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Members' Newsletter 

Dear  ,

Please note, all TASA 2016 presenters must be registered by October 16 to be included in the conference programme.


We are thrilled to announce that the following 6 members have each been awarded a TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship. The scholarship covers a complimentary conference registration as well as travel funding to assist the recipients to attend TASA 2016.  Katie Hughes will be presenting their certificates at the Postgraduate Day afternoon tea on Monday November 28.  Congratulations to:

  • Cassie Curriyer - University of Newcastle
  • Yangtao Huang - University of Queensland
  • Elly Leung - University of Western Australia
  • Aniqa Farwa  - University of Queensland
  • Aqua Hastings - University of Newcastle

and Oznur Sahin, from Western Sydney University, who is the 2016 The Jerzy Zubrzycki Postgraduate Conference Scholarship recipient for her paper, Gender and Civic Engagement: The Bagcilar Municipality Women’s Council in Istanbul.

We are equally pleased to announce that Melanie Baker was awarded the 2016 TASA Conference Scholarship for Sociology in Action. This scholarship seeks to encourage the participation of sociologists working outside academe (in areas such as private industry, government and non-government organisations, and private contract and consultancy work) with TASA. Congratulations Melanie. 

Our congratulations are also extended to fellow member Theresa Petray who is a recent recipient of James Cook University's Early Career Advisor of the Year Award

Scholarship Opportunity

Pathways to better health and education outcomes for Tasmania’s children

Scholarship opportunity at the University of Tasmania for two PhD students to conduct ethnographic research in Tasmanian communities to provide in-depth knowledge about how universal early childhood services operate, how the services work with each other and how families and children use them. We have a strong interest in the relationship between socioeconomic disadvantage, place, and the use and meanings of services.                  Application deadline: October 31.  Read on...

Members' Publications

Journal Articles

Petra Bueskens (2016). Matricentric Feminism Is a Gift to the World. Forward to A O’Reilly, Matricentric Feminism: Theory, Activism, and Practice. Bradford: Demeter Press.

Mitchell Hobbs, Stephen Owen, and Livia Gerber (2016). Liquid love? Dating apps, sex, relationships and the digital transformation of intimacyThe Journal of Sociology, OnLine First

Boese, M. and K. Macdonald (2016). "Restricted entitlements for skilled temporary migrants: the limits of migrant consent."Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1-18. First Online. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1237869

Informed News Analysis & Commentary

Dan Woodman & Nicholas Hookway: What is Facebragging and are you guilty of it? The New Daily

John van Kooy: Refugee women as entrepreneurs in Australia, Forced Migration Review

David Farrugia: Suspending welfare payments won’t help young people get jobs, The Conversation.

David Rowe: Interviewed by Henry Cooke about sports journalism, churn, social media, fans as citizen journalists, & fake sports celebrities, Look What it Means to Him

Raewyn Connell: Writing for Research: Logic and Practice, Global Dialogue

Tony Fletcher & Sarah Wendt: To stop domestic violence, we need to change perpetrators’ behaviour, The Conversation 


Stewart Lockie:  Speaking on emerging issues for sustainable development at the UN's 16th meeting 'Prospects for the future (projections, scenarios and new and emerging issues) - High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2016'. Stewart's talk can be viewed at 37:20 and 1:27:00 


Theresa Petray: Discussing  Ariella Van Luyn book Treading Air, as well as sex work, feminism and fiction, and sex positivity, Progressive Podcasts.

David Rowe: chatting with Tom Tilley on why sports fandom runs so deep (David features at 27:42), ABC TripleJ Hack

Tom Barnes: chatting with Waleed Aly about the challenges for retrenched auto worker, ABC radio 774 (8:30am Wednesday October 5)


Anna Halafoff, & fellow researchers, partnered with the national and state Buddhist Councils of Australia, and filmmaker Freeman Trebilcock, to record life stories of prominent Buddhists in Australia. Their work culminated in the Buddhist Life Stories of Australia website.

Deborah Lupton & fellow researchers have come together and created a new website especially for researchers interested in the social and cultural aspects of digital data. Their work has culminated in the Digital Data and Society Consortium website.

Thematic Groups' Events

Free Webinar: Applied Sociology

Please register for Melanie Shier-Baker on Oct 14, 2016 12:00 PM AEDT

"Transition from Care: How sociology informs practice when supporting young people with a disability to exit the care of child safety services."

Working in an arena dominated by Allied Health Professionals within a clinical governance framework, I often need to remember how my sociological contribution is important and relevant to the people I support as well.

I work for the Queensland Public Service, in a program funded to prevent homelessness for young people exiting the care of Child Safety Services. My role specifically, is to effect the transition of young people with disabilities, who are under a Child Protection Order, into adult services upon turning 18 years of age. Balancing administrative and clinical service provision, I coordinate various government and non-government agencies, health professionals and general stakeholders to action priorities such as housing, income, support service and employment, as well as working directly withthe young person and their carers to develop rapport, explore identity and increase independent/interdependent living skills. Furthermore, championing this program requires me to provide comprehensive data collection to inform policy, promote training and awareness for staff across departments and stay well-informed of current research within this domain.

Outlining intersections of social structure and theory in this context, I present how my sociological thinking has inspired my practice, allowing me to offer valuable insight to assist colleagues in their assessment processes, thus contributing to an enhanced clinical discourse.

Free Webinar: Applied Sociology - Save the date

Dina Bowman on Oct 28, 2016 12:00 PM AEDT 

Roundtable - Save the date

From Surviving to Thriving: Inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum                                                                            07 December 2016, 9:30am to 4:30pm, University of Melbourne. Read on...

Symposium and Workshop: Meaning and Morality in an Age of Uncertainty.

Friday 2nd of December (following annual TASA conference)                                                La Trobe Franklin St Campus, Melbourne                                                                              The focus of the event will be analysing changes and continuity in expressions of morality and meaning in a world in which the old anchors and certainties have been radically disrupted.  Read on...

Two postgraduate accommodation scholarships will be available to attend the event (applicants must be TASA members). Please email Nick or Sara.

Health Sociology in the 21st century: Innovative Approaches to Researching Health and Society

Friday 2nd December (following annual TASA conference)
Australian Catholic University, MelbourneRead on...                       Subsidised Registrations and Travel Bursaries for PhD students, sessional/casual academics and unwaged health sociologists

Symposium: Relationality in the metropolis – exploring sociological perspectives for urban studies

Friday 2nd December (following annual TASA conference)
Multi-function Room, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville
                            For further information, and to register, please read on...

Other Events

Interdisciplinary Workshop

Buddhism(s): Traditions, Philosophies, Practices

Friday October 21, 10:00- 5:00, Deakin Melbourne Corporate Centre (DMCC), L3 550 Bourke St                                                                                                                         This interdisciplinary workshop highlights the numerous dimensions of the Buddhist world by focusing on a range of Buddhist traditions with diverse philosophical orientations and varying interpretations of Buddhist practice. Scholars from the fields of Asian Studies, Anthropology, History, Philosophy, and China Studies will explore these dimensions through examining traditional Buddhist texts and contemporary expressions of Buddhism(s). The workshop schedule will allow ample time for discussion where we can engage with the idea of Buddhism in the plural and explore traditional and contemporary intersections of Buddhist thought and practice.

Speakers: Cristina Rocha (WSU); Judith Snodgrass (WSU); John Powers (Deakin); John Makeham (La Trobe); Leesa Davis (Deakin)

Event is free and all are welcome. Please RSVP to Leesa Davis by October 18 with any special dietary requirements for catering purposes: (with Buddhisms in the subject line)


Passionate about driving global #socialchange? Want to learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals? On October 15 at the University of Sydney you can hear from impressive social change leaders and how you too can help create a better tomorrow. Our very own TASA member, Dr. Archana Voola is an invited speaker at the Summit. She will be speaking on partnerships to combat gender inequality. Ready to be inspired? Buy your tickets today! Together we can make the world a better place for all.  #2030NOWAU #GlobalGoals @socialgoodau

2016 CHASS Australia Prizes Dinner

The CHASS Board invite you to join them for their annual celebration of achievements in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) in Australia on 20 October in Melbourne.   Further details about the event are available here. Needless to say, they would be happy to provide additional information. Please contact CHASS on 03 9925 3935 or via It would greatly assist in their planning to receive your response before 30 September.

Panel Discussion - Save the date

All being well? Financial wellbeing, inclusion and risk                                                    05 December 2016, 2:00pm to 4:00pm,  Melbourne Read on...


Young Australians and their attitudes towards diversity, migrants and asylum seekers: Insights from the Our Lives project                                                             Youth Research Centre Seminar Series 2016                                                                                       Zlatko Skrbi                                                                                                                                                         October 18, Melbourne. Read on...


Beyond the gig economy: opportunities to organise, collaborate and develop new responses to insecure work                                                                                                       24 November 2016, 9:00am to 4:30pm, Melbourne. Read on...


Conflicts of Interest in Healthcare

Monday 31st of October, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Camperdown, NSW                                 This symposium brings together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars to explore the ethical and policy implications of financial and non-financial conflicts of interest in medicine and public health. Four sessions will address conceptual and practical implications of conflicts of interest from clinical, policy, scientific and academic perspectives.                                                                                                                                                               This event is free but registration is required. Read on...


Engaging with a shift to the empirical in feminist scholarship: A symposium

Friday November 11, 12.30 – 4.30 (lunch included) University of Sydney           The organisers are keen to have input from scholars from across the academic career spectrum - from early stage doctoral researchers onwards – and from across the range of disciplinary locations. Our aim is to facilitate a relaxed but intellectually stimulating environment where knowing, not knowing and unknowing are equally valid.                           The event is free but RSVP required. Read on...

Public Lecture

Do Definitions Matter? Data, Law and Decision Making in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Sofia Gruskin

Part of the ARCSHS Distinguished Lecture Series                                                                           TODAY Thursday 06 October 06:00 pm                                                                                                   This event is free but booking is essential. Read on...


World Complexity Science Academy – WCSA                                                                                     Governing Turbulence: Risk and Opportunities in the Complexity Age                 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th and 6th January 2017                                                                                 Abstract submission deadline: November 30. Read on...


Eastern Sociological Society conference                                                                                                   Race, Gender, and Inequality in Higher Education                                                                February 23-26th, Philadelphia                                                                                                             Abstract submission deadline: October 15. Read on...


Mobile Cultures of Disaster                                                                                                                    23-24 March 2017, Adelaide                                                                                                                           Due to generous funding from the Japan Foundation Sydney, the conference has no registration fee.                                                                                                                                           Abstract submission deadline: October 17. Read on...

Call for Papers - Journals

Future-Proofing Higher Education: towards the Citizen Scholar                               Active Learning in Higher Education                                                                                                Submission deadline: 1 February 2017. Read on...


 The EU's Four Freedoms: moving people, capital, goods and services across the field of European education                                                                                                    European Education Research Journal                                                                                                           Abstract submission deadline: 1 December. Read on...


Migration, Borders, and Education: International Sociological Inquiries International Studies in Sociology of Education, Special Issue Call for Papers         Abstract Submission deadline extended: November 30. Read on...


Czech and Slovak Journal of Humanities                                                                                        Special issue on Cultural and Social Anthropology, to be published in December 2017. Abstract submission deadline: December 15. Read on...


Sport, Feminism, and the Global South                                                                          Sociology of Sport Journal                                                                                           Guest editors: Kim Toffoletti and Catherine Palmer                                                    Submission deadline: March 1, 2017. Read on...


Racism and Transnationality                                                                                  Transnational Social Review                                                                                                             Guest editors Caroline Schmitt, Linda L. Semu and Matthias D. Witte                     Submission deadline: October 15Read on...

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