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Date: 7/7/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter July 8
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,  
Hopefully you received our dedicated email reminder earlier this week about the pending deadline for panel and abstract submissions for TASA Thematic Week.  As mentioned last week, we will be using a different online platform system this year that includes some great networking features. If you haven't already submitted your abstract, and/or panel form, please do so by this Monday July 12. You will find all the details here
Monday July 12 is also the deadline for TASA November funding applications for face to face events. For details, please visit our TASA November webpage.
Save the Dates
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

Book Reviews

Petocz H. Book Review: Alison Phipps, Me Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism. Journal of Sociology. July 2021. doi:10.1177/14407833211027431

Journal Articles

Farida Fozdar and Catherine Ann Martin (2021) Making History: the Australian history curriculum and national identityAustralian Journal of Politics and History.
Dorinda ’t Hart (2021) COVID times make ‘deep listening’ explicit: Changing the space between interviewer and participant, Qualitative Research. Online First. DOI: 10.1177/14687941211027780
Ben Lyall (2021) The ambivalent assemblages of sleep optimization, Review of Communication, 21:2, 144-160, DOI: 10.1080/15358593.2021.1934520
Catherine Ann Martin (2021) The Backward Stock of the South: The Metaphoric Structuring of Italian Racial Difference in 1920s Australia, Journal of Intercultural Studies, DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2021.1939275
Gorlin, I., & Bridges, D. (2021). Aviation Culture: a ‘Glass Sky’ for Women Pilots - Literature Review. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 8(2). Retrieved from

Member Mentions

Mark McCrindle and Dan Woodman (2021) What comes after Generation Z? Alpha, of course. The Age, July 3.
Anthony KJ Smith (2021) Is reducing anxiety a legitimate indication for PrEP in itself? aidsmap, January 7. 


Clare Southerton (2021) COVID feelings and movement: Fear and lockdown in Sydney. Vitalities Lab, July 5. 
Kieran Hegarty (2021, June 24). 'Reading as a material practice'. Paper presented at AusSTS 2021 'Situated Practice' Workshop (June 24-25, 2021), Deakin Downtown, Melbourne. Online:

Event Presentations

Kieran Hegarty (2021, June 24). 'Reading as a material practice'. Paper presented at AusSTS 2021 'Situated Practice' Workshop (June 24-25, 2021), Deakin Downtown, Melbourne. Online:


Matthew Wade (2021) Wedding videography during pandemic times. Weekend Evenings, ABC Radio, July 2 (segment starts from the 1:01:20 mark). The interview was prompted by Matthew & Michael Walsh's article in The Conversation


Ricki Spencer and Dennis Altman (2021) Voices Series: An interview with Professor Dennis Altman. TASA, July 6. 
Ricki Spencer and Jay Thompson (2021) Cultivating ethical online communication in an era of disinformation. TASA, July 3.
Ryan Thorneycroft (2021) AbelismTASA, July 3.
Ryan Thorneycroft (2021) SociologyTASA, July 3.
Ricki Spencer and Muhammad Shoaib (2021) Voices Series: an interview with Dr Shoaib. TASA, July 1.
2021 TASA Awards
TASA Awards open for nominations this year include:
  • 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
Workshop Program: call for expressions of interest
Call for Expressions of Interest - TASA's Workshop Program
Funding of $10,000 is available for two workshops ($5k each).
About the Workshop Program
  • Presenting TASA outwardly – engaging with the community
  • Potential for feeding into policy
  • Connecting with the research community
  • Bringing experts in from the community
 Successful workshops will advance research within sociology and showcase TASA as the face of sociological/interdisciplinary research in the region; engaging with issues of national concern; advancement of knowledge; support innovative ideas, and, the potential of feeding into policy and practice development.
Applicants must:

a. include a minimum of 2 Early Career Researchers and a maximum of 20 disciplinary experts;
b. include details of planned publication outcome(s) for workshop;
c. agree to submit a post workshop report to TASA that can be referenced on TASAweb; and
d. present workshop findings at TASA’s conference in the year the workshop is held.
Submission deadline: Monday October 18th to
Thematic Groups
New: Creative Thinking: Innovative Approaches to Increase Participation of People with Disability in Arts & Culture
Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group
A panel session at the Accessible Arts 2021 Conference: Arts Activated
Monday August 9, 1pm-2pm AEST
For details, and to register, read on...
New: Critical Indigenous Sociology
This Critical Indigenous Studies Thematic Group Symposium on Indigenous Sociology will showcase the diversity Indigenous sociologists/scholarship
Speakers include TASA members Raewyn Connell, Bronwyn Carlson, Karen Soldatic & Kim Spurway
Monday 9 August 9:00 am – 4:30 pm AEST Macquarie University, NSW. 
For full details, and to register, read on... 

TASA MEM Conversations About... 'Decolonising Methodologies'
Raising the voices and profiles of African women in Australia
Online, Tuesday, 20 July, 10:00 – 11:30 AEST
For details, and to register, read on... 
TASA’s Emotions & Affect and Health Thematic Groups are excited to announce a call for papers for a joint symposium on ‘Hope and Empathy in Uncertain Times’. Hosted by RMIT’s Social and Global Studies Centre, with generous support from TASA, the event will take place at RMIT’s Melbourne city campus on 28-29 October with keynotes by Professor Simone Fullagar (Griffith University) and Dr Signe Ravn (University of Melbourne). Abstracts due 11 July. For the CfP and more details check out: 'Hope and Empathy in Uncertain Times' Symposium
Sociology and Disability Justice Transforming our World
A Critical Disability Studies thematic group 2021 Social Sciences Week event
Thursday September 9, 10:00am - 11:30am AEST.
Speakers: Judy Singer, Ryan Thorneycroft, Raelene West, & Lizzie Knight
Chair: Karen Soldatic
For speaker bios and registration details, read on... 
High School Competition
TASA's Sport & Leisure thematic group 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...
TASA Publications

Journal of Sociology - open access articles

In case you missed it, Journal of Sociology's Volume 56 Issue 1, March 2020, Special issue articles  - Asylum Seekers in the Global Context of Xenophobia - are available on open access here.  

Health Sociology Review -open access articles

There are currently 16 Health Sociology Review open access articles that you can access here.
The Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies
Harvard University’s Committee on Australian Studies is seeking to appoint to The Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies for the academic year 2023-24.
Applications close 30 September 2021. 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
New: PhD Scholarship in Digital Media Studies – Chinese Social Media Platforms, Industry, and Policy
Monash University, Caulfield campus
Application deadline: August 3. 
Read on...
New: PhD Scholarship - Digital Ethnography of Children with Vision Impairment
The opportunity is a funded PhD position for someone to join an interdisciplinary team at Deakin University. 
Expressions of Interest deadline: July 30.  Read on...
PhD Scholarship – Life Patterns project
University of Melbourne
Life Patterns is offering two PhD scholarships in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education to undertake qualitative and/or quantitative projects using data from the project, which has been following the lives of young Australians since the early 1990s. In the second half 2021, the project will recruit a new cohort of young Australians to examine their pathways following the pandemic. Please contact Associate Professor Hernán Cuervo ( or Dr Jenny Chesters ( for more information.
Application deadline: August 15. Read on... 
PhD Scholarship – Monitoring & Evaluating Climate Communication & Education
Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne
Application deadline: July 31. Read on...
PhD scholarship exploring the experiences of borderline personality among young people
Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University
For more information, 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

High School Competition

New: Social Justice Matters' video essay competition for high school students
$2,000 in prizes available
Winners to be announced during Social Sciences Week 2021.
Submission deadline: August 30. read on...


New: The TikTok Cultures Research Network
Online, 19 July 9AM  - 11AM (AWST)
The event will be featuring the network’s founding and international members who will offer insights on their TikTok research methodologies.
For full details, and to register, read on...
New: The settlement of humanitarian migrants in regional Australia
These events will bring together key stakeholders to consider knowledge gaps, challenges and opportunities affecting the diverse processes and experiences of humanitarian migrant settlement in regional Australia.
Forum - October 12, 9:30am - 3:30pm AEST
Roundtable - October 15 9:30am - 12:00pm AEST
Abstract submission deadline: July 26. Read on...


World Vision's Know Your Country campaign
This is a First Nations led campaign which is calling for a First Nations cultural educator in every primary school across the country.
You can access the petition via Know Your Country website. 
For details, see the Flyer and Media Release
Greek Sociologists wanting the reinstatement of Social Sciences subjects in their High schools
This year the Minister of Education, in Greece, Mrs. Niki Kerameos decided that the course of Sociology will be taught for the last time after 39 years of presence in Greek High Schools. We have been asked by a member of the Greek Sociological Association to support their campaign to get the Greek Ministry of Education to reinstate the subject of Social Sciences in their High schools
You can access the petition here.

Call for Participants

Call for participants: Pilot study on the use of apps and wearables for mental health among young adults aged 18-25 years old in Australia
Apps and wearables are increasingly popular tools to track and manage emotional and mental health. This pilot study uses photo elicitation and an interview (both remotely) to explore young adults’ experiences with those technologies. To be eligible to participate in the study, you must be aged 18-25 years old; live in Australia and use apps and/or wearables for your mental health. Participants will be thanked with a $50 gift card. More information here or contact Jacinthe Flore Please share widely!

Public Lectures

Miscarrying in the Car: Centring Gendered Experiences of Homelessness
Delivered by fellow member Juliet Watson
Thursday 15 July, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ACST
Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, University of Adelaide
For the full details, and to register, read on... 


The Internet of Things in Australia: Social Impacts and Issues
Speaker: Deborah Lupton
 This is the first session of the Hub’s new online series Challenges for a Cyber-Physical World
TODAY Thursday, 8 July, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM AEST
For full details, and to register, 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. 

World Convention

Conflict, Confinement and Immorality
Taiwan, 22nd - 25th March, 2022 
Abstract submission deadline: September 10. Read on... 


Sociology of Vulnerabilities and Resistance: New and Emerging Challenges on Lives, Communities, and Places.
The Philippine Sociological Society
Online, October 1 - 5, 2021
Speakers include our immediate past president, Dan Woodman
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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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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