May 2017 News & Updates

Sociology of Education May 2017 Update

  1. Scholarship: PhD Sociology of Education
  2. Conference: Education Transforms 2017
  3. Conference: Inaugural Oceania Ethnography and Education Conference 2017
  4. Conference: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) 2017
  5. Conference: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
  6. Publications
  7. Book Reviews

  1. Scholarship: PhD Sociology of Education

The School of Education at the University of South Australia is seeking applicants for a PhD in Sociology of Education. The PhD is associated with an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) project. The successful applicant will be awarded a University of South Australia Postgraduate Award (USAPA), which includes a stipend for 3 years, and a Research Training Program fee offset scholarship for up to 4 years full-time equivalent. This scholarship is available to Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand citizens.

The School of Education has a strong research environment focused on social justice and is deeply committed to world-class research performance. It is expected that the individual selected for this program will be highly competitive in the academic job market after completing this program.

Project Description

The DECRA research project will provide the first detailed account of how gender, ethnicity and social class impact on Australian males from low socio-economic backgrounds as they transition to university. Despite an emphasis on widening participation in the Australian university sector, the path to university is still precarious, particularly for first-in-family students. Males from low socio-economic backgrounds remain severely underrepresented in higher education, and significant gaps exist in our knowledge of how these students experience university life. The PhD project will involve data collection and data analysis of a group of boys entering their first year of university in order to better understand their experiences. A strong interest in gender studies and intersectionality is preferred.

Applicants will need to apply through the University of South Australia’s Apply online:

Permalink here:—School-of-Education/

Interested applicants may contact Dr. Garth Stahl at


  1. Conference: Education Transforms 2017

Education Transforms 2017, Hobart, 11-15 July

We look forward to presentations that share ideas for an excellent education for all children and young people, and welcome abstracts based on practice, policy and/or research addressing three key questions:

  • How do we best support children and young people in need?
  • What cutting-edge strategies work for learning in diverse contexts?
  • How can we work most effectively with families and communities to advance educational attainment?

Education Transforms 2017

Abstract deadline: 30 April 2017 (but there is some leeway, just email us ASAP if you intend to submit!)

Conference date: 11-15 July 2017

Where: University of Tasmania (UTAS) Sandy Bay campus – Hobart, Tasmania.

More information regarding the Conference and Key Note speakers can be found at:

Or email:


  1. Conference: Inaugural Oceania Ethnography and Education Conference 2017

Inaugural Oceania Ethnography and Education Conference

24-25 August 2017, Deakin University, Deakin Downtown (727 Collins St, Level 12, Tower 2, Docklands, Melbourne)

This aim of the conference is to develop the Oceania Ethnography and Education Network (OEEN) by bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines who are interested in a socio-cultural analysis of education and the specific affordances of ethnographic research in educational settings. We hope this conference will provide increased awareness of each other’s research and contribute to developing future collaborations across the network. The conference will be hosted by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University and is supported by funding from the Australian Research Council.

Please consider joining the OEEN at:

Call for Papers: In this conference, we seek to showcase a multi-disciplinary array of ethnographic engagements in and with educational settings from scholars, including postgraduate students, early career researchers and more established researchers, who are currently based in “the Antipodes” (Oceania broadly speaking) or were at some point in their career. The papers can range from short ‘show and tell’ type presentations to works in progress to presentations based on more developed research. We are searching for a diverse range of contributions that will help illustrate the variety of problems, passions, issues, concerns and interests surrounding educational matters. Historical foci are as welcome as papers concerned with matters contemporaneous. We are seeking papers that address a broad set of issues and focus on a range of research sites which speak to and advance knowledge of the following themes:

  • Methodological approaches to conducting ethnography in educational contexts.
  • Theoretical approaches that engage and advance theories within education.
  • Ethnographic engagement in educational settings (broadly defined).

Abstract submissions open!


  1. Conference: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) 2017

The deadline for abstracts and papers for TASA 2017 is fast approaching. The Conference submission portal is open and will be closing next Thursday June 1, 2017. For full details, please refer to the 2017 TASA conference website.

This is a good time to also remind you that TASA offers scholarships intended to support postgraduates, members with disabilities, and Applied Sociologists to participate in the annual conference. If you feel you may be eligible to apply, please note that you would need to submit an abstract or paper (depending on the scholarship) by June 1. Full details on the Scholarships can be found on TASAweb here.


  1. Conference: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 

The call for participation closes 5 June:

The theme of the conference – Me. Us. IT – reflects our focus on exploring the interrelationships between the individual, community and technology in tertiary education contexts. The theme is intended to support exploration of a wide range of topics and to encourage authors to focus on the intersection between people, technology and pedagogy.


  1. Publications

Helen Forbes-Mewett is developing and coordinating the first Monash University sociology unit to be taught in Prato later this year. The unit – Cultural Diversity in Contemporary Europe – is an extension of her research and will be taught in intensive mode. Recent publications outcomes include:

  • Forbes-Mewett, H. and Sawyer, A-M. (2016) International Students and Mental Health. Journal of International Students, 6(3): 661-677. IGA Global USA.
  • Forbes-Mewett, H.(2016) The impact of regional higher education spaces on the security of international students, Higher Education Research and Development, Special Issue – New frontiers: Exploring the space/s of Higher Education, 35(1): 115-128. Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Forbes-Mewett, H.and McCulloch, J. (2016) International Students and Gender-Based Violence,Violence Against Women, 22(3): 344-365.


  1. Book Reviews

The Impact of Parents and Schools “Social Class and Educational Inequality” by Iram Siraj and Aziza Mayo

Book review: Kate Cregan and Denise Cuthbert, Global childhoods – Issues and challenges


Thank You!