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Date: 8/5/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter August 6
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
The theme of today's TASA Thursdays Rapid Peer Support session is research funding and community/public engagement. Whether to learn, offer your knowledge in this area, or interact with fellow sociologists, we hope you can join Ash Watson (TASA Secretary) in making this event engaging and fruitful. The event will run today from 12:30pm - 1:30pm (AEST) via Zoom. Meeting ID: 817 0105 2668. Passcode: 531283
As per an email sent earlier today, the Executive have extended the call for expressions of interest (EoI) to edit the Journal of Sociology (JoS) to Monday August 10. EoIs are requested from a group of members who will comprise the editorial team (including Editors-in-Chief and an Editorial Board of approximately 8-10 members). The successful team will be appointed for a four-year term 2021–2024. JoS is the flagship journal of TASA and the major Australian outlet for sociology. Editing the journal is an opportunity to shape the development of sociology in Australia and publish the leading work produced by your colleagues. If you are interested in finding out more, we invite you to contact Kate and Steve directly for a confidential chat. You can also contact Dan, TASA President and Sally, TASA Admin.
Today, August 6, is the submission deadline for the Early Career Researcher – Best Paper Prize and the new Postgraduate Impact and Engagement Award
Next week's Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session is a chance for you to Meet the incoming Postgrad Portfolio Leader, Anthony Smith. Come and have a casual conversation with the current and future TASA Postgrad Portfolio Leader about all things TASA and Postgrads. Hear about how to get involved in the Postgrad Subcommittee and running Postgrad Day as well as representing, promoting and connecting Australian sociology postgrads. That's next Thursday August 1312:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom: Meeting ID: 835 6974 6464. Passcode: 762096

Election Results
In case you haven't heard, at the close of nominations, for the TASA Executive two-year term November 2020 – November 2022, the following persons were returned unopposed:
  • President: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Western Sydney University
  • Vice-President: Peta Cook, University of Tasmania
  • Treasurer: Anna Hickey-Moody, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Secretary: Kay Cook, Swinburne University
  • Postgraduate Portfolio Leader: Anthony Smith, University of New South Wales
More than one nomination was received for the following two positions:
  • Equity and Inclusion; and
  • Public Sociology
As such, an online election is now open through to midday August 18, 2020 (AEST). The candidates are:

Equity and Inclusion
  • Heidi Hetz
  • Sheree Gregory
Public Sociology
  • Sheree Gregory
  • Roger Patulny
Note, no nominations were received for the Thematic Group portfolio so nominations for that position will be opened again after the online election closes. If you are interested in nominating for the Thematic Group position, and you would like more information, we encourage you to contact Sara James, the current holder of that role, Dan Woodman, TASA President or Sally Daly in TASA Admin.

Introducing our incoming TASA President

Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

For most, an introduction to Alphia won't be needed. Hopefully a lot of you met her last year in her role as the TASA2019 Conference Convener. For our newer members, Alphia has been part of the TASA family for many years and has been a part of the Executive team for the last 8 years, invaluable experience to underpin her role as president for the November 2020 - November 2022 Executive term.
Alphia is a Professor of Sociology at the Western Sydney University. She is the current Chair of Academic Senate, Vice President of TASA and recent Director of Sydney City Campus. She is the Springer co-editor for the series ‘Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific approach’. Alphia has worked as an Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of Academia and was the editor in chief of the Journal of Sociology (2013- end of 2016) as well as the co-creator of TASA's Risk Societies Thematic Group. Her recent work includes: The Digital Social: Religion and Belief (2019); as well as upcoming books on Digital Methods and an edited volume on Health sociology (Sage and Pearson). Alphia is currently involved in ongoing research that focuses on risk society, religion, digital sociology and methodologies.

As the current VP of TASA and Chair of Academic Senate at WSU, Alphia has gained great insight into the current landscape of Australian sociology and the higher education environment. Working with the elected executive, national and international social science associations, she aims to further promote the role of sociology and social sciences in higher education, research and policy development.
A warm congratulations is extended to Emma Wensing whose PhD was conferred on the 31st of July -  'Crafty Commemoration: Vernacular responses to the Centenary of World War One', published in 2020 at the Australian National University, supervisor Dr. Laurajane Smith. Available: You can read about Emma's thesis in a blog post here.
A warm congratulations is also extended to Simone Marino who was recently presented with an Honorary Research Fellow Award from the Australian Centre for Italian Studies for his sociological research on Italian migration and identities.
TASA Thursdays - Save the date
Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with Michael Flood speaking on 'Unpacking and Reconstructing Masculine Norms in Australia', August 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm 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?
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


Marino, S. (2020) Intergenerational Ethnic Identity among Italian-Australians. Absence, Ambivalence and Revival. New York. Palgrave Macmillan.

Intergenerational Ethnic Identity Construction and Transmission among Italian_Australians
Simone Marino's book focuses on the transmission of ethnic identity across three generations of Italian-Australians, specifically Italian-Australians of Calabrian descent in the Adelaide region of Australia. Simone Marino analyzes ethnographic data collected over a three-year period to consider individual, familial and community cultural practices, as well as societal influences on ethnic identity transmission, in order to present generational differences in the understandings of Italian-Australian identity. Among other factors, the role of community events, community networks, and cultural practices associated with being Italian-Australian are examined. The transmission of ethnic identity is analysed through the lens of sociological theories, including Sayad's concept of double absence and Bourdieu's ideas of habitus and cultural capital, and is considered at the macro, meso, and micro spheres of social life. Ultimately, Marino’s study reveals clear generational differences amongst Italian-Australians: the first generation, those who arrived from Italy, manifest a condition of feeling absent, the second generation present a condition of ‘in-between-ness’, between the world of their immigrant parents and that of Australians, and the third generation experience a sense of ethnic revival. Read on... 

Journal Articles

Cannizzo, F., & James, S. (2020). Meaningful work in late modernity: An introduction. Journal of Sociology.
Patulny, R., Mills, K. A., Olson, R. E., Bellocchi, A., & McKenzie, J. (2020). The emotional trade-off between meaningful and precarious work in new economies. Journal of Sociology.
Connell, R. (2020). COVID-19/Sociology. Journal of Sociology.
Persson, A; Smith, A; Wallace, J; valentine, k; Bryant, J; Hamilton, M, Newman, C. (2020) Understanding "risk" in families living with mixed blood-borne viral infection status: The doing and undoing of "difference". Published online in Health on 1 August 2020.
Scott, J., Staines, Z., Higginson, A., Ryan, V., Zhen, L., and Lauchs, M. (accepted 2020) ‘Walking in two Worlds’: A qualitative review of income management in Cape York. Australian Journal of Public Administration.

Pereira M, Scott J, Beem A, (2020) Imaginary drug control and the failures of contemporary Australian drug policy, Contemporary Drug Problems p29-42
Yu, Ting-Fai (2020). Spatialities of queer globalization: middle- and working-class Hong Kong gay men’s subjective constructions of homophobia. Sexualities,
Butler, R., and J. Ben. 2020. Centring settler colonialism in rural Australian multicultures: race, place and local identities. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Note, this paper is free access. 
Marino, S. (2020) Comparatico (godparenthood) as an emblematic form of social capital among Australian families origin Anthropologie Sociale, 28(136-152). Note, this paper is free access. 

Informed News & Analysis

Barbara Babosa Neeves (2020) What Victoria can learn from New Zealand's drastic lockdown. The Age, August 4. 
Marianne Clark & Clare Southerton (2020) The Unfamiliar Intimacy of the Face Mask During COVID-19. Vitalities Lab, August 5. 
Kirsten Harley (2020) Art tickle. July 31. 
Emma Wensing (2020) A completed PhD. July 31. 
Social Sciences Week
Social Sciences Week is gaining on us fast. Here are two events organised by TASA members. Many more will be listed next week. In the meantime, you can catch up on all that is happening via the SSW Website
Barrie Shannon, Gemma Killen &  Megan Sharp: Genders and Sexualities in Sport: Theorising the State of Play
Thematic Groups
Applications for the second round of Thematic Group funding are due on September 1st, 5pm. This funding is for applications for activities between January 1st and June 30 2021. Due to the uncertainty around COVID restrictions, TASA will not be supporting any face to face activities in this funding round. Instead, groups are encouraged to submit proposals for online events or other activities. Conveners can refer to the TG Conveners Manual for full details and contact either Sara or Sally with questions regarding the funding. If you are not a convener but you have an idea for an event, we encourage you to reach out to the relevant TG convener/s.
TASA Postgraduates

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.
TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology

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 is now available. You can access all the articles, which are open access for 60 days, via the HSR website here.

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

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

Call for Participants

Survey: visiting/working in hair or beauty salons during COVID-19
This survey is about how COVID-19 restrictions have impacted people’s experiences of visiting or working in hair and beauty salons (including barbers). The call is for anyone over 18 and living in Australia: This survey is part of a DECRA project on the role that salon workers play in the emotional lives of their clients. Find out more at:


Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series
Semester 2, 2020, Fridays: 2.30-3.30pm AWST
The organisers are delighted to be able to welcome some international and interstate presenters this semester, including fellow member Ash Watson, as well as quite a number of PhD candidates fulfilling their milestone requirements. 
For full details, read on... 

Call for Papers

Complicity: Methodologies of power, politics, and the ethics of knowledge production (Special Issue and edited monograph)
The annual Sociology of Health and Illness journal monograph is this year focused on 'methodological complicity'. Global inequalities, colonial legacies, and the innumerable power imbalances striating the social world have never been more pertinent to social studies of health and illness.
Submission deadline: August 21. Read on...

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...


International Australian Studies Association (InASA) have revised their conference dates to 8-10 February 2021. 
The have reopened the call for papers with the new abstract deadline of 31 August. They also invite applicants for the postgraduate bursary scheme by 30 August.
For details about abstracts and the postgraduate bursaries, 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...
TASA Documents and Policies
You can access details of TASA's current Executive Committee 2019-2020 as well as documents and policies, including the Constitution, Code of Conduct, Grievance Procedures & TASA History
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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;
2. email address of gift recipient;
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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