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Mobile Methods

We are pleased once again to offer a special add-on event on Friday morning, December 1, (9-11am) focusing on social research methods. ‘Mobile Methods’ is a free two hour session showcasing a panel of leading mobilities scholars who will introduce the innovative methods used in their research (some panelists TBC). This will be followed by a facilitated discussion and question time.


Mimi Sheller, Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Professor of Sociology, Drexel University
David Bissell, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Mark Western, Director, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland
Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, Director of Family Therapy Program, University of Massachusetts Boston
Ivalyo Vassilev, Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton


Although this event is free to attend, the LOC will need to know the number of registrants so that they can book an appropriate room size. Registration for this event is available on TASA’s conference proper online registration form.


Symposium: Ageing and New Media 

1-2 December 2017, commencing Friday 1 December at 11am
The Ageing and New Media Symposium, hosted by Prof Loretta Baldassar (UWA) and A/Prof Raelene Wilding (La Trobe University), brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and care givers to showcase their innovative work in the field of ageing – especially caring across distance using new media, and among culturally and linguistically diverse peoples. Keynotes delivered by international collaborators will complement discussion between scholars, industry and community members to develop joint and complementary research opportunities.


Keynote speakers: 
  • A/Prof Christa Lykke Christensen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Dr Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol (Open University of Catalonia)
  • A/Prof Elaine Ho (National University of Singapore)
  • Prof Joytsna Kalavar (Pennsylvania State University)
  • A/Prof Leng Leng Thang, Family & Population Research and Head of Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore
  • Prof Helen Manchester (Public Health, University of Bristol)
The registration website can be accessed here.

Workshop: Ten years since the global financial crisis: Social movements, labour & the crisis last time

Concurrently in Perth – Melbourne – Sydney
Fri 1st December, 2017
A workshop for TASA members hosted jointly by TASA ‘Sociology of Economic Life’ and ‘Work, Employment and Social Movements’ Thematic Groups.
2017 marks ten years since the onset of the United States subprime mortgage crisis, which catalysed a series of financial, economic and political crises across the world. The social and political consequences of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), as it became known, are immeasurable. It has been associated with a massive increase in inequality and homelessness in the United States and elsewhere; the emergence of the Great Recession of 2008-12; the introduction of austerity policies; the collapse of certain financial systems, such as that of Iceland; and the Eurozone debt crisis. These developments have been the background to the emergence of new political and social movements including Occupy, los Indignados, 15M and the rise of political parties such as Podemos and Syriza, not to mention the rise of authoritarian populism and the alternative-right in many places. The GFC has spawned popular and academic debate about a wide variety of subjects, not limited to finance and economics. Read on…

Please submit abstracts, following the specifications in the CfPs, to BOTH AND no later than 15 June 2017.

‘Law and Emotions in Sentencing’ – Discussion Forum

Friday 1 December 2017

Details of the exact time and venue for the Discussion Forum will be provided closer to the date.

The UWA Law School is convening a discussion forum on Law and Emotion in Sentencing in collaboration with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA. Lawyers, participants in the sentencing process and researchers and scholars from disciplines including criminology, sociology, history and law will be invited to share their experiences and views.

As a legal process, sentencing is associated with an objective enquiry which seeks to distance itself from emotion. However, victim impact statements, expressions of remorse by offenders, the use of psychological assessments in the courtroom and the reporting of sentencing in the media challenge this perception of objectivity. Perspectives from the administration of justice, law, history, the social sciences and psychology will be presented by a panel of invited speakers offering these perspectives through a facilitated discussion.

The aim of the forum is to discuss and reflect upon the role which emotion plays in sentencing people who have been convicted of a crime, to identify the emotions associated with sentencing and how these are currently manifested and taken into account by the law. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on historical accounts, to share the experiences of participants in the process, to discuss ways that emotions in sentencing can be managed and the role that the media plays in constructing public perceptions of the sentencing process and emotions.

Details of the main TASA 2017 social events can be viewed here.