Last Wednesday, 2 December, at the annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA), there was a plenary titled ‘Southern Perspectives’. Speakers included Raewyn Connell, Chilla Bulbeck, Margaret Jolly and Peter Beilharz. They considered the following questions:
- Is there a ‘southern sociology’?
- What kind of sociology do we teach and research in Australia?
- Should southern theory inform the future of sociology – in Australia and elsewhere?
The plenary attracted around one hundred and by all accounts a very lively discussion ensued.