The Australian Sociological Association: Members' Newsletter

No Images? Click here

Members' Newsletter 

Dear  ,

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


The Greening of Everyday Life

Cecily Maller (2016) Homemaking Practices of Provision and Maintenance: Implications for Environmental Action in Meyer, J. & Kersten, J. (eds.) The Greening Of Everyday Life, Oxford University Press.



Andrew Glover: On The Role Of A Chief Social Scientist – A Response

New Website - Lives of Substance

Lives of Substance is Australia’s first dedicated website presenting carefully researched personal stories of alcohol or other drug addiction, dependence or habit

Thematic Groups' Events

Free Webinar: Applied Sociology 

Dina Bowman on Oct 28, 2016 12:00 PM AEDT. To register, please click here

Research Forum

From Surviving to Thriving: Inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum                                                                           As global forced migration continues to grow, research into the recruitment barriers, support needs, and long-term economic contributions of humanitarian migrants has revealed insights that can inform policy and programs.                                                       07 December 2016, 9:30am to 4:30pm, University of Melbourne.                               The speakers are now confirmed for this event and many of them are fellow TASA members.                                                                                                                                                             Registration is now open. 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

TOMORROW 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)

Panel Discussion 

All being well? Financial wellbeing, inclusion and risk                                                    05 December 2016, 2:00pm to 4:00pm,  Melbourne                                                                       Join the lively panel discussion on financial wellbeing featuring Professor Elaine Kempson (UK) and Professor Jerry Buckland (Canada).                                                                                        Registration now open. 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.                                                                                Join researchers from the UK, New Zealand, Denmark and Australia for a public event to discuss the consequences of insecure work, existing policy responses and opportunities for collaboration to foster positive change.                                                                                                            Registration now open. Read on...


Science, Modernization and Colonialism in the Age of Decolonization    Symposium at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-29 July 2017                                                                                            Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2016. 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...


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...

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...

Newsletter Submissions

We encourage you to support your colleagues by sharing details of your latest publications with them via this newsletter. No publication is too big or too small. Any mention of sociology is of value to our association, and to the discipline, so please do send through details of your latest publication (fully referenced) for the next newsletter, to the TASA Office. Usually, the newsletter is disseminated every Thursday morning.

Links to external servers do not imply any official endorsement by The Australian Sociological Association or the opinions, ideas or information contained therein, nor guarantee the validity, completeness or utility of the information provided. Reference herein to any products, services, processes, hypertext links to third parties or other information does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation.