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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.


Our congratulations are extended to Kitty TeRiele who has been appointed the new Deputy Director Research at the Peter Underwood Centre at the University of Tasmania, based in Hobart. The Peter Underwood Centre is a joint initiative between the University and the State Government, aimed at improving educational attainment in Tasmania.  

Our congratulations are also extended to Nicholas Hookway who has been awarded the 2016 University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

Calling all Sociologists!

TASA members Nick Osbaldiston (JCU), Fabian Cannizzo (Monash) and Christian Mauri (Murdoch) are conducting a study into service to sociology and attachment to the discipline itself. They require people willing to sit down and talk with them for approximately 45 minutes about their experiences of service to sociology and how this influences their identity as sociologists.

If you are interested in taking part in this Australian based study, please contact Nick via email ( or on phone 07 4232 1175. Please consider passing this onto other sociologists that you think might also be interested in participating in this project.

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


Taking the Village Online

Leah Williams Veazey: ‘Mothering in the Digital Diaspora” in Taking the Village Online: Mothers, Motherhood and Social Media (Demeter Press, 2016) 


Journal Articles

Shannon, B. 2016. Comprehensive for who? Neoliberal directives in Australian ‘comprehensive’ sexuality education and the erasure of GLBTIQ identitySex Education. 16(6), 573-585.

Dickson, K., Hughes, K. and Stephens, B.W. (2016) ‘Outsourcing Academic Development in Higher Education: Staff Perceptions of an International Intervention’, International Journal for Academic Development, 18 (4): 23-36.

Habibis, Daphne, Hookway, Nicholas and Vreugdenhil, Anthea (2016) ‘Kindness in Australia: An Empirical Critique of Moral Decline Sociology’,British Journal of Sociology

Colic-Peisker, V. (2016) ‘Ideology and utopia: Historic limits of economic rationality and the role of public sociology’, Journal of Sociology, online first.  

Colic-Peisker, V., M. Mikola and K. Dekker (2016) ‘A multicultural nation and its (Muslim) Other? Political leadership and media reporting in the wake of the ‘Sydney siege’’, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 37(4): 373–389.

Informed News Analysis & Commentary

Catherine Strong: ARIAs still matter to artists, but what do they say about us?The Conversation

Tom Barnes: Ford workers willing but unlikely to find decent jobs: study, The Conversation

Kristin Natalier & Kay Cook: What would another review of child support achieve? We know the problems, and how to fix them, The Conversation

Rose Butler & Christina Ho: Why do parents take such different approaches to their kids’ education?, The Conversation

Na'ama Carlin: Israeli voices raised against hatred and division, Eureka Street


Anthony Moran & Mark Mallman: Understanding Social Cohesion in Shepparton and Mildura: Final Report.Victorian Multicultural Commission

Anthony Moran & Mark Mallman: Understanding Social Cohesion in Shepparton and Mildura: Literature Review.Victorian Multicultural Commission


John Scott, Victor Minichiello & Cameron Cox: Sex Work and Southern Theory

Deborah Lupton: Affective atmospheres and digital health


Lesley Pruitt: Why do we need the United Nations? ABC Radio, Nightlife (from 2:40)

Thematic Groups' Events

Free Webinar: TOMORROW

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. Read on...

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...


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Shaping Public Policy in Australia: Past, Present, Future                                                                                                             13 - 14 October, 2016  (today and tomorrow)                                                                                       Registrations are still being accepted. 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...

Asia Pacific Sociological Association 

The Asia Pacific Sociological Association's (APSA) 2014 proceedings have been put online prior to the 15th ASPA Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They are available here

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