We hope you can join us TODAY for our TASA Thursdays event - April 7th - hosted by the Postgraduate Sub-committee 'Choosing the right PhD for you: traditional thesis versus thesis by publication'. Chaired by Richa George, with panellists Claire Moran, Alice Campbell and Farida Fozdar. 10:30 - 11:30 AWST, 12:00pm - 1:00pm SA/NT, 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST. The Zoom access details are: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89459716938?pwd=OC9Wd21pZllCb1U5aEVBTW0wazh3dz09. Meeting ID: 894 5971 6938. Passcode: 409407
|TASA 2022 - Social Challenges, Social Changes |
| |In case you haven't heard, our TASA 2022 submissions portal is now open. For details, read on...
For a full list of our TASA Thursdays events for 2022, as well as the registration links, please see TASAweb here.
Heidi Hetz, our Equity and Inclusion Portfolio Leader, will be hosting the next TASA Tea Time on Monday May 2nd, 1:30pm - 2:30pm (WA), 3:00pm - 4:00pm (SA/NT), 3:30pm - 4:30pm (ACT, NSW, Vic., QLD, Tas.).
Included in this week's attendees was a member who tuned in from Ukraine, and shared children's drawings of the war (part of a research project), a member who has lived through the back to back flooding in northern NSW and now has COVID, a member in the second year of their PhD who has yet to experience a TASA conference as well as a member who spends more time traveling to and from work (public transport - 7 hours) than they do at work. There were others too. Casual banter, support, advice and fun was exchanged. Professionally hosted by Heidi, TASA Tea Time sessions are a great way to step out of the daily grind and connect with other members in a safe space.
The Monday May 2nd TASA Tea Time is open to TASA members only, you can register here and the zoom access details will be emailed to you the week before the event.
|Members' Engaging Sociology |
Kay Cook (2022) The Failure of Child Support: Gendered Systems of Inaccessibility, Inaction and Irresponsibility. Policy Press.
| Drawing on interviews with informants from a diverse range of 16 countries, including the US, the UK, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Peru, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Nigeria, this book examines how child support systems often fail to transfer payments from separated fathers to mothers and their children. It lays out how these systems are structured in ways that render them ineffective, while positioning women as responsible for their failures. |
The book charts the demise of child support as a feminist intervention, resituating it as gendered governance practice that operates by making the system inaccessible, failing to deliver outcomes, and condoning fathers’ irresponsibility. It identifies how the gender order is entrenched through child support failure and offers possibilities for feminist reform. Read on...
Deborah Lupton (2022) COVID Societies. Routledge.
COVID Societies presents a compelling and accessible overview of key sociocultural theories that can help us make sense of the diverse, dynamic and complex elements of the COVID crisis. These include discussions of the political economy perspective; biopolitics; risk society and cultures; gender and queer theory; and more-than-human theory. The book provides insights into everyday life around the world as people battled with containing the pandemic and explores the broader historical, social, cultural and political contexts in which these responses have developed.
COVID-19 is the most serious pandemic to affect the world in the past century. We have all lived in ‘COVID societies’, the long-term effects of which have yet to be experienced or imagined. The COVID crisis has affected countries, regions within countries and social groups within regions in strikingly different ways. Read on...
| |Davis, M. D. M., Schermuly, A. C., Smith, A. K. J. & Newman, C. (2022) "Diversity via datafication? Digital patient records and citizenship for sexuality and gender diverse people", Biosocieties, https://doi.org/10.1057/s41292-022-00277-5 [OPEN ACCESS].
Cecilia Hilder & Philippa Collin (2022) The role of youth-led activist organisations for contemporary climate activism: the case of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Journal of Youth Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2022.2054691
Qi, Xiaoying. (2021) Trust Upset: Redefining the Terms of Trust in Maintaining Exchange Relations. Sociological Review. Online first. DOI: 10.1177/00380261211049035.
New lives, new research agendas: Sociology beyond the pandemic symposium
Note, due to the pandemic, this event was not able to be held during TASA November last year.
Thursday 2nd June 9.30am-4.30pm, La Trobe University Collins St Campus, Melbourne CBD
This is a free event, with limited places. Registration opening soon.
Accommodation and travel bursaries available for unwaged/casually employed/HDR students and will be advertised in the TASA newsletter in the coming weeks.
This 1-day event brings together TASA members from across Victoria to discuss the future of sociological research beyond the pandemic. COVID has thrown into question taken-for-granted notions of work, education, intimacy and care. The experience of ‘tele-everything’ during the pandemic has made clear the potential for digital technology to transform the way we relate, work, access services and care for others. The pandemic has seen an exacerbation of inequalities and exclusionary practices (by the state and within societies) as well as the potential for change and transformation. This forum provides an opportunity to discuss how we make sense of the pandemic and what lies ahead, particularly how we might pivot our research to respond to this challenge. In addition, the event provides a space for Victorian TASA members to debrief on the impact of COVID on our work and to partake in reflexivity as sociology- reflecting on our own lives and the lives of those we study.
Three panel discussions will focus on broad areas that have experienced significant shifts during COVID, posing a challenge to sociologists to make sense of the implications.
Panel 1: Living and working in COVID times
Panel 2: Technology transforming care and wellbeing
Panel 3: Youth, education, universities
Breakout sessions will allow for informal discussion and workshopping in small groups on the theme of ‘reorienting your research/ rethinking sociology post-pandemic’.
|Career Development Grants |
The new Career Development Grant has been developed by Heidi Hetz, the Equity and Inclusion Portfolio Leader. The grant seeks to support the career development activities of TASA members where these activities are not covered by other funding. Applications close on May 20.
For details, visit the TASAweb grant page here.
|TASA Public Engagement Survey (PES) |
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Deadlines for our TASA hosted ISA 2023 XX World Congress are now available here. For quick reference, the abstract submission deadline is September 30.
Returning / Incoming Conveners
Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
- To facilitate communication and collaboration between TASA members working in the areas of Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism and cognate fields
- To further sociological research and publications in the areas of Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism and cognate fields
- To provide a basis for streams on Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism at TASA conferences
- To organise and support other conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops, public lectures and the like in the areas of Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
- To encourage postgraduate interest in the field of the sociology of Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
- To stimulate public interest and public intellectual debate on the sociology of Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
- To liaise with the ISA Research Committees:
- RC05 – Race, Ethnicity and Minority Relations
- RC31 – Sociology of Migration
The returning conveners are Ashleigh Haw and Gianluigi Rotondo. The incoming convener is Catriona Stevens. The continuing postgraduate representatives are Sarah B.Faulkner and Yinghua Yu.
| Dr Ashleigh Haw - Research Fellow, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University |
Ashleigh's research focuses on discursive constructions of marginalised populations in Australian media, political and public discourse, with a particular interest in the implications for democracy, health, social cohesion, and social policy. She is currently involved in research projects investigating both traditional news and social media depictions of African youth in Australia, digital communication surrounding ethnic and religious minority communities during COVID-19, and the health, social and democratic implications of online disinformation during global crisis events. In addition to her role as a convener of TASA’s MEM group, Ashleigh is the Communications Officer for the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association and a co-convener of Deakin University’s Religion, Society and Culture Research Cluster. Ashleigh holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Education from the University of Sydney. Read on...
|Gianluigi Rotondo is a sociologist who was awarded his PhD at Monash University in 2019. His research explores intercultural communication through interdisciplinary links with Performing Arts, Education and Translation Studies. A recent Italian immigrant and father of two young children, he has focused his most recent publications on the concepts of displacement and grounds of discrimination. |
| |Catriona Stevens is Forrest Prospect Fellow in the UWA Social Care and Ageing (SAGE) Lab with expertise in the sociology of migration, ageing, aged care and care workforce issues, and in Chinese Studies. Her current research, funded by the Forrest Research Foundation, addresses some critical challenges faced by the Australian aged care sector. This work focusses on workforce issues, with an emphasis on understanding the experiences and perspectives of the workers themselves, especially those from migrant backgrounds.
This work builds on her expertise in labour migration. Cat’s recently completed PhD in Anthropology and Sociology is an ethnography of recent trade-skilled migration from China to Perth titled ‘Unlikely settlers in exceptional times’ that explores how social class shapes opportunities, choices, and trajectories through the migration process. In 2021 this dissertation received TASA's Jean Martin Award and was awarded runner up in the Chinese Studies Association of Australian Best PhD Thesis Prize.
Cat is active in supporting the work of the Migration, Mobilities, and Belonging (MMoB) research cluster at UWA and in 2017 co-convened TASA's conference ‘Belonging in a Mobile World’ held at UWA.
|Sarah B.Faulkner: I am entering my final year as a part-time PhD Candidate with UniSA Justice and Society. My PhD research project focuses on the settlement experience of Syrian refugees on the island of Newfoundland, particularly in regards to their sense of place- belonging and home. My research aims to address how notions of belonging and home are understood by settled Syrian refugees and how they impact on the decisions by Syrian refugees to remain in Newfoundland or leave. Taking a multidisciplinary approach I mainly draw from the realms of sociology and human geography to examine the role of place, belonging, and home during settlement. I hold a Master of Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science. Currently I sit as a post-graduate representative for UniSA Justice and Society's Research Education Strategy Group and TASA's thematic group for Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism. I am also Chair of the International Issues Committee for Amnesty International Australia and have been an active volunteer for over 6 years. My research interests include studies of belonging and place, refugee rights, migration, Canadian refugee settlement, and qualitative research methods. I currently reside in the Adelaide Hills where I live with my husband Patrick and our dog Jimmy. |
| | Yinghua Yu, PhD Candidate, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Yinghua is at her final stage of candidature. Her research focused on the lived experiences of new Chinese professional women through an interdisciplinary approach in bringing in Bourdieu’s concept of habitus and capital, inequality regimes and migration studies, with a particular interest in exploring women’s experiences in their career planning, accounts of everyday experiences at work and their choices between family and life. She is currently involved with research projects investigating consumer culture and practices among the lower sociocultural communities in the Global South and civic engagement, community building and engagement through the virtual space of WeChat amidst COVID-19. Yinghua has been the Postgraduate Representative of TASA’S MEM group since 2018 and has contributed broadly to various events planning and organisation in the past few years. Her research interests include migration, ethnicity and gender studies, workplace culture, career, motherhood, digital media, and work-family relationships.
Recent publication: Yu, Y (2021), The Careers of New Chinese Professional Women: Planning, Pathways and WeChat, Culture Unbound, Volume 13, issue 2, pp. 178-198. Published by Linköping University Electronic Press: https://cultureunbound.ep.liu.se/article/view/3301
Families & Relationships Thematic Group
| |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.
New: Full Professorship in Sociology
Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, SciencesPo, France
New: Senior Research Officer
ANROWS funded project on LGBTQ Young People’s Experiences of Sexual harassment in the Workplace and Workplace Training
Western Sydney University.
The Contemplative Studies Centre, The University of Melbourne
Level A or B, 3 year contract
Lecturer - Sociology
Monash University, Clayton campus
Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership – Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC): Towards living a better life
The Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership is seeking casual Research Assistants located across Australia to carry out qualitative fieldwork during August and September 2022.
The research explores the barriers and enablers to reducing the number of young people living in or at risk of entering residential aged care and how these barriers could be addressed across the disability, housing, health, and aged care systems. It also investigates the impact of the Younger People in Residential Aged Care Systems Coordinator Program.
The role involves facilitating focus groups and carrying out interviews, conducted either in-person or via on online platform.
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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New: Regional Refugee Settlement: A Longitudinal Study
The University of Melbourne - Social Equity Institute
With supervisor fellow member Karen Block
Expressions of interest deadline: May 11. Read on...
Men and Paid Care Work
Supervisors: fellow members Karla Elliott and Steve Roberts
Gendered Dynamics in Community Volunteering Practices
This PhD scholarship is offered by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute in partnership with Volunteer West
Under the supervision of fellow member Brendan Churchill
| 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: Equity and Access to High Skills through Higher Vocational Education
Online, April 29th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
So Fi Zine is a sociological fiction zine for arts-based research, creative sociology, and art inspired by social science. The zine publishes short fiction, poetry, and visual art in various forms. Edition #11 will be published in mid-2022.
March 2022 “Homelessness and Social Work" edition of Parity
The Council to Homeless Persons invites you to the virtual launch
TOMORROW Friday, 8 April, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm AEST
New: Rural Sustainability in the Urban Century
XV World Congress of Rural Sociology
19-22 July 2022, Cairns, Australia
Early bird rates extended until 30 April.
For details, see the Flyer
The sociology of crisis and the crisis of sociology
The second annual Caribbean Sociological Association conference (CASA)
Online, June 15 to 17, 2022
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...
New: The politics of age in sex and sexuality education for children and young people
Sex Education journal
Abstract submission deadline: 10th June. Read on...
International Journal of Homelessness - Special Issue
For this special edition, scholarship related to homelessness and the COVID-19 pandemic is invited.
Disabled People and the Intersectional Nature of Social Inclusion
Social Inclusion, Volume 11, Issue 4
Abstract submission deadline: November 15 - 30. Read on...
Indigenous Emancipation: The Fight Against Marginalisation, Criminalisation, and Oppression
Special Issue for Social Inclusion (all open access)
Abstract submission deadline: between June 1st and June 15. Read on...
Call for Editors - ISA Publications
Call for Editors
| The call for Global Dialogue is available here. Expressions of interest deadline: June 3rd. |
|The call for Social Justice and Democratization Space is available here. Expressions of interest deadline: April 30th.
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