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November 23 – 26, Cairns, Australia

As a global structure, neoliberalism has impacted lives around the world in far more than an economic sense. This conference provides us the opportunity to further seek to understand the global effects of neoliberalism, but especially the ways neoliberalism is experienced in different local contexts. The experiences of Australia and New Zealand are different from those of Asia and again of the Pacific. What challenges and opportunities does neoliberalism present and how does sociology respond to those challenges?

As far as we know, there has never been a TASA conference held this far north. But Cairns is ideally placed to bring together work from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Cairns is easily accessible from all Australian airports, and also hosts an international airport with regular flights to East and Southeast Asia, including direct links to Tokyo, Osaka, Guam, Port Moresby, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Conference delegates can take advantage of the excellent tourist infrastructure in the Cairns CBD, and might like to extend their stay to explore more of North Queensland. Though it will be hot, all conference venues are air conditioned for your comfort, and we recommend a ‘Tropical Smart Casual’ approach to your conference wardrobe.

Full details about the conference venue will be released soon.

Keynote speakers

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Professor Eva Cox is an Australian public intellectual with a background in sociology, feminism and Indigenous rights. Cox is a high-impact sociologist who does work on policy and with the community sector. Her work on democracy and equality in Australia is focused on practical outcomes for making the country better for its citizens. She directly challenges policies and practices that enable the spread of neoliberalism at the expense of the social. Cox will ensure that the TASA/APSA conference receives media attention and will highlight the importance of sociology to a broader audience.  Recently, Eva was a part of a panel discussing where our society will be in 5 years time. To access that discussion, please click here.  You can follow Eva Cox on Twitter too!

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Professor Vedi Hadiz is Professor of Asian Societies and Politics at Murdoch University and Director of its Indonesia Research Programme. An Indonesian national, he has been an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in 2010-2014.  Professor Hadiz  received his PhD at Murdoch University in 1996 where he was Research Fellow until he went to the National University of Singapore in 2000. At NUS, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology until returning to Murdoch in 2010.  He has recently completed a book manuscript on the New Islamic Populism in Indonesia and the Middle East (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

His other books include Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective (Stanford University Press 2010);  Workers and the State in New Order Indonesia (Routledge 1997) and (with Richard Robison) Reorganising Power in Indonesia: The Politics of Oligarchy in an Age of Markets (RoutledgeCurzon 2004,) as well as the co-edited Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and the edited Empire and Neoliberalism in Asia (Routledge 2004). His articles have appeared in such journals as Development and Change, Journal of Development Studies, Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Democratization, Critical Asian Studies, Indonesia, New Political Economy, and Historical Materialism.

Professor Vedi Hadiz’s conference abstract can be viewed here.

Third Keynote to be announced soon.

Conference Co-Convenors
Dr Theresa Petray (Theresa.Petray@jcu.edu.au)
Dr Anne Stephens (Anne.Stephens@jcu.edu.au)

Local Organising Committee
Professor Stewart Lockie
Dr Roger Wilkinson
Dr Catherine Wong
Dr Nick Osbaldiston
Ms Sharon Barnwell
Mrs Naama Blatman-Thomas
Associate Professor Glenn Dawes

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