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Postgraduate Day 2018

On Monday November 19, TASA’s annual Postgraduate Day will be held at the Burwood Corporate Centre, Burwood. See the program below.



Time Session and Presenters Session Description
8:30 – 9:30 am Registration
9:30 – 10:15 am Welcome Session

  • Dr Ashleigh Watson (Griffith University)
  • Dr Ben Lohmeyer (Flinders University)
  • Josie Reade (University of Melbourne)
  • Zoei Sutton (Flinders University)
  • Associate Professor Dan Woodman (University of Melbourne)
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.

TASA President Professor Dan Woodman will also present our annual Conference Scholarship recipients.

10:15 – 11:15 am Keynote

  • Associate Professor Steven Roberts (Monash University)
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.

11:15 – 11:45 am Morning Tea (provided)
11:45 – 12:30 pm Panel

  • Professor JaneMaree Maher (Monash University)
  • Dr Karla Elliott (University of Melbourne)
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 patterns in universities impact on ethical and professional graduate student/supervisor relationships.

12:30 – 1:15 pm Mentoring Session

  • Dr Brady Robards
  • Dr Shanthi Robertson
  • Dr Emma Kirby
  • Dr Karla Elliot
  • Dr Peta Cook
  • Dr Joseph Borlagdan
  • Dr Sara James
  • A/Pro Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
  • A/Pro Joanne Bryant
  • Dr Kate Huppatz
  • Dr Steve Matthewman
  • Dr Ashley Barnwell
  • Dr Brendan Churchill
  • Dr Christina Malatzky
  • Dr Steven Threadgold
  • Dr Theresa Petray
  • A/Pro Steven Roberts
  • A/Pro Deb King
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.

1:15 – 2:15 pm Lunch (provided)
2:15 – 2:45 pm Info Session: Teaching

  • Dr Brady Robards (Monash University)
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.

2:45 – 3:15 pm Info Session: Publishing

  • Dr Shanthi Robertson (Western Sydney University)
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.

3:15 – 3:45 pm Info Session: Grants

  • Dr Emma Kirby (University of New South Wales)
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.

3:45 – 4:15 pm Info Session: Jobs

  • Dr Jessica Crofts (Women’s Health Loddon Mallee)
  • Dr Emma Kirby (University of New South Wales)
Sociology Jobs

This session presents advice for post-degree work pathways and paints a broad picture of early career sociology work. We hear from sociologists with experience in teaching, academic research, media, service, and council projects and programs. This session includes advice for building a research profile as a sociologist.

4:15 – 5:00 pm Closing Session

  • Ashleigh Watson
  • Dr Ben Lohmeyer
  • Zoei Sutton
  • Josie Reade
  • Dr Jessica Crofts
  • Dr Brady Robards
Going Forwards

In this closing session, the postgraduate sub-committee with Jessica Crofts and Nicholas Hookway will work with participants to develop their conference strategies and refine their research ‘elevator pitch.’