As a friendly reminder, note that panel submissions for TASA 2022 are due by next Friday February 25th. For details, read on... In case you missed it, TASA 2022 will be a part of the inaugural Australian Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Congress being organised by Dan Woodman, TASA's immediate past president. For a list of participating associations, click here.
We hope you can join for next week's TASA Thursdays event, 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 on Monday.
|Year 12 student seeking sociologists' opinions |
A year 12 student is seeking sociologists for a short interview or answers to the below questions. They have a set deadline of March 10th. The key points of their project are:
- The influence and over-reliance of technology
- The influence of social media in society
- Society ignoring academics in favour of misinformation
- Social media's impact on climate change/global warming
The set of questions that I would ask are:
- What are your opinions on the influence of social media in our society today? Do you think it is too prevalent or does it need to be utilised more?
- Do you think people in society today are too over-reliant on technology in their day-to-day lives?
- Do you think that academics have lost their influence in society? Do you think that they should be represented in social media more?
- Do you think that Covid-19 has influenced society's reliance on academics and academia?
Please email Sally in TASA Admin with your answers (she can also give you the student's email address).
| |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. To register for this event, please click here.
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. To register for this event, please click here.
Presentation: TASA Thursdays May 19, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, with fellow member Alan Morris on International students struggling in the private rental sector. To register for this event, please click here.
Panel Discussion: TASA Thursdays June 2nd, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, with fellow members 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. To register for this event, please click here.
Presentation: TASA Thursdays June 16th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, with fellow member Erik Aslaksen presenting on Society as an Information-Processing System. To register for this event, please click here.
Presentation: TASA Thursdays August 18th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, with fellow member Sonia Martin presenting on Stigma and Welfare. To register for this event, please click here.
Presentation: TASA Thursdays October 20th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST, with fellow member Elspeth McInnes presenting on Developing Wellbeing Cultures in Schools. To register for this event, please click here.
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 |
|Browne, Craig. (2022) ‘The Political Forms of Modernity: The Gauchet-Badiou Debate over Democracy and Communism’ in N. Doyle and S. McMorrow (eds) Marcel Gauchet and the Crisis of Democratic Politics, London: Routledge, pp. 87-118. |
| |Forbes-Mewett, H. and Schermuly, A.C. (2022), "International students and crime: the influence of cultural, socioeconomic and mental health factors", Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-09-2021-0056
Jayeel Cornelio & Septrin Calamba (2022) Going home: youth and aspirations in postconflict Marawi, Philippines, Journal of Youth Studies, DOI:10.1080/13676261.2022.2038781
Martin, S., Schofield, T. & Butterworth, P. 2022, News media representations of people receiving income support and the production of stigma power: An empirical analysis of reporting on two Australian welfare payments, Critical Social Policy. First published 3 February. https://doi.org/10.1177/02610183211073945
|Shanton Chang, Joshua Rebolledo, Catherine Gomes, Dana McKay, Huiwen Zhang, Jo Cassidy (2022). International Students and Scams in Australia: Messages that Educate and Empower. Study NSW. https://www.study.sydney/programs/scams-awareness-toolkit |
Cultural Sociology Thematic Group
|The incoming convener for the Cultural Sociology thematic group is Vivian Gerrand (see below for details). If your interests align with this group, please consider sharing the role with Vivian. If you are interested, or require further information, please contact Sally in TASA Admin (firstname.lastname@example.org). |
| Vivian is a cultural sociologist and scholar of radicalisation and resilience at Deakin University's Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. You can read about Vivian's publications and projects here. |
Returning / Incoming Conveners
Sociology of Sport and Leisure Thematic Group
This week, we are introducing you to the conveners for the Sociology of Sport and Leisure Thematic Group.
- support and encourage innovative research and teaching in the sociology of sport and leisure;
- foster the development of critical sociological insights and perspectives on sport, leisure and physical activity;
- provide a forum for communication and collaboration of sociologists working in the field;
- raise the profile of sociological voices in public and policy debate on sport, leisure, and physical activity;
- generate links and collaboration with national and international groups with complementary scholarly interests.
The returning convener is Adele Pavlidis who will be joined by incoming conveners Ramon Spaaij (who was a convener of this group a few terms ago) and Graham Lee.
| |Adele is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology with the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, and previously a DECRA Fellow (2018 to 2021). She is author of two books, Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby (2016, Routledge, with Simone Fullagar) and Feminism and a Vital Politics of Depression and Recovery (Palgrave, with Simone Fullagar and Wendy O'Brien) and is currently working on her third book, Collision Paths in the Pursuit of Gender Equity: A Feminist Perspective on the Affective Dynamics of Contact Sports (under contract, with Simone Fullagar and Wendy O'Brien). Read on...
| |Ramón is a Professor in the College of Sport & Exercise Science and leads the Sport in Society Research Program in ISEAL. He also holds a Professorial Chair in Sociology of Sport at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Prior to joining Victoria University in 2014, Ramón was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at La Trobe University, where he was also Deputy Director of the La Trobe Refugee Research Centre. Read on...
Graham is a seasoned information technology, sports administration, and teaching professional interested in sport sociology, sports business management and sport for people with disability. Graham coordinates and lectures in sports and physical activity management and leads tutors in professions, people, and healthcare at The University of Queensland. Also, Graham is a 3rd year PhD Candidate exploring the sports participation experiences of children with disability. Outside academia, he continues to embrace a passion for helping local-sport administrators to change and transform their organisational sustainability through good governance by volunteering as the founding Chief Operations Officer of Queensland All Abilities Sports and Operations Manager of the Brisbane Paralympic Program.
Thematic Groups at Risk of Folding
Thanks to Vivian for responding to our call last week, we now only have three thematic groups without conveners for the 2022-2023 term:
- Critical Indigenous Studies
- Social Stratification
- Teaching Sociology
As mentioned previously, if your area of interest, or expertise, is in any of the above 3 fields, and you would like to see your representative group continue, please contact Ramon, our Thematic Groups Portfolio Leader (email@example.com) and/or 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. Every member has their own unique skills to bring to such a role and 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
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: Lecturer in Social Policy
University of Melbourne
Continuing position. The Lecturer in Social Policy will be responsible for teaching at both Sociology’s undergraduate program and the postgraduate level in the Master of Social Policy, supervise Honours, postgraduate coursework and research higher degree theses and foster engagement links with external networks / partners nationally and internationally.
New: Senior Insights Officer
New South Wales Government.
Use your qualitative research skills to make a difference in the lives of people in regional New South Wales! As a Senior Insights Officer, you will develop and deliver qualitative research to shape social policy and improve delivery of public programs. You will co-design and develop solutions to regional challenges, and service innovations. All Regional NSW locations considered. Offering an attractive salary ranging from $113,343.00pa - $124,901.00pa + super.
Assistant Professor, Sociology of Heath
University of Calgary
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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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: Rainbow Racism: First Nations Navigation Of Biases In Queer Spaces
Online, Saturday, February 26, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM AEDT
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.
| |(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.
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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