In case you missed our email earlier this week about the call for panel submissions for TASA 2022, note that the deadline is February 25th. For details, read on...
Our very next event is a postponed TASA November event - The Better Body? Towards a Sociology of Health. Organisers Naomi Smith, Clare Southerton & Marianne Clark were hoping to host an in-person event but, given the continuing COVID issues, have settled with an online event now scheduled for February 17th. To register, read on...
Our next TASA Thursdays event will be on February 24th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEDT, with fellow members Grazyna Zadjow & Kerry Power talking about the Trials and tribulations around the ethics of social media research. Grazyna has had a wealth of experience heading ethics committees and sitting on ethics committees. For their PhD, Kerry conducted a study on art teachers on Twitter over a period of six months and wrote about the process of applying for ethical clearance from their university and Twitter. You can read Kerry's article on ethical issues that are particular to social media and virtual research here and register for the event here. Zoom details will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.
| |We extend our warm congratulations to Shanthi Robertson, previous TASA Treasurer, who has secured a position as the Associate Director of Research at The Insight Centre who are dedicated to developing high quality research about Australia’s current and future economic and public policy challenges.
Postgraduate TASA Thursdays March 3rd , 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEDT. Topic TBC.
Presentation: TASA Thursdays March 17, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEDT, with fellow member Annette Bromdal & colleague Tait Sanders will present on Navigating Intimate Trans Citizenship while Incarcerated in Australia and the US. The registration link will be available soon.
Panel Discussion: TASA Thursdays April 21, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, with fellow members Melissa Belle, Lara McKenzie, Ramon Menendez Domingo & Christian Mauri on the Casual / sessional train - staying/leaving academia. The registration link will be available soon.
Presentation: TASA Thursdays May 19, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, with fellow member Alan Morris on International students struggling in the private rental sector. The registration link will be available soon.
Presentations: TASA Thursdays June 2nd, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, with fellow member Tom Barnes (Chair) & Elizabeth Humphrys, as well as colleagues Alison Pennington & Elizabeth Hill, presenting on The Future of Work. This session will have three 10 minute presentations followed by a Q & A session. You can register for the event here. Zoom details will be emailed to you closer to the event.
Heidi Hetz, our Equity and Inclusion Portfolio Leader, will be hosting the next TASA Tea Time on Wednesday March 2, 12:00pm - 1:00pm (AWST Perth), 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Brisbane/Cairns), 2:30pm - 3:30pm (Adelaide), 3:00pm - 4:00pm (AEDT Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra).
Deadlines for our TASA hosted ISA 2023 XX World Congress are now available here. For quick reference, the abstract submission deadline is September 30.
***NOTE, due to the continuing delays with package deliveries, if you are considering nominating for either of our two book awards, please do so soon to allow time for the publisher to get your books to us.
Stephen Crook Memorial Award
Nominations for the 2022 Stephen Crook Memorial Award are now open. This is a biennial prize for the best authored book in Australian Sociology. The Prize was established to honour the memory of Professor Stephen Crook in recognition of his significant contribution to Australian sociology. The 2022 round will cover books that list 2020 or 2021 in the front matter of the book.
For full details, and the nomination form, read on...
Nomination deadline: March 1.
Raewyn Connell Award
A biennial prize for the best first book by an author in Australian Sociology. The Prize is to honour the work of Professor Raewyn Connell in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian Sociology. The 2022 round will cover books that list 2020 or 2021 in the front matter of the book.
For full details, and the nomination form, read on...
Nomination deadline: March 1.
Honours Award: if you are a sociology convener/Honours coordinator, we invite you to nominate your top Honours students in Sociology for 2021. Nominated students receive a complimentary 12 month TASA membership and are listed on TASAweb. Details of the Award, as well as the nomination form, are located here.
2021 Recipients - to date
- New: University of Queensland - Romy Wilson Gray
- University of Melbourne - Ilana Altas
- Australian National University - Joshua Walker
- Deakin University - Bree Allingham-Maclaren
- James Cook University - Sara Potts
|Members' Engaging Sociology |
Garth Stahl & Sarah McDonald (2022) Gendering the First-in-Family Experience: Transitions, Liminality, Performativity. Routledge
| This book explores and analyses the gendered and classed subjectivities of 48 Australian students who were first-in-family serving as a fresh perspective to the study of youth in transition. Drawing on liminality to provide theoretical insight, Stahl and McDonald focus on how their participants engage in multiple overlapping and mutually informing transitions into and from higher education, the family, service work, and so forth. While studies of class disadvantage and widening participation in higher education remains robust, there is considerably less work addressing the gender and liminality in the first-in-family experience. Read on... |
|The current Issue of Health: An interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine guest edited by Amy Chandler, Rob Cover & TASA member Scott Fitzpatrick is devoted to the field of critical suicide studies. The special issue seeks to bring diverse international perspectives to bear on methodological and ethical questions relating to the study of suicide and self-harm, and the implications of this knowledge for practice. The special issue is available here. |
Emma Kirby, Katherine Kenny, Alex Broom & Zarnie Lwin (2022) Chronicity in/and cancer: a qualitative interview study of health professionals, patients, and family carers, Critical Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2022.2035319
Amy Chandler, Rob Cover & Scott J. Fitzpatrick (2022). Critical suicide studies, between methodology and ethics. Health: An interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, DOI:10.1177/13634593211061638
| |Crescentini, Noemi; Hegarty, Kieran; Padricelli, Giuseppe M.; Rieder, Bernhard; Reynolds, CJ. (2022, February 2). Mapping regimes of data access: positioning researchers in platform ecologies. Report prepared as part of the Digital Methods Winter School and Data Sprint 2022, Digital Methods Initiative, Amsterdam (10-14 January 2022). Available online: https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/MappingRegimesOfDataAccessToS
TASA November videos 'Sociology Goes Public', Australian National University
- Tate McAllister (Chair), Gemma Killen & Isabel Mudford 'Sociology goes to work: exploring the value of sociology education in the workplace'
- Simon Copland (Chair), Jenny Davis, Jessie Liu & Sean Ward 'Applying sociology to digital media policy'
- Paul K. Jones in conversation with Melinda Cooper about his recent book, Critical Theory and Demagogic Populism (Manchester University Press, 2020; paperback forthcoming April 2022)
All three videos are available here.
Families and Relationships Thematic Group
|The incoming convener for the Families and Relationships thematic group is Dorinda 't Hart (see below for details). If your interests align with this group, please consider sharing the role with Dorinda. If you are interested, please contact Sally in TASA Admin (firstname.lastname@example.org) |
Dorinda ’t Hart
University of Western Australia,
School of Social Sciences, Anthropology and Sociology
Dorinda is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia, nearing the completion of their thesis. Dorinda's current research project is a qualitative interview-based examination of post-abortion stories, shared by Perth women. This project examines the exercise of agency by autonomous women towards an abortion decision, examining the process of making a personal decision within a social context.
Dorinda's research interests lie in qualitative methodology, including research ethics within sensitive research. Dorinda also has research interests in those things that impact women and families more broadly, as well as rural communities and social theory.
Returning / Incoming Conveners
Sociology of Religion Thematic Group
This week, we are introducing you to the conveners for the Sociology of Religion Thematic Group.
A revitalisation of religions has occurred throughout the world at the beginning of the 21st Century. Religions have also played an increasingly prominent role in both creating and alleviating social problems. In response to these changes, sociology of religion in Australia has also been revitalised, particularly as scholars have examined the role of religion in promoting or countering risks such as terrorism and climate change. The role and diversity of religion and spirituality in Australia is moving in a number of different, and sometimes contradictory directions. The rise of fundamentalist and evangelical forms of religions contrasts with the increasingly secular multifaith character of Australian society. The increasing importance of religions linked with ethnic identities as a product of Asian and African migrations contrasts with the decline of traditional forms of Christianity. The dramatic rise of atheism and of those professing ‘no-religion’ in Australia contrasts with the growth of spiritualities and Pagan religions that celebrate experience and experimentation.
Established in 2011, this group's Aims and Objectives are to seek to create a community of Australian scholars to: analyse the role of religion in both Australian and global life; share our research findings; encourage the development of emerging scholars; strengthen the discipline of sociology of religion in Australia and to contribute to public policy where necessary.
The returning conveners are Enqi Weng & Alex Norman who will be joined by incoming convener Elenie Poulos.
| Enqi Weng is a media scholar and sociologist of religion. She completed her PhD in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University in 2018 and has since published her monograph Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversity (Routledge, 2020). Her doctoral thesis analysed media representation of religions in Australia, and revealed that public discussions about religion were not only primarily constructed and influenced by white male perspectives, British influences also problematically continued to shape these discussions in post-colonial Australia. Her research interest has since turned towards decolonial/multicultural approaches to the sociological study of religion, where her work interrogates the role that news media play in reinforcing and normalising the racialisation of religion. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. Occasionally she teaches across media and religious studies units at Deakin. |
|Alex Norman completed his doctorate at the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney in 2010. Since then he has lectured at the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, and the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) before returning to the University of Sydney from 2012-2014. He has taught subjects focussing on religions since 2006, including units on Classical Hinduism, Witchcraft, Paganism, the New Age, and Christianity in the Middle Ages. In 2008 he was awarded the Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2011 was a finalist for the Rita and John Cornforth Medal for PhD excellence and contributions to the University community. |
He currently works in the Graduate Research School (UWS) teaching the core units for the Master of Research degree where he is able to engage one of his passions in life; research knowledge translation
| Rev. Elenie Poulos is an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate at Macquarie University where she was recently awarded a PhD (Politics). Her PhD thesis examined the public discourses and politics of religious freedom in Australia. Elenie is an ordained Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia and was, for 15 years, the director of the Church’s national justice policy and advocacy unit. She is a director on the Board of Uniting NSW.ACT, a major provider of community and aged care services. She has also served on the Board of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and was, for 11 years, a Commissioner of the World Council of Churches’ advisory body on international affairs. |
Thematic Groups at Risk of Folding
The following four thematic groups are still without conveners for the 2022-2023 term:
- Critical Indigenous Studies
- Cultural Sociology
- Social Stratification
- Teaching Sociology
If your area of interest, or expertise, is in any of the above 4 fields, and you would like to see your representative group continue, please contact Ramon, our Thematic Groups Portfolio Leader (email@example.com) or myself (Sally TASA Admin firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are questioning whether you are qualified for such a role, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to support!
| |Journal of Sociology - Volume: 58, Number: 1 (March 2022) has been published. You can access the Table of Contents here.
Journal of Sociology - call for guest editors for the 2024 special issue
Each year the editors invite expressions of interest from the international community of sociological scholars to guest edit a special issue of the journal. Special issues may address any sociological theme that is likely to be of interest to the journal’s international readership.
The deadline for expressions of interest for the 2024 special issue is June 20th, 2022. For full details, read on...
Health Sociology Review Call for New Editorial Team
New: Applications are invited for the editorship of the journal HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW (HSR) for the four-year term 2023–2026. Transition arrangements will begin later in 2022, although the content for the first issue of 2023 will be finalised by the out-going editors.
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: Assistant Professor, Sociology of Heath
University of Calgary
New: Associate, or Assistant Professor of Sociology
Singapore Management University, School of Social Sciences
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.
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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.
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HDR Scholarship - Student climate justice activism
Project supervisor fellow member Eve Mayes
Applications close: Monday 28th February. Read on...
| 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.|
|Other Events, News & Opportunities |
New: First Work-in-Progress Workshop in the Digital Sociology thematic group (TG10) of the International Sociological Association (ISA).
7 - 8 July
The workshop is for Early Stage Researchers (Ph.D. Students, Postdocs) to discuss their ideas and help them to transform them into a journal publication with the support of TG10's Programme Committee members.
Abstract submission deadline: March 15. Read on...
Education as a realm of sociological studies
The Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the educational company “Vseosvita” kindly invite social researchers and educators from Australia (as well as from other countries) to take part in a round-table discussion titled “Education as a realm of sociological studies”. The discussion will be held on 12 March 2022. The event will start at 10 a.m. (UTC+2), which is 7:00pm AEDT. The participants can both deliver a presentation via Zoom and publish a short article on this topic in “Sociology: Theory, Methods, Marketing”, a peer-reviewed quarterly (http://en.stmm.in.ua).
Expressions of interest deadline: 10 March.
Anyone interested in participating in this event can write to fellow member Olha Maksymenko (email@example.com), and they will receive further information about participation.
Call for a new editor for the International Sociological Association's journal International Sociology
The term of office is three years, with possible renewal. The new editor is expected to take position in April 2022.
Expression of interest deadline: February 14. Read on...
| |(In)Justice International are holding a hybrid (online, pre-recorded and in-person) World Convention event on March 22-25 2022. They have received 40 presentations already with more on the way. You can access the book of abstracts here. They are now calling for online attendees to participate in the workshops. The call is open to everyone in the spirit of inclusion. It is not purely academic. If you or your colleagues, students, friends etc. are interested, please see their agenda.
If you are an academic, and teach students, you might also be interested in their 'Educational Project'. To read more about (In)Justice International, you can visit their website. You can also contact fellow member Simon Prideaux.
Call for Chapter Proposals/Abstracts
| |Young People and the Sustainable Development Goals
The Companion will be published by Elgar Publishing as part of a series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Handbooks/Companion series.
Abstract submission deadline: May 30, 2022. Read on...
Homelessness and Social Work
The March 2022 edition of Parity
The basic aim of the edition is to examine and discuss the important role of social work in the response to homelessness.
Theme: Aging, life span and societal challenges
This special issue of Forum Sociológico focuses on analyzing the challenges resulting from a longer life, as one of the greatest social problems in contemporary societies. We welcome and encourage the authors to submit original articles of an empirical nature or theoretical essays, nationally and internationally.
Article submission deadline: 15 February, in English, Portuguese, French or Spanish.
All proposals must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject of the dossier in the subject field. The journal’s publishing guidelines and other relevant information, as well as previous issues, are available here..
Edited volume on ‘Religion and Digital Cultures in Africa & Oceania’.
Editors include fellow member Enqi Weng
The editors welcome empirical studies and grounded approaches that deploy digital methods and explore digital expressions of religion. We envision creative theoretical and conceptual contributions that chart, characterize and contextualize the digital turn in the study of religion and its implications for the aforementioned post-colonial contexts.
Abstract submission deadline: 28 February. Read on...
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