Elly Leung, University of Western Australia:
I was extremely honoured and delighted to receive a TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship to attend the Annual Conference in Melbourne in November 2016. This scholarship generously gave me an opportunity to network with other academics and students and to get some constructive feedback on my research. I am in the final stages of my PhD on the topic ‘Exploring Worker Consciousness in China’. In it, I aim to understand how a worker consciousness has been shaped and reshaped, and how this shaping and reshaping affects the potential for organised labour movement by the workers themselves in China.
Throughout the three-day conference, I felt incredibly encouraged and inspired by the diversity of scholars and students and learned much by attending their presentation sessions. It was such an eye-opening experience to learn about the many different types of qualitative approaches being used across different fields in sociology, such as sociology of health and sociology of emotion. I admired the standard and quality of the work presented and I hope to see them again at TASA 2017.
Attending this conference was such an unforgettable and fulfilling experience and an important part of my PhD journey. Meeting and talking to new people is one thing that I don’t always feel comfortable with, but I felt extremely welcome at TASA and it was like meeting ‘old friends’ at the Conference. I had serious discussions, causal chit-chatting, and of course giggles and laughter with brilliant people during and outside the sessions. Last but not least, Melbourne was such a wonderful place to visit and I enjoyed myself so much in this city.