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Members' Newsletter 

Dear  ,

A fellow member, who lives 10 minutes walk (5 min train ride) from the TASA 2016 Conference venue, has an AirBNB available if you need accommodation. The accommodation can be found on the AirBNB website under 'Sunny in Fitzroy'.

Please note, the early bird registration deadline, for TASA 2016, is October 2nd. 


The Executive are excited to announce the availability of TASA and sociology apparel and merchandise.  TASA receives a percentage of the profits on purchases made via the TASA Shop. Available products, like the one fellow member Jo Lindsay is wearing in the image below, can be viewed here

TASA Apparel and Merchandise

Speed Dating for Sociology Researchers

A call for volunteers

Hosted by the Australian Catholic University, the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and TASA                                                                                           Monday November 28, 4:40pm - 5:20pm

The 2016 LOC are excited about the inaugural Speed dating for Sociology Researchers event being run this year! In this session, 8 senior sociology researchers will each have three minutes to explain the importance of their research, related to the conference theme of 'Cities and Successful Societies’, to a panel of three non-specialist judges, like media professionals, local government members etc. [panel TBC]. The panel members will assign each presentation a score on a scale ranging from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). These scores will reflect both the presentation content (was it understandable by a non-expert?) and the style of delivery (engaging, stimulating). Scores will be tallied as a tool for the judges and the winner will be decided by the consensus of judges. There will also be an audience vote to decide the recipient of the peoples' award.

A speed dating academic expert will help prepare the volunteers in a workshop for fine-tuning speed dating skills. If you would like to be a part of this exciting new TASA event, please send an email to by October 2nd.

PhD Scholarship Opportunities

Please alert your students and fellow colleagues

Youth transitions, work and wellbeing

PhD scholarship opportunity to study youth transitions, work and wellbeing at the University of Melbourne with the Life Patterns team (including TASA members Johanna Wyn and Dan Woodman).                                                                                                                    Closing date is TOMORROW, September 16, 2016!                                                                Information on scholarship benefits, eligibility and how to apply, available here

Dr Hernan Cuervo can be contacted for further information.


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

Morris, A. (2016) End of Dream: Housing Experiences of Older Australians. CSIRO Publishing. Melbourne.

The Australian Dream Housing Experiences of Older Australians

Journal Articles

West, B. & Aarons, H. War memory, national attachment and generational identity in Australia, The Journal of Sociology. Published online before print August 15, 2016, doi: 10.1177/1440783316655000

Hobbs, M., Owen, S., & Gerber, L. Liquid love? Dating apps, sex, relationships and the digital transformation of intimacyThe Journal of Sociology. Published online before print September 5, 2016, doi:10.1177/1440783316662718

Doherty, C. (2016). Edufare for the future precariat: the moral agenda in Australia’s ‘earning or learning’ policy. Journal of Education Policy. doi:

Morris, A. (2016) A Qualitative Examination of Jim Kemeny’s Arguments on High Home Ownership, the Retirement Pension and the Dualist Rental System Focusing on AustraliaHousing, Theory and Society, 33(4): 445-468.  

Informed News Analysis & Commentary

Alan Morris: Why moving out public housing tenants is a tragedy for Millers Point and for Sydney, The Conversation

Raewyn Connell, "What are good universities?", Australian Universities Review, 2016, vol. 58 no. 2, 67-73.  It's part of a special issue of AUR on "Challenging the Privatised University, edited by Kristen Lyons, Jeremy Tager & Louise Sales, available open access here:

Melissa Phillips: Are refugee and migrant diasporas the missing piece of the development puzzle?, The Conversation


James Arvanitakis:#5: Free Speech, Hate Speech, and 18C with Peter Wertheim, Sociologic

Thematic Groups Events

Free Webinars

Joseph Borlagdan - ‘Where to from here?’: Possible paths to supporting sociologists outside of academe

TOMORROW Fri, Sep 23, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM AEST
As TASA members, why do we tick the ‘Applied Sociology’ box? What do we hope to get out of the group? And in turn, what can we contribute? In this webinar I’ll identify the stakes in the game and encourage productive engagement with the Applied Sociology group. Reflecting upon my own brushes with academia, I’ll attempt to map out the intersections between supporting those outside academia and a public facing sociology.  Register here

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

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 2016 06:00 pm until Thursday 06 October 2016 07:30 pm                    This event is free but booking is essential. Read on...

For other events is the ARCSHS Distinguished Lecture Series, please click here.

Digital Intimacies Symposium

Digital Intimacies: interrogating the interface between intimate lives and calculative digital media platforms                                                                      December 12 - 13,  University of Queensland (Brisbane)                                                            From ephemeral everyday image play on Snapchat, to hook-up and dating apps like Grindr and Tinder, to the exploration of bodies, affects and identities on Tumblr, to the depiction of domestic life by Instagram influencers, intimate lives are being performed, recorded, analysed and commodified through the digital. Please join us for this single-stream, two-day symposium on digital intimacies.                                                                                                  Abstract submission deadline: September 14. Read on...


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


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

Call for Papers - Journals

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