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Date: 4/22/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter April 23
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
As you may recall, TASA president Dan Woodman announced recently that the Executive would be focusing on virtual initiatives this year. That plan begins with the launch today of TASA Thursdays; each Thursday, on a rotating bases, TASA will facilitate one of the following four online sessions:
  1. Webinars: hosted by Roger Wilkinson, one Thursday a month a TASA member will be presenting on a topic related to our postponed TASA 2020 conference theme 'Broken Worlds'. Peta Cook kicks off TASA Thursdays today with a presentation on 'Ageism and COVID-19' (see details below)
  2. Casual Catch-ups: hosted by Sally Daly, one Thursday a month a TASA member will be leading an informal discussion. Raewyn Connell has generously agreed to lead the first of these discussions, on her career, next Thursday, April 30th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
  3. Rapid Peer Support sessions: hosted by Ash Watson, monthly meet-ups for TASA members keen to talk over problems they’re currently facing in their sociological work. The first session will be Thursday May 7, see next week's newsletter for full details. 
  4. Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher sessions: hosted by Ben Lohmeyer. The first session will be Thursday May 14, see next week's newsletter for details.
Ageism and COVID-19
Presenter: Peta Cook (Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, University of Tasmania)
TODAY Thursday April 23, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST (includes discussion/question time) Via Zoom: 

Members' Publications


James Arvanitakis (2020) Arvanitakis on American politics: Understanding the populist pandemic. Open Forum, April 18. 
Jennifer Power & Andrea Waling (2020) Online sex parties and virtual reality porn: can sex in isolation be as fulfilling as real life? The Conversation, April 17
Dan Woodman (2020) What's in a name? Will we see a rise in COVID-19 inspired names? Mornings, ABC Radio, April 16
Nour Dados & Lucy Taksa (2020) "Pandemic's economic blow hits women hard", The Lighthouse, 14 April 2020


Wyn, J., Cahill, H., Woodman, D., Cuervo, H., Leccardi, C., Chesters, J. (2020) (Eds.) Youth and the New Adulthood: Generations of Change. Springer

Youth and the New Adulthood
This book investigates the life trajectories of Generation X and Y Australians through the 1990s and 2000s. The book defies popular characterizations of members of the ‘precarious generations’ as greedy, narcissistic and self-obsessed, revealing instead that many of the members of these generations struggle to reach the standard of living enjoyed by their parents, value learning highly and are increasingly concerned about the environment and the legacy current generations are leaving for their children and remain optimistic in the face of considerable challenges.
Drawing on data from the Life Patterns longitudinal study of Australian youth (an internationally recognized study), the book tells the story of members of these ‘precarious generations’. It examines significant dimensions of young people’s lives across time, comparing how domains such as health and well-being, education, work and relationships intersect to produce the complex outcomes that characterize the lives of members of each of these generations. Read on... 

Book Chapters

Ravn, S and Roberts, S. (2020) Young masculinities: masculinities in youth studies, Routledge international handbook of masculinity studies (Routledge International Handbooks)
Scott J, (2020) Masculinities and sex workers, Routledge international handbook of masculinity studies (Routledge International Handbooks) p272-280

Journal Articles

Helen Forbes-Mewett, Gil-Soo Han & Wilfred Yang Wang (2020) Together Here, Now and Forever: Chinese Immigrants’ Belonging in Australia, Family, Ethnicity and Memorialisation, Journal of Intercultural Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2020.1751599
Scott J, Staines Z, (2020) Charting the place of islands in criminology: On isolation, integration and insularity, Theoretical Criminology p1-23
Staines Z, Scott J, (2020) Crime and colonisation in Australia's Torres Strait Islands, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology p25-43


Matthew Jackman (2020) Transforming personal distress into global human rights advocacy in mental health: my story. Harvard University Global Health Institute, April 20. 
Thematic Groups
Thanks to the Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism thematic group, if you missed this week's inaugural NextGenMEM Conversation 'Ethics in Migration and Refugee Research', you can view the recording via TASA's YouTube channel

Introducing the incoming conveners for the
Social Theory thematic group:

Andrew Gilbert, Rachel Busbridge & Nick Osbaldiston

Andrew Gilbert
Dr Andrew Simon Gilbert received a PhD in 2017 from the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University. His dissertation explored the use of the concept of “crisis” within various 20th century social and political theories.
He now works as a Research Fellow in Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute. His current projects include a qualitative study of stakeholders’ perspectives on “quality care” in residential aged care, and a review of integrated models of care currently being conducted on behalf of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
He has published a monograph titled The Crisis Paradigm: Description and Prescription in Social and Political Theory (2019, Palgrave Macmillan) and is a Commissioning Editor for the journal Thesis Eleven. He has published articles in internationally recognised journals including Ageing & Society, Social Science & Medicine, and Health Sociology Review.

Rachel Busbridge is a Lecturer in Sociology at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, and a Commissioning Editor of Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology (SAGE). She is a member of the newly established Research Centre for Social and Political Change, which is housed within ACU’s National School of Arts and the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Before joining ACU, she was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Freie Universitaet Berlin and held Research Fellow positions at La Trobe University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Rachel has a multidisciplinary background in Sociology, Politics and Geography, with a particular interest in nationalism, settler colonialism and urban politics. Her research has appeared in leading journals like Theory, Culture and Society, Political Geography, Urban Policy and Research, Political Studies and British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Her first book, Multicultural Politics of Recognition and Postcolonial Citizenship: Rethinking the Nation, was published by Routledge in 2018 and she has a book How Local Governments Govern Culture War Conflicts forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, which explores local government roles in the Australia Day controversy (co-authored with Mark Chou).
Nick Osbaldiston
Dr Nick Osbaldiston is a sociologist who joined JCU in 2015. He has previously worked at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and Federation University (Gippsland). Nick has a lot of experience with TASA roles including Executive member, Nexus editor, thematic group convener and serving on different sub-committees. 
Nick has many interests in sociological and social theory but three main themes have been the focus of his research; Lifestyle Migration, Critical Engagements with Higher Education & Cultural Sociological understandings of Place and Self. Nick is presently investigating the upcoming relationship of migration for the purposes of 'finding a better way of life' and environmental risks that may deter or hinder this in the future.
TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology

Call for a new editorial team 2021 - 2024

The TASA Executive seeks to appoint a new editorial team for the Journal of Sociology for the four-year term 2021–2024. The term of the current editors expires at the end of 2020, although copy for the first issue of 2021 will be organised.The journal receives financial and administrative assistance from TASA and from the publisher, Sage. Manuscript submission is done on-line through ScholarOne.
All members of the editorial team (Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors) must be TASA members and ideally will be located within a department of sociology or a School/unit that offers a major sequence of sociology, including doctoral studies. The Executive are willing to consider applications from an editorial team at a single university or a consortia of staff at two or more universities. Such consortia will be required to demonstrate that they have the capability to work effectively across locations. TASA will provide the Managing Editor with a complimentary TASA membership. 
Expression of interest deadline: June 1. For the full details, read on...

Special Issue 2022: Call for Guest Editors

Kate Huppatz and Steve Matthewman invite expressions of interest to guest edit the 2022 Special Edition of JoS. Special Editions may address any sociological theme that is likely to be of interest to the Journal’s readership. Papers featured in special editions are subject to the normal process of peer review. Selection of papers and coordination of the peer review process will be the responsibility of the Guest Editors. Papers may be selected via invitation or a general ‘call for papers’ (organised by the guest editors). Final copy for this special edition is due on the third of September, 2021 and publication will be in March 2022.
Expressions of interest deadline: June 22. Read on...

Health Sociology Review

With great reluctance, Taylor and Francis have decided to temporarily stop printing journals, including Health Sociology Review, from 10 April until the situation with COVID-19 improves.

They are seeing disruption to the distribution supply chain for printed journals; as of the first week of April the postal services of 42 countries have stopped accepting inward deliveries. In addition, many air mail services in and out of our major print hubs in the UK, US, and Singapore are no longer operating due to reduced air freight capacity. Finally, a significant number of institutions they mail journals to are closed for business and are no longer accepting post. Taylor and Francis do not want journal copies to get lost or turned away while subscribers are not available to receive them.
Health Sociology Review will continue to be published online according to the usual schedules on the journal's platform, Taylor & Francis Online.

Taylor & Francis hope to resume printing in May.


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Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series

TOMORROW Friday, 24 April, 1 – 4pm
The current COVID-19 crisis has created a situation in which suddenly many social researchers have found themselves isolated at home, unable to move freely among the community doing the work they normally do. Researchers have suddenly found doors closed to work internationally and unable to reach their targeted communities.
This is a crisis like no other. We need to think collectively about the various ways that researchers can creatively respond to this situation.
For further details, please see Flyer A and Flyer B or just join in via Zoom

Calling for members who have conducted research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

We have a TASA member currently undertaking an Honours degree in Sociology at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Fran Collyer. Her thesis will be looking into current constructions, in Australia, of the illness known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS ). If you are currently researching or have previously undertaken social research about ME/CFS in Australia or know anyone that has, please contact Sally at TASA Admin who will put you in contact with the student.

International Sociological Association

All activities that have been prepared for the 2020 Forum will be maintained and the abstract selected for the Forum in July 2020 remain valid for the Forum in February 2021. Preliminary sessions program is available here.
The ISA have set a new calendar that allows Research Committees, Working and Thematic Groups to update and re-open some of their panels to new participants to replace the colleagues who will not be able to attend in February 2021.

16 - 25 October 2020: RC/WG/TG publish Calls for new abstracts
26 October – 12 November 2020: Submission of new abstracts via online platform
24 November 2020: Authors are notified about the acceptance or rejection of their abstracts
15 December 2020: Presenters final registration deadline

The RC/WG/TG will start diffusing the new calls for abstract in September.

Art/Research International special issue: Fiction as Research – Writing Beyond the Boundary Lines

Guest edited by Dr Ash Watson and A/Prof Jessica Smartt Gullion

(Submission due June 1; Anticipated publication date February 2021)

This special edition calls for submissions that progress the use and understanding of fiction in/as research. We seek authors who consider fiction in ways that move beyond translation, beyond instruction, and beyond utility. We invite contributions on fiction as research or fiction within the research process. We are particularly interested in ambitious pieces that attempt both – that creatively explore the complex relationships between practice (or method), form, theory, and context. That is, we seek pieces on or of fiction that offer critical analyses and consider the affordances and limitations of fiction in doing this work. Full call at

National Library of Australia Fellowships

Fellowships are open to researchers from Australia and overseas undertaking advanced research projects. Eight funded fellowships will be awarded for research areas where the Library’s collections have the depth to support the desired outcomes.
Application deadline: TOMORROW April 24Read on...

ECR Publication Subsidy Scheme

This publishing subsidy is designed to assist early career researchers working in Australian Studies.
International Australian Studies Association
Up to $1,500 in Award money
Closing Date: 5pm (EST), 30 June. Read on...


Reinventing Australia
The International Australian Studies Association (InASA)
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 30 November - 2 December
Postgraduate bursaries and ECR workshops on offer.
Submission deadline: extended to May 31. Read on...

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