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Date: 9/23/2020
Subject: Members' Newsletter September 24
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,
As mentioned last week, there is no TASA Thursdays event today as we are holding the September Executive meeting. We hope you can join us next week for Rapid Peer Support session hosted by Ash Watson, Thursday October 1,  12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST
Volunteer to be a speaker here:

Incoming TASA Executive

Introducing incoming

Thematic Group Portfolio Leader

Ramón Menéndez Domingo

Ramón Menéndez Domingo
Ramón Menéndez Domingo received his PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University in 2017. His research interests look at authenticity and identity from a sociological perspective. Ramón has a number of open-access publications, and he has assisted other researchers with their academic publications, on this topic. Ramón has also published interdisciplinary research on the impact of social stigma on knowledge production among sheep producers in Australia, collaborating with researchers from the fields of Microbiology and Veterinary Science. He often uses mixed-methods in his research, as he is familiar with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In 2018, Ramón joined the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism at La Trobe University (La Trobe Business School) as a casual academic, both in teaching and research assistant roles. He is currently teaching Strategic Management at this department. Ramón's interests in the Thematic Group portfolio stem from his interdisciplinary trajectory as a sociologist, exploring the crossroads between Sociology and other fields such as Biology or Management.  
TASA 2020 Virtual Event
More details about our TASA 2020 virtual event Sociological Insights for the ‘now’ normal coming soon.
TASA Thursdays - Save the date
Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session hosted by Ben Lohmeyer with speaker Alex Norman - Western Sydney University -  on Writing Abstracts: An essential skill that we never talk about. Thursday October 8, 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. 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.  
Casual Chat with Distinguished Sociologist Sharyn Roach Anleu, postponed to November 19, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, AEST, via Zoom
Discussion topic and access 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


Catherine Gomes, Lily Kong, and Orlando Woods (eds) Religion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia: Faith, Flows and Fellowship, Amsterdam University Press, 2020.

Religion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia
Digital media is changing the ways in which religion is practiced, understood, proselytised and countered. Religious institutions and leaders use digital media to engage with their congregations who now are not confined to single locations and physical structures. The faithful are part of online communities which allow them a space to worship and to find fellowship. Migrant and mobile subjects thus are able to be connected to their faith -- whether home grown or emerging -- wherever they may be, providing them with an anchor in unfamiliar physical and cultural surroundings. As Asia rises, mobilities associated with Asian populations have escalated. The notion of ‘Global Asia’ is a reflection of this increased mobility, where Asia includes not only Asian countries as sites of political independence, but also the transnational networks of Asian trans/migrants, and the diasporic settlements of Asian peoples all over the world. This collection features cutting edge research by scholars across disciplines seeking to understand the role and significance of religion among transnational mobile subjects in this age of digital media, and in particular, as experienced in Global Asia. Read on... 
Layton, R.A. (2020) Scottishness in Modern South Australia, Publisher: Author, Adelaide. ISBN: 978-0-646-82437-6. Available: Matilda Books, Stirling, SA. A Report for the Scottish Government.

Books Chapters

Hickey-Moody, A. & Willcox, M. (2019). ‘Material Expressions of Religious Culture: Faith, Flows and Futures’, In C. Gomes, L. Kong and O. Woods (eds), Religion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia. Faith, Flows and Fellowship, Amsterdam: AUP..
Catherine Gomes. (2020).“Commentary: Postcards from Vietnam - Lessons for New Players in Higher Education,” Phan Le-Ha and Doan Ba Ngoc (eds.) Higher Education in Market-Oriented Socialist Vietnam, Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 357-362.
Catherine Gomes and Jonathan Y. Tan (2020).‘The Global Appeal of Digital Pastors : A Comparative Case
Study of Joseph Prince, and Brian and Bobbie Houston’, Catherine Gomes, Lily Kong and Orlando Woods (eds.) Religion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia. Faith, Flows and Fellowship., University of Amsterdam Press, pp. 149-177

Journal Articles

MacLean, S., Dwyer, R., Pennay, A., Savic, M., Wilkinson, C., Roberts, S., Turner, K., Saleeba, E., & Room, R. (2020). The ‘social worlds’ concept: a useful tool for public health-oriented studies of drinking cultures. Addiction Research & Theory, 1-8.


Darcy, S., Ollerton, J. & Faulkner, S. (2020) “Why Can’t I Play?”: Transdisciplinary Learnings for Children with Disability’s Sport Participation. Social Inclusion Vol. 8, Iss. 3. DOI:

Andrea Waling, Roz Bellamy, Paulina Ezer, Lucille Kerr, Jayne Lucke, Christopher Fisher, ‘It’s kinda bad, honestly’: Australian students’ experiences of relationships and sexuality education, Health Education Research, , cyaa032,


Jolynna Sinanan and Catherine Gomes (2020). '"Everybody needs friends": Emotions, social networks and digital media in the friendships of international students,' International Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(5), 674–691.


Henne, K, & Ventresca, M. (2020) A damaged brain? A criminal mind? Narratives of criminality and culpability in the celebrated case of Aaron Hernandez. Crime, Media, Culture. 16(3): 395-413. doi:10.1177/1741659019879888

Clarke A, Parsell C, Lata LN. Surveilling the marginalised: How manual, embodied and territorialised surveillance persists in the age of ‘dataveillance.’ The Sociological Review. September 2020. doi:10.1177/0038026120954785


Farrugia, David; Coffey, Julia; Threadgold , Steven; Sharp, Megan; Whitton, Fiona; Gill, Ros (2020) Young hospitality workers in their own words: working conditions, labouring practices and experiences of hospitality labour. Newcastle Youth Studies Network: University of Newcastle.

Informed News & Analysis

Naomi Pfitzner & Marie Segrave (2020) ‘If you call 000 … I will send you back to your country’: how COVID-19 has trapped temporary visa ho. The Conversation, September 24.
Henne, K, & Ventresca, M. (2020) NFL concussion lawsuit payouts reveal how racial bias in science continues. The Conversation, 18 September.
Grazyna Zajdow (2020) Suicide spikes and moral panic. Arena, September 17. 
Wendy Stone, Amity James, Sharon Parkinson & Steven Rowley (2020) How might COVID-19 change what Australians want from their homes?  The Conversation, September 17. 
Maho Omori, Alan Petersen, Barbara Babosa Neves, Adrian Carter, Mor Vered (2020) Aged care is at a crossroads – can AI . technologies help? Lens, September 17.
Alan Morris (2020) Here’s our chance to relieve energy poverty through post COVID stimulus. The Fifth Estate, September 17. 


Sarah Burrage
Meet Sarah Burrage (left) a fellow member and PhD student who has just finished a 14 day stint in quarantine. Sarah submitted an abstract for TASA 2020 and that email exchange led me to learn she had just entered quarantine. Seizing the moment, I asked Sarah if she would write about her quarantine experience for our Nexus blog. Days 1 - 7 were listed in last week's newsletter. You can catch up on days 8 - 14 via the links below.  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Sarah for accepting the invitation and sharing her quarantine experience. The posts have helped me feel connected to something outside of my stage 4-imposed environment, and I am other readers will get something from them also. 
Sarah Burrage (2020) Diary of a quarantined sociologist - day 8. Nexus, September 17
Sarah Burrage (2020) Diary of a quarantined sociologist - day 9. Nexus, September 18
Sarah Burrage (2020) Diary of a quarantined sociologist - day 10. Nexus, September 19
Sarah Burrage (2020) Diary of a quarantined sociologist - day 11. Nexus, September 20
Sarah Burrage (2020) Diary of a quarantined sociologist - day 12. Nexus, September 21
Sarah Burrage (2020) Diary of a quarantined sociologist - day 13. Nexus, September 22
Sarah Burrage (2020) Diary of a quarantined sociologist - day 14. Nexus, September 23


Ash Barnwell & Signe Ravn (2020) Introduction. Narrative Now, September 14. 
Ben Lohmeyer (2020) Youth & Violent ways of Being – Are young people or youth inherently violent? "Youths” breaking things and getting in fights are favourite topics of currents affairs programs and social media clickbait. Ben Lohmeyer shares a few stories from his book to challenge to this subtle and unconscious association.


JaneMaree Maher & Naomi Pfitzner (2020) TASA Thursdays: Responding to the 'Shadow Pandemic': Domestic violence during COVID-19. September 17. 
TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology

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

Call for papers - 2022 Special Issue

'Indigenous & sociological knowledges: Meeting points for health equity'.
Health Sociology Review seeks articles from Indigenous authors and their colleagues internationally, with the aim of identifying and guiding meeting points between Indigenous knowledges and sociological approaches to understanding health equity.
Seeking articles that consider health equity for Indigenous communities rather than individual health issues. Contributions are welcome on topics including social determinants of health and wellbeing, power and empowerment, racism, diversity across age, ability, gender, sexuality, identity and location, cultural safety, decolonising methodologies, sociologically informed program evaluations and theoretical developments.
Abstract submission deadline: November 13. Read on...
The Health Sociology Review (HSR) Special Section – Sociology and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic is now available. You can access all the articles, which are open access through to the end of this year, via the HSR website here.
HSR Editors in Chief Karen Willis and Sarah MacLean invited authors of the Special Section issue to submit videos about their paper for Social Sciences Week. TASA member, and Digital Publications Editor, Roger Wilkinson, edited the video submissions into one. See Health Sociology Review: Special Section on ‘Sociology and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic’ .

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New: 2020 Conversations Webinar Series: Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance
In a period of months, political and economic institutions across the world have been thrown into crisis by the spread of Covid-19. Leaders find themselves confronted by a series of critical junctures, moments of decision that will carry wide-ranging and long-lasting consequences for the basic structure of our societies.
  • Webinar 1 - Data, October 6 (chaired by fellow member Kate Henne)
  • Webinar 2 - Virus, October 13
  • Webinar 3 - Corporations, October 20 
  • Webinar 4 - Complexity, October 27
For details, and to register, read on...


The basic income imperative
TODAY Thursday, 24 September 5pm (AEST)
The increasing public support for a basic income as an economic right suggests an alternative way out of the pandemic slump – so what does basic income involve? And what are the social risks of ignoring or delaying a basic income?
For full details, and to register, read on...


New: Online Teaching Pathways for Early-Career Criminologists & Sociologists
7 & 8 October
This conference is specifically aimed at Sociology and Criminology ECRs and PhDs, to address challenges and opportunities for online teaching in the digital age and during the current global pandemic.
For details, read on... 
45th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) - Digital Conference
11-12 December 2020
The AASR has been fostering the development of high-quality scholarship on religion since its establishment in 1975. In this current time of crisis, in which community is at a premium, the AASR will meet online for its 45th annual conference, joined by colleagues from the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions.
Abstract submission deadline: 31 October. Read on...
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