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TASA President’s Letter. Beyond the Engagement and Impact Agenda – Social Sciences Week, Australia, 2018

Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne: We’re already through three months of 2018 and TASA members are busy teaching, researching and otherwise using their sociological imagination. At my university, we are under growing pressure to demonstrate that our work is having an ‘impact’, and that we are ‘engaging’ outside the academy. This is the same across […]

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Postgraduate Corner

Ashleigh Watson, Postgraduate Portfolio Leader and the Postgraduate sub-committee: 2017 Postgraduate Day Welcome session and poster exercise Like all good ice-breaker activities, the ‘Poster Exercise’ was a cleverly crafted (pun intended) practical activity with a deeper purpose. Postgraduates were organised into groups, provided with craft materials and invited to create a poster that captured a […]

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Update on thematic group activities

The year of 2018 was a dynamic time for thematic groups. The 1 March 2017 Thematic Group funding round drew a record number of applications. It was fortunate that TASA was able to support most of these activities, which included: ‘Development for Species: Animals in Society, Animals as Society’, held on 18–19 September 2017 (Sociology […]

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TASA President’s Letter. Belonging and recognition in a mobile world of sociology

Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne: In August, I attended the American Sociological Association Meeting for 2017. Every few years, the ASA leaves the USA and heads North to Canada for its conference. This year’s meeting was in the vibrant bilingual city of Montreal. It’s been booked in for a few years, but it was serendipitous […]

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On mobility, academic freedom and advocating for the social sciences – Letter from the President of TASA

Greetings TASA members and TASA friends, After the political and social upheavals of 2016, we live in a world that needs sociology more than ever. Yet sociological perspectives are often missing from where they are needed most. The early part of 2017 has highlighted for me some of the barriers sociology faces, and that they […]

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President’s Letter

Katie Hughes, TASA President: 2016 seems to be the year of elections, and TASA is no exception to this! Thanks to all TASA members who took the time and made the effort to vote for our next Executive which will hold office in 2017 and 2018. It was very pleasing to see the number of […]

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Thematic group three-year handover

Karen Soldatic, Thematic Groups Portfolio Leader: The number of thematic groups has grown significantly over recent years, and we now have more than 25 groups. When the first groups were established, the TASA Executive resolved that conveners should hold office for no more than three years. There were two reasons for this. First, it was […]

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Postgraduate Corner

Christina Malatzky, Postgraduate Portfolio Leader: It is with much pleasure that I congratulate Ashleigh Watson on being elected as the Postgraduate Portfolio Leader from January 2017. Ashleigh is a PhD candidate at Griffith University and has a passion for Public and Applied Sociology. TASA’s postgraduate members will have an opportunity to meet Ashleigh at the […]

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President’s Report

Written by Katie Hughes, TASA President: ISA World Congress As many of you might know, Dan Woodman and myself recently went to Taipei, Taiwan to present a bid from Melbourne to host the 2022 World Congress of Sociology. We worked very closely with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to build the bid – which […]

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Convening a TASA Thematic Group

Written by Karen Soldatic, Thematic Group Portfolio Leader: The creative and supportive environment offered by TASA’s thematic groups has led to a proliferation of groups in recent years. There are now 26 active thematic groups, with the great majority of TASA’s membership involved in at least two groups. The impetus for new groups has been […]

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Postgraduate portfolio report

Written by Christina Malatzky, Postgraduate Portfolio Leader: In November 2015, during my first visit to Cairns (I will be back, it was glorious) I was delighted to meet so many of TASA’s postgraduate members in person at the Annual Postgraduate Day. The room was full, extra chairs and a table were needed and after some […]

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President’s Report

Welcome to the first NEXUS for 2016, which looks like being another interesting year. TASA had a fantastic conference in Cairns in December. I’d like to thank the Conference Convenors and the Local Organising Committee for both their work and their hospitality: Theresa Petray and Anne Stephens, Stewart Lockie, Roger Wilkinson, Catherine Wong, Nick Osbaldiston, […]

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Secretary Report

Dear Members, After a greatly enjoyable and successful conference in Cairns, the TASA Executive now has to reorient itself to the activities of 2016 (of which there are many!). The TASA 2016 Conference The 2016 TASA Conference will be held at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, from 28 November to 01 December. The conference theme […]

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