to drugs and alcohol. She also researches the experiences of older women and the paid workforce. Grazyna is also a co-editor of Arena Magazine.
Grazyna has been a TASA member for over 25 years and has previously been an executive member as well as Treasurer.
Associate Professor Julie Matthews
Associate Professor Julie Matthews has a background in sociology, anthropology, education, and cultural studies. Her research addresses issues of sustainability and education; cultural diversity; the education of minority, refugee and international students; diaspora, globalisation and transnationalism; critical pedagogy and postcolonial, Foucaldian and feminist theory. She is involved in the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ CARI) and ARC-funded projects include studies of Indigenous governance, refugee education, and reconciliation and education. She is currently Director of Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and teaches honours and masters research methods. She is also Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre. Prior to entering the university sector she was a high school teacher of Sociology, Integrated Humanities, English as a Second Language and World Studies
To access information about current Thematic Groups, please click on the 'Established Groups' tab at the top of this page. Alternatively, click here.
As from July 2012, every group will be up for renewal at the same time. Groups will be renewed every 3 years with the next review in December, 2016.
You can join up to 3 thematic groups via TASA's membership application form. Your selections can be ammended at anytime throughout the year by logging in to your TASA membership profile. Instructions for joining a thematic group are available in Word (25kb) and Pdf (988kb)
The role of thematic group coordinators is to facilitate communications within the group and between the group and the TASA Executive. Coordinators also arrange for group members to referee relevant papers and organise session schedules for the TASA conference. Prior to the TASA conference each year, thematic group conveners will receive a list of refereed paper submissions. Conveners are responsible for organising blind referring submissions. Blind referring involves a) forwarding submissions to two referees with appropriate experience and expertise, b) sending Refereeing guidelines and Referees Review Form' to referees and c) forwarding referees reports to conference organisers. The 2012 conference LOC Instructions for TG Conveners is now available.
Coodinators can facilitate group communications by:
Thematic Group Coordinators are welcome to request a written itemisation of their role and responsibilities at the end of their term. Please send your request with the following details to the TASA Thematic Group Coordinator; name of group, length of term, and tasks conducted.
2014 Thematic Group Convener list is available in Excel (16kb)
TASA members are invited to submit proposals for new Thematic Groups. Proposals must:
Submissions will be considered at Executive Committee meetings. They can be emailed to the TASA Office or sent via post to:
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Swinburne Institute for Socal Research
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218, Mailbag H98
Hawthorn VIC 3122
The TASA executive make decisions regarding Thematic Group formation at their quarterly meetings. For consideration in the first-round decisions, please have your application submitted by February 28th. Subsequent deadlines are June 29th, September 20th, & November 8th.
Thematic Group Support Scheme The Major Support Scheme allows for groups to apply for up to $2,000 for activities that support their thematic area. There will be two submission rounds in 2014; February 28th (for events between January 1st and June 30th, 2014); the deadline for round 2 is June 13 (for events between July 1st & December 31st 2014). An additional $1,000 is available to provide assistance to groups for minor administrative costs, up to a maximum of $100 per group. Submissions for minor administrative costs can be forwarded to the TASA Office as required. Please note: Applications including a catering component need to include an attendee fee to cover the catering. Group organisers can arrange for the TASA Office to collect the attendance fees.
Applications should be between 3-5 A4 pages. They should include:
1. Name of the thematic group
2. Name of convener(s)
3. Track record of the thematic group
4. Proposed activity
5. Evidence of support and/or involvement
6. Expected outcomes
7. Budget and justification
Note that it is NOT necessary to provide a literature review in support of the proposed topic
Applications should be submitted as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be two submission rounds in 2014; February 28th (for events between January 1st and June 30th, 2014); the 2nd round deadline is June 13 (for events between July 1st & December 31st 2014). The Executive retains the right to deal with applications at other times if the applicants can convince the Executive of the need for this.
Funds will be allocated on a competitive basis, as judged by the TASA Executive. The Executive will disburse funds according to the merit of the applications. It reserves the right to make no disbursement of funds if the applications are not of sufficient merit. Criteria will be as follows:
1. Track record of thematic group
2. Viability of proposed activity
3. Contribution to the vitality of the thematic group
4. Potential for most members of the group to participate and/or benefit from the activity
5. Contribution to sociological research and teaching
6. Generations of outcomes suitable for publication in Journal of Sociology or Health Sociology Review.
7. Extent of previous support
The following conditions will apply:
Groups may apply for funds up to $100 to cover ongoing administrative costs, for example registration of web names. Funds will be made available in the form of payments on invoices from suppliers, or reimbursements of monies spent. Groups are strongly advised to discuss payment matters with the TASA Treasurer or Executive Officer to ensure that all statutory and taxation obligations are met. Groups should send documents to the TASA Executive Officer with a brief note outlining how the expenditure contributes to the activity or viability of the group.