Our sociologists awarded major ARC grant

Dr Anna Halafoff and Associate Professor Andrew Singleton have been awarded an ARC Discovery grant, funded to the total of $460,000 and commencing in 2016, investigating ‘Young Australians’ perspectives on religions and non-religious worldviews’.

The research team:
Associate Professor Mary Louise Rasmussen; Professor Gary Bouma (Monash); Associate Professor Andrew Singleton; Dr Anna Halafoff (Deakin); Professor Leslie Francis; Dr Elisabeth Arweck; Professor Robert Jackson (Warwick, UK).

The research project:
This project aims to elicit diverse young people’s understandings about religion and belief to inform debate about how education assists or impedes intercultural understanding as well as enhancing wellbeing and social inclusion. Australian governments have invested in programs to promote respect for religious diversity and to counter violent extremism, yet there is no coherent, evidence-based understanding of young Australians’ perspectives on religions and nonreligious worldviews. Knowing more about young people’s perspectives and what influences them could facilitate development of appropriate educational responses equipping schools to help young Australians to live productively in their diverse society.

Deakin Sociologist Delivers Second Annual Communication Studies Colloquium.

On 30 September Deakin sociologist Dr Kim Toffoletti delivered the Second Annual Communication Studies Colloquium at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Titled ‘The Postfeminist Sports Fan’, Kim’s public address drew an engaged audience of students, faculty and members of the wider community to reflect on the newly visible roles for women sport fans in the global sports economy and their impacts on addressing gender inequalities in sport.
Kim is based at LMU’s Department of Communication Studies as a Visiting Scholar from August-November 2015. She is being hosted by the Faculty of Communication and Fine Arts whilst researching and writing her forthcoming book Women Sport Fans: Identification, Participation, Representation (Routledge publishers).
During her visit to the USA Kim has been invited to speak at California State University Northridge on media representations of women sport supporters. She will also be presenting her research at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference, held this year in Santa Fe.
CMST Poster Toffoletti Event

2015/16 DPC Summer Internship Program

The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) Victoria is seeking applications from final or penultimate year undergraduate students to participate in the 2015-16 DPC Summer Internship Program.

You can view the advertisement here: DPC Summer Internship Program

Applications are now open and close midnight Sunday 16 August 2015.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is seeking applications from final or penultimate year students of their first undergraduate degree to participate in the 2015-16 DPC Summer Internship Program.

DPC is offering various places for the twelve week program which commences on Monday 23 November 2015 and concludes on Friday 12 February 2016.

Interns will be employed in a variety of roles across the department and within several of its portfolio agencies.

Candidates from a range of academic disciplines (Arts, Business/Commerce, Economics, Policy, Social Science) who have an interest in working for the Victorian Public Service are encouraged to apply.

DPC welcomes and encourages applications from students from all diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, as well as people with a disability.

Imagined Futures: The lives and aspirations of young African migrant women in Australia

Deakin Sociology doctoral candidate Laura Gobey is exploring the aspirations of young African migrant women in her study titled Imagined Futures: the lives and aspirations of young African migrant women in Australia. The study seeks to investigate the lives and aspirations of young African migrant women in Melbourne, between the ages of 18 to 25 years. As a young woman herself from a South African background, Laura is motivated to find out what matters to these young women when it comes to how they envision their futures as well as create new knowledge on the African community in Australia.

The project takes a unique approach by using digital platforms for participants to record and reflect on their aspirations. As Laura explains it, “ The young women in my study are encouraged to take photographs of their current realities and of those things that symbolise their aspirations and upload them into their own online diary. The photos and words that make up each participant’s online diary will then be used as the basis for personal interviews with each participant. This research technique combines what sociologists call the diary-interview method and photo-interview/photo-elicitation method”.

Laura is currently looking for participants to be involved in this innovative project. Participants will be asked to keep an online photo-diary for a week, followed by an informal interview. There is a $20 Coles-Myer voucher for each participant at the completion of the study, so spread the word!
You can contact Laura on laura.g@research.deakin.edu.au