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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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Emotions and social theory: Reflexivity, critique and structure

Erin Carlisle, Flinders University: Among the trees at the lush green central campus of the University of Wollongong, a collective of sociologists – theorists and emotions researchers alike – met to debate the points of contact between the seemingly disparate fields of social theory, on the one hand, and contemporary emotions research, on the other. […]

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Research methods in youth studies: Doing ‘Difference’ differently

Amy Dobson, Benjamin Hanckel and Rose Butler: On 22 November 2017 the Sociology of Youth Thematic Group, in partnership with the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, hosted a youth symposium entitled Research methods in youth studies: Doing ‘Difference Differently’. Held at the University of Melbourne’s Youth Research Centre, the symposium brought together over […]

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Mobilising health sociology for impact: How can complex understandings of injustice and inequality be used in policy and practice?

Ally Gibson, University of New South Wales: On 13 October 2017, the TASA Health Thematic Group and the Practical Justice Initiative (PJI) co-hosted a one-day symposium, entitled Mobilising health sociology for impact: How can complex understandings of injustice and inequality be used in policy and practice? This event was generously supported by funding from TASA […]

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Chasms and bridges: Religion and secularity in a polarised world

Rosemary Hancock, The University of Notre Dame Australia & Alan Nixon, Western Sydney University. On 29 September 2017, the Sociology of Religion Thematic Group and Western Sydney University’s Religion and Society Research Cluster co-hosted a symposium titled Chasms and bridges: Religion and secularity in a polarised world. Twenty-two sociologists gathered at the new Western Sydney […]

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Symposium: Crime Control in the 21st Century

Joel McGregor, University of Newcastle: Last month, the Crime and Governance thematic group hosted a one-day symposium on the theme, ‘Crime Control in the 21st Century’. Held at the University of Newcastle Sydney campus, the day was well attended by TASA members, other academics non-members and practitioners. We were extremely fortunate to host two brilliant […]

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Crime and Governance Thematic Group Symposium

Ben Lohmeyer, Tabor College of Higher Education: Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges After the TASA Crime and Governance symposium, sitting with a small group of attendees in the heart of Sydney, a senior academic reflected ‘I think that the best presentations today were by the postgrads’. This was not […]

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Sociology & Animals Thematic Group Event

Zoei Sutton, Flinders University: The ‘Development for species: animals in society, animals as society’ symposium was held on 18–19 September 2017, at Deakin University, Melbourne. Conveners were Yamini Narayanan, Zoei Sutton and Vince Marotta, and the symposium was sponsored by Deakin University (who provided in kind and financial support as hosts), The Alfred Deakin Institute […]

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Report from the Thematic Group Portfolio Leader

Peta S. Cook, University of Tasmania:  As the new Thematic Group Portfolio Leader on the TASA Executive, I would first like to thank Karen Soldatic for her leadership as Thematic Group Portfolio Leader from 2015 to 2016. During her leadership, Karen provided excellent mentorship for thematic group conveners. This included producing an e-manual for conveners […]

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Webinars for professional development

Melanie Shier-Baker, Applied Sociology Thematic Group: The Applied Sociology Thematic Group has two central themes: (1) to provide opportunities for sociologists working outside of academe to network, collaborate, and share knowledge, and (2) to help promote the usefulness of sociological theory and analytical tools in a wide range of arenas. Sociologists paving a career outside […]

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