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  • Session Call for Papers – Places of the past and placemaking: imagined spaces and collective memory

    Posted on March 13, 2018

    NZGS/IAG Conference, 2018
    Creative conversations, constructive connections

    11th to 14th July, 2018

    The School of Environment, University of Auckland
    Session Call for Papers
    Session convenors: Diti Bhattacharya and Clarissa Carden
    We are seeking proposals for fifteen minute papers to be considered in the following session:

    Places of the past and placemaking: imagined spaces and collective memory

    Places are powerfully associated with events, biographies, and emotion. These associations with places may be passed down through generations. Where a significant location is irrevocably changed or disappears, it creates a void which can be filled with a strange combination of collective and individual memories and the imagination of younger generations. Over time, these imagined and collectively remembered representations of place come to overtake more historically grounded understandings. They can imbue the space that remains with a deeper meaning: a meaning rooted in myth and affective resonances. They can also lead to an urge to recreate imagined and remembered spaces of history. This interdisciplinary panel explores the way in which collective memories of the past are evident in contemporary interactions with places of political, cultural, and historical significance. Such interactions may include casual visits or more extensive searches for traces of the remembered past. They may also involve replication of historical places and the erasure of inconvenient facts. We are seeking papers which will explore the ways in which place- making extends beyond its geographical and temporal boundaries, and recognise this process is inherently and inescapably malleable.

    Please send an abstract (150 – 200 words) with a title, along with your name, affiliation, and contact information to the session convenors at and


  • Reflections on the Event ‘Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research’

    Posted on March 8, 2018

    On February 15th and 16thThe Australian Sociological Association and Western Sydney University Institute for Culture and SocietySchool of Social Sciences and Psychology, and Graduate Research School co-hosted a two-day workshop for postgraduates and ECRs called “Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research.”

    You can check out some reflections on this event, as well as photos and a post-event pamphlet that participants collaboratively produced here.



  • **Extended Deadline January 25th** Call for Papers – Postgraduate and ECR Methods Workshop

    Posted on January 4, 2018

    The Australian Sociological Association and Western Sydney University Institute for Culture and Society, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, and Graduate Research School

    are proud to co-host a two-day workshop for Postgraduates and ECRs

    “Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research”


    Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus, February 15th-16th, 2018

    We invite abstracts from Postgraduates and ECRs to participate in a workshop exploring methodological issues and developments in sociological research. This workshop, bringing together select Postgraduates and ECRs, provides participants with an opportunity to present and workshop their own methodological approaches. The event will involve paper sessions and panel sessions, where participants raise questions and issues for discussion, as well as workshop presentations from academics working in social research. We welcome papers addressing social research methodologies including using qualitative, quantitative, digital, participatory, mixed and arts-based research methods. We also encourage practical or interactive presentations. Places have been limited to give participants the opportunity to discuss and develop their research in substantive depth.
    To apply please send a 200 word abstract to by January 25, 2018. The workshop is free of charge for TASA members, and $40 for non-TASA members (Annual Postgraduate TASA membership is $53.10).

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