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Biography

I am an anthropologist with a specialisation in the sub-fields of anthropological linguistics and anthropology of religion. I have published on Australian Aboriginal languages, religions of the African Diaspora (in particular Brazil), Islam, and queer theory and politics. My current research interest entails a reconstruction of the texts composed in the Hunter River-Lake Macquarie language by Lancelot Threlkeld in the early 19th century.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Education, Newcastle College of Advanced Education
  • PhD (2nd Qual), Indiana University - USA
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Arts (Anthropology), Indiana University - USA
  • Master of Arts (Religious Studies), Indiana University - USA

Research

Research keywords

  • Australian Indigenous Languages

Research expertise

Australian Indigenous languages, with a focus on those of NSW in general and of the Hunter River-Lake Macquarie region in particular.

Languages

  • Portuguese

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160103Linguistic Anthropology100

Awards

Research Award.

2013Murray Chapman Award
Geographical Names Board of NSW (Australia)
Aboriginal placename research in NSW
2011Murray Chapman Award
Geographical Names Board of NSW (Australia)
Aboriginal placename research in NSW
1992Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing
Society for Humanistic Anthropology (United States)
Awarded for a published ethnography.
1990Esther L. Kinsley Prize
Indiana University (United States)
Prize for best doctoral dissertation

Collaboration

I am a member of the Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application group at the University of Newcastle.

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Publications

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Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Wafer JW, Lissarrague A, A Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Cooperative, Nambucca Heads, NSW, 844 (2008) [A1]
2000Wafer JW, Southgate E, Coan LF, Out in the Valley: Hunter Gay and Lesbian Histories, Newcastle Region Library (History Monograph Series), Newcastle (2000) [A3]

Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Wafer JW, Lissarrague AS, 'The Kuringgai puzzle: Languages and dialects on the NSW Mid Coast', Indigenous Language and Social Identity: Papers in Honour of Michael Walsh, Pacific Linguistics, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra 145-158 (2010) [B1]
2000Wafer JW, '"Uncle Doreen's Family Drag Album: A Reading of Hunter Valley Social History from a Gay Man's Perspective"', Out in the Valley: Hunter Gay and Lesbian Histories, Newcastle Region Library (History Monograph Series), Newcastle 9-202 (2000) [B1]

Journal article (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Wafer JW, Carey HM, 'Waiting for Biraban: Lancelot Threlkeld and the 'Chibcha phenomenon' in Australian missionary linguistics', Language and History, 54 112-139 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: HILARY CAREY

2004Ostenfeld SA, Wafer JW, Woodgate KB, 'Queer Studies: Where but Here?', Inter-Cultural Studies, 4 9-18 (2004) [C1]

Creative Work (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Wafer JW, Newcastle Dreaming, Newcastle, NSW (2013) [J2]
2013Wafer JW, Askin X, Keep NEwcastle Weird, Launched at Curve Gallery, Newcastle, NSW (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$16,947

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2002 (1 grants)

Queer Studies: Out from the Centre, from 29 to 30 October 2002, Noah's on the Beach$3,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Dr Shane Ostenfeld, Doctor James Wafer, Dr Kenneth Woodgate
SchemeRole
Conference Establishment GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,00020022002
GNo:G0182152

2001 (1 grants)

Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales$4,947
Funding Body: Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies

Project Team
Doctor James Wafer
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,94720012001
GNo:G0181593

1996 (1 grants)

The development of a gay and lesbian community in Newcastle and the Hunter region.$4,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor James Wafer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,00019961996
GNo:G0175702

1995 (1 grants)

The changing relations between social structure and practice in the remote Aboriginal community of Tjukurla.$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor James Wafer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00019951995
GNo:G0174946
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Dr James Wafer

Email
PositionConjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/james-wafer