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 was founded on the work of Jo Lindsay and myself from 2012. We learned a lot from that process, and this helped enormously. The Local Organizing Committee for the bid was regional, which is congruent with TASA’s strategic objective of building close relationships with colleagues in the Asia Pacific. Our LOC is:

Professor Raewyn Connell (Australia)

Professor Alan France (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Associate Professor Katie Hughes (Australia)

Mr Nugroho Ma (Indonesia)

Dr Chivoin Peou (Cambodia)

Dr Theresa Petray (Australia)

Professor Emma Porio (Phillipines)

Professor Robert Van Krieken (Australia)

Dr Dan Woodman (Australia)

After the presentation, we were informally told of our success – which was extremely pleasing!

Early in December, the ISA President Professor Margaret Ibrahim will conduct a site visit to look at the accommodation options for delegates, meet key Australian Sociologists and of course, see venue itself. If all is well, we anticipate a formal announcement at the 2018 World Congress in Toronto. At this stage, I’d like to thank our LOC, Jo Lindsay and Dan Woodman for their collegiality and generosity in bringing this about.

Special General Meeting

On 28 April, TASA held an SGM to consider an addition to the TASA Executive Committee – a Sociology in Action portfolio. This arose from the growing numbers of TASA members working in NGOs, in local, state and federal government and in other places. At the December 2015 TASA Executive meeting, it was agreed that the Executive should be broadened to better meet our members’ diverse interests.

The result of the SGM was almost unanimously positive. This means that from January 2017, we will have an Executive member whose role it is to ensure that those working outside the university sector have an Executive member in place to represent them, and their needs.

Thanks to all TASA members who made the time to attend this SGM, and to register their views. We very much look forward to welcoming the new member of the Executive, and to ensuring that our membership’s needs are better met.

TASA Election

Finally, 2016 is an election year. I encourage you all to vote, because the results will determine the ways in which TASA grows over the next two years (at least). Voting closes on Tuesday August 2nd. It’s a quick process, and a very important process, so please do make your contribution.  Please contact the TASA Office if you experience issues trying to vote.

With many thanks.

Katie

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