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Date: 6/2/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter June 3
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~, 
Regarding the large book collection we mentioned in this newsletter recently, we are happy to report that the Sydney University Sociology Department is going to house about a third of books. A member is currently looking at taking the remaining books. 
We hope you can join us for today's TASA Thursdays Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session: How to publish: A behind-the-scenes look at the journal publishing process hosted by Laura Simpson Reeves on behalf of the Postgraduate Sub-Committee, with panellists A/Prof Sarah MacLean (co editor-in-chief of Health Sociology Review) and Dr Allegra Schermuly (managing editor of Journal of Sociology) – 3rd June 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom:  Meeting ID: 892 1123 3673 & Passcode: 564421
If you missed the TASA Thursdays event last week with Rick Spencer speaking on 'How teachers disrupt heternormative practices within secondary school settings', the video recording is available here.  
Abstract submissions, for TASA Thematic Week, are will close on Monday July 12.
For details about TASA November and the available funding for face to face events, please visit our TASA November webpage. The deadline for funding applications is Monday July 12.
Save the Dates
TASA Thursdays for retired members hosted by Roger Wilkinson. June 24thMore 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, and James Godfrey, University of London, 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' Engaging Sociology

Journal Articles

Barnwell A, Neves BB, Ravn S. Captured and captioned: Representing family life on Instagram. New Media & Society. May 2021. doi:10.1177/14614448211012791
Lyons, A., Rasmussen, M. L., Anderson, J., & Gray, E. (2021). Counting gender and sexual identity in the Australian census. Australian Population Studies, 5(1), 40-48. [full access]
Stevens, C., & Fozdar, F. (2021). Ethnicity, race or nation? Census classifications as barriers to the measurement of mixedness in Australia. Australian Population Studies, 5(1), 49-55.  [full access]

Sarah J. MacLean, Gabriel Caluzzi, Mark Ferry, Andrew Bruun, Jennifer Skattebol, Joanne Neale, & Joanne Bryant (2021) Why we stopped using the term ‘aftercare’. Drug and Alcohol Review.
Journal of Sociology- Volume: 57, Number: 2 (June 2021)
Johnson B, West R. Ableist contours of Down syndrome in Australia: Facebook attitudes towards existence and parenting of people with Down syndrome. Journal of Sociology. 2021;57(2):286-304. doi:10.1177/1440783319893474
Martin CA. Jumping the queue? The queue-jumping metaphor in Australian press discourse on asylum seekers. Journal of Sociology. 2021;57(2):343-361. doi:10.1177/1440783320905657
Nash M, Moore R. ‘When I look in the bathroom mirror, I see all the women standing behind me’: An evaluation of a leadership development program for women in STEMM. Journal of Sociology. 2021;57(2):362-379. doi:10.1177/1440783320911453
Marino S. Thrown into the world: The shift between pavlova and pasta in the ethnic identity of Australians originating from Italy. Journal of Sociology. 2021;57(2):231-248. doi:10.1177/1440783319888283
La Paglia H, Nash M, Grant R. Studying gender in the neoliberal, postfeminist university: Australian university students’ perspectives. Journal of Sociology. 2021;57(2):380-393. doi:10.1177/1440783320911465
Barnes T. Pathways to precarity: Work, financial insecurity and wage dependency among Australia’s retrenched auto workers. Journal of Sociology. 2021;57(2):443-463. doi:10.1177/1440783320925151
Feng Z, Patulny R. Should I use my ‘weak’ social capital or ‘strong’ guanxi? Reviewing and critiquing two theories in the context of Western-Chinese migration. Journal of Sociology. 2021;57(2):464-482. doi:10.1177/1440783320925152


Ruby Grant and Nyree Pisanu (2021) The Tasmania Project: what wellbeing means for LGBTIQ Tasmanians. University of Tasmania. May 25. 

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...
Gavin Smith (2021) Mouse plague could tackled by snakes: ANU researcher. The Canberra Times, May 27. 


Hannah McCann et al. (2021) Hair — Why do we care? ABC Radio, Ladies, We Need To Talk with Yumi Stynes, June 1. 
Thematic Groups
High School Competition
The TASA thematic group Sport & Leisure is organising an essay/video contest for secondary school students (year 10, 11, 12). With participation in sport increasing in Australia, especially among girls and young women, and with major sporting events on the horizon (Tokyo Olympics, Women’s World Cup 2023, Queensland bid for 2032 Olympics), it is time to engage students with sociology and how it can help explain various issues in sport and social life more broadly. Sports and leisure activities are a large part of many young people’s life and thus, the topic lends itself perfectly to introduce secondary school students to the sociology of sport. Students will be invited to write a 600-word essay or produce a 3 minute YouTube video covering the role of sport/leisure in society. Applicants should incorporate at least ONE key sociological issue: gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity into their answer.

If you would like to help the group promote this competition in your (school) network, you can use this flyer.  Also, the conveners are looking for books on sociology on sport and/or leisure to compile for the prizes for the winning students. If anyone has copies left of their inspiring work and is willing to share for this competition, please contact us via email:,,
For more information, read on...
2021 TASA Awards
TASA Awards open for nominations this year include:
  • 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 -open access articles

New: there are currently 12 Health Sociology Review open access articles that you can access here.
Content Expert
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A content expert is needed to author the content for the area ‘training and mentoring’. Academic records or working experiences in the communication for development sector as well as experience working in or with members of the Pacific Islands are beneficial, however, not crucial for this position.
For more information and background please contact the project manager Nicola Wunderlich (Mobile: +61 409745846) 
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...
Lecturer below the bar in Sociology (2 positions)
University of Limerick, Ireland
Applications close: August 31st. For details, and to apply, click here and in 'Vacancy type' select 'academic and then key in 043308 in the 'Search by Recruitment Reference'.
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
Revised ad: PhD scholarship exploring the experiences of borderline personality among young people
Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University
The PhD project will explore lived experiences of borderline personality among young people. As borderline personality among young people is commonly stigmatised and stereotyped, it is important to understand their experiences within and beyond clinical settings. For example, we know little of young people's lived and everyday experiences of borderline personality, including social, cultural and economic circumstances; their relationships with friends and family; and how they seek advice online, among peers and through formal services, alongside how they navigate clinical settings.

The student will be panel supervised by TASA-members Prof Renata Kokanović and Jacinthe Flore, and Prof Stuart DM Thomas, who conduct research in sociology / critical mental health, cultural studies, and forensic mental health. The PhD thesis will form part of a larger interdisciplinary Australian Research Council Linkage Project titled ‘Borderline Personality as Social Phenomena’, led by Prof Kokanović. They will be trained in advanced qualitative methodologies in the social sciences. The candidate will be an integral member of the Linkage Project team and will contribute to the intellectual development of the project and its outputs (such as co-authored publications).
For more information, 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 extended: June 20.  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

Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory

New: The Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence in The University of Sydney Law School invites entries for the Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory 2021. The Prize will be awarded to the author or authors of the entry that, since 30 June 2016, has best advanced the sociological approach to jurisprudence. The winner of the Prize will receive AU$50,000 and may also be invited to participate in the activities of the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence for up to one semester and to deliver the Julius Stone Address.
Nomination deadline: June 30. Read on...


New: Communities of care: COVID-19 in NSW Aboriginal communities
Seminar presenting findings on COVID-19 vaccine acceptability and other protective strategies in NSW Aboriginal communities
Tuesday, 15 June, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM AEST
Speakers include fellow member Joanne Bryant.
Registration is free but essential. Read on...
LGBTQ engagement and inclusion in research - an ACON Panel discussion hosted by NDARC
Online, TODAY Thursday, 3 June, 3:00pm - 4:00pm AEDT
Facilitated by Jack Freestone, featuring panellists Teddy Cook, Rachel Deacon and Kerryn Drysdale.
With an overarching focus on alcohol and other drug (AOD) research this webinar will cover:
  • The importance of including sexuality and gender diverse people and communities in research
  • Meaningful data inclusion, collection, and reporting as it relates to sexuality and gender identity
  • Ethical considerations when working alongside LGBTQ communities and an overview of the ACON Research Ethics Review Committee
  • An example of innovative practice in results dissemination and community engagement from the ‘Crystal Pleasures and Sex Between Men’ study.
Register here
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. 

World Convention

Conflict, Confinement and Immorality
Taiwan, 22nd - 25th March, 2022
The image below shows the 6 streams
Abstract submission deadline: September 10. Read on... 


Post Porto Alegre ISA Forum RC 54: Sociology of the body in COVID time.
2nd - 4th September, 2021
Featuring fellow member Raewyn Connell as one of the keynotes
The Body in the Social Sciences
II International Seminary Body and Culture (CBCE) Bodies in the Pandemic Context
Abstract submission deadline: July 30th. 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
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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
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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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