Welcome to the TASA website. We are continually improving its usability, and increasing the numbers of ways in which TASA reaches its members – and the ways in which our members can contribute to public conversations about Sociological issues. So please make use of the blog, the twitter feed and contribute to Nexus.
TASA is a vibrant organisation committed to promoting sociology in Australia, facilitating sociology, teaching and research, enhancing the professional development of sociologists and assisting sociologists to play a leading role in public conversations about critical social issues. TASA promotes the need for sociological thinking and skills to be placed at the centre of public life. We actively promote sociology in Australia through our events and publications and through engaging in policy discussions around key issues affecting sociology in higher education. We are also committed to growing our connections with sociologists working across the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia Pacific Sociology Association bi-annual conference will be held in Royal University in Phnom Penh, 24–25 September 2016.
Our members: We have a strong membership base with almost 700 members across Australia, and increasing numbers of international members which is very pleasing . TASA is a network of postgraduates, academics, policy-makers and applied sociologists.. In recent years, sociology has moved beyond being the domain of sociology departments to become a central component of multi-disciplinary teaching, learning and research. Sociologists are now just as likely to be found in schools of business, education, health, criminology or policy as they are in sociology departments. Sociologists work in research organisations, government departments, non-profit associations, private industry and social movements – and these numbers are likely to grow in the next few years. The next TASA Executive (2017-2018) will have a new Applied Sociology member to better reflect our changing membership.
What we offer: TASA provides a range of opportunities for all sociologists to come together in ways which enhance their professional development and engage in intellectual life. Communication and information sharing are highly valued within our organisation. TASA events each year include an Annual National Conference, Public Lectures, General Meetings, Seminars and Workshops. The association also manages a series of publications. These include the international peer reviewed journal publications the Journal of Sociology and Health Sociology Review. We produce Nexus, which is an engaging magazine style website, and host a newsletter used for brief and rapid communication about relevant developments in policy and higher education. We encourage all TASA members to play an active role in all these forums, in whichever way they see fit.
Australian sociologists work across all areas of specialisation in the discipline and actively engage in, and in some cases lead, international debates in Sociology. We currently have a critical mass of sociologists active in 26 thematic groups in key specialisations within our discipline. Joining and participating in thematic groups is a key benefit of being a TASA member.
If you are not already a member of TASA, I invite you to join our vibrant community of sociologists. If you are a member, I urge you to promote the benefits of membership to your colleagues!
AProf Katie Hughes