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Date: 4/21/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter April 22
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~, 
We hope you can join us TODAY for our TASA Thursdays event with fellow member Kate Henne (ANU) speaking on ‘Reporting Apps and #MeTooBots: Mapping the Landscape of Apps against Sexual Violence’. Co-authors on the topic Renee Shelby and Jenna Imad Harb will be joining the discussion.  12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST. 
Meeting ID: 841 5370 8624 and Passcode: 739863
Call for Sociologist to speak with an editor of a German national newspaper
Elena Witzeck, an editor of the German national newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, would like to speak with a sociologist from Australia about what comes after the pandemic with respect to psychological and sociological changes. Elena is looking for a sociologist from Australia who might be able to give her some insight into how the gradual change back to normality affects people in Australia. She is also interested in an atmospheric picture of the country.
Like most media inquiries, Elena would like to speak with someone this week. +49 (0) 69 7591-3216

TASA Thursdays: save the date
TASA Thursdays Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session: ‘I need to stop saying yes to things’: Negotiating Boundaries and Commitments, hosted by Anthony K J Smith on behalf of the Postgraduate Sub-Committee, with panellists Emma Barnard, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, and Catriona Stevens – 6th May 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 850 4939 3290 & Passcode: 740672
Rick Spencer, University of Melbourne, will be speaking on 'How teachers disrupt heternormative practices within secondary school settingsfor TASA Thursdays on May 27thMore details to follow. 
Critical Indigenous Studies thematic group conveners Bronwyn Carlson and Tristan Kennedy, both at Macquarie University, will be speaking about their social media work for TASA Thursdays on July 22ndMore details to follow. 
Tim Graham, Queensland University of Technology, will be speaking on Social media and misinformation for TASA Thursdays on October 28More details to follow. 
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. 

Career Disruption Grant


TASA 2021 Covid Career Disruption Grant is targeted at TASA members whose career has been disrupted by the pandemic. The grant can be used to access career development opportunities, to cover the cost of a carer / babysitter / cleaner to have additional time for research, or for research related cost (e.g. transcription, participant reimbursement, etc.) where these costs cannot be covered by other funds. The grant can also be used to cover career development activities associated with establishing / furthering a career outside of academia.

A total of $3,000 is available, with a maximum of $1,000 available per applicant.
Applications close on Monday, 31 May 2021. Read on...
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
  • Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award: nominations close July 31
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

Andrew Singleton, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma (2021) Freedoms, Faiths and Futures: Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity. Bloomsbury Academic

Freedoms, Faiths and Futures
How do contemporary teenagers experience and understand religious, spiritual, gender and sexual diversity? How are their experiences mediated by where they go to school, their faith and their geographic location? Are their outlooks materialist, religious, spiritual, or do they have hybrid identities?

Freedoms, Faiths and Futures: Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity offers powerful insight into how teenagers make sense of the world around them. Drawing on rich data from a major national study, this book creates new ways of understanding the complexity of young people's lives and how school education covering diversity best addresses their world.

This book argues that school education focused on worldviews is founded on ways of thinking about young people that do not reflect the complexities of Generation Z's everyday experiences of diversity and their interactions with each other. It argues that certain kinds of education in schools can play a significant role in developing religious literacy, tolerance and positive attitudes to diversity. Read on... 

Edited By Deborah Lupton & Karen Willis (2021) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. Routledge. 

Since its emergence in early 2020, the COVID-19 crisis has affected every part of the world. Well beyond its health effects, the pandemic has wrought major changes in people’s everyday lives as they confront restrictions imposed by physical distancing and consequences such as loss of work, working or learning from home and reduced contact with family and friends.

This edited collection covers a diverse range of experiences, practices and representations across international contexts and cultures (UK, Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand). Together, these contributions offer a rich account of COVID society. They provide snapshots of what life was like for people in a variety of situations and locations living through the first months of the novel coronavirus crisis, including discussion not only of health-related experiences but also the impact on family, work, social life and leisure activities. The socio-material dimensions of quotidian practices are highlighted: death rituals, dating apps, online musical performances, fitness and exercise practices, the role of windows, healthcare work, parenting children learning at home, moving in public space as a blind person and many more diverse topics are explored. Read on... 

Book Chapters

Deborah Lupton and Karen Willis (2021) COVID society: introduction to the book. In Lupton, D., & Willis, K. (Eds.) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. Routledge. 

Deborah Lupton (2021) Contextualising COVID-19: sociocultural perspectives on contagion. In Lupton, D., & Willis, K. (Eds.) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. Routledge. 

Holly Thorpe, Julie Brice and Marianne Clark (2021)  Physical activity and bodily boundaries in times of pandemic. In Lupton, D., & Willis, K. (Eds.) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. Routledge. 

Ryan Thorneycroft and Lucy Nicholas (2021) Queer and crip temporalities during COVID-19: sexual practices, risk and responsibility. In Lupton, D., & Willis, K. (Eds.) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. Routledge. 

Marissa Willcox, Anna Hickey-Moody and Anne Harris (2021) Isol-AID, Art and Wellbeing: Posthuman Community Amidst COVID-19. In Lupton, D., & Willis, K. (Eds.) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. Routledge. 

Karen Willis and Natasha Smallwood (2021) Risky work: providing healthcare in the age of COVID-19. In Lupton, D., & Willis, K. (Eds.) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. Routledge. 

Peta S. Cook, Cassie Curryer, Susan Banks, Barbara Barbosa Neves, Maho Omori, Annetta H. Mallon and Jack Lam (2021) Ageism, risk, health and the body in COVID-19 times. In Lupton, D., & Willis, K. (Eds.) The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives. Routledge. 

Special Issues

Karen Soldatic, Linda Briskman, William Trewlynn, John Leha, Corrinne Sullivan and Kim Spurway (2021) Young, Indigenous, LGBTIQ+: Understanding and Promoting Social and Emotional WellbeingSocial Inclusion. [OPEN ACCESS]

Journal Articles

Maslen, S., & Harris, A. (2021). Becoming a diagnostic agent: A collated ethnography of digital-sensory work in caregiving intra-actions. Social Science & Medicine, 277, 113927.  [OPEN ACCESS]
Thorpe R., Masser B. M., Nguyen L and Davison T.E. Still willing and able to contribute: donor perspectives on donating blood in later life. ISBT science series, Published online 15 April 2021,  [OPEN ACCESS]

Haw J., Holloway K., Masser B.M., Merz E-M. and Thorpe R. Blood donation and the global COVID-19 pandemic: areas for social science research. Vox Sanguinis 116(4):363-365, April 2021  [OPEN ACCESS]

Lyall B. ‘Build a future champion’: exploring a branded activity-tracking platform for children and parents. Media International Australia. April 2021. doi:10..1177/1329878X211007167
Hamilton, S.L., Maslen, S., Farrant, B., Ilich, N. and Michie, C. (2021), “We don’t want you to come in and make a decision for us”: Traversing cultural authority and responsive regulation in Australian child protection systems. Australian Journal of Social Issues. Note, you can access the full article here.
Sara James & Anne-Maree Sawyer (2021) Wellbeing and Aging in The Australian Women’s Weekly magazine, Journal of Women & Aging, DOI: 10.1080/08952841.2021.1908815
Karen Soldatic, Corrinne Sullivan, Linda Briskman, John Leha, William Trewlynn, & Kim Spurway Social Inclusion and Exclusion for First Nations LGBTIQ+ People in Australia. Social Inclusion. [OPEN ACCESS]
Karen Soldatic, Linda Briskman, William Trewlynn, John Leha, Kim Spurway (2021) Social Exclusion/Inclusion and Australian First Nations LGBTIQ+ Young People’s WellbeingSocial Inclusion. [OPEN ACCESS]
Helen Forbes-Mewett, Kieran Hegarty & Rebecca Wickes (2021) Regional migration and the local multicultural imaginary: the uneasy governance of cultural difference in regional Australia, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2021.1915120
Bridges, D., Wulff, E. & Bamberry, L. (2021). Resilience for gender inclusion: Developing a model for women in male‐dominated occupations. Gender, Work & Organization,

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...
Susan Carland (2021) Ramadan is a time of restraint and renewal, of emptying-out and filling-up. ABC Religion and Ethics, April 12.

Discussion Papers

Lupton, D. (2021) ‘Flawed’, ‘cruel’ and ‘irresponsible’: the framing of automated decision-making technologies in the Australian press: a discussion paper. Available at:


Deborah Lupton (2021) Our new book is now out – The Face Mask in COVID Times: A Sociomaterial Analysis. Vitalities Lab, April 19. 


Karen Willis & Natasha Smallwood (2021) COVID-19’s toll on the mental health of doctors in Australia revealed. The Limbic Podcast, April 19. 
TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology - Carer's Bursary

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]. 
New: Research Fellow, Conscientious Objection to Abortion
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Work with a dynamic team of researchers to explore alternate approaches to regulating health professionals’ conscientious objection to abortion in Australia.
Application deadline: 25 April 11:55 PM AEST. Read on...
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
Eight PhD Opportunities
Deakin University - Alfred Deakin Institute
One opportunity is with fellow member Anita Harris in the area of youth, diversity and wellbeing in a digital age
Application deadline: May 30. Read on... 
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...

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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Call for Abstracts - Special Issue

New: Special Issue "New Media and Social Technology to Support Healthy Ageing and Aged Care"
The accepted papers will be published in a special Journal "New Media and Social Technology to Support Healthy Ageing and Aged Care"
Abstract submission deadline: April 30. Read on...

Conversations in Transgender Studies

Conversations in Transgender Studies - a mini series of panels
Held across four weeks, the series places academic, community and practitioner voices in dialogue as a way to consider some cross-cutting issues within transgender studies now.
The Law – Friday 23 April, 5pm
Tate McAllister, Senior Program Coordinator at A Gender Agenda
Dianne Otto, Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Law School
Christine Quinan, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Utrecht University
Sport – Friday 30 April, 12pm

Sport - Friday 30 April, 12pm
Karen Farquharson, Professor of Sociology, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Stella Lesic, President and Founder, Bushrangers Basketball Team
Health – Friday, 7 May, 12pm
Liz Duck Chong, Writer, Filmmaker, Photographer and Transgender Advocate
Christy Newman, Associate Professor & Associate Dean (Engagement, Impact and Enterprise), the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health
Alegra Wolter, General Practitioner, LGBTIQ Advocate, Indonesia
Work – Friday, 14 May, 12pm
Cordelia Attenborough, Victorian Public Service Pride Network
Sophie Pezzutto, A Gender Agenda and PhD Candidate, the Australian National University
For full details, read on... 


An Exploration of (cisgender) WSU staff's understanding of trans and gender diversity
With fellow member Lucy Nicholas
Wednesday July 21st 4:30pm, Liverpool or Zoom
Email to register for on campus or zoom. 
Children’s bodies Are Not Capital: Arduous Cross-border Mobilities Between Shenzhen and Hong Kong
20 May 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm,  Hong Kong and Perth time (UTC+8)
Speaker: Professor Johanna L. WATERS

Between successful/agentive ageing and grandparent duties: The Informal Care Chains of Transnational Chinese Grandparents and Their Australian Migrant Children and ‘Distant’ Grandchildren
21 May 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Hong Kong and Perth time (UTC+8)
Speaker: Professor Loretta BALDASSAR
For the full details of the above two webinars, and to register, read on...


International Sociological Association (ISA) Award for Excellence in Research and Practice
Awarded to a sociologist who advances and promotes sociological knowledge and practice through outstanding contributions to the discipline, the profession, and the ISA.
Nominations deadline: May 30. Read on...


Call for Session Proposals
Proposals are invited for sessions at RC20 Regional Conference on Comparative Sociology & The 2nd RC33 Regional Conference on Social Science Methodology.
Submission deadline: July 30. Read on...
Philippine Sociological Society's International Conference seeks to bring in a range of diverse voices that can problematize, theorize, and empirically analyze the various experiences of vulnerability, precarity and resistance. They invite presentations from sociologists and social scientists from around the world about their recent research and think pieces particularly on vulnerabilities and resistance. The conference is open to individual presentations and panel proposals.
For inquiries, email
Abstracts should not be longer than 250 words and should be submitted through this link
For panel submissions, submit via
Submission deadline: July 15. 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 AprilRead 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...
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We encourage you to support your colleagues by sharing details of your latest publications with them via this newsletter. No publication is too big or too small. Any mention of sociology is of value to our association, and to the discipline, so please do send through details of your latest publication (fully referenced & with a link, where possible) for the next newsletter, to TASA Admin. Usually, the newsletter is disseminated every Thursday morning.
Updating your Member Profile
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.
For assistance with updating your Member Profile on TASA web please see the video tutorial: Updating your Member Profile
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
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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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