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Thematic Group Conveners

The TASA Executive introduced Thematic Groups (TGs) 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 TASA conference. Currently, there are 26 TGs that reflect the diverse interests of the TASA membership.

Thematic Groups are the nucleus of the association and the conveners work hard to support their group members by overseeing their group's social media platforms, web pages, forum, blog, newsletter, conference submissions/program as well as organising events and an annual meeting. The thematic groups are represented on the Executive by a portfolio leader. 

Convener/s are determined by the membership of the TGs, either through meetings at the TASA Annual Conference or through email communication with all TG members. Previous to 2019, all conveners changed over every three years. From November 2019, the convener term will be two years.  Images & bios of the group conveners will be uploaded to this page soon. 

In the meantime, if you are interested in being a thematic group convener for the November 2019 – November 2021 term, please let your current conveners know.



Thematic Groups Portfolio Leader: Sara James
Sara James is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She is a cultural sociologist whose research focuses on the changing role of work in people’s lives in an era when work is increasingly characterized by flexibility, uncertainty and precariousness. Her recent book Making a living, making a life: Work, meaning and self-identity (Routledge 2017)  draws on in-depth interviews and cultural analysis to investigate the significance of work today, with a focus on vocation and the work ethic. Sara has been a TASA member since 2013. She was co-convener of the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group from 2014 to 2016. In this time, with Dr Nicholas Hookway, Sara organised and secured funding for two member events. One of these led to the publication of a special issue of M/C Journal, facilitating publication outcomes for a number of members. Sara is also a member of the Teaching Sociology Thematic Group and in 2016 she contributed to a session at the TASA Conference Postgraduate Day on engaging teaching practices. She has co-authored two text books: Key concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2018) and Sociology in Today’s World, 3rd edition (2014).

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Ageing & Sociology
Ageing & Sociology
Maho Omori & Jack Lam

 Ageing Sociology  

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Applied Sociology
Applied Sociology
Sophie Hickey

  Applied Sociology 

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Crime & Governance
Crime & Governance
Ron Baird

 Crime & Governance 

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Critical Disability Studies
Critical Disability Studies
Lise Mogensen & Karen Soldatic

 Critical Disability  

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Critical Indigenous Studies
Critical Indigenous Studies
Bronwyn Carlson and Tristan Kennedy

Critical Indigenous Studies

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Cultural Sociology
Cultural Sociology
Polly Bennett

Cultural Sociology  

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Environment & Society
Environment & Society
David Reynolds

 Environment & Society  

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Families & Relationships
Families & Relationships
Kris Natalier and Ashley Barnwell

Families & Relationships  

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Genders & Sexualities
Genders & Sexualities
Megan Sharp, Gemma Killen & Barrie Shannon

Genders & Sexualities 

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Health
Health
Jacinthe Flore and Kiran Piernaar. Anthony Smith is the postgraduate co-convener. 

Health

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Media
Media
Rick Spencer

Media

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Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism
Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism
Conveners: Jacqueline Nelson, Ashleigh Haw and Gianluigi Rotondo.
Postgraduate reps: Charlotte 'Charlie' Young, Jora Broerse, Yinghua Yu & Sarah Burrage

Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

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Risk Societies
Risk Societies
Jodie Bruning and Kien Nguyễn

Risk Societies

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Rural Sociology
Rural Sociology
Danielle Couch and Christina Malatzky

Rural Issues

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Sociology of Emotions and Effect
Sociology of Emotions and Effect

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Social Stratification
Social Stratification
Gbenga Afolayan

Social Stratification 

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Social Theory
Social Theory
Rachel Busbridge, Andrew Gilbert & Nick Osbaldiston

Social Theory

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Sociology & Activism
Sociology & Activism
Ann Lawless and John McGuire

Sociology & Activism

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Sociology & Animals
Sociology & Animals
Gavin Smith and Zoei Sutton

Sociology & Animals

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Sociology of Education
Sociology of Education
Christina Ho, Kellie Bousfield & Sharon Aris 

Sociology of Education

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Sociology of Work, Labour and Economy
Sociology of Work, Labour and Economy
Claire Parfitt & Fabian Cannizzo

Sociology of Work, Labour and Economy

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Sociology of Religion
Sociology of Religion
Alex Norman and Enqi Weng

Sociology of Religion

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Sociology of Youth
Sociology of Youth
Sherene Idriss and Paulina Billett

Sociology of Youth

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Sport
Sport
Adele Pavlidis, Catherine Palmer & Suzanne Schrijnder

Sport

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Teaching Sociology
Teaching Sociology
Sandeep Kaur Sandhu

Teaching Sociology

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Urban Sociology
Urban Sociology
Peter Walters & Andrew Clarke

Urban Sociology

Kate Huppatz (L) and Steve Matthewman (R) congratulating Michelle Peterie on being the 2018 JoS Best Paper Award winner for Docility and Desert: government discourses of compassion in Australia’s asylum seeker debate

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