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Date: 4/29/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter April 30
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
A silver lining to the current pandemic is the increased media interest in speaking with sociologists. In case you are not aware, our new web platform does have a 'Find a Sociologist' directory with an 'available to speak with the media' option. To help increase the number of members in that directory, we will be running 15 minute instruction sessions, over the next week, on how to populate your member profile and make it visible to those searching the directory. Starting today at 2:30pm AEST, the sessions will run each weekday at 2:30pm, via Zoom, through to, and including next Thursday May 14th: This link is recurrent, it can be used for every session. Please contact TASA Admin if you need a different session time. 
As proudly mentioned in last week's newsletter, the Executive launched TASA Thursdays with Peta Cook kicking off the initiative in a Webinar speaking on Ageing and COVID-19. TASA Thursdays continue today. If you can, please join us at lunch time for a Casual Catch-up with renowned sociologist Raewyn Connell chatting about 'Sociology and COVID-19', 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom Note, the link is recurrent, you can use the same link to access the Casual Catch-up discussions on the fourth Thursday of the month. We are very pleased to announce that next month's Casual Catch-up will be led by distinguished sociologist David Rowe. The topic of David's chat will be listed in a forthcoming newsletter. 
TASA Thursdays will continue next Thursday, May 7, with the inaugural Rapid Peer Support session, hosted by Ash Watson. Once a month, Ash will host a rapid peer support session via Zoom. Each session will involve two speakers, who will talk about a problem they are facing in their sociological work for five minutes. This is an opportunity to talk candidly with others, to develop ideas and work you may be finding difficult to progress in a supportive and collegial space. Other participants (peer supporters) will then have twenty minutes to ask questions of each speaker. Please limit this time to brief questions only – there will be later opportunities to engage in dialogue, give advice, and suggest readings.
Volunteer to be a speaker here:
Join the monthly Zoom meeting to participate as a peer supporter. 
The inaugural Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher sessionhosted by Ben Lohmeyer, will be held on Thursday May 14, see next week's newsletter for details.

Members' Publications


Karen Willis & Sophie Lewis (2020) Should I drop my private health insurance during the pandemic? The Conversation, April 29.
Ash Watson (2020) Our Digital Workspace. Vitalities Lab, April 28. 
Crystal Abidin (2020) Viral influencers. Western Independent, April 28. 
Dan Woodman (2020) How voice notes became the new text message. The Age, April 27. 
Roger Wilkinson & Gavin Smith (2020) A sociological discussion of the COVID-19 app. TASA, April 26. 
Jens O. Zinn (2020) ‘A monstrous threat’: how a state of exception turns into a ‘new normal’, Journal of Risk Research, DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2020.1758194
Kirsten Harley (2020) Happy (Covid-19) Easter! Living with MND, April 13

Book Chapters

Halafoff, A, and Cusack, C 2020, ‘Education and Religious Diversity’ in A. Possamai and A. Blasi, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, London, Sage, pp. 1-6.

Journal Articles

La Paglia, H., Nash, M., & Grant, R. (2020). Studying gender in the neoliberal, postfeminist university: Australian university students’ perspectives. Journal of Sociology.
Laura Rodriguez Castro, Michelle Brady & Kay Cook (2020) Negotiating ‘ideal worker’ and intensive mothering ideologies: Australian mothers’ emotional geographies during their commutes, Social & Cultural Geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2020.1757140
Stephen M. O’Brien (2020) Community mobilisation and HIV activism in Zimbabwe, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02589001.2020.1746747
Schrijnder, S., van Amsterdam, N., & McLachlan, F. (2020). ‘These chicks go just as hard as us!’ (Un)doing gender in a Dutch CrossFit gym. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
Halafoff, A, Shipley, H, Dickey-Young, P, Singleton, A, Rasmussen, M and Bouma, G 2020, ‘Complex, Critical and Caring: Young People’s Diverse Religious, Spiritual and Non-Religious World views in Australia and Canada,’ Religions 11(4), 166: 1-12.

Smith, G and Halafoff, A 2020, ‘Multifaith Third Spaces: Digital Activism, Netpeace, and the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change,’ Religions 11(3) 150: 1-16

Ezzy, D, Bouma, G, Barton, G, Halafoff, A, Banham, R, Beaman, L, & Jackson, R 2020, 'Religious Diversity in Australia: Rethinking Social Cohesion,' Religions 11(2) 92: 1-16.

Informed News & Analysis

Newman, Christy, Prankumar, Sujith Kumar and Irving, Siobhan (2020) Queer and religious freedoms can co-exist. Archer Magazine, April 10.

Hamilton, Myra and Newman, Christy (26 March 2020) The heartbreaking prospect of asking grandparents to stay away. Women’s Agenda.
Thematic Groups
New:  'Conversations About Global Partnerships in Comparative Research' with Assistant Professor Rochelle Cote from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. Rochelle will be discussing how to build and conduct comparative research on an international scale, building partnerships in research and publications in the realm of multiculturalism, racism and ethnic relations.
Hosted by the Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism thematic group
Tue, May 12, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM ACST. Read on...
In case you missed it, the recording of the inaugural NextGenMEM Conversation 'Ethics in Migration and Refugee Research' can be accessed via TASA's YouTube channel
New: the Cultural Sociology Thematic Group is without a convener. If you are interested in taking on this role, please contact Sally in TASA Admin for details. 
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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Seminar - online

New: Precarity and the Pandemic: Talking about Trauma
Following research into the conditions and experiences of academic precarity, the talk is in response to calls from Australian sociologists and universities to turn our attention to the COVID-19 crisis. Read on...
Tomorrow, Friday May 1, 2.30pm – 3.30pm,  AWST. This seminar will be conducted via Zoom. To start or join please click:
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Australian Research Network for Utopian Studies

New: Call for expressions of interest
The Australian Research Network for Utopian Studies is an emerging project launched by researchers of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. It aims to gather scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds willing to examine “utopia production”, broadly understood as the social processes through which cultural productions depicting alternative models of society, emancipatory projects or political ideals are generated, and its relation to transformative social change throughout history. If you are interested in this initiative, please send an email to Baptiste Brossard, preferably by May 10, 2020.
 For the full details, read on... 

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

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...

Conferences - online

New: Expected Inequalities and Unintended Symmetries
11-12 May
 Presentations and discussions will be broadcast live on the conference channel on YouTube
The program is available at


New: Social Boundaries of Work. Politics and ideologies of work
Warsaw, on 28-29 October
The Sociology of Work Section of the Polish Sociological Association in cooperation with Warsaw Branch of PTS and Institute of Sociology WFiS and Institute of Applied Social Sciences WSNSIR University of Warsaw
Submission deadline: 15th May. After 15th May they will announce if there will be any changes regarding the date of the conference, taking into account the constantly changing circumstances caused by COVID-19. Read on...
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