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Date: 11/18/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter November 19
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,   
We are happy to have two employment opportunities to share with you this week (see further down the newsletter). And if you missed last week's TASA Thursdays Webinar featuring James Arvanitakis speaking on Living Blue in a Deep Red State: A sociological analysis of the 2020 election after a year spent in Wyoming,  you can catch up on the discussion via TASA's YouTube Channel here.
We are looking forward to Today's TASA Thursdays event; a Casual Chat with Distinguished Sociologist Sharyn Roach Anleu on Doing sociology in and around law,  12:30pm - 1:30pm, AEDTvia Zoom ID: 871 0916 9257. Passcode: 828554
If you are not one of the 386 people that have registered for next week's TASA 2020 conference, you can still do so via the link below. If you have registered, we hope to be able to email you login details to the conference platform tomorrow. 
Our warm congratulations are extended to the following members on recently being awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery grant for commencement in 2021: 
  • Louise Keogh et al. Reducing the harms associated with conscientious objection to abortion.
  • Martin Holt et al. Networks in Flux: Examining how sector relationships adapt to rapid change.
  • Martin Holt et al. Evidence-making and implementing interventions in a viral elimination era.
  • Johanna Wyn, Dan Woodman, Jennifer Chesters & Julia Cook et al. Young people shaping livelihoods across three generations.
Whilst we enjoy being able to share our members' success, we also recognise that there were many members who missed out in this funding round.
Thematic Groups

Introducing the new conveners for the
Crime & Governance thematic group:
Natalie Maystorovich & Clarissa Carden

Natalie Maystorovich's research interests include humanitarian and human rights law; transitional justice; the archaeological recovery of mass graves; and the capacity of social movements to elicit social, political and legal change as they seek justice for victims. Her focus is on socio-legal research and qualitative methods in an attempt to merge her political and social interests with a scholarship which may enact social change. Since 2012 she has worked with the Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica (ARMH – Association for the Recovery of Historic Memory) in an attempt to draw attention to the difficulties experienced by victims and their relatives in the recuperation of their missing.
Clarissa Carden is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work explores the intersection of morality and social change, with a particular focus on the lives of young people. Her broad body of research includes scholarship on the history and present of education in Queensland, grief in virtual worlds, and historical juvenile justice. Her postdoctoral research project examines the emergence of contemporary youth justice in Australia through a close examination of the case studies of Westbrook, in Queensland, and Mount Penang, in New South Wales.
TASA Thursdays - Save the date

Due to TASA 2020, there will be no TASA Thursdays event on November 23rd.  
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 AEDT, via Zoom. Access details to be confirmed. 
Members' Publications
In case you are not aware, if you would like to list your latest publications in our newsletter please email the details to Sally in TASA Admin. 


Jones, Paul K. 2020. Critical Theory and Demagogic Populism. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Critical Theory
Populism is a powerful force today, but its full scope has eluded the analytical tools of both orthodox and heterodox 'populism studies'. This book provides a valuable alternative perspective. It reconstructs in detail for the first time the sociological analyses of US demagogues by members of the Frankfurt School and compares these with contemporary approaches. Modern demagogy emerges as a key under-researched feature of populism, since populist movements, whether 'left' or 'right', are highly susceptible to 'demagogic capture'. The book also details the culture industry's populist contradictions - including its role as an incubator of modern demagogues - from the 1930s through to today's social media and 'Trumpian psychotechnics'. Features a previously unpublished text by Adorno on modern demagogy as an appendix. Read on...

Chou, Mark and Busbridge, Rachel (2020) How Local Governments Govern Culture War Conflicts. New York: Cambridge University Press.

How Local Governments
While local governments have traditionally been thought relatively powerless and unpolitical, this has been rapidly changing. Recent years have seen local governments jump headfirst into a range of so-called culture war conflicts like those concerning LGBTI rights, refugee protection, and climate change. Using the Australia Day and Columbus Day controversies as case studies, this Element rejuvenates research on how local governments respond to culture war conflicts, documenting new fronts in the culture wars as well as the changing face of local government. In doing this, this Element extends foundational research by advancing four new categories of responsiveness that scholars and practitioners can employ to better understand the varied roles local governments play in contentious culture war conflicts. Read on...
Note: This book is currently open access to the 27 November through Cambridge Elements.

Journal Articles

 Cook J. Understanding Home Renovation as a Material Future-Making Practice. Sociology. November 2020. doi:10.1177/0038038520954689
Jones, Paul K. 2020. "Márkus and the retrieval of the sociological Adorno." Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology 160 (1):58-72. doi: 10.1177/0725513620959980.

Book Reviews

Poynting, S. (2020) Review of Sophie McNeill, We Can't Say We Didn't Know Sydney: HarperCollins, 2020, Media International Australia 170(1), November, 190-191.

Poynting, S. (2020) Review of Cynthia Banham, Liberal Democracies and the Torture of their Citizens Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing, 2017, State Crime 9, 1, 129-132.

Informed News & Analysis

Dean Murphy, Kane Race, Kiran Pienaar & Toby Lea. (2020). Transforming risk, sex and the self: Making new HIV futures. HIV Australia, November 18.
James Arvanitakis (2020) Arvanitakis on American politics: What will happen next? Open Forum, November 14. 
Helen Forbes-Mewett (2020) The future of international students in Australia hangs in the balance. Open Democracy, November 10. 

Blog Posts

Deborah Lupton (2020) Recordings of talks I’ve given this year. This Sociological Life, November 15.


James Arvanitakis (2020) Is Polling Relevant in 2020? Fullbright Australia, November 5. 
Raewyn Connell (2020) 'Do We Need Intellectuals?' Professor Raewyn ConnellAcademy of the Social Sciences in Australia, October 28. 
Thematic Group events

Living in Crisis

Social Theory Thematic Group & Thesis Eleven
Friday 27th November, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM AEDT, online
Keynote Speakers: Deborah Lupton (UNSW), Craig Calhoun (Arizona State), Peter Vale (Stellenbosch) and Peter Beilharz (Sichuan, Curtin)
For full details, and to register, read on...
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

Volume 29, 2020 - Issue 3: Tech, Sex and Health: The Place of New Technologies in Sex, Sexual Health, and Human Intimacy

The latest special issue of Health Sociology Review is now out, guest edited by TASA members Jennifer Power and Andrea Waling: Tech, Sex and Health: The Place of New Technologies in Sex, Sexual Health, and Human Intimacy.

This special issue also includes contributions from TASA members, Jennifer Power, Andrea Waling, (guest editors), Jacinthe Flore, Kiran Pienaar and Gary Dowsett.
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’ .
Sociology and the Covid-19 pandemic. Less than two weeks after COVID-19 had been declared a pandemic, Health Sociology Review guest editor Deborah Lupton disseminated a call for abstracts, with a timeline for submission, peer review and publication designed to publish a COVID-19 special section as quickly as possible. This video is a snapshot of the special section authors' comments depicting sociology's trait in understanding the impacts of the pandemic around the globe.
New: Join an interdisciplinary and international research team on an exciting new ARC Linkage Project Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena!

The Research Fellow and Project Manager will collaborate with a large interdisciplinary, international team led by TASA member Professor Renata Kokanović on the ARC Linkage Project Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena (LP190100247). This investigator team also includes Jacinthe Flore, co-convenor of the Health Sociology Thematic Group, as well as academics with expertise in critical mental health research, medical humanities, cultural studies, psychiatry, and qualitative and arts-based approaches to mental health research. The project represents a significant partnership with key mental health organisations in Australia and is guided by an Advisory Group led by people with experience of contact with mental health services.

It will provide unique opportunities for mentorship and career development for an academic focusing on developing their track record in critical mental health research. The project is based in the Social and Global Studies Centre (SGSC), RMIT University.

More information and contact details on the Research Fellow position at this link.

More information and contact details on the Project Manager position at this link.
Note, the application deadline for both positions is Sunday December 6. 

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
La Trobe University Industry Research Scholarship – Parade College (Masculinities)
This prestigious scholarship, established by La Trobe University in partnership with Parade College, will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in exploring student voice and agency, masculinities, and LGBTQIA+ experiences.
Application deadline: 22 November. 
Read on...
PhD Scholarship - ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making +Society, UNSW Node
The purpose of the Scholarship is to support PhD candidates working on a topic related to the sociocultural aspects of automated decision-making in health or medicine under the supervision of Professor Deborah Lupton at the UNSW Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society. 
Application deadline: Midday, December 10. Read on...
PhD Scholarship - Vitalities Lab, Centre for Social Research in Health/Social Policy Research Centre
The purpose of the Scholarship is to support PhD candidates working on a topic related to the Vitalities Lab led by Professor Deborah Lupton.
Application deadline: Midday, December 10.  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


New: Digital Mental Health Service Delivery in the Age of COVID 19
Monday November 30, 10:00am - 11:30am AEDT
Speakers include TASA member Jacinthe Flore
For full details, and to register, read on...

Call for sociologists researching cultural diversity dimensions of COVID

New: Inviting your contributions as sociologists on COVID and CALD Australians
Responding to a long campaign by community organisations amid concerns about possible failures in response to diverse communities, the Commonwealth recently established an advisory committee on “Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD)", in relation to the COVID pandemic. The Committee advises the CMO and the Department of Health. In a parallel move discussion continues among health data jurisdictions over whether and in what way data should be collected that throws light on CALD communities in the pandemic. The CALD COVID19 group is made up of people from medical and paramedical fields, NGOs and a few scholars. Fellow member Andrew Jakubowicz has been appointed to the Committee as a sociologist signaling a recognition that the pandemic is a social process and will require sociological insights to address. An Indigenous advisory group has been operative since the beginning of COVID, and has proven extremely effective in contributing to ensuring that Indigenous Australians have not been subject to the virulence, mortality and extent of infections common in Indigenous peoples elsewhere in the world.
This note invites colleagues in TASA who are researching cultural diversity dimensions of COVID to contact Andrew in order to improve the flow of information about sociological research in this important field to the advisory pathway now opening.
Please email Andrew on, and ensure “CALD-COVID” is in the subject line.

Call for Presenters

Call for presenters for the 2021 Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series
If you are interested in being a part of the seminar series next year, please complete this form and email it back to Dorinda Thart.

Call for Papers

International Journal on Homelessness (IJOH)
This is a new journal and you are invited to contribute to the first edition
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2021. Read on...

Call for Participants

Cultural Interactions in Australia.
Researchers at La Trobe University are seeking volunteer research participants to be involved in a study about interactions with different cultural groups within Australia. Questions will involve personal experiences and opinions regarding cultural groups- their interactions and mutual influence in society.

If you are 18 year or older, have been living in Australia for 5+ years, have access to the internet and are willing for your interview audio to be recorded, you are eligible to take part in this study.

If selected, the interview will take approximately 30 - 45 minutes of your time and will be conducted and recorded via Zoom or over the phone. After the interview, you will receive a $20 gift voucher for your contribution. Your participation is voluntary.

This research is conducted as part of a PhD thesis, submitted to the Department of Psychology and Counselling, La Trobe University.

For more information and to express your interest, please fill out the screening questionnaire here or contact Graduate Researcher, Ariane Virgona. Ethics approval number: HEC20396

Findable Trauma Data Project

TASA member Anna Denejkina is a co-lead on the Findable Trauma Data project, which was established to make traumatic stress research data FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Inter-operable, and Re-usable. The database being created will be an accessible index of trauma data resources for all researchers and research students globally. Importantly, the project team are not after access to any data: the aim of this project is to index existing trauma data resources and include basic information on the resource (e.g. geographic location, type and size of study, and whether / how it is accessible for use by others).
For further details about the project, a submission portal, and contact details, read on...
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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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