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Healthy Societies 2023: Southern Perspectives
Decentering knowledge in researching migration from the Global South
Australian Welfare Reform: Crafting Out Alternative Futures
Place Economies
Transformative social science: a dialogue between evidence, policy and practice
June 22nd, 2023, Sydney
Alex Broom, Katherine Kenny Nadine Ehlers, Leah Williams Veazey, Michelle Peterie, Stephanie Raymond, Cara McFarlane, & Imogen Harper
Speaker: Professor Nelson Filice de Barros

This Global South perspective is vital, and an international ISA-aligned event is an ideal forum for this timely conversation. Health is often viewed as a characteristic of individuals and their bodies, despite also being collectively produced through social practices and economic and political systems. This symposium will progress analysis of the later – the ‘social’ in and of health – by foregrounding Southern knowledges in an arena that is routinely framed from a Global North perspective. More details to follow soon. 
Saturday 24 June, 2023, Melbourne
Organisers: (i)Prof Loretta Baldassar, ECU Vice Chancellor Professorial Research Fellow, Vice President
of the ISA Research Committee (RC31) on Sociology of Migration; (ii) Dr Catriona Stevens, ECU Forrest Prospect
Research Fellow, Co-convenor of TASA Migration Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Thematic Group; (iii) Dr Simone
Marino, ECU Research Fellow, TASA Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Thematic Group;
(iv) Hien Thi Nguyen, UWA PhD Student; and (v) A/Prof. Xiaoying QI, ACU

Keynote: TBC. This workshop will illuminate Global South perspectives in researching migration. More details to follow soon.
June 22nd, 6pm, Melbourne
Organisers: Karen Soldatic (Western Sydney University) & Kay Cook (Swinburne University)
Keynote: Dr China Mills, a leading scholarly civil society advocate (University of London)

This public panel aims to engage with broader public discussions on the role of welfare and social security payments in addressing long standing structural inequality for highly marginalised groups. The panel will position Australia’s welfare and social security systems within international social policy and welfare debates. More details to follow soon. 
Date: TBC, in week after ISA 2023
Organisers: Eduardo de la Fuente (UniSA) and Michael Scott (Flinders)
Keynote: Professor Ian Woodward, Southern Denmark University

A one-day symposium that will bring together cultural and economic sociologists, scholars in allied fields, and industry professionals, on the topic of ‘place economies’. Place has come to be seen as a necessary focal point for policies promoting local economic development and cultural tourism, for addressing the disruptions of the move to post-fordist cities and for organizing policy agendas as diverse as arts policy, urban consolidation, sustainable futures and attracting visitors. More details to follow soon. 
Friday 23 June, Melbourne
Organisers: Dr Catherine Hastings (Macquarie University), Dr Sophie Hickey (Charles Darwin University), Sienna Aguilar (Australian Women's Health Network); &  Dr Sonia Martin (RMIT University)
Panellists: Dr Catherine Robinson, Jane Stratton, Anna Adcock, Dr Jan Marie Fritz & Dr Simone Casey

This panel discussion and workshop will explore the way that sociologists working in applied or ‘industry’ settings, such as the
community or government sectors, generate and use evidence to inform practice, policy, advocacy, and program development, with the objectives to challenge inequalities and bring about social change. It will also explore how evidence, policy and practice ‘talk’ to each other and the different ways that sociologists in applied settings navigate bringing practice to bear on research and evidence to bear on practice. More information to follow.
Single parenting, co-parenting, and post-separation families: Challenges and opportunities in times of crisis
The Youth + Work Pre-Congress Symposium.
Disrupted plans, digital modalities, and undecided futures

‘Mobile Transitions’: A Symposium on Global Youth, Transnational Mobilities and
Transitions to Adulthood
Working Together Ways Yarning Circle
Amazon Effects & Logistical Labour: New markets, new technologies, new workplaces?
This event is also been sponsored by Life Course Centre (LCC)
Friday 23 June 2023, 9am-4.30pm. Registration free. Lunch, morning and afternoon teas provided.
Alice Campbell; Dorinda ’t Hart (F&R TG conveners)
Assisted by: Kay Cook (F&R member + former convener); Barbara Barbosa Neves (F&R
member + RC06 secretary)
Speakers: The workshop will feature keynote addresses from Dr Moeata Keil (University of Auckland), Professor Kathryn Edin (Princeton University), and Professor Kay Cook (Swinburne University). In addition, there will be a lived experience panel moderated by Ms Terese Edwards (CEO of the National Council for Single Mothers and their Children), and a Q&A session with a panel of government and non-government representatives moderated by Professor Janeen Baxter (University of Queensland).

This symposium aims to bring together the various kinds of research we do as family sociologists, contributing to a clearer understanding of the pressures families face during times of crisis. This event aims to contribute to improved interventions for families in crisis by various state actors and other service providers. More details soon. 
Thursday June 22nd, 2023, Melbourne
Brady Robards (Monash), Ben Lyall (Monash), Julia Cook (Newcastle), Ben Hanckel (Western Sydney), Steven Roberts (Monash) and Darren Graf (Monash).
Plenary Speakers: Professor Crystal Abidin (Curtin University), Dr Joshua Kalemba (Flinders University), Dr Brendan Churchill (University of Melbourne), and Dr Jacqueline Menager (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet).

For decades, claims have been made that technological processes will make work easier for workers. Not only have these predictions not come true, technology has been leveraged to make us all work more and further precarity in employment. Young people’s personal digital spaces are also increasingly surveilled through the lens of employment futures, as young people internalise the ‘hidden curriculum of surveillance’ (Duffy & Chan 2019) in their social media use. Coupled with the normalisation of ‘always on’ working through the use of casual contracts and the ‘gig economy’, work life culture has shifted to a ‘grind set’ mentality, affecting life balance and leisure time. This shift in the normalisation of always-on working attitudes, a focus on ‘personal branding’, and technologies has affected young people’s experiences of and relationship to work.
Abstract submission deadline: February 13th. For full details, read on...
Friday June 23rd, 2023, Melbourne
 Anita Harris, Loretta Baldassar, Shanthi Robertson, Alex Lee, Hao Zheng, Yan Wang, Catriona Stevens, Laura Gobey, & Andy Zhao
Keynote speaker: Associate Professor Valentina Cuzzocrea (Università degli studi di Cagliari)

Young people aged 18-30 represent the most mobile cohort across the globe. Much of this mobility is encouraged and facilitated by current migration, education and social policy, reflecting the widely accepted view that transnational mobility will provide youth with enhanced life chances and competitive job skills as they transition to adulthood, as well as benefit the community more broadly through an increasingly cosmopolitan and agile workforce. Yet these assumptions have been largely untested, and research and policy have remained narrowly national in focus. This symposium brings together leading and emerging scholars from around the world who are researching transnational youth mobility to share and consolidate findings on the impacts of mobility on young people’s transitions to adulthood with one another as well as with youth mobility stakeholders. 
Friday June 23rd, 2023, Melbourne
Carol Vale
Carol Vale and Penny Taylor

As a collaborative, the Yarning Circle proposes to explore the relationships between First Nations
people and sociology, and how social research can contribute to reconciliation and breaking cycles of disadvantage. This holistic approach works at all levels of the research design and planning and will prompt conversations regarding:
• Knowing: How do we respect and integrate Indigenous knowledge, stories and narratives in our approach?
• Being: How do we respectfully and effectively engage, and collaborate?
• Doing: What is the legacy we leave through our research?
More details available soon. 
Friday 23 June 2023, Melbourne
Organisers: Tom Barnes (ACU), Lauren Kelly (RMIT University)
Keynote: Prof Valeria Pulignano (KU Leuven)

This event is a one-day workshop bringing together social scientists, including researchers from sociology, political economy, employment/industrial relations, organisation studies, science and technology studies, human geography, cultural studies, and cognisant fields, as well as trade unionists from the logistics sector. The discussion will focus on the transformation of logistics locally and globally, including (but not limited to) changes since the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to community and workplaces, the disruption and augmentation of work and workers by technology, and the ‘gigification’ of traditional workplace practices. More information on invited speakers and participants will be announced in coming months. For more information, please contact event organiser, Tom Barnes

Valeria Pulignano is Professor of Labour Sociology and Employment Relations at KU Leuven in Belgium. She is widely published in this field, e.g., Work, Employment and Society, Industrial & Labor Relations Review and Work & Occupations. Her recent work includes studies in labour regimes in warehousing as well as a European Research Council (ERC)-funded project on food delivery drivers in the gig economy. For more information, please visit: