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The Minister’s veto and why we should do Social Sciences Week again

Dan Woodman, President, The Australian Sociological Association:  The major challenges facing our society are questions about how we live together and how we share the resources we have. Refugee policy, financial regulation and even climate change are questions for which sociological knowledge is central. These would seem to be the conditions, however unfortunate, in which […]

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From Toronto 2018 to Melbourne 2022

Dan Woodman, University of Melbourne:  Toronto, Canada is a long way from Australia. Go much further and you’re technically on your way back. Despite the distance and the costs involved, TASA had a large and vibrant presence at the International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology in Toronto last month, contributing papers to the theme […]

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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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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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Engaging with the media, punditry and public sociology: On becoming the accidental voice of a micro-generation

Dan Woodman, TASA President: Many TASA members are regular contributors to the media (old and new). I try to take up as many opportunities as I can to talk to journalists about my research, particularly if there is an opportunity to defend the groups I study from unfair attack, or to advocate for the importance […]

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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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