Farida Fozdar, University of Western Australia:
It’s been ten years since the last very successful TASA conference was held in Perth at University of Western Australia, so we are very pleased to be able to host it next year. The fact that Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the world, and certainly a long way away from the rest of Australia, makes it an ideal location for the theme ‘Belonging in a Mobile World’. UWA’s Migration, Mobilities and Belonging research group, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, and a number of other academics and postgraduates who form the Local Organising Committee look forward to welcoming you to Perth.
UWA is a prominent research intensive university, a member of the Group of 8, and among the top 100 research universities in the world (ARWU). It achieved a 4 in the last ERA round for Sociology, and has a dynamic staff and postgraduate community that combines sociology and anthropology. The group’s conceptual interests span migration, nationalism, religion, political economy, kinship, gender, education, landscapes, media, Indigenous issues, development, creativity and ethnographic research. There is also a range of sociologically relevant activity outside the Department, for example within the WA Centre for Health and Ageing, the School of Population and Health, the School of Law (Criminology, and previously the Crime Research Centre), the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, the Centre for the Study of Social Change, and the Media and Communications Department.
We are planning a number of special sessions including a panel on criminology and issues for Indigenous peoples, another on the anthropology/sociology nexus and one on methodological issues, to tie in with UWA’s Master of Social Research Methods degree.
UWA is one of Australia’s most beautiful campuses, located among beautiful gardens on the banks of the Swan River, ideal for walks between sessions. People may like to make a longer visit to WA to visit some of our favourite sights, our beaches or the Margaret River wine and recreation region.