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Date: 9/1/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter September 2
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,  
We invite you to TODAY'S TASA Thursdays event, 2nd September: the Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher session ‘Navigating the Supervision Relationship’ hosted by Anthony K J Smith, with panellists Dr Kiran Pienaar and Professor Helen Keane. 12:30-1:30pm AEST Meeting ID: 854 6085 4870 Passcode: 395258
If you missed last week's TASA Thursdays event on Protest Songs with Liz Dean, James Godfrey, John Haycock, Ann Lawless and John McGuire, you can catch up with it here.
TASA's Executive committee is committed to providing TASA members with a high-quality professional association that meets members’ needs. Consistent with this commitment, the Executive conduct a biennial member survey. The survey is being run this year (open from Monday September 6th to Monday September 27th). We will be disseminating a link to the survey on Monday. Please contact Sally in TASA Admin if you do not receive the survey email early next week. Note, we will include a link to it in next week's newsletter as well. 
TASA November
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
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

Book Chapters

Olga Boichak (2021) Digital War: Mediatized Conflicts in Sociological PerspectiveOxford Handbook of Sociology and Digital Media.

Book Reviews

Shannon B. Book Review: Ruby Grant, Sexual Citizenship and Queer Post-feminism: Young Women’s Health and Identity Politics. Journal of Sociology. August 2021. doi:10.1177/14407833211042425

Journal Articles

Franklin M, Willis K, Lewis S, Smith L. Chronic condition self-management is a social practice. Journal of Sociology. August 2021. doi:10.1177/14407833211038059
Olson RE. Emotions in human research ethics guidelines: Beyond risk, harm and pathology. Qualitative Research. August 2021. doi:10.1177/14687941211039965
Loh J (M. I), Walsh MJ. Social Media Context Collapse: The Consequential Differences Between Context Collusion Versus Context Collision. Social Media + Society. July 2021. doi:10.1177/20563051211041646
Neves, B. B., Waycott, J., & Maddox, A. (2021). When Technologies are Not Enough: The Challenges of Digital Interventions to Address Loneliness in Later Life. Sociological Research Online, 13607804211029298.


Barbara Barbosa Neeves (2021) What Does Australia Really Think About Old People? SBS. Barbara appears several times after the 30 minute mark. 

Informed News & Analysis

Matthew Wade, Catherine Palmer, Kevin Filo & Nicholas Hookway (2021) Australian charities are struggling with the loss of fun runs and other ‘fitness philanthropy’ event. The Conversation, September 1.  
Ricki Spencer (2021) Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021. Parliament of Australia, August 31.
Michael Walsh & Stephanie Alice Baker (2021) Twitter’s design stokes hostility and controversy. Here’s why, and how it might change. The Conversation, August 30.  

Member Mentions

Philippa Collin et al. (2021) We need to listen to young people on tackling COVID. The Age, August 29.
Ricki Spencer (2021) Why single-sex spaces are a battleground for transgender rightsThe Age, August 28.


Ricki Spencer (2021) LGBTIQ+ Community Leader Panel: Start the Conversation, Keep It Going, WIPD 2021St Vincents Hospital, Victoria, Friday 27th August.


Ricki Spencer (2021) Weaponising Gender at The University of Melbourne. August 30. 




Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Dean ArcuriTASA, September 1. 
Ricki Spencer (2021) Ricki Spencer: Reflections on Wear It Purple Day. TASA, August 30. 
Social Sciences Week starts this coming Monday, September 6th
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

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: Fellow/Associate Professor
The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
The School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
Applications close: September 26. Read on...
New: Research Assistant
University of Melbourne
Melbourne School of Population and Health
Application deadline: September 9. Read on...
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 7Read 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 - 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


New: The Colombian Peace Process: Truth-telling in times of continuing conflict
Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Free online event
Next Thursday, 9 September, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM AEST
For full details, and to register, read on...


New:  TikTok and Social Movements
A one-day online Symposium, 
20 September
The Symposium seeks to provide a meaningful opportunity to reflect on the evolving cultures and practices around the civic and social movements on TikTok, wherein various actors on the platform across the globe advocate for social justice and specific values, develop grassroots networks and resources, and engage with others.
Abstract submission deadline: TOMORROW September 3. Read on...

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...


New: Labour Movements in a Post COVID-19 World
The International Sociological Association (ISA)’s Research Committee on Labour Movements (RC44)
Asia-Pacific regional conference
27–29 June 2022
Abstract and Panel Proposals due: 15 November. Read on...

2022 RC44 Asia-Pacific Conference - Sydney Southeast Asia Centre
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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