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, Sharon Barnwell and Naama Blatman-Thomas. The Executive were very pleased with the number of people who went, and particularly pleased to welcome many colleagues from the Asia–Pacific region who could attend because of its location. Just a reminder that the Asia Pacific Sociological Association conference will be held at the Royal University in Phnom Penh, 24–25 September 2016.
While on the conference front, for the last six months Dan Woodman and I have been working closely with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to create a bid for Melbourne to host the 2022 International Sociological Association World Congress. In so doing, we have built a Local Organising Committee from our region: Raewyn Connell (Sydney), Alan France (Aotearoa/NZ), Theresa Petray (JCU), Robert Van Krieken (Sydney), Chivoin Peou (Cambodia), Emma Porio (Philippines), and Nugroho Ma (Indonesia). We’re very grateful to them for their help in working on the bid and ensuring that it best meets the needs of colleagues in our region. On 14 April, Dan Woodman and I will present the bid to the ISA Executive in Taipei, Taiwan. We should have the result shortly afterwards and will let members know when we do.
2016 is also an election year for TASA. This means that all roles on the TASA Executive are open for nomination. The Position Descriptions for each role are available on the TASA website. The election will be held on line in July, with the new Executive holding office for 2017 and 2018. Office holders are required to attend two face-to-face Executive meetings and the AGM each year – normally in the city where the most Executive members are resident – and participate in two teleconferences. If you have any questions about these positions, please contact either the TASA office or the person currently holding the position for more information.
At our Executive Meeting in November 2015, the decision was made to ask members to vote on adding a new position to the Executive – a Sociology in Action portfolio. This is a consequence of the increasing numbers of Sociologists working in diverse workplaces, and their need to have specialised representation on the TASA Executive. To carry out this intention, however, we need to change the TASA Constitution. This requires a special meeting of members which will be held by teleconference on Friday 29 April at 10 am AEST. If you wish to take part, please email the Secretary at email@example.com as soon as possible (if you have not done so already) so that your views can be recorded on this important matter.
In the meantime, I hope 2016 is a satisfying and productive year for all TASA members.