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Postgraduate Day 2017

The 2017 Postgraduate Day featured a line-up of early career and established sociologists working in a variety of professional capacities, who worked with HDRs to develop their skills and answer questions about the future of sociological work. Morning sessions facilitated peer networking, demystified professional sociological work, and connected HDRs with mentors. Afternoon sessions  split into two streams, targeting early and late stage HDR candidates.

Read an overview of the annual Postgraduate Day 2017 by the the Postgraduate Portfolio Sub-Committee here, and check out some event photos.

Read some reflections on the day by TASA PG member Benjamin Lyall here.



Time Session Type Presenters Session Description
8:30-9:00 am Registration
9:00-10:30 am Welcome Session Ashleigh Watson (Griffith University),

Ben Lohmeyer (Flinders University),

Josie Reade (University of Melbourne),

Zoei Sutton (Flinders University),

In this interactive session run by the postgrad portfolio leeader and postgrad sub-committee, participants will meet peers and workshop issues central to their research and PhD ‘journeys.’ In this session the Postgraduate Conference Scholarships will also be awarded.
10:30-11:00 am Morning Tea (provided)
11:00-12:00 pm A Day in the Life of Real Sociologists Panelists:Shanthi Robertson (Western Sydney University),

Vicki Williams (Clear Horizon Consulting),

Gaye Mackenzie (Rangelands NRM),

Dan Woodman (University of Melbourne)


Luke Gahan (Federation University)

This panel session brings four sociologists working in various areas to discuss their everyday work lives and includes a Q&A session
12:00-1:00 pm Meet a Mentor Senior academics In small groups arranged by field, approach or future interest, participants will meet mentors to discuss their projects and research trajectories
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch (provided)
2:00-3:00 pm Teaching Sociology Alex Page (The University of Sydney),

Rosemary Hancock (University of Notre Dame Australia),

Louise St Guillaume (University of Notre Dame Australia),

Edgar Burns (La Trobe University)

Members of the Teaching Sociology thematic group will present an interactive workshop of teaching tips and strategies
Publishing your PhD Research Kate Huppatz (Western Sydney University),

Steve Matthewman (University of Auckland),

Joanne Bryant (University of New South Wales)

Editors of TASA’s journals, JoS and HSR, will present a workshop on publishing strategies for late candidature and post-submission
3:00-4:00 pm Managing a PhD Project Nicholas Hookway (University of Tasmania),

Martin Forsey (University of Western Australia),

Peta Cook (University of Tasmania)

Experienced PhD supervisors will present a workshop on project management, aimed at pre-PhD and early to mid candidature participants
What Comes Next?? And How Do I Do It???? Brady Robards (Monash University),

Alphia Possamai-Inesedy (Western Sydney University),

Joseph Borlagdan (Brotherhood of St Laurence)

Experienced sociologists working in various positions will present a workshop on applying for post-PhD work and navigating academic and professional roles
4:00-4:05 pm Closing and Thanks Ashleigh Watson (Griffith University)