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Date: 8/26/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter August 27
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
If you happen to be holding an event between September 7 - 13, if you haven't already, you can promote it further by having it listed on the Social Sciences Week website.
If you missed our last TASA Thursdays event with Michael Flood speaking on Unpacking and Reconstructing Masculine Norms in Australia, you can catch up with it here.
We hope you can join us for today's TASA Thursdays event; a Casual Chat with Distinguished Sociologist Riaz Hassan on Suicide Bombing, August 27, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, AEST, via Zoom. (Meeting ID: 844 0203 2254 Passcode: 450409). Please find links below to some of Riaz's publications on the Casual Chat topic:
2020 TASA Election
At the close of nominations yesterday for the Thematic Group portfolio leader position, the following three members had nominated:
  •  Linda Marsden, Western Sydney University
  •  Pariece Nelligan, Deakin University
  •  Ramon Menendez Domingo, La Trobe University
 An online election will run from today, Thursday August 27th through to midday September 10, 2020, AEST. Note, you will need to log in to cast your votes. If you click on the orange button below, you will be taken to the login page and then redirected for voting. Please contact Sally in TASA Admin for a speedy password reset solution, if needed.

Introducing incoming TASA Treasurer 

Anna Hickey-Moody

Anna Hickey-Moody is a Professor of Media and Communication at RMIT University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2017-2021. Anna brings leadership experience from previous work at Goldsmiths College, The University of Sydney, Monash and UniSA. Anna is known for her theoretical and empirical work with young people with disabilities, young refugees and migrants, and men at the margins of society. Anna's books include “Deleuze and Masculinity” (Palgrave, 2019) ”Imagining University Education’ (Routledge, 2016), Youth, Arts and Education’ (Routledge, 2013), ‘Unimaginable Bodies’ (Sense Publishers, 2009) and ‘Masculinity Beyond the Metropolis’ (Palgrave, 2006).

Anna is an ethnographer who is committed to advancing the public understanding of the value of sociology and, more broadly, raising public awareness of the social sciences and humanities in Australia. She believes that sociological research makes societies happier, healthier and more sustainable. Anna is looking forward to being on the Executive to support the work of TASA for public good. She is strategic with planning and the allocation of funding and has experience in managing large budgets. Anna's experience will help support the financial stability of the association. 
TASA 2020 Virtual Event
The theme of our virtual gathering is “Sociological Insights for the ‘now’ normal”. We will run the event during the previously advertised time for the TASA 2020 conference (November 23-26). There will be two panels and one workshop session on mentoring – details to follow soon. We hope to have a number of sessions across 2-3 days and we will finish the event with our Annual General Meeting. 
Thematic Group convenors and individual members can propose a session to contribute to this virtual event. The contribution may take the form a panel session, workshop, or a session of presenters (for example, inviting or selecting members from your thematic group to present their research). You may have another idea for a session that you would like to hold as part of TASA’s virtual event. TASA understands that this is a challenging time and it may not be feasible for everyone to participate.
Expression of interest deadline: August 30. 
For more details, please go to the TASA 2020 Virtual Event webpage. 
Participants needed for a TASA video project

Sociologists in the Workplace – promotional video project

TASA is developing a series of videos to promote the diversity of workplaces that sociology skills can be applied in, from the academy to the non-profit sector and private industry, for example. The aim is to showcase the many job & career prospect possibilities inherent within a sociology degree. The intended audience is school leavers, people changing careers or those simply looking for a powerful discipline to help understand an ever-changing world.

TASA seeks members, who are interested in starring in these videos, that are applying their sociological skills in the work setting. Our aim is to showcase the diversity of the sociological application opportunities in the workplace and, as such, we will select participants based on that criteria. Selected participants will be asked to produce a short video, on their phone, highlighting how they use their sociological training and insights in their current employment positions. Selected videos will be grouped and professionally edited by Western Sydney University's BlabCoats team. 

If you are interested in participating in this project, please email and the following information by August 31st:

  • The sector you work in and the type of work you do; and
  • 2 or 3 sociological skills that you use in your everyday work
TASA Thursdays - Save the date
Rapid Peer Support session hosted by Ash Watson, Thursday September 3, 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 September 10, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom: Topic, TBC.
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. Access details to be confirmed. 
Casual Chat with Distinguished Sociologist Sharyn Roach Anleu, September 24, 12:30pm - 1:30pm,  AEST, via Zoom
Discussion topic and access details to be confirmed. 

Webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with speaker Joseph Borlagdan on 'Poverty and homelessness'.   October 1512:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom. Access details to be confirmed. 
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 ZoomAccess details to be confirmed.  
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. Access details to be confirmed. 

Members' Publications


Yolande Strengers and Jenny Kennedy (2020) The Smart Wife: Why Siri, Alexa, and Other Smart Home Devices Need a Feminist Reboot. The MIT Press.

The Smart Wife
The life and times of the Smart Wife—feminized digital assistants who are friendly and sometimes flirty, occasionally glitchy but perpetually available.

Meet the Smart Wife—at your service, an eclectic collection of feminized AI, robotic, and smart devices. This digital assistant is friendly and sometimes flirty, docile and efficient, occasionally glitchy but perpetually available. She might go by Siri, or Alexa, or inhabit Google Home. She can keep us company, order groceries, vacuum the floor, turn out the lights. A Japanese digital voice assistant—a virtual anime hologram named Hikari Azuma—sends her “master” helpful messages during the day; an American sexbot named Roxxxy takes on other kinds of household chores. In The Smart Wife, Yolande Strengers and Jenny Kennedy examine the emergence of digital devices that carry out “wifework”—domestic responsibilities that have traditionally fallen to (human) wives. They show that the principal prototype for these virtual helpers—designed in male-dominated industries—is the 1950s housewife: white, middle class, heteronormative, and nurturing, with a spick-and-span home. It's time, they say, to give the Smart Wife a reboot. Read on...

Petra Bueskens (ed.), Nancy Chodorow and The Reproduction of Mothering: Forty Years On, Palgrave, 2020

Nancy Chodorow
This book analyzes Nancy Chodorow’s canonical book The Reproduction of Mothering, bringing together an original essay from Nancy Chodorow and a host of outstanding international scholars—including Rosemary Balsam, Adrienne Harris, Elizabeth Abel, Madelon Sprengnether, Ilene Philipson, Meg Jay, Daphne de Marneffe, Alison Stone and Petra Bueskens—in a mix of memoir, festschrift, reflection, critical analysis and new directions in Chodorowian scholarship. In the 40 years since its publication, The Reproduction of Mothering has had a profound impact on scholarship across many disciplines including sociology, psychoanalysis, psychology, ethics, literary criticism and women’s and gender studies. Organized as a “reproduction of mothering scholarship”, this volume adopts a generationally differentiated structure weaving personal, political and scholarly essays.

This book will be of interest to scholars across the social sciences and humanities. It will bring Nancy Chodorow and her canonical work to a new generation showcasing classic and contemporary Chodorowian scholarship.

Journal Articles

Alex Broom, Katherine Kenny, Alexander Page, Nicole Cort, Eric S Lipp, Aaron C Tan, David M Ashley, Kyle M Walsh, Mustafa (2020)  The Paradoxical Effects of COVID-19 on Cancer Care: Current Context and Potential Lasting ImpactsAmerican Association for Cancer Research. 
Couch, D.L., Robinson, P. & Komesaroff, P.A. COVID-19—Extending Surveillance and the Panopticon. Bioethical Inquiry (2020).
Christopher Mayes (2020) “White Medicine, White Ethics: On the historical formation of racism in Australian healthcare”, Journal of Australian Studies
Possamai, A. and G. Long (2020) ‘Losing Faith in the Classification and Evaluation of Research: A Meta-Metrics Approach to Research on Religion in AustraliaAustralian Universities’ Review 62 (1): 3-9.
Baldwin, J. and A. Possamai (2020) ‘Hyper-real Religion. An interview with Adam Possamai’ International Journal of Baudrillard Studies 16 (1).
de la Fuente, Eduardo and Michael James Walsh. 2020. Framing Atmospheres: Goffman, Space and Music in Everyday Life. Symbolic Interaction, Published Online 25 of August 2020, pp. 1-24.
Deborah Dempsey, Jennifer Power & Fiona Kelly (2020) A perfect storm of intervention? Lesbian and cisgender queer women conceiving through Australian fertility clinics, Critical Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2020.1810636
 Dwyer, Z., Hookway, N., & Robards, B. (2020). Navigating ‘thin’ dating markets: Mid-life repartnering in the era of dating apps and websites. Journal of Sociology.


 Andrea Waling, Suzanne Fraser & Christopher Fisher  (2020) Young people and sources of sexual health informationAustralian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. August. 

Informed News & Analysis

JaneMaree Maher & Naomi Pfitzner et al. (2020) Disclosing and sharing domestic violence information begins to pay off. Lens, August 20.
Dan Woodman( 2020) Dan Woodman on why gen alpha can’t be pigeonholed. Canvas8, August 19. 
Alan Petersen (2020) Lonely patients’ ambivalent engagements with digital media. Sociology Lens, August 14.


Undisciplinary is a new podcast created by Courtney Hempton and Chris Mayes that talks across the boundaries of history, ethics and the politics of health. It features interviews and discussions with people working across a variety of disciplinary spaces relating to medicine, health and society. More information can be found at or on Twitter @Undisciplinary_
Social Sciences Week
Social Sciences Week is gaining on us fast. Below are events either being organised and/or facilitated by TASA members or that have TASA members as speakers (or all three!). If we have missed including your event, please email Sally so that it can be listed in next week's newsletter. You can view all other events via the SSW Website. Note, dates and times listed are in AEST. 
Dinesh Wadiwel – Industrial animal agriculture, environment and COVID-19: Thinking again about the place of animals in our food systems (& other talks) for Social science through a multispecies lens. September 7, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Brady Robards - Covid-19 and Digital Distruption, September 7, 1:00 - 2:00pm 
Raewyn Connell, David Rowe, Robert van Krieken (& others)  A Sociology of Covid-19  September 7, 1:00pm- 2:00pm
Jenny Chesters & Steve Lockie - COVID-19 and Young Australians: The long-term effects of a Pandemic September 7, 7:00pm
Nicole Peel: Connecting vulnerable populations with nature. September 8, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Melissa Phillips (& others) State Responses to COVID-19: Migrants, the Pacific and South Asia. September 9, 1:30pm
Greg Noble, Deborah Stevenson, David Rowe (& others) Australian Culture, Inequalities & Social DivisionsSeptember 10, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Barrie Shannon, Gemma Killen &  Megan Sharp: Genders and Sexualities in Sport: Theorising the State of Play. September 10, 5:30pm
Karen Farquharson (& others) as speaker for Black Lives Matter at the University of Melbourne. September 10, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Naomi Pfitzner & Susan Carland (& others) Gender Based Violence and the Covid-19 pandemic. September 10, 5:00pm - 6:30pm 
Ben Spies-Butcher: US election 2020: Crisis and opportunity. September 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thematic Groups
New: Activist Research and Reflections during the 2020 Pandemic
Webinar, Friday October 2nd, 12.30pm - 1.30 AEST, 10.30am to 11.30 WAST  
Calling for presentations or stimulus papers
There will be up to five presentations of five minutes each on the theme with five minutes discussion. The goal of the webinar is to prompt further action/activism, research networks and collaborations, and research and sociological reflection.
Submission deadline: September 17. Read on...
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 Publications

Journal of Sociology

Renewed call for an editorial team for 2021 - 2024
The call for expressions of interest (EoI) for the Journal of Sociology (JoS) editorial team for 2021-2024 has been reopened. EoIs are sought from a group of members as well as from individual members wanting to be considered as part of an editorial team (which would be put together by the TASA Executive).

For EoIs from groups, please click here for the detailed call.

If you would like to put yourself forward as an interested individual, to be a part of the editorial team, please respond to the following questions and copy and paste the details into an email to Please note that the successful Editor in Chief will be required to have (non-financial) institutional support for taking on the role.


Area of Expertise:

Editor in Chief: yes/no

Associate Editor: yes/no

Expressions of interest from groups as well as individual members need to be emailed to TASA Admin by Monday September 14th.
Note: there us currently free full access the recent Journal of Sociology Special Issue on Indigenous Sociology
The Journal of Sociology’s next Virtual Special issue is out now: A Sociology of Youth: Defining the Field edited by Professor Johanna Wyn:
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
New: PhD scholarship on Youth, Diversity and Wellbeing in a Digital Age
Deakin University, with fellow member Anita Harris as supervisor
Application deadline: October 31. Read on...
New: PhD scholarship on Men, Sex and Sexuality PhD research scholarship
La Trobe University, with fellow member Andrea Waling
Application deadline: September 30. 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

Book Launches

New: Janet Fraser’s Born Still
Fellow member Petra Bueskens will be launching Janet’s wonderful and brave new book tonight, 27 August 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm AEST. Read on... 

 Australian Mothering: Historical and Sociological Perspectives
Tuesday 8th September, 6:00pm - 7:30pm (AEST). Read on...


New: Young people, cultural practice and well-being 
TODAY THURSDAY 27 August, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM AEST
Hosted by the Newcastle Youth Studies Network in conjuction with the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture
There will be 3 papers including one from TASA member, & coconvener of the Sports thematic group, Adele Pavlidis: Troubled derby subjectivities: sport cultures as cure and cause,
For details, and to register, read on...


Black Stories Matter: Does the Media Fail Aboriginal political aspirations? 
Seminar 3: Today, Thursday 27 August, 1-2:30pm
Madeline Hayman-Reber (Freelance/Read the Room podcast), Rachel Hocking (NITV) Tanja Dreher, (UNSW).

Seminar 4: Thursday 3 September, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Ella Archibald-Binge (SMH/Age), Lorena Allam (The Guardian), Anne-Maree Payne (UTS), Amy Thomas (UTS).
For the full details, and to register, read on...

Conference series

4 part conference series - Surveillance and Humanities Virtual Conference Series
Part 2: Surveillance and policing - TODAY THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2020, 5-6PM
Part 3: Space and power - MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2020, 5-6.15PM with presenter Gavin Smith
Part 4: Surveillance versus privacy - THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2020, 5-6PM
For full details, and to register, read on...

Call for Participants

The Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC) have partnered with the University of Queensland and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on men’s and women’s careers. You can participate in the research by completing a ten minute survey.
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Fellow member Natalie Jovanovski is recruiting participants for her DECRA project 'Using feminist pedagogy to resist harmful messages of weight loss dieting'. The study aims to develop strategies to intervene in the normalisation of weight-loss diet culture among women.
For details, and to take part in the project, please read on...

Prize Opportunity

2020 Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia  
The Awards honour Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in one or more fields of the social sciences.
Nomination deadline: Monday 31 AugustRead 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...


New: Social Science Methodology Conference
Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc (ACSPRI)
University of Sydney from December 1-3, 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... 
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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TASA members have access to over 90 peer-reviewed  Sage Sociology full-text collection online journals encompassing over 63,000 articles. The image on the left shows you where to access those journals, as well as the Sage Research Methods Collection & the Taylor and Francis Full Text Collection, when logged in to TASAweb. 

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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