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Date: 7/28/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter July 29
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,  
If you missed last week's TASA Thursdays session with fellow member Tristan Kennedy speaking about Indigenous Peoples Experiences of Negativity on Social Media, you can catch up with it here.
Our next TASA Thursdays event is the Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session on Successful Networking: why, what and how hosted by Dorinda ’t Hart on behalf of the Postgraduate Sub-Committee, with panellists Sophie HickeyCatherine Hastings and Brady Robards – 5 August @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, via Zoom:  Meeting ID: 814 9115 7874 & Passcode: 460496
TASA Awards
Nominations for the Postgraduate Impact & Engagement Award will close on July 31. For full details, read on...
Save the Dates
Liz Dean, University of Melbourne, James Godfrey, University of London, and John Haycock, whose PhD thesis title was ‘Revolution Rock: A Study of Public Pedagogy of Protest Music’, will be discussing Protest Songs for TASA Thursdays on August 26Ann Lawless & John McGuire, co conveners of the Sociology and Activism Thematic Group, will be joining in on the discussion. More 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

Watson A, Lupton D, Michael M. The COVID digital home assemblage: Transforming the home into a work space during the crisis. Convergence. July 2021. doi:10.1177/13548565211030848

Possamai A, Possamai-Inesedy A. Freedom of Religion in post-secular Australia. Social Compass. July 2021. doi:10.1177/00377686211014720
Fagg, David. (2021). ‘On a mission’: Christian Youth Workers in Australia in the 1960s–1970s, Journal of Youth and Theology. doi:
Rodriguez Castro, L. (2021). Extractivism and Territorial Dispossession in Rural Colombia: A Decolonial Commitment to Campesinas’ Politics of Place. Feminist Review, 128(1), 44–61.
Qi, Xiaoying. (2021) ‘Aging in Contemporary China: The Ziran Approach’. Journal of Gender Studies 30(5): 584-595.
O'Keeffe, P., Johnson, B., Daley, K., and Papadopoulos, A. (2021) Covid-19 Economic Policy as Double Disadvantage for Young Australian Workers, ifo Institute, Munich, CESifo Forum 22(4), 25-30.

Informed News & Analysis

David Rowe (2021) The Brisbane Olympics are a leap into an unknowable future. The Conversation, July 23. 
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 happened after publishing in TC in June, read on...

Member Mentions

Clare Southerton (2021) ‘A search for villains’: As Australia’s outbreak grows, so does covid shaming. The Washington Post, July 23.
David Rowe (2021) Olympics have lockdown aura. But the narrative isn’t locked in. The Christian Science Monitor, July 23.
Barbara Barbosa Neeves (2021) The House of Wellness TV – Season 5, Episode 21. TV interview for 'The House of Wellness' (episode 21, season 5, aired Sunday 12pm, Channel 7), where Barbara talked about loneliness and ageism in later life, June 25. 


Ricki Spencer (2021) Ainslee Hooper Chats with... Ricki Spencer. July 27. 
Ben Lohmeyer (2021)  A Model of Care - Aboriginal Prisoner Health in South Australia with Luke CantleyMaking and Breaking Social Policy, July 23. Episode 1: A Model of Care - Aboriginal Prisoner Health in South Australia with Luke Cantley
Luke Cantley, Research Associate with SWIRLS at Flinders Uni, talks us through the Model of Care for Aboriginal Prisoner Health and Wellbeing in South Australia. His experiences as a researcher and practitioner in the South Australian Prison systems demonstrate how social policy makes and breaks human service practice (and vice versa).


David Rowe (2021) Brisbane 2032 olympic games: will they be sustainable or a disaster? Independent Current Affairs: Community and Indigenous Radio, July 23. 


Ricki Spencer and Hannah McCann (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Hannah McCannTASA, July 29.
Ricki Spencer (2021)  TASA Media Voices Series: An Interview with Richard WattsTASA, July 28.
Ricki Spencer (2021)  TASA Media Voices Series: An Interview with Jane Caro AMTASA, July 28. 
Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An Interview with Simon PayneTASA, July 28. 
Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Tony K Fretton. TASA, July 26. 
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: High School Competition
Critical Disability Studies Thematic Group
Online Writing and Art Competition Inclusion is!
If you have links with high school students/teachers, or social media accounts, please share this flyer and this video link
For details, read on... 
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...
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...   
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.
New: Research assistants needed for a project on homelessness and disability
A team of researchers at Western Sydney University have been contracted to undertake a rapid evidence review of homelessness risk among people with disability transitioning out of prisons, forensic units and youth justice centres. The research will also examine the evidence on policy and program responses to prevent homelessness among this group.

The team is seeking expressions of interest from people with lived experience of disability to work as casual research assistants on the project. Experience in conducting policy audits and/or systematic reviews would be helpful but is not essential. Skills in searching Scopus or other academic databases and using Endnote or other referencing software are required.
Please send a brief letter and CV to
New: Research Officer
The BRAIx project is recruiting for the Qualitative Research Officer role at St Vincent’s BreastScreen to lead the consumer focus groups and field research
Based at St Vincent’s BreastScreen, Melbourne.
Applications close: August 16. Read on...
Gender Equality Research Associate
Monash University
Research and build evidence to better understand how gender inequalities in different workplaces can be addressed, and how family violence victim-survivors can be best supported at work.
Applications close: TODAY July 29. Read on...
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 - Digital Capitalism and Young People's Worlds
Victoria University of Wellington
If you are planning on applying, please contact and let them know by tomorrow and request an extension, if needed. 
Application deadline: TOMORROW July 30.  Read on...
PhD Scholarship - Using research farms to investigate the adoptability of Industry 4.0 AgTech
University of Tasmania, Hobart 
The broad aim of this project is to investigate how research farms can be used by farmers to trial, test and tinker with Industry 4.0 technologies that are otherwise considered too risky or uncertain to be implemented in commercial operations.
Application deadline: August 28. Read on...
PhD Scholarship - Developing data collection platforms to enhance human services delivery. The Bradshaw Family Research Initiative, Family Care Shepparton.
An Industry Engagement Scholarship through FamilyCare in partnership with La Trobe University, Shepparton Campus
Supervisors include fellow member Janet Congues
Application deadline: September 30. Read on... 
PhD Scholarship - Designing inclusive technologies for aged care: a sociological study
Monash University
Project supervisors include fellow members Alan Petersen and Barbara Barbosa Neeves
For details, read on...
PhD Scholarship in Digital Media Studies – Chinese Social Media Platforms, Industry, and Policy
Monash University, Caulfield campus
Application deadline: 
August 3. Read on...
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: TOMORROW 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

Call for Advisory Group Members

New: Research advisory group members with lived experience of disability
A team of researchers at Western Sydney University have been contracted to undertake a rapid evidence review of homelessness risk among people with disability transitioning out of prisons, forensic units and youth justice centres. The research team is seeking expressions of interest from people with lived experience of disability or mental illness and homelessness and/or incarceration to become members of a research advisory group. The group needs to be to be largely representative of jurisdictions across Australia and to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. No research experience needed.
For more information please contact


New: Prioritizing Children’s Narratives: The Views of Romanian children with intellectual disabilities – qualitative and quantitative approaches
July 30, 4:00 PM AEDT (6:00 AM GMT)
In Romania, children with disabilities face difficulties linked with inclusive education, reduced participation in school, lack of teachers and other specialized educational services, difficulties of access due to poor infrastructure and lack of material resources, lack of assistive technologies, accessibility of school spaces, and of adapted transport. A large majority of children with disabilities are segregated in special schools in which the educational process is largely inefficient.
Register here.

Call for Papers - Journal

New: Energy, Emerging Technologies and Gender in Homes
Guest editors: Kirsten Gram-Hanssen & Yolande Strengers
How are visions, relationships and practices with emerging technologies and energy interacting with gender relations and dynamics in homes?
Abstract submission deadline: September 7. Read on...

Research Grants

Research grant of up to $5000
Royal Society of Queensland
Potential applicants should note that the grant must be managed by an agency with DGR status (most universities). You can search for a potential agency here. 
Application deadline: August 31. Read on... 


Convened by fellow member Deborah Lupton, UNSW Sydney, leader of the Health Focus Area
Workshop 1: 9.30am-12.20pm, Tuesday 10th August 2021 -
Workshop 2: 9.30am-12.00pm, Tuesday 17th August 2021 -


The Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research
The Award for Early Career Research honour Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in one or more fields of the social sciences.
Nomination deadline: August 31. Read on...

Research Symposium

Motherhood, Labour and Care in Contemporary Australia
Online, Monday November 22nd
Conveners: fellow members Sheree Gregory and Kate Huppatz
Abstract submission deadline: September 1st. Read on...

High School Competition

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...


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: TOMORROW 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: TOMORROW July 30. Read on...
Cultural Studies Association of Australasia - Bodies in Flux
1 - 3 December, Edith Cowan University, Perth
Submission deadline extended: TOMORROW 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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