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Postgraduate Day

Monday November 19, Deakin University, Burwood. 

Time Session Session Information Speakers
9:00am – 9:30am Registration
9:00am – 10:15 am Welcome Session Welcome to TASA 2018

In this welcome session, led by the Postgraduate Sub-Committee, participants will meet other postgrads in their thematic groups and share their experiences of postgrad life. We will focus on networking and conferencing tips including meeting academics and the conference Twitter backchannel.

Ashleigh Watson

Ben Lohmeyer

Zoei Sutton

Josie Reade

Milovan Savic

10:15am – 11:15am Keynote ‘Triumphs and Tears; Fortune and Fears: an acknowledgement of what it feels like to be professional sociologist’

At the risk of coming off like a wannabe motivational speaker, in this talk I focus on some of the affective dimensions of being an academic. In particular, I aim to illuminate, validate and legitimise the full range of ups and downs that we experience during our PhD training and into our research careers. I’ll advocate for greater emphasis on kindness and collectivity as we navigate increasingly precarious times in the neo liberal academy and end with a reminder of the significance of sociology for today, tomorrow and beyond.

Associate Professor Steven Roberts
11:15am – 11:45am Morning Tea (provided) Presentation of conference scholarships Dan Woodman
11:45am – 12:30pm  Panel Graduate Students and Supervisors: precarious relationships of power and professionalism


In the ‘Change the Course’ report, evidence of systematic and troubling practices of harassment and discrimination in the Academy were revealed. In the subsequent months, AWGSA commissioned a feminist best practice report to resource the organisation and its members to offer support to those experiencing such incidents.


In this panel discussion, focused specifically on the postgraduate-supervisor relationship, we reflect on current University responses, the importance of effective gendered analysis and our shared responsibilities to create safe and inclusive spaces for academic work. We examine how current employment pattern in universities impact on the ethical and professional graduate student/supervisor relationships.

Professor JaneMaree Maher

Dr Karla Elliott

12:30pm – 1:15pm Mentoring Session Meet a Mentor


In this session, established sociologists working in a range of institutions and fields will partner with small groups of postgraduate participants for mentoring and discussion. We will aim to group participants with other postgrads at similar stages but from different institutions to their own, to increase diversity of experience and help illuminate different institutional contexts. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring specific questions for their mentors or discussion points for their small groups.

1:15pm – 2:15pm Lunch
2:15pm – 2:45pm Info session Teaching Sociology Futures

In this session, we look to the future of teaching sociology. From professional relationships to class activities, we cover some practical skills for blended learning and tech-centric teaching environments. This session will also touch on managing teaching workloads in an increasingly precarious university landscape.

Dr Brady Robards
2:45pm – 3:15pm Info session Publishing Strategies


This session will take a big picture look at scholarly publishing. There is a heightened expectation for postgrads and ECRs to produce high quality (and high quantity) publications – in this session we look at the realities of the publishing landscape and explore how to maximise your postgraduate research during and following your PhD.

Dr Shanthi Robertson
3:15pm – 3:45pm Info session Research Grants


This session will shed light on the complex world of research grants and funding. Focusing on ARC grants, we translate the various available grants and fellowships including processes and priorities for early career sociologists. This will include a walk-through of how to apply for a DECRA.

Dr Emma Kirby
3:45pm – 4:15pm Info session Sociology Jobs TBC
4:15pm-5:00pm Info session Going Forwards


In this closing session, the postgraduate sub-committee will work with participants to develop their conference strategies and refine their research ‘elevator pitch.’ We will also recognise our annual Conference Scholarship Award winners and close the Postgraduate Day.

Ashleigh Watson

Ben Lohmeyer

Zoei Sutton

Josie Reader

Milovan Savic