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Members' Newsletter 

Dear  ,

The early bird registration deadline, for TASA 2016, is this Sunday October 2nd


Our warm congratulations are extended to Fiona Haines, Robert van Krieken and David Rowe who were recently Elected Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. The full list can be accessed here

Employment Opportunity

The Youth Research Centre (YRC) in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne is hiring a Research Fellow with expertise in quantitative analysis (4 years, Level B). The successful candidate will primarily contribute to the Life Patterns Project (working with a team including TASA members Johanna Wyn and Dan Woodman).

Closing date is soon, this coming Tuesday, October 4, 2016!

Information on the position and how to apply:

Professor Johanna Wyn can be contacted for further information:

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


Qualitative Social Research Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age

Waller, Vivienne, Farquharson, Karen, and Dempsey, Deborah (2016) Qualitative Social Research: Contemporary Methods for the Digital Age, London, SAGE. []Free chapter


Journal Articles

Nolan, David, Burgin, Alice, Farquharson, Karen and Marjoribanks, Timothy (2016), 'Media and the politics of belonging: Sudanese Australians, letters to the editor and the new integrationism', Patterns of Prejudice 50:3, 253-275.

Marjoribanks, Timothy and Farquharson, Karen (2016), ‘Contesting Competence: Chief Executive Officers and Leadership in Australian Football League clubs’, Marketing Intelligence and Planning 34(2): 188-202.

Sohrabi, Hadi and Farquharson, Karen (2016), ‘Social integration of Australian Muslims: a dramaturgical perspective’, Journal of Sociology 52(2): 387-402.

Lindsay J, Dean A and Supski S (2016) ‘Responding to the Millennium Drought: Comparing domestic water cultures in three Australian citiesRegional Environmental Change 10.1007/s10113-016-1048-6

Stahl, G. (2016) ‘Doing Bourdieu Justice: Thinking with and Beyond BourdieuBritish Journal of Sociology of Education. Vol. 37. Issue 7. 1091-1103.

Stefanie Plage, Indigo Willing, Zlatko Skrbiš, Ian Woodward (2016) Australianness as fairness: implications for cosmopolitan encounters, The Journal of Sociology, OnLine First

Miller, T and Nash, M (2016) ‘I just think something like the “Bubs and Pubs” class is what men should be having’: Paternal subjectivities and preparing for first-time fatherhood in Australia and the United KingdomJournal of Sociology

Murray, L and Nash, M (2016)The challenges of participant photography: A critical reflection on methodology and ethics in two cultural contexts,Qualitative Health Research

Soldatic, K., (2016). Mind the gap: The extent of violence against women with disabilities in Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues, The. Volume 51 Issue 3 (Oct 2016)

Kemp, D., Worden, S., & Owen. J. (2016).  Australia Differentiated social risk: Rebound dynamics and sustainability performance in mining. Resources Policy 50 (2016) 19–26

Martin Behrens and Andreas Pekarek (2016) Umkämpfte Einheit: Neue und alte Muster der Lagerbildung in der deutschen Gewerkschaftsbewegung, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (German Journal of Political Science). First Online:  05 September 2016  DOI: 10.1007/s41358-016-0040-5

Holdsworth, Louise. (2016). The Impact of Mutual Obligation for Sole Parents. Journal of Sociology, DOI: 10.1177/1440783316667639.

Informed News Analysis & Commentary

Mitchell Hobbs: Majority of dating app users looking for long-term love, research shows, ABC News

Karen Soldatic & colleagues: ‘What Kind of Development Are We Talking About?’ A Virtual Roundtable with Tsitsi Chataika, Nilika Mehrotra, Karen Soldatic and Kateřina Kolářová. Edinburgh University Press

Alan Petersen & colleagues: The hard sell of stem cells: we need a better way to protect patients from harm, The Conversation.

Christopher Mayes: 'The limits of labels: ethical food in more than consumer choice', The Conversation

Christopher Mayes & Jenny Kaldor: '"Headless Fatty" Pics Don't Protect People, They Dehumanise Them' Huffington Post Australia. 


Deborah Lupton: Fat, thin and fit bodies in digital media


Mitchell Hobbs:   Yesterday, Mitchell spoke with Waleed Aly on 774 ABC Radio at 9am and 702 ABC Sydney at 1:40pm. If you missed both of those programs you can catch Mitchell speaking today about a study he conducted, published in the Journal of Sociology, that looked at the online dating habits of 365 people, on ABC Life Matters today at 9:30am.          

Thematic Groups Events

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

Social Good Summit Australia 2016

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...

Seminar - Save the date

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                                                                   Thursday 06 October 06:00 pm                                                                                                            This event is free but booking is essential. Read on...


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Shaping Public Policy in Australia: Past, Present, Future                                                                                                             13 - 14 October, 2016                                                                                                                           Registration deadline: TOMORROW, 30 September. Read on...


The Future of Fatherhood: What’s next in fathering practice and research?       November 7-8, University of Wollongong.                                                                                 Participants will include researchers, advocates, educators, professionals, and others from universities, governments, local and international organisations, and community agencies.  Abstract submission deadline: TOMORROW, September 30. Read on...


Politics, Place & Privilege                                                                                     February 16-17 2017, Victoria University, City Campus                                                                 Abstract submission deadline: TOMORROW, September 30. 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...


Anatomy of the Image: Perspective on the (bio)medical Body in Science, Literature, Culture and Politics                                                                                   Monash University in Melbourne, February 16-17 2017.                                              Abstract submission deadline: TOMORROW, September 30. Read on...                     


The possibilities of feminist sociology: a workshop                                                 TOMORROW, 30 September, Jean Martin Room, ANU                                                   Attendance is free but places are limited to 20. 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...


 Women’s Educator Magazine REDRESS                                                                                Articles, 2500 words, about women/girls in education and ethnicity are being called for.  Submission deadline: TOMORROW, September 30. Contact Georgia Birch.


 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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