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Date: 6/24/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter June 25
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
Yesterday, TASA President, Dan Woodman, released a statement, on behalf of the Execuitve, on the proposed increased student fees for Humanities and Social Science disciplines. That statement can be viewed here. 
We hope you can join us for TODAY's Casual Catch-up with 2017 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award recipient Johanna Wyn, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom Johanna will be leading the discussion on “Implications of COVID-19 for researching young people”. 
If you missed last week's event, with Anna Anderson talking about Critical Activity Today, you can listen to the recording here.
Next week's event is the Rapid Peer Support session hosted by Ash Watson. Thursday July 2, 12:30pm - 1:30pm via Zoom. You can volunteer to be a speaker here: welcome you to join the session session to participate as a peer supporter. 

A warm congratulations is extended to fellow member Heidi Hetz whose PhD was conferred on 16 June. Thesis title: The 'good refugee': storytelling and belonging in Australia's asylum seeker debates. Supervisors: Dr David Radford and Associate Professor Peter Gale. UniSA Justice and Society, University of South Australia.

TASA Thursdays - Save the date
Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session hosted by Simon Copland: Thursday July 9, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom: 'Using Digital Research Methods' with panel members Brady Robards, Akane Kanai, Crystal Abidin & Shanthi Robertson. 
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with Michael Flood speaking on 'Unpacking and Reconstructing Masculine Norms in Australia'July 23, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom What is the state of gender norms in Australia? To what extent are traditional norms of masculinity still dominant, and to what extent are they shifting or breaking down? Do young men agree with stereotypical constructions of masculinity, and if they do, what implications does this have for their lives and their relations with others? To answer these questions, this webinar draws on two recent Australian surveys, one among young men aged 18 to 30 and another among people in Australia. The webinar then explores how we may reconstruct masculine norms. What messages and approaches are likely to prompt resistance and backlash, and what messages are likely instead to inspire positive change?
TASA ThursdaysJuly 30 session TBC: 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Rapid Peer Support session hosted by Ash Watson,Thursday August 6,  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 session hosted by Ben Lohmeyer: Thursday August 13, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom: Topic, TBC.
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker Timothy GrahamAugust 20 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom Timothy researches social media platform architectures and online social networks, with a particular interest in mis- and disinformation, social bots, and ratings and ranking devices. Recently, he has researched trolls and information disorder during the most recent 2019-2020 bushfire season, and conspiracy theories about Covid-19. In this webinar, Timothy will discuss how sociologists can research on-going social and political issues through a combination of computational and qualitative methods.
Webinar chaired by JaneMaree Maher with speaker Naomi Pfitzner on Responding to the 'Shadow Pandemic': Domestic violence during COVID-19, September 17, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker Joseph Borlagdan on 'Poverty and homelessness'.  October 1512:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker James Arvanitakis on Living Blue in a Deep Red State: A sociological analysis of the 2020 election after a year spent in Wyoming.  November 1212:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom 
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with Adele Pavlidis, Catherine Palmer & Suzanne Schrijnder each presenting on their area of expertise to the topic, 'Sport, leisure and the #newnormal: sociological insights for developing an agenda for change'. December 1012:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom

Members' Publications


Pillay, K., Farquharson, K., Essed, P. & White, E. (2019). Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness. . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-78990-3
Relating Worlds of Racism, Dehumanisation
This book is currently available in full, for free.
This international edited collection examines how racism trajectories and manifestations in different locations relate and influence each other. The book unmasks and foregrounds the ways in which notions of European Whiteness have found form in a variety of global contexts that continue to sustain racism as an operational norm resulting in exclusion, violence, human rights violations, isolation and limited full citizenship for individuals who are not racialised as White. The chapters in this book specifically implicate European Whiteness – whether attempting to reflect, negate, or obtain it – in social structures that facilitate and normalise racism. The authors interrogate the dehumanisation of Blackness, arguing that dehumanisation enables the continuation of racism in White dominated societies. As such, the book explores instances of dehumanisation across different contexts, highlighting that although the forms may be locally specific, the outcomes are continually negative for those racialised as Black.

Lohmeyer, Ben Arnold. 2020. Youth and Violent Performativities: Re-Examining the Connection Between Young People and Violence. Edited by Johanna Wyn, Helen Cahill and Hernan Cuervo. Vol. 11, Perspectives on Children and Young People. Singapore: Springer.
This book challenges the dominant narrative of young people being a uniquely violent group. Instead, the book critically examines how young people become violent as they enact and resist the available violent performativities in youth. It focuses on the experiences of 28 young people in Australia who are subjected to violence, who use violence and who resist violence. A critical analysis of these young people’s “messy” stories facilitates a reframing of the physical violence routinely attributed to young people as a product of violating systems and structures.

Journal Articles

Wyn, J. (2020). A sociology of youth: Defining the field. Journal of Sociology.
Rajčan, A., & Burns, E. A. (2020). Research productivity of sociology PhD candidates at interdisciplinary schools of social science at elite Australian universities, 2013–17: A gender perspective. Journal of Sociology.
Michelle King (2020) Dedifferentiation and difference: People with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2020.1759246
Adele Pavlidis, Millicent Kennelly & Laura Rodriguez Castro (2020) Shame, pain and fame: sportswomen losing in Australia’s mainstream media reporting, Sport in Society, DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2020.1777101 
Leah Williams Veazey (2020) Migrant mothers and the ambivalence of co-ethnicity in online communities, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1782180
Hanckel, B., Milton, S. & Green, J. (2020) 'Unruly bodies: resistance, (in)action and hysteresis in a public health intervention'. Social Theory and Health.
Louise Humpage, Zoe Staines, Greg Marston, Michelle Peterie, Shelley Bielefeld & Philip Mendes (2020) The complexity of convergence: a multi-dimensional analysis of compulsory income management and social investment in New Zealand and Australia, Policy Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2020.1783439
Ivan James and Roberta Julian (2020) 'Policy Implementation and Refugee Settlement: The Perceptions and Experiences of Street-Level Bureaucrats in Launceston, Tasmania', Journal of Sociology: DOI: 10.1177/1440783320931585.
Broom, A., Parker, R., Raymond, S., Kirby, E., Lewis, S., Kokanović, R., … Koh, E.-S. (2020). The (Co)Production of Difference in the Care of Patients With Cancer From Migrant Backgrounds. Qualitative Health Research.
Feng, Z, Patulny R. (2020) ‘Should I use my ‘weak’ social capital or ‘strong’ ‘guanxi’? Reviewing and critiquing two theories in the context of Western-Chinese migration’. Journal of Sociology, Online First, 1-19.

Patulny R, Lazarevic, N, Smith, V. (2020) ‘“Once More, With Feeling”, said the Robot: AI, the End of Work, and the Rise of Emotional Economies.’ Emotions and Society 2(1):79-97.

Ramia, G; Peterie, M; Marston, G; Patulny, R. (2020) Networks, Case Managers and the Job-Search Experiences of Unemployed People. Social Policy & Administration, Online First: 1-12.

Informed News & Analysis

Kim Borg, Jim Curtis & Jo Lindsay (2020) Avoiding single-use plastic was becoming normal, until coronavirus. Here’s how we can return to good. The Conversation, June 24. 
Signe Ravn, Brendan Churchill and Leah Ruppanner (2020) Young women’s post-pandemic pathways: Is more education really the answer? The Power to Persuade, June 22. 

Roger Patulny, Jordan McKenzie, Marlee Bower, &  Rebecca E. Olson (2020) Reconnecting after coronavirus – 4 key ways cities can counter anxiety and loneliness. The Conversation, April 27. 
Roger Patulny (2020) Does social media make us more or less lonely? Depends on how you use it. The Conversation, January 22. 


Olson, R, Patulny R, ‘Emotions in Late Modernity: The Example of COVID19’, Closing Plenary Address (online, via twitter) for the British Sociological Association Study Group Symposium: Emotions Across Time and Space, 27 April, 2020


Ashley Barnwell (2020) Who Do You Think You Are? Kat Stewart. SBS on Demand, June 23 (from the 14:14 mark). 
Clare Southerton (2020) TikTok MethodsBreaking Methods Webinar Series, June 19. 

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

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.
Nomination deadline extended to June 30.

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
Worldly Togetherness? Showcasing sociological contributions to understanding multispecies entanglements
Sociology and Animals Thematic Group together with the Canadian Sociological Association
August 7th - 8th 2020
Submissions for 15 minute presentations, are welcomed, by way of 300-word abstracts to be sent to
by the 30th June. This is an online conference therefore all presentations will be delivered in live video
conference format on August 8. Presenters will be provided with technical assistance and opportunities to trial
their presentations in the lead up to the conference.
For full details, read on... 
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

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 extended: Friday July 24. For the full details, read on...

Latest Issue

The 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.

Health Sociology Review

The Health Sociology Review Special Section – Sociology and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic will be available very soon. 

Jobs Board

The Jobs Board enables you to view current employment opportunities. As a member, you can post opportunities to the Jobs Board directly from within your membership profile screen.
Current Employment Opportunities
PhD Scholarships
New: The Successful Settlement of New Migrants in Regional Victoria
The Melbourne Social Equity Institute with the Ballarat EVOLVE Strategic Partnership.
Applications close August 3. Read on... 
New: Capturing diversity and social cohesion in a modern Australia
Monash Arts and the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute
Applications close July 13. Read on...
New: Levelling the playing field: A comparative study of pay and conditions for women athletes and coaches
Monash University and the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation
Applications close July 13. Read on...
New: How can we better support school engagement and academic needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds?
Monash University
Applications close July 13. Read on...
New: Innovations to support culturally and linguistically diverse communities accessing ambulance services
Monash University and Ambulance Victoria
Applications close July 13. Read on...
New: A Sociological Study of Medicinal Cannabis
Cannabis’s status is shifting from illicit counter-culture emblem to prescription drug. It has been decriminalised in several countries and holds promise as a medical intervention. But, does its past status affect its current use?

Based at the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland, the candidate will be supervised by Dr Rebecca E. Olson and Senior Palliative Care Consultants Professor Janet Hardy (UQ, Mater) and Associate Professor Phillip Good (Mater, St. Vincent’s).
Applications close 10 July. Read on... 

Scholarships Board

The Scholarships Board enables you to view available scholarships that our members have posted. Like the Jobs Board, as a member, you can post scholarship opportunities directly from within your membership profile screen.
Current Scholarship Opportunities
Other Events, News & Opportunities

Online Panel

New: Women and COVID-19. A lunchtime virtual panel exploring the gendered impacts of a global pandemic. 
Next Wednesday, 1 July, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM AEST
Panelists: Kim Johnstone, Associate Director, Astrolabe Group, Liz Payne, Liz Payne Consulting, Joanna Quilty, NSW Council of Social Services, Brendan Churchill, Research Fellow in Sociology, University of
For details, and to register, read on...

Call for Papers

New: Comparative Perspectives on Migration, Diversities and the Pandemic
The Journal of Comparative Migration Studies (CMS) is issuing a call for papers on the relation between migration and the pandemic. Prospective papers might examine the consequences of the pandemic for migrants and mobility across different regions and/or jurisdictions; compare policy responses and their effects across different cases; and consider the long-term consequences of the pandemic with regard to questions of diversity.
Abstract submission deadline: July 15. Read on...

Book Review Opportunity

If you are interested in doing a book review for the journal Disability and Society, please contact TASA member Mark Sherry at

Online Public Lecture

Anthropology in Times of Radical Unease
TOMORROW Friday 26 June, 10am - 11am, AWST
Join via Zoom:
For details, read on...

Special Issue - call for papers

Rethinking the politics of sex and drugs: Critical, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding drug use in sexual contexts.
The proposed special issue seeks to challenge conventional understandings and adopting a critical, interdisciplinary perspective on the confluence of sex and drugs. 
Potential contributors should send an abstract of up to 200 words to by 24 July 2020.
For full detailsread on...

Call for Participants

The Shut-In Worker: Working from home and digitally-enabled labour practices during COVID-19
Have you found yourself having to work from home during the COVID crisis when you would have previously gone to ‘work’, whether in an office, co-worker space or another kind of environment?

Researchers at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University are conducting a research project to examine the role of digital technology and practices for Australian households who have had to work from home during the COVID pandemic. People who participate in the online interview process will receive a $100 gift voucher. Read on...
Producing Knowledge in Precarity: research, universities and labour insecurity 
 While research remains central to academic professional identity and career progression, a significant proportion of university employees are in temporary employment (casual and fixed-term) and contribute to research from positions of labour insecurity. This project investigates the social and economic dynamics that have created a precarious workforce, the contribution of precarious workers to the professional project of knowledge production, the circulation and valorisation of their contributions in contemporary knowledge economies, and the impacts of labour insecurity on individual and collective identity formation and career progression.
Interviews for this project are invited from employees at any Australian university who:
  • Have completed a PhD, and
  • Are employed in temporary work (casual, fixed-term; academic or professional), and
  • Contribute to academic research through publications or other outputs
To participate in an interview, please contact fellow member Nour Dados. For full details, read on...


University of Western Australia Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series 2020
The seminars are an opportunity to share findings in original research in anthropology and sociology. They are a supportive and encouraging community, eager to participate in presentations on a wide variety of projects. If you have a paper you would like to present, please email Dorinda for the presenters form by TOMORROW June 26. Seminars are currently conducted via Zoom on Fridays, 2:30-3:30PM (AWST) during semester.

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...

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: King's College London Department of Digital Humanities Conference
2020 LOATHING: Digital Tensions, Fragmentations and Polarisations [In Times of Pandemic]
TOMORROW Friday 26th June, 3pm BST
For details, and to register, read on...

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...
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Gift Memberships

Gift memberships are available with TASA.  If you would like to purchase a gift membership, please email the following details through to the TASA Office:

1. Name of gift recipient;
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3. the membership category you are gifting (see the available Membership Categories & Fees); and
4. who the Tax Invoice should be made out to.

Upon receiving the above details, TASA will email the recipient with full details on how they can take up the gift membership. You will receive the Tax Invoice, via email, after the recipient completes the online membership form.

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