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Date: 3/31/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter April 1
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~, 
TASA Thursdays: The Postgraduate Subcommittee is hosting a 'Postgraduate Virtual ForumTODAY Thursday1st April. 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEDT, via Zoom: []
Meeting ID: 872 5920 3102, Passcode: 979434]. Please note: This event is only intended for Postgraduate attendance (including Honours, Masters, or PhD), to introduce the new Postgrad Sub-Committee and to discuss priorities for TASA Postgrads. Future events will be open to all.
While we are on the subject of TASA Thursdays, we are very happy to share that last Thursdays event with Troy Henderson speaking on Universal Basic Income (UBI) is available on our YouTube channel. There you will also find a link to Troy's slides and three open access articles on UBI. 
Call for volunteers for TASA Thursdays webinars
We are seeking speakers for our TASA Thursdays monthly webinars. If you are interested in sharing your expertise, your work in progress, or leading a discussion on a topical sociological area please contact Roger Wilkinson, our Digital Publications Editor. The webinars are held on the 4th Thursday of every month. 
Personal pronoun preferences can now be added to your profile. There are 9 combination options to choose from. Please let Sally in TASA Admin know if your preference/s is not on the list and we will have them added or if you need assistance accessing your membership profile. 
We extend our warm congratulations to the following fellow members:
  • Deborah Stevenson for receiving Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy's Best Case Study/Best Essay Award 2020 for: Planning Creative Cities: Reflections on a Trend. Note, full access available. 
  • Martin Holt who received National Health and Medical Research Council funding of $1.2m for a 5-year project that will  enable researchers to continue to refine Australia's HIV response.
  •  Jennifer Ginsberg who has been nominated as the top Honours student for Sociology in 2020 at La Trobe University.
Petition: A charter to guide ministerial assessment of Australian Research Council recommendations
The Australian education minister has the power to veto Australian Research Council (ARC) recommendations to award research funding. These recommendations are the result of multiple peer reviews and expert assessment. However, in exercising ministerial discretion, the education minister does not have to abide by any stated code of conduct or adhere to guiding principles. The last two grants that were approved for funding by the ARC but are being 'held back' by Alan Tudge are on 1) transforming educational inequality and 2) better understanding humanitarian aid crises. Extensive ARC assessments already deemed these projects as being in the national interest. The taxpayers of Australia deserve to have an education minister who at least abides by a publicly approved code of conduct when exercising 'ministerial discretion' in these situations.

Fellow member, and current TASA Treasurer, Anna Hickey-Moody, has asked that we sign a petition to call for peak industry bodies and politicians to work together to develop a ministerial code of conduct for research approval that can hold our education minister to account.
TASA Thursdays: save the date
Fellow member Lizzie Knight, Victoria University, will be speaking on 'Assumed parenting roles and the systemic gaps in education and justice systems' for TASA Thursdays on November 25th. More details to follow. 
2021 TASA Awards
TASA Awards open for nominations this year include:
  • Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award: nominations close May 31
  • Outstanding Service to TASA Award: nominations close May 31
  • Teaching Sociology Award: nominations close June 15
  • Sociology in Action Award: nominations close June 15
  • Early Career Researcher - Best Paper Prize: nominations close June 30
This year, judging panels will also be assessing for the:
  • Best Paper in Health Sociology Review; and the
  • Best Paper in the Journal of Sociology.
You can access details about each award, and the nomination process/form, via TASAweb's Awards page
Members' Publications


Hughes, M, 2021, 'From the voices of CALD Women: towards family safety and freedom', Anglicare North Coast and Southern Cross University,

Journal Articles

Hickey-Moody A, Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles A, Rousell D, Hartley S. Children’s Carbon Cultures. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies. March 2021. doi:10.1177/1532708621997582. The full article is available here. 
Whitaker, L, Hughes, M & Rugendyke, B, 2021, 'Capturing Practice Wisdom: Advancing the Empowerment of Women from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds', The British Journal of Social Work.
Chesters, J., & Cuervo, H. (2021) (In)Equality of opportunity: Educational attainments of young people from rural, regional and urban Australia. The Australian Educational Researcher.
McKenzie, Lara 2021. ‘Un/making academia: Gendered precarities and personal lives in Australian Universities’, Gender and Education, Early view. <>.

Informed News & Analysis

For tips from fellow members on getting published in The Conversation (TC), click here. For some members' articles published in TC between 2013 & 2019, click here. To find out what can happen after publishing in TC, read on...
Flood, M. (2021). Panel presentation, Gender, Power, Violence: Creating a better normal. Parliamentary Friends of Social Sciences event, Parliament House, March 23, Canberra.


Rick Spencer (2021) Trans & Gender Diverse Workshops: Health & Wellbeing, Peer Education, Society and Culture, Society & Culture. Joy, March 26. 


Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism thematic group (2021) NextGenMEM Conversations About… Interdisciplinary Research: Melding Methodologies, Theories and Researcher Identities in Migration Studies
UCSB Global Studies Colloquium: Tommaso Durante "The Global and the Visual", University of California Santa Barbara, 2021.
Thematic Groups
Note, the Sociology of Sport thematic group has changed its name to the Sociology of Sport and Leisure
S and G seminar series
This seminar series features TASA members Kate Huppatz (March), Ben Hanckel and Shiva Chandra (May) and Lucy Nicholas (July).

Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) Thematic Group Symposium and Special Issue of the Journal of Global Indigeneity on Indigenous Sociology
Sociology needs Indigenous scholars. Reflections in recent years have highlighted the paucity of Indigenous Australian perspectives in sociology scholarship. Despite this shortfall, Indigenous sociologists and allies are highly research productive in areas of the sociology of sport, health and wellbeing, politics and policy, intimacy, identity, digital technology, and popular culture.
CIS co-conveners Bronwyn and Tristian call for papers from Indigenous sociologists and cross-disciplinary researchers that demonstrate contemporary directions in Indigenous scholarship. They particularly welcome papers which look to Indigenous peoples’ and communities’ political, social, and cultural futures.

Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be submitted to by COB 5 April 2021.
For full details, see the Flyer

TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology - Carer's Bursary

New: The editors of the Journal of Sociology are inviting applications from the community of sociological scholars, who are TASA members, for a Carer’s Bursary funded by TASA.

This bursary is in response to a noticeable drop in submissions by authors with caring responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bursary totals $1000 for an author who has experienced disruption to publication outputs during COVID-19.
Applications close June 21st. For the full details, see the bursary webpage here.

Journal of Sociology - call for expressions of interest

Call for expressions of interest to guest edit a special issue of the Journal of Sociology for 2023.  The deadline for submissions, of no more than 3000 words in length, is Monday 21st June and they need to go to Allegra Schermuly, Managing Editor of the Journal. For details, read on...

Health Sociology Review

The latest special issue of Health Sociology Review is now out, guest edited by TASA members Christy Newman and Anthony K J Smith along with colleagues Elizabeth Duck-Chong, Son Vivienne, Cristyn Davies, Kerry H. Robinson & Peter Aggleton: Waiting to be seen: social perspectives on trans health [open access for 90 days]. 
There are many members of TASA who are looking for work, from sessional teaching through to applied consultancy research. Our 'Looking for Work' registry is to provide a way for our members who are looking for work to connect with people looking to employ sociologists. We also acknowledge many of our members are employed precariously, and we hope this registry might help in building connections and networks towards more stable employment.
Note, if you are looking for work you can list yourself in the 'Looking for Work' registry via your membership profile. Click on the Additional Member Data tab and scroll down to the question 'Are you looking for work?' After selecting 'yes' to that question, your details will appear in our publicly searchable 'Find a Sociologist' directory. Please contact TASA Admin if you need assistance adding your details. 
If you would like to be spotlighted in our newsletter as someone looking for work, please email TASA Admin, and attach a profile image that can be used in the spotlight and include a bio outlining your location, highest qualification, areas of expertise, the type of work you are looking for, and whether you are in a position to relocate etc. 

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
PhD fellowship in Critical Disability Studies
Carleton University, Canada
Part of the Engendering Disability Inclusive Development Partnership Project.
Application deadline: June 30. Read on... 
PhD Scholarship - Social practices of oral health in Australian preschool children
Flinders University
The PhD will be primarily qualitative, using ethnographic approaches to uncover and understand the social practices within families as they pertain to the oral health of pre-school children.
Applications close: 30th April. Read on... 
PhD Scholarship - Urban Care Geographies: Sustaining life in post-welfare cities
Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
The successful candidate will work within a research team on an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project, Shadow Care Infrastructures: sustaining life in the post-welfare city.
Applications close:
30th April. Read on...
Reducing young women’s offending through improved service delivery in human services and the youth justice system
This opportunity is for a full time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) student who identifies as both female and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to support an innovative three-year study of young women’s contact with the youth justice and community services systems. For details, 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
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New: ‘Rethinking Counter-Urbanisation – Explorations into internal migration away from the cities’
Institute of Australian Geographers & New Zealand Geographical Society combined conference
University of Sydney, 6-9 July
Submission deadline: April 5. Read on... 
Cultural Studies Association of Australasia - Bodies in Flux
1 - 3 December, Edith Cowan University, Perth
Submission deadline extended: July 30th. Read on...

So Fi Zine: Call for Submissions

So Fi Zine #9 with Sujatha Fernandes
With Sujatha Fernandes, So Fi Zine #9 invites creative pieces that open new spaces of expression. Play with voice and place. Consider the conditions under which stories are told. Read her reflections on why we need connective stories of depth and complexity here.
Submissions close: April 30. Read on...

Fellowship Opportunity

National Library of Australia Fellowships
The National Library of Australia, in partnership with its generous sponsors and donors, offers researchers an opportunity to undertake a 12-week residency at the Library. Applicants may work in any field or discipline where the Library's collections have appropriate depth and breadth to support the desired outcomes.
Application deadline: 5pm AEST, Monday 26 April. Read on...


Queer Theory Reading Group Symposium
August 5th, Macquarie University and Online via Zoom
The Queer (Theory) Reading Group began in 2019 as an interdisciplinary group for HDR students to meet and discuss genders and sexualities research. The reading group has been a source of ongoing support and collaboration, and we hope to share this space with others as we showcase ECR and HDR scholars' research on genders and sexualities.
Abstract submission deadline: April 30th. Read on...

International online Workshops

CCI Poster
Crime, Criminalisation & Injustice: Stream 2, Welfare & Citizenship
Wed, 7 April 2021 19:00 – 23:00 AEST
For full details, and to register,  read on...

Crime, Criminalisation and Injustice. Stream 3,  Disability, Crime and Discrimination
Weds 14th April, 10am – 2pm GMT
For full details, and to register, read on...

Crime, Criminalisation and Injustice. Stream 4, Youth, Marginalisation, Gender and Crime
Weds 21st April, 10am – 2pm GMT
For full details, and to register, read on... 
The above workshops combine the strengths & insights of International research on Social Policy, Sociology, Politics & Criminology. Fellow member Karen Soldatic is one of the organisers. 
Note, you do not need to present to participate in the stream workshops.
Updating your Member Profile
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TASA Documents and Policies
You can access details of TASA's current Executive Committee 2021 - 2022, and their respective portfoliosas well as documents and policies, including the ConstitutionValues StatementStatement on Academic Freedom, 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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