ACU's Melbourne Campus played host to The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) conference from 28 November to 1 December. Sponsored by the National School of Arts in partnership with the Institute of Religion, Politics and Society, the conference explored the theme of cities and successful societies.
It was the largest conference in TASA's history, with over 500 delegates attending from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Highlights included a keynote address from Harvard University's Professor Michele Lamont, the incoming President of the American Sociological Association, and talks by policy experts from the Grattan Institute, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and The Conversation.
According to National Head of Arts, Associate Professor Michael Ondaatje, "TASA showcased ACU's growing research reputation in sociology", which was recently capped off by Dr Tom Barnes' ARC DECRA award."It was an absolutely first-rate conference," Ondaatje said, that "reinforced just how far we have come in sociology in such a short space of time. The future certainly looks bright for sociology at ACU".