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Date: 9/8/2021
Subject: TASA Members' Newsletter September 9
From: TASA

Dear ~~first_name~~,  
Happy Social Sciences Week! We hope you have been able to experience some of the many great events that have been held so far. You can find out about the remaining events here.
If you missed last week's TASA Thursdays event on ‘Navigating the Supervision Relationship’ hosted by Anthony K J Smith, with panellists Dr Kiran Pienaar and Professor Helen Keane, you can catch up with it here. 
Earlier this week, we disseminated a link to our biennial members survey. In case you didn't get that email, you can access the survey here.
We extend our warm congratulations to fellow member Osmond Chiu who has been selected as one of the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians for 2021 under the Public Sector/Government section. 

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. 
Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher TASA Thursdays session on November 4. Topic TBC.
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. 
It's Social Sciences Week!
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, that are on today and tomorrow: 
Karen Soldatic (Chair). Speakers include fellow members Ryan Thorneycroft, Judy Singer, Raelene West & Lizzie Knight. Sociology and Disability Justice: Transforming our World. TODAY September 9, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM AEST.
Dinesh Wadiwel (Chair). COVID, Green Energy, Social and Natural Environments. TOMORROW 10 September, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM AEST
Troy Henderson (Moderator). From Bailouts to Basic Income?TOMORROW 10 September, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM AEST
Members' Engaging Sociology

Book Chapters

Mesman, J. & Carroll, K. (2021) “The Art of Staying with Making & Doing: Exnovating Video-Reflexive Ethnography”. In Gary Downey & Teun Zuiderent-Jerak (Eds.) Making & Doing: Activating STS through Knowledge Expression and Travel. The MIT Press. Available on open access here.

Book Reviews

Brosnan, C. (2021) Review of Abigail Dumes. ‘Divided Bodies: Lyme disease, contested illness, and evidence-based medicine’, Sociology of Health and Illness. First published online 13 August.

Journal Articles

Leanne Downing (2021) Bodies on the line: how telepsychology brought about new relationalities between therapists and ther clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Psychosocial Studies. Email Leanne for a copy of the full version. 
Caroline Porto Valente, Alan Morris & Sara J. Wilkinson (2021) Energy poverty, housing and health: the lived experience of older low-income Australians, Building Research & Information, DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2021.1968293. Full access available here.
Catherine Archer, Amy Johnson & Leah Williams Veazey (2021) Removing the Mask: Trust, Privacy and Self-protection in Closed, Female-focused Facebook Groups, Australian Feminist Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2021.1969518
Bill Calcutt (2021) She’ll be right mate: Australian complacency and national responses to wicked social problemsCosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal [OPEN ACCESS]


Brendan Churchill & Hernán Cuervo (2021) Young Adults’ Perceptions of The Future of Work Examining Their Education and Employment Plans. Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne.
Hendry, N.A., Hanckel, B. & Zhong, A. (2021). Navigating uncertainty: Australian young adult investors and digital finance cultures – August 2021. Melbourne and Sydney: RMIT University and Western Sydney University. DOI: 10.25916/zbje‑qn11

Informed News & Analysis

Barbara Barbosa Neves, Alexandra Sanders, David Colón Cabrera & Narelle Warren (2021) ‘I tell everyone I love being on my own, but I hate it’: what older Australians want you to know about lonelinessThe Conversation, September 8.
Robyn Moore, Emily Rudling, Maria Kunda & Sebastien Robin (2021) The casual staff who do 80% of undergrad teaching need more support – here’s a way unis can help. The Conversation, September 7.
Karen Willis & Natasha Smallwood (2021) ‘Living with COVID’ looks very different for front-line health workers, who are already exhaustedThe Conversation, September 6.
Barbara Barbosa Neves, Jenny Waycott, and Alexia Maddox (2021) Technology can help with loneliness in later life, but it can also make it worse — here’s whyABC Religion & Ethics, September 6. 

Member Mentions

Caragh Brosnan (2021) Coronavirus: Australia warns against ivermectin use as imports of drug increase tenfold. Coronavirus pandemic, September 5. 


Ann Game (2021) Living in-relation with horses: boundaries. Living in Relation, September 6.
Debbie Noble-Carr and Katherine Carroll (2021) “It shouldn’t be just the mother’s issue”: Fathers’ involvement in lactation practices and care following infant death. Miracle Babies Foundation, August 30. 


Ben Loymeyer (2021) How to ensure children are visible and heard in child protection with Dr Carmela BastianMaking & Breaking Social Policy, September 6. 


Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Thomas Banks. TASA, September 8. 
Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Steven Kolber. TASA, September 8.  
Ricki Spencer (2021) TASA Media Voices Series: An interview with Michael Shanahan. TASA, September 7.  
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
TODAY 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...

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


Re advertised, expanded scope, extended deadline
Motherhood, Labour and Care in Contemporary Australia and New Zealand
Online, Monday November 22nd
Conveners: Sheree Gregory and Kate Huppatz
Abstract submission deadline: October 1st. Read on...


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


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: TOMORROW 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
For a list of the Australian organising committee for the 2023 World Congress, visit:
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:
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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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