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Date: 5/5/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter May 6
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~, 
The International Sociological Association's (ISA) Council of National Associations (national sociology association presidents) and ISA’s Council of Research Committees (all the RC presidents), have voted to postpone the 2022, TASA hosted, World Congress by approximately a year, to June 25-July 1, 2023.
As promised last week, April 22nd's TASA Thursdays event with Kate Henne (ANU) speaking on ‘Reporting Apps and #MeTooBots: Mapping the Landscape of Apps against Sexual Violence’ is available on video here.  
Today's TASA Thursdays event is a 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 –12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 850 4939 3290 & Passcode: 740672

Early this week, we emailed you with an update about TASA 2021 needing to be cancelled and the announcement of our alternative TASA November events. For details about TASA November and the available funding for face to face events, please visit our TASA November webpage.
We extend our warm congratulations to fellow member Ashleigh Haw who has recently accepted a position as a Level B Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
TASA Thursdays: save the date
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. 
Liz Dean, University of Melbourne, Ann Lawless & John McGuire, co conveners of the Sociology and Activism Thematic Group, as well as other speakers yet to be confirmed, will be discussing Protest Songs for TASA Thursdays on August 26More 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. 

Members' Publications


Williams Veazey, L. (2021). Migrant Mothers in the Digital Age: Emotions and Belonging in Migrant Maternal Online Communities (Routledge)

Migrant Mothers in the Digital Age
This book explores the experiences of migrant mothers through the lens of the online communities they have created and participate in. Examining the ways in which migrant mothers build relationships with each other through these online communities and find ways to make a place for themselves and their families in a new country, it highlights the often overlooked labour that goes into sustaining these groups and facilitating these new relationships and spaces of trust. Through the concept of ‘digital community mothering,’ the author draws links to Black feminist scholarship that has shed light on the kinds of mothering that exist beyond the mother–child dyad.  Read on...

Claire Baker (2021) A Sociology of Place in Australia: Farming, Change and Lived Experience. Palgrave MacMillian.

A Sociology of Place in Australia
This book weaves a social, economic and cultural history of Australia with rare first-hand accounts of the lived experience of change related to farming and agriculture. It provides a rich sociology of how living on the land has changed throughout Australia’s history. The book investigates the complex effects of the state on everyday life, using an historical agricultural case study of place to explore long-running sociohistorical processes of change examined through both a macro and micro sociological lens. This provides a multi-faceted perspective from which to examine economic, social and cultural transformations in each of these contexts and change is examined through multiple sites of expression: public policy and the role of the state; colonial processes of dispossession; social and cultural systems of value; economic change and its consequences; farming practices and lived experience; neoliberalism and globalisation and their social impacts; community decline and trends toward corporate and foreign land ownership. Each of these transformations impact upon lived experience and everyday life and this book provides grounded insight into exactly this relationship and process. Read on... 

Journal Articles

Smith K, Lawrence G. Agri-food scholarship: Past, present and future contributions to Australasian rural sociology. Journal of Sociology. April 2021. doi:10.1177/14407833211009616
Cui, J., Newman, C., Lancaster, K., Mao, L. (2021). Managing interprofessional dynamics to promote client empowerment in mental health practice: Exploring the perspectives of social workers in Sydney and Hong Kong. Published online in The Journal of Social Work on 28 April 2021.
van Kooy, John, Magee, Liam, and Robertson, Shanthi. 2021. 'Boat People' and Discursive Bordering: Australian Parliamentary Discourses on Asylum Seekers, 1977-2013, Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 37(1), 13–26. [OPEN ACCESS] 
Langford, A., Lawrence, G. and Smith, K. (2021) Financialization for Development? Asset Making on Indigenous Land in Remote Northern Australia, Development and Change, available at:

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...
Lucinda Aberdeen (2021) ‘It’s All Academic’, Breakfast with Matt Dowling. ABC Shepparton, Radio, 5 May, URL (consulted 5 May 2021): at 1.11.40. [During the 10-minute segment, Lucinda & Matt Dowling discussed the idea that Australia needs a Chief Social Scientist with reference to the travel ban on Australians in India and transnational families. The argument was made that there is an important body of social science scholarship, specifically Australian sociology, which could be better informing policy in Australia, especially in a time of a global pandemic.]


Roger Patulny (2021) How to avoid the loneliness of social media. The Stand. 


Karen Soldatic et al. (2021) Webinar: Indigenous and LGBTIQ+: Challenges of Social Inclusion in Australia. Cogitatio Press, April 29. 
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
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: Associate Professor in Criminology
Swinburne University, Hawthorn
Full time, ongoing position. Academic Level D: starting at $147,648+ 17% superannuation
Applications close: May 27. Read on...
New: Postdoctoral Fellowships, Sociology
The School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen, Siberia, Russia
Knowledge of Russian is not required. 
Applications close:  June 15.  Read on...
Note: details about tenure track positions in Sociology at the University of Limerick will be available next week. 
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
New: PhD Scholarship on image-based harms
Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University
Application deadline: May 31. Read on... 
Social practices of oral health in Australian preschool children
The University of Western Australia
They're seeking a PhD student to work as an important part of their international team on their ARC funded research project.
Application deadline: May 20. Read on... 
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...  

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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Research Report Launch

New: Research Report Launch: LGBTQIA+ Young People & Social Media Platforms
During this launch event the fellow members Benjamin Hanckel & Shiva Chandra will discuss the complex ways young people used social media during this time, how it changed, and how we can best support young LGBTQIA+ people for the future.
17th May, 16:00 – 18:00 AEST
Attendance: in person or via Zoom
For full details, and to register, read on...

Round Table Discussion

Algorithms and Creative Industries: Terms of Engagement
A DERC and Screen & Sound Cultures Research Group Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday 12 May, 1pm to 2.30pm (AEST)
RMIT University, Garden Building, Building 10, Level 6, Room 089 (Bowen St, above Streat Cafe)
For details, and to register, 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.
Health – Friday, TOMORROW 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...
TASA Gift Memberships
Gift memberships, for any membership category, can now be accessed at anytime via your membership profile screen. If you would like to gift a membership, to someone new or to a current member, please follow the steps below:
STEP 1: Click here and log in

STEP 2: Click on the drop down menu to the right of your name in the purple bar (RH) at the top of the website (see 1st image below)
STEP 3: Click on Profile (see 1st image below)
STEP 4: Click on the Gift Memberships menu item and complete the details, see yellow highlights in 2nd image below. 
Profile Steps 2
Submitting Newsletter Items
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
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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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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. 

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