The Australian Sociological Association: Members' Newsletter

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Members' Newsletter 

Dear  ,

As mentioned previously, TASA's conference is a highlight of the year for many of us, and has a key role in building our identities and opportunities as Australian sociologists. However, as university budgets tighten, many postgraduate students are not funded to attend and cannot otherwise afford to do so. So, the broader community of sociologists misses out on learning about innovative research that will shape the field into the future.

The TASA executive is committed to assisting postgraduate students to be active members of the Australian sociological community. We can do this by contributing to their conference registration at the 2016 TASA conference in Melbourne, and we ask for your financial support to help us do so. Donations will be reserved for the postgraduate scholarships, which will cover conference registration and a contribution to travel expenses.

You can donate from $5 upwards. $300 will buy one conference registration that will be named after you and/or your affiliation, if you are happy for that to happen. A dedicated Donors page is on the 2016 conference website. Please email Sally in the TASA Office if you would like your donation to be anonymous.

We hope to fund at least 10 registrations, so look to raise $3000. Any help you can give, however small, will pay rich dividends now and into the future of Australian sociology. Donations can be made online here. Thank you!

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 soon, 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

Book Chapters

Wadham, B. (2016) The Dark Side of Defence: Masculinities and Violence in the Military. In R. McGarry & S. Walklate. The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and War. pp 269-287, Springer.

Islam, S., Scott, J. and V. Minichiello. (2016) Children’s experiences of living with HIV-Positive parents within the family context of Bangladesh. In P. Liamputtong. Children young People and Living wit HV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. The Netehrlands, Springer.

Scott, J. and D. Biron. (2016) An interpretive approach to understanding crime in rural Australia. In Harkness, A., Baker, D. and B. Harris, Locating Crime in Time and Place: Perspectives on regional, Rural and Remote Australia, Federation Press: Annandale, Sydney

Scott, J. (2016) Rural prostitution, in J. Donnermeyer (ed.) The International handbook of Rural Criminology.  Routledge, New York.  

Journal Articles

Couch, D., Thomas, S. L., Lewis, S., Blood, R. W., Holland, K., & Komesaroff, P. (2016). Obese people's perceptions of the thin ideal. Social Science & Medicine, 148, 60-70.

Hobbs, Mitchell, Owen, S. and Gerber, L. (2016) 'Liquid love? Dating apps, sex, relationships and the digital transformation of intimacy’, Journal of Sociology, published online first:

Carrington, K., Hogg, R. and Scott, J. (2016) Alcohol, violence, frontier masculinities and the Australian mining boom. Resource-based boomtowns: Crime fear and rural justice systems [An Edited Collection from the Internet Journal of Criminology], pp. 94-125

Pereira, M. and Scott, J. (2016) Harm reduction and the ethics of drug use: contemporary techniques of self-governance. Health Sociology Review.

Islam, S., Scott, J. and V. Minichiello. (2016) A qualitative exploration of parental experiences of stigma while living with HIV in Bangladesh. AIDS Care. 28 (2).

Informed News Analysis & Commentary

Dina Afrianty & Karen Soldatic: Disability inclusive education in Indonesian Islamic education institutions, Global Disability Watch

Dan Woodman & Shirley Jackson : Young people are not after an easy ride, just job security , The Conversation

Catherine Strong Phoebe Macrossan Friday essay: From Bowie to Bieber – the under-appreciated art of the music video, The Conversation

Nicole Lee & Sarah J McLean: How big a problem is ice use among Indigenous Australians? , The Conversation

David Gallant & Kirsty Forsdike-Young: The Sexism Games, Pursuit 


Deborah Lupton: Cycling self-tracking and data sense


Dallas Rogers: Speaking with: Juan Francisco Salazar about colonising Antarctica and Mars, The Conversation

Maree Petersen: speaking about the many faces of homelessness, Radio National, Life Matters

Dan Woodman: speaking about the Life Patterns research project, Radio National, Life Matters


James Arvanitakis: 5 Mistakes PhD Candidates Make

5 Mistakes PhD Candidates Make

Thematic Groups Events

Free Webinars

Kim Stace - "Outcomes Measurement: What does this mean for community service organisations and their consumers/clients"

TOMORROW Friday, Sep 9, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM AEST                                         Reform has been on the table for NSW Government funded services for some time. While the service sector has been given no clear response from Government as to a new direction, two areas have been highlighted as probable inclusions: outcomes measurement and a focus on evidence based programs. Outcomes measurement is currently being adopted by a number of community service organisations (large and small) and this webinar will explore the implementation of performance measures within organisations, the highlights and challenges of change management, and the impact and results that this new way of working has for program participants. Register here.

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

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

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...

Reclaiming the self: How older people perceive and experience their ageing

Exhibition opening guest speaker: Debra Lewis, Operations Manager, Council of the Ageing (COTA), Tasmania                                                                                                                             Exhibition curator: Dr Peta Cook (incoming Thematic Group convener)
Exhibition opening: 5.30 – 7pm Friday 2 September 2016
Exhibition dates: 5 September – 30 October 2016

You are invited to attend the opening night of  fellow TASA member Peta Cook's research exhibition. This invitation is extended to your colleagues, as well as anyone you believe might be interested. Read on...


Contextualizing Productive Aging in Asia                                                                                                                                                         13 - 14 March, 2017. Singapore.                                                                                                        Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (300 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 15 September 2016 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 - Journal

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...

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.

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