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Date: 5/27/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter May 28
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
If you missed last week's 'TASA Thursdays' event with Alan Petersen you can catch up on the conversation about 'Loneliness and Digital Media: A Sociological Agenda' here.
Today's TASA Thursday event, May 28, is the Casual Catch-up with 2018 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award recipient David Rowe, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom“What does the current pandemic tell us about contemporary societies and what can we do with this knowledge?” In thinking about these questions, you may be interested in Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Sociological AgendaSpecial Issue: Sociology of Health & Illness, 35(2), 2013:

This collection moves beyond the classic sociological focus on societal reactions and the social construction of disease. The reappearance of infectious disease in an intensely globalised arena, marked by supra-national as well as national and local actors, has raised many other issues, including the impact of scientific modalities on uncertainty and risk, the interplay of public health and national security, the dynamics of health governance, and the gendered division of caring labour. It goes without saying that each of these, in turn, raises provocative questions for policy and implementation. In the 21st century, a focus on pandemics and emerging infectious disease gives new insight into evolving social structures and processes. This collection challenges sociologists to contribute further to the public and policy agenda – and questions the narrow thinking that would seek to ‘leave it all to biomedical science’. (p. 173)

(Introduction: Why a Sociology of Pandemics? Robert Dingwall, Lily M. Hoffman, and Karen Staniland).
A warm congratulations is extended to the following TASA members who were recently awarded Australian Research Council Linkage Project grants:
  • Brady Robards, Monash University: Young Australians and the promotion of alcohol on social media
  • Jennifer Power, La Trobe University: Improving Spiritual Health Care for LGBT Australians
  • Brendan Churchill & Signe Ravn, University of Melbourne: Managing at the Margins: Women Making it Work in Precarious Times.
TASA Thursdays - Save the date
Rapid Peer Support session hosted by Ash Watson, next Thursday June 4,  12:30PM - 1:30PM AEST
Volunteer to be a speaker here:
Join the monthly Zoom meeting to participate as a peer supporter. 
Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher sessionhosted by Ben LohmeyerThursday June 11, 12:30PM - 1:30PM AEST, via Zoom:“Pitching your research in the context of COVID-19”. This session will be suitable for postgraduates and early career researchers. 
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson. Speaker TBC.June 1812:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Casual Catch-up with 2017 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award recipient Johanna Wyn, Thursday June 25, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom“Implications of COVID-19 for researching young people”. 
Rapid Peer Support session hosted by Ash Watson, Thursday July 2,  12:00PM - 1:00PM AEST
Volunteer to be a speaker here:
Join the monthly Zoom meeting to participate as a peer supporter. 
Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher sessionhosted by Ben LohmeyerThursday July 9, 12:30PM - 1:30PM AEST, via Zoom: Topic, TBC.
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson. Speaker TBC,July 23, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom

Members' Publications


JaneMaree Maher et al. (2020) COVID-19 and domestic violence. ABC Radio, Big Ideas, May 26
Jenny Davis (2020) A Social Psychology of Zoom (Fatigue). Cyborgology, May 25. 
Dan Woodman (2020) I love my husband, but he is driving me mad. The Age, May 25. 
Na'ama Carlin (2020) Cuts to COVID: Our Precarious Universities. Meenjin, May 19. 

Book Reviews

Fabiansson, C. (2020). Book Review: Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson and Signe Ravn, Youth, Risk, Routine: A New Perspective on Risk-taking in Young Lives. Journal of Sociology, 56(2), 271–273.
Roberts, S. (2020). Book Review: Frank Karioris, An Education in Sexuality and Sociality: Heteronormativity on Campus. Journal of Sociology, 56(2), 273–275.
Callahan, S. (2020). Book Review: Jayne Osgood and Kerry H. Robinson, Feminists Researching Gendered Childhoods: Generative Entanglements. Journal of Sociology, 56(2), 275–277.

Emily Hansen (2020) Complementary and alternative medicine: knowledge production and social transformation, Health Sociology Review, DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2020.1770619

Journal Articles

Open access: Carlson, B. (2020). Love and hate at the Cultural Interface: Indigenous Australians and dating apps. Journal of Sociology, 56(2), 133–150.
Busbridge, R. (2020). A multicultural success story? Australian integration in comparative focus. Journal of Sociology, 56(2), 263–270.

Ruby Grant & Briohny Walker (2020) Older Lesbians’ experiences of ageing in place in rural Tasmania, Australia: An exploratory qualitative exploration. Health and Social Care in the Community. 
Moensted, Maja Lindegaard (2020), Nearness and distance: the double-sided nature of belonging for young refugees in Australia, May 2020, Social Identities, DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2020.1761316
Chris Paris, Andrew Beer, John Martin, Alan Morris, Trevor Budge & Sandy Horne (2020) International Perspectives on Local Government and Housing: The Australian Case in Context, Urban Policy and Research, 38:2, 89-100, DOI: 10.1080/08111146.2020.1753690
Open access: MacLean, S., Maltzahn, K., Thomas, D. et al. Gambling in Two Regional Australian Aboriginal Communities: A Social Practice Analysis. Journal of Gambling Studies 35, 1331–1345 (2019).


Cortis, N., & van Toorn, G. (2020). Working in new disability markets: A survey of Australia's disability workforce. Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

Informed News & Analysis

Kim Toffoletti, Adele Pavlidis,  Holly Thorpe & Rebecca Olive (2020) Working out at home works for women – so well they might not go back to gyms. The Conversation, May 27. 


James Arvanitakis (2020) Fullbright Australia. ABC Radio, Evenings with Sarah Macdonald, May 26 (2:31 mark)

Note, all 2020 Awards will be presented during an online event later this year. 

Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award

This award is made to a TASA member who has demonstrated outstanding, significant and sustained service to Australian sociology over many years. While not necessarily a lifetime achievement award, candidates for the Distinguished Service Award would usually be nearing the end of their careers.
For the full details, please see the award web page here.
Nominations extended to June 8th 

Outstanding Service to TASA Award

This honour is accorded to a TASA member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation in and promotion of TASA over a number of years. There are many ways in which this can occur, but in all cases the quality of the service is the determining criterion, rather than the quantity alone.
For the full details, please see award page here.
Nominations extended to June 8th  

Teaching Sociology Award

This award celebrates outstanding contributions to enhancing the pedagogy, practice or outcomes of teaching and learning sociology in Australia.It recognises contributions at the disciplinary level (rather than acknowledging excellence in teaching within the classroom or institutions).
For the full details, please see award page here.
Nominations close June 15. 

Sociology in Action Award

This scholarship seeks to encourage the participation of sociologists working outside academe (in areas such as private industry, government and non-government organisations, and private contract and consultancy work) with The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). The TASA Executive would like to encourage non-academic members who have conducted applied research or written sociological papers on their work to apply for the scholarship.
For the full details, please see the award page here.
Nominations close June 15. 

Early Career Researcher - Best Paper Prize

The TASA Prize for the most distinguished peer-reviewed article published by an Early Career Researcher is an annual process that uses academic peer review to select a paper of outstanding quality published in any journal during the previous three calendar years (ie the 2020 Award will assess papers that were published from 2017 – 2019).
For the full details, please see award page here.
Nominations close June 30.

Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award

This new annual award recognises the impact and engagement of a Postgraduate TASA member’s scholarship that is of high social value to Australian society and/or sociology. This award is not limited to publications but also to outstanding contributions in teaching, community work and non-traditional academic outputs. The award seeks to value and encourage an understanding of scholarship and impact that extends beyond publication and citation metrics. This award draws on the Boyer model of scholarship recognising the value of Discovery, Integration, Application and Teaching.
For the full details, please see the award page here.
Nominations close July 31st.
Thematic Groups
How can social theory make sense of living in this time of crisis?
Social Theory thematic group special online workshop
Keynotes: Deborah Lupton (UNSW), Craig Calhoun (Arizona State), Peter Vale (Johannesburg), Peter Beilharz (Sichuan) 
November 27, 2020
Two bursaries are available for TASA members: 1 x $500 HDR bursary and 1 x $500 ECR bursary (must be unwaged/casual).
Abstract submission deadline: July 15. Read on... 
TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology

Latest Issue

New: Journal of Sociology - Volume: 56, Number: 2 (June 2020) is now available. 
The Table of Contents can be viewed here.  To access each article, please click here.

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

Call for papers: November 2021 Special Issue 

Progressing critical posthuman perspectives in health sociology

Sociologists have increasingly engaged with more-than-human understandings and posthuman perspectives on health and illness to move beyond dualistic understandings of the biological and the social, agency and structure, digital and physical. With a focus on ontology, health sociologists have fruitfully engaged with posthumanism to elucidate how health processes and experiences materialise through human-non-human relationality as biosocial environments. 
This Special Issue aims to consolidate, challenge and expand the contribution of posthuman thought to health sociology. Special Issue editors Kim McLeod & Simone Fullagar are seeking empirical and theoretical contributions which progress key themes currently emerging in the field.
To be considered for submission and review, please email an abstract of 250-300 words to Kim McLeod by 15 June 2020. Abstracts will be reviewed by 30 June 2020. A limited number will be selected to go forward for peer review. If selected to go forward, contributors must undertake to submit their piece for peer review by 1 February 2021.

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Call for Book Chapters 

Social Control Policies - Governing Human Lives and Health in Times of Pandemics
300 words suggestions to be submitted by 31st of May.
Chapters will be due by 30th of November, 2020. 
Read on...

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...


New: Coronavirus and its Impact on International Students: International Education in the Time of Global Disruptions
Wednesday 10 February 2021, RMIT, Melbourne
Convenors: Catherine Gomes (RMIT) and Helen Forbes-Mewett (Monash University)
Abstract submission deadline: August 1. Read on...
Social Boundaries of Work. Politics and ideologies of work
Warsaw, on 28-29 October, fully online
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 extended: 15th June. Read on...
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