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Date: 8/25/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter August 26
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,  
If you are signed up for a hard copy of the Journal of Sociology, please note that there was a delivery problem with Issue 2 and copies have only just been dispatched (August 18, from India). 
We hope you can join us for our TASA Thursdays  event TODAY August 26 with Liz Dean, University of Melbourne, James Godfrey, University of London, and John Haycock, Monash University, whose PhD thesis title was ‘Revolution Rock: A Study of Public Pedagogy of Protest Music’, discussing Protest SongsAnn Lawless & John McGuireco conveners of the Sociology and Activism Thematic Group, will also be joining in on the discussion. For the speaker bios, click here.
12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST Meeting ID: 851 3393 9936 Passcode: 352636. For security reasons, we ask that you don't share the access details on social media. Instead, we welcome you to have non-member friends and colleagues to email for access details (we keep a note of names so we know who to let into the sessions). 
Do you have contact details for Julie McMillan, Adrian Beavis, or Frank L. Jones? (Together, they published an article in the Journal of Sociology in 2009. Dr McMillan and Professor Jones worked at the ANU at various points, and Dr McMillan and Dr Beavis both were involved with the Australian Council for Educational Research). Researchers on the Sydney Speaks project would like to get in contact with the three authors. If you are in contact with any of them, could you please advise them of this call and ask them to contact Benjamin Purser at ANU. 
Vale Gary Bouma
Gary Bouma
With much sadness we write with the news of the passing of a much valued and loved TASA member, Emeritus Professor Gary Bouma. Throughout his career, Gary made significant contributions to research in Sociology, developing collaborations both within and beyond the Faculty. He was made Emeritus Professor in 2008, after his retirement. In TASA's 50th anniversary year (2013), Gary was a recipient of the Distinguished Service to Sociology Award. You can access his acceptance speech here.
Associate Professor Pete Lentini, from Monash University, has generously allowed us to publish their tribute to Gary. In case you missed yesterday's email, thanks to Marion Maddox, Anna Halafoff & Kath McPhillips we can also share this tribute to Gary with you.
A requiem eucharist for Gary will be held TODAY Thursday 26 August at 11 am, livestreamed via

A warm congratulations to the following TASA members who were recently awarded Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) under the 1608 code. Please email TASA Admin if you were awarded a DECRA under a different code so that we can share your news with fellow members. 
Dr Brendan Churchill, The University of Melbourne
Making a life with less: youth underemployment over the life course.
This project aims to investigate the experiences and impacts of underemployment on young people. Using high-quality longitudinal data and qualitative interviews, this project expects to generate new, foundational knowledge about the employment pathways young people take following underemployment and the strategies they use to mitigate its effects. In doing so, this project aims to reveal the impacts underemployment has on young people’s lives within and outside work, including their relationships, family formation and well-being. This much-needed research aims to provide significant benefits for policymakers and service providers that improve the lives of young people.

Dr Katharine Kenny, University of Sydney
Kids, bugs and drugs: Human-microbial relations in everyday family life.
This project aims to investigate human-microbial relations in everyday family life within the context of escalating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). While AMR is widely recognised as a potentially catastrophic global health threat, antimicrobials still feature prominently in families’ daily attempts to care for their health. Using innovative qualitative methods, this project expects to generate better understandings of how human-(anti)microbial relations are understood and negotiated in community settings in daily life. Expected outcomes include new knowledge in the field of health sociology and a crucial evidence base that will yield significant benefit by informing and enabling community-centred responses to the growing AMR threat.
Dr Julia Cook, Newcastle University
Understanding intergenerational financial assistance with home ownership.
Rates of intergenerational financial support with first home ownership have skyrocketed over the last decade. This project aims to understand how this support is negotiated within families. It will use innovative qualitative methods to identify how this form of financial assistance impacts upon families over time, and from the perspectives of multiple family members. Expected outcomes include a new, systematic framework to recognise how families shape young adults’ pathways into home ownership and to develop evidence-based financial policy. This should provide significant benefits including greater protection for both donors and recipients of financial assistance when purchasing property.
Dr Adrian Farrugia, La Trobe University
Addressing gender and sexuality in drug education.
This project aims to generate new knowledge on the relationship between young people’s concerns about drugs and the priorities informing drug education. Alcohol and illicit drug use costs Australia almost $40 billion per year and is a leading contributor to total burden of disease for young Australians. Drug education is a key strategy used to reduce youth alcohol and illicit drug-related harm, yet it has been the subject of sustained criticism for its inability to address youth effectively, including the gendered and sexual dimensions of harm. Outcomes expected from this project include more effective and equitable drug education materials. Overall, the project seeks to reduce alcohol and illicit drug-related harm among young Australians.
TASA Nov log v3
New: TASA Thematic Week update
We are extremely pleased to be able to share the following news:
Keynote speakers: A/Prof Christy Newman (UNSW) and A/Prof Farida Fozdar (UWA)
Dates/times/titles TBC

Plenary: “Working beyond academia in and outside of universities”
As the study of human society, sociology offers critical insights into social structures, mechanisms, and relationships. Nevertheless, it can be challenging to translate sociology into evaluation strategies and practical outcomes for governments, industry, businesses, and community groups. In this plenary, sociologists experienced working inside and outside of university settings and with divergent actors (government, industry, business, community), will explore their research and how they have translated and applied sociology. This will include consideration for some of the tensions and challenges they have faced in this process.

Professor Vaughan Higgins (UTAS)
Dr Joseph Borlagdan (Brotherhood of St Laurence)
Dr Katherine Carroll (ANU)
Dr Karen Soldatic (WSU)
Ricki Spencer (UniMelb)
Date and time TBC
Other TASA November events:
Sociology in the West
University of Western Australia
Date: November 5

A better body?: Towards a sociology of wellness
University of New South Wales, Sydney
Date: November 11
Abstract submission deadline: 11th of October. Read on...

Healthy Societies Symposium
The Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies (SCHS) and the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Sydney
Date: November 16

New lives, new research agendas: Sociology beyond the pandemic
La Trobe University, Melbourne
Date: November 18

Art as Resistance: Myanmar Protest Art from the Frontline
University of Sydney
Venue: a Newtown art gallery, a short walk from the University of Sydney.
Date: TBC
In-person (recorded)

Sociology Goes Public
Australian National University, Canberra
Date: TBC

Applied Sociology Symposium
Date: TBC
Save the Dates
TASA Thursdays Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session: ‘Navigating the Supervision Relationship’ hosted by Anthony K J Smith, with panellists Dr Kiran Pienaar and Professor Helen Keane. Next Thursday 2nd September, 12:30-1:30pm AEST Meeting ID: 854 6085 4870 Passcode: 395258
Clare Southerton, the University of New South Wales, will be presenting on OB-GYNs of TikTok: #periodproblems, politics and platform affordances for TASA Thursdays on 24 September, 12:30-1:30pm (AEST). Clare's abstract for the talk is available here.
Alex Broom, the University of Sydney, Planet of the Microbes: Blowback Blues and Ecological (di)Stress, for TASA Thursdays on October 21stMore details to follow. 
Tim Graham, Queensland University of Technology, will be speaking on Social media and misinformation for TASA Thursdays on October 28thMore 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

Seymour K, Natalier K, Wendt S. Changed Men? Men Talking About Violence and Change in Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrator Intervention Programs. Men and Masculinities. August 2021. doi:10.1177/1097184X211038998
Shanton Chang, Catherine Gomes, Maria Platt, Sabrina Trumpour, Dana McKay & Basil Alzougool (2021) Mapping the contours of digital journeys: a study of international students’ social networks in Australian higher education, Higher Education Research & Development, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2021.1962812 [OPEN ACCESS]
Weng, Enqi and Wake, Alexandra (2021) Blessed be the educated journalist: Reflections on a religious literacy gap in the field of journalismAustralian Journalism Review, Volume 43, Number 1
Cassie Curryer and Peta Cook (2021) Counting the costs of ageism: Discrimination and COVID-19. Australasian Journal on Ageing.
Alan Morris (2021) The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the housing market and policy in Australia. Housing Finance International

Policy Papers

Weng E., Mansouri F., Vergani M. (2021). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delivery of services to CALD communities in Australia. ADI Policy Briefing Series 2(2). Melbourne: Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University.

Informed News & Analysis

Catherine Gomes, Shanton Chang and Hilary Hughes (2021) International students’ digital experiences – Challenging assumptions, University World News, 22 August.
Bronwyn Carlson (2021) Rutherford Falls: a laugh-out-loud funny TV show about colonisation. The Conversation, August 19.
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

Sara James (2021) Why we should stop telling our kids to ‘follow your passion’. The Age, August 20. 


Mehreen Faruqi and Simon Copland (2021) Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud: An interview with Mehreen FaruqiGreen Agenda Quarterly Journal, August 22.
Simon Copland (2021) Green Agenda Winter 2021: On DissentGreen Agenda Quarterly Journal, August 22.


Ben Lohmeyer & Joel McGregor (2021) What change is possible through youth case management programs? Making and Breaking Social Policy Podcast, August 23. Joel and Ben chat about a recent co-authored paper on how Youth Case Management practice is governed through social policy focussing on ratios, reporting requirements and qualifications.


Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Barry JuddTASA, August 25.
Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Myfan Jordan. TASA, August 23.
Social Sciences Week 2021 small logo
All Social Sciences Week (SSW) events listed on the SSW website. Listed below are some events that TASA members are involved in:
Alex Broom (Chair). Speakers include fellow members Michelle Peterie, Leah Williams Veazey & Barbara Barbosa Neves Emotion Inequality in Pandemic Australia. 8 September, 11:00 AM AEST. 
Karen Soldatic (Chair). Speakers include fellow members Ryan Thorneycroft. Judy Singer, Raelene West & Lizzie Knight. Sociology and Disability Justice: Transforming our World. September 9, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM AEST.
Dinesh Wadiwel (Chair). COVID, Green Energy, Social and Natural Environments. 10 September, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM AEST
Troy Henderson (Moderator). From Bailouts to Basic Income?. 10 September, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM AEST
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).
Submission deadline: October 18th via the orange button below.  Read on...
Thematic Groups
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...  
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
Due to lockdown, this event has been postponed to Monday 27 September 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

New: Journal of Sociology - Volume: 57, Number: 3 (September 2021) has been published. You can access the Table of Contents here.

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 - Call for Papers: Special Issue

Sociological Aspects of Knowledge Translation
Special Issue: Issue 1, 2023
This special issue focuses on knowledge translation. Knowledge translation is important, timely, and particularly relevant to the sociology of health, illness, and medicine because:
  • The processes through which different knowledges coalesce embody and demonstrate myriad interactions between society and health
  • Knowledge translation requires sociologically informed scholarship that accounts for how social interactions and political processes influence health, illness, and medicine
  • Indigenous people have emphasised that knowledge translation should be grounded in respect for diverse knowledges and that it should operate relationally, rather than uni-directionally. Further, making knowledge translation foundational to research design and communication provides opportunity to demonstrate respect for Indigenous people’s enduring connections to Country, intergenerational responsibilities and knowledge of communities.
Abstract submission deadline: February 28, 2022. Full papers will be due before July 31, 2022. Read on...

New: Senior Research Fellow
Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Application deadline: September 5. Read on... 
Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Youth Wellbeing
University of Melbourne
Application deadline: September 7. Read on...
Research assistants needed for a project on homelessness and disability
A team of researchers at Western Sydney University have been contracted by the Disability Royal Commission 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
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
PhD scholarship – Social licence and the development of commercial onshore lobster aquaculture in Australia
University of Tasmania
This PhD project will examine how 'social licence' is relevant and can be gained in the development of a commercial onshore lobster aquaculture industry in Australia.
Project supervisor: fellow member
Vaughan Higgins
Application deadline:
 29 October. 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...

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

Politics in the Pub

Higher Education Work in W.A.
The Local Hotel, South Fremantle, W.A.
7-8.30pm Tuesday, August 31st.
For more information, contact fellow member Christian Mauri.

Journal call for PhD Students

Editors in Chief, Web Editor and Design & Layout Editor

Graduate Journal of Social Science (GJSS).
The GJSS is an open access journal, run by post graduate students in the social sciences, as well as publishing the work of post-graduates in the social sciences.
The journal needs well-organised, and self-directed PhD students to take over some roles. There are two editor in chief positions available as well as one Web Editor and one Layout & Design editor.
Application deadline: 20 September. Read on... 

Call for Advisory Group Members

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

Call for Submissions -Zine

So Fi Zine edition #10
Another call for submissions for So Fi Zine is live! It’s a special milestone: the tenth edition of the zine.
Submission deadline: October 31. 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...


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...


New: Migrant Civic Practice in Times of Crisis
December 3rd
Borders and Diversity Research Program, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
During these times of unprecedented and intertwined global crises of health, environment and economy, there are new calls for representation and renewed forms of political and social action forming from the margins in many countries of migrant settlement.
Submission deadline: October 1. Read on...
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...


Recovery, Reconfiguration and Repair: Mobilising the Social Sciences and Humanities for a Post-Pandemic World.
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
11-12 November, in person at Deakin’s Burwood campus in Melbourne, and online.
Keynote panellists includes Prof. Janet Roitman (New School), A/Prof Katerina Teaiwa (ANU), Mr Bhiamie Williamson (ANU), and Prof. Deborah Lupton (UNSW).
Proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers aligned with the conference theme are now open.

Submission deadline extended: 27 August. Read on.... Note, at the time of inserting this event, the weblink stated an August 20 deadline but I have been assured that it is the 27th. 
Conflict, Confinement and Immorality
(In)Justice International
Taiwan, 22nd - 25th March, 2022
For details, about (In)Justice International visit 
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 i mmediate past president, Dan Woodman
For a list of the Australian organising committee for the 2023 World Congress, visit:
TASA Gift Memberships
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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
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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