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Editor’s Letter – Volume 28, Issue 1

Written by Sue Malta, Editor, Nexus: This issue of Nexus brings an extended report from the 2015 national conference held in beautiful tropical Cairns. We start with excerpts from some the keynote addresses, bringing us a range of perspectives on the conference theme of Neoliberalism and contemporary challenges for the Asia-Pacific. We begin with the stirring words […]

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Neoliberalism and the resurgence of populism

Written by Vedi R. Hadiz, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne: The rise of populism has been witnessed virtually across the globe as a response to new social dislocations associated with the deepening of neoliberal globalisation. This is so even if the expressions of populism will vary enormously. Not surprisingly, populist politics has been drawn into […]

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Synopsis of keynote address, TASA Conference 2015

Written by Itty Abraham, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, NUS, Singapore: It’s pretty obvious that technological change affects society, but how it does so is not always clear. In the keynote address I gave at the last TASA Conference (Cairns, 2015), I tried to show how, even as the world appears to become more and […]

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So you thought organising a conference was a piece of cake…?!!!: A post-script to organising TASA 2015

Written by Anne Stephens, James Cook University: Gosh, I’m so darn relieved it went well! TASA2015 will stand out in my mind as one of the most fulfilling professional endeavours I have ever undertaken. As co-convener with Theresa Petray, we were backed up by an incredible team of TASA Executive Committee members, our JCU Local […]

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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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Claire Baker – TASA 2015 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Report

TASA 2015 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Awarded to Claire Baker, University of New England: As one of the fortunate recipients of a TASA 2015 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship, I was able to attend the 2015 TASA Conference in Cairns last November. Without the assistance offered by this scholarship I would not have been able to attend and […]

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Michelle Dyer – TASA 2015 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Report

TASA 2015 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Report Awarded to Michelle Dyer, James Cook University: I always find it ironic that I research gender relations and women’s agency while constantly juggling the demands of being a single parent with an academic career. During my research in a village in the Solomon Islands I had no running water, […]

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Ly Phan – TASA 2015 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Report

TASA 2015 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Report Awarded to Ly Phan, University of Sydney: It was my great honour to receive a TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship to attend the TASA Annual Conference in Cairns, November 2015. The scholarship gave me the opportunity to present my work to the most intellectual audience in the field and receive […]

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Leanne Stevenson – TASA 2015 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Report

TASA 2015 Postgraduate Conference Scholarship Awarded to Leanne Stevenson, University of Sydney: I was extremely delighted and honoured to receive a postgraduate scholarship in 2015. The scholarship very generously allowed me to attend my first large academic conference, in the gorgeous setting of Cairns, and I had a blast! Even before arriving at the conference, […]

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Chris Pollard – Conference Scholarship for TASA Members with Disabilities

Conference Scholarship for TASA Members with Disabilities Awarded to Chris Pollard, Deakin University: I am grateful for the opportunity this scholarship afforded me to participate in the TASA 2015 Conference. The experience enabled me to receive valuable feedback on my current research, to be exposed to new and stimulating research across the discipline, and to […]

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Jennifer Cheng – TASA Conference Scholarship for Sociologists Outside Academe

TASA Conference Scholarship for Sociologists Outside Academe Awarded to Jennifer Cheng: I am very grateful and honoured to have received a scholarship for Sociologists Outside Academe. I had enjoyed the TASA 2014 conference very much and hoped to attend again in 2015. However, working outside of academia meant receiving no institutional or financial support for […]

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Eileen Clark – TASA Conference Scholarship for Sociologists Outside Academe

TASA Conference Scholarship for Sociologist Outside Academe Awarded to Eileen Clark, Clarks Clerks: This scholarship is designed to assist members working for government or non-government organisations, private employers or other non-university settings to present their work at TASA conferences. While universities still value conference participation, counting attendance as part of normal duties and sometimes providing […]

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Liudmila Kirpitchenko – TASA Conference Scholarship for Sociologists Outside Academe

Written by Liudmila Kirpitchenko: I was very grateful to receive this TASA scholarship and the opportunity it gave me to participate in the conference in Cairns last year. My involvement in TASA activities began in 2006 when I came to Australia from Canada. I started a PhD program at Monash University and began attending a […]

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2015 Jean Martin Award

Awarded to Ben Gook, University of Melbourne for his thesis, The past that 0utlived itself: German re-unification and its discontents: First, I want to say thanks to Bill Martin and the award committee. It is a great honour to receive this award, and I found it humbling to read down the list of past recipients. […]

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Love in the sociological classroom

TASA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching in Australian Sociology Awarded to Andrew Metcalfe, University of New South Wales: Sociology and love Sociology was an epiphany for me, as it probably was for everyone at this conference. I loved the scope and depth and sense of wonder that came with a sociological imagination. It changed […]

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2015 TASA Sociology in Action Award

Awarded to Alan Scott: I am honoured to be the first recipient of this award by the Association, which recognises that sociology is used in the service of the community beyond the walls of academia. My first sociological studies were made in the late 1960s and in 1969 I was invited to take over ITIM Research. […]

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Imposter Syndrome

TASA 2015 Conference Special Award. Written by Sally Daly, TASA Executive Officer: When Katie announced at the Cairns conference dinner that there was to be a surprise Award I felt a bit miffed that I had been left out of that loop and concerned that the Executive had gone rogue on me! When I realised […]

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Enhancing access to your research: A policy review of Open Access

Written by Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Editor in Chief, Journal of Sociology: The ever changing world of academia has two recent phenomena that appear to be here for the foreseeable future, namely the impact of research funding agencies and the quantification of our work. Open Access (OA) is related to both of these. Funding bodies demand it […]

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Postgraduate Completions

During a four-month period, between September 2015 and January 2016, nine TASA members were Awarded their PhDs: Name:                Matthew Bunn, PhD, October 2015 Title:                   In the echoes of mountains: embodying climbing practice Institution:        University of Newcastle Supervisors:     Dr Barry Morris and D. Steven Threadgold Summary: This thesis is a social phenomenology […]

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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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Symposium: The changing face of families and relationships

Written by Luke Gahan, TASA Public Engagement Portfolio Leader Last October the Families, Relationships, and Gender Thematic Group held a two-day symposium on the theme, ‘The Changing Face of Families and Relationships.’ Fifty-one people attended the event, including academics and students from Australian universities, sociologists from outside of academe, and one person from each of […]

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