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Date: 11/25/2020
Subject: TASA Members' Special Newsletter November 26 including details of today's #TASA2020 events
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~, 
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone that contributed to our weekly TASA Thursdays events this year; the organisers, the hosts, the guest speakers, and the attendees. There were many positive aspects that arose from holding the events including the contribution they have made to growing TASA's YouTube channel resources. Last week's TASA Thursdays chat with distinguished sociologist Sharyn Roach Anleu is now available as are the many recordings from this week's TASA 2020 events. You can access them here
There will be one more TASA Thursdays event this year and that will be a webinar hosted by Roger Wilkinson with Adele Pavlidis, Catherine Palmer Suzanne Schrijnder each presenting on their area of expertise on the topic, 'Sport, leisure and the newnormal: sociological insights for developing an agenda for change'. December 1012:30pm - 1:30pm AEDT, via Zoom. Meeting ID: 835 6974 6464
Passcode: 762096


We welcome you to join us TODAY for our final day of TASA 2020 events.

Book Launches
11:30am - 12:00pm AEDT
Into the Sea: Ash Watson (author) in conversation with Shanthi Robertson
Password: TASA2020
11:30am - 12:00pm AEDT
Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture: James Arvanitakis (author) will be joined by Karen Soldatic and John Reese 
Password: 000339
12:00am - 12:30pm AEDT
The Stability of Society: Erik Aslaksen
Meeting ID: 846 4433 2313 Passcode: 838746
Prize Presentations: 1:15PM - 2:00PM AEDT
Awards Presentations: 1:15pm - 2:00pm AEDT
Meeting ID: 879 9585 2459
Passcode: 788638

There will be 8 Awards presented:

1. Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award
2. Stephen Crook Memorial Award 
3. Raewyn Connell Prize 
4. Journal of Sociology Best Paper Award
5. Sociology in Action Award 
6. Early Career Researcher Best Paper Award 
7. Inaugural Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award, recipient A
8. Inaugural Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award, recipient B 
Presidential Address: 2:00PM - 2:30PM AEDT
Join TASA President Dan Woodman for his final presidential address before handing the baton over to incoming president Alphia Possamai-Inesedy.
 Meeting ID: 876 6452 2321
Passcode: 419412
Annual General Meeting: 2:30PM - 3:30PM AEDT
AGM: 2:30pm - 3:30pm ID: 851 9947 5611
Passcode: 517257

1. President’s Welcome and Overview
2. Apologies:
3. Business Arising
4. Acceptance of 2019 AGM minutes 
5. Introduction and ratification on incoming Executive members
6. Presentation of Financial Statements; 2020 Auditors report
• Ratification of 2020 Financial statements
7. Questions on Matters in the 2019/2020 Annual Report 
8. Constitutional Changes
9. Other Business

Proposed Constitutional Changes
The Constitutional Changes (item 8) proposed by the TASA Executive are:

Motion 1: Add the following sub-section to clause 14 to refer to when election calls for nominations to the TASA Executive don’t yield submissions for every portfolio position:

(v) If no nominations are received for any office, after the completion of the ballot for nominated positions as per Clause 14 (iv), the Executive Committee shall reopen the call for contenders for those offices. The balloting process will then follow Clauses 14 (iii) and (iv). If no nominations are again received for any office, this process may again be followed so long as the date upon which nominations for each such office shall close not less than two months before the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the year in which election of Executive members is to take place.

Motion 2: Remove rules 73-75, as it is no longer a requirement that associations incorporated in the ACT have a Common Seal:

Common Seal
73. The Common Seal of the Association must be kept by the TASA Executive Officer.
74. The Executive Committee must authorise the affixing of the Common Seal to any document.
75. It must be affixed in the presence of two members of the Executive Committee.
TASA 2020 Recordings
We extremely pleased to announce that many of this week's TASA 2020 sessions have been recorded and they are now available on our YouTube channel here.
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. 


Rodriguez Castro, Laura (2020) Decolonial Feminisms, Power and Place: Sentipensando with Rural Women in Colombia, Palgrave.

This book draws on participatory ethnographic research to understand how rural Colombian women work to dismantle the coloniality of power. It critically examines the ways in which colonial feminisms have homogenized the "category of woman,” ignoring the intersecting relationship of class, race, and gender, thereby excluding the voices of “subaltern women” and upholding existing power structures. Supplementing that analysis are testimonials from rural Colombian women who speak about their struggles for sovereignty and against territorial, sexual, and racialized violence enacted upon their land and their bodies. By documenting the stories of rural women and centering their voices, this book seeks to dismantle the coloniality of power and gender, and narrate and imagine decolonial feminist worlds. Scholars in gender studies, rural studies, and post-colonial studies will find this work of interest. Read on...

Shanton Chang, Catherine Gomes (Eds.) Digital Experiences of International Students: Challenging Assumptions and Rethinking Engagement, Routledge.

Exploring the impact of the digital environment on international students, carefully selected global contributors examine how digital experiences have been used to internationalize higher education. Using fascinating case studies and current research, this book considers the digital experiences of students as a result of their engagement with international education providers and stakeholders from a transnational and trans-disciplinary perspective.

Looking specifically at the digital transitions and networks that international students experience during their time studying overseas, this book examines the ways in which the curriculum and higher education institutions’ engagement strategies have been shaped by the digital environment. Read on...

Journal Articles

Vassilissa Carangio, Karen Farquharson, Santina Bertone & Diana Rajendran (2021) Racism and White privilege: highly skilled immigrant women workers in Australia, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44:1, 77-96, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1722195
Shanton Chang, Dana McKay, Nadia Caidi, Antonette Mendoza, Catherine Gomes and Cansu Dedeogly. 2020 ‘From Way Across the Sea: Information Overload and International Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 22 Oct – 1 Nov.
Catherine Gomes. 2020. Outside the Classroom. Journal of International Students, 10 (4).

Informed News & Analysis

Brendan Churchill (2020) No one escaped COVID’s impacts, but big fall in tertiary enrolments was 80% women. Why? The Conversation, November 23. 
James Arvanitakis (2020) Arvanitakis on education: Building brave spaces. Open Forum, November 21. 

Blog Posts

Clare Southerton (2020) Animal Crossing Fans: Come and play with us! Vitalities Lab, November 16. 


Rick Spencer (2020) Embracing individuality and diversity within education webinar recording. University of Melbourne, November 18. 
Thematic Group events

Living in Crisis

Social Theory Thematic Group & Thesis Eleven
TOMORROW 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:
New: The Journal of Sociology - Volume: 56, Number: 3 (September 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.
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.
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
New: Opportunity for innovative qualitative research PhD as part of an ARC funded research project “Social practices of oral
health in Australian preschool children”.
Deadline 10am 3rd December but may accept a suitable applicant prior to that date and we encourage you to contact us early and discuss your interest (Submission for UPA Scholarship closes 4th December).
Please contact Professor Linda Slack-Smith (08) 64884505.
For full details,  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: Cultures of TikTok in the Asia Pacific
7 December, via Zoom
Registration is free but essential. Read on...


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

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...
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
Accessing Online Materials & Resources
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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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