Dr James Wafer

Conjoint Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Sociology and Anthropology)

Career Summary

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.

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

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


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Australian Indigenous Languages

Languages

  • Portuguese (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160103 Linguistic Anthropology 100

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2013 Murray Chapman Award
Unknown
2011 Murray Chapman Award
Unknown
1992 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing
Unknown
1990 Esther L. Kinsley Prize
Unknown
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Wafer 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]
2000 Wafer JW, Southgate E, Coan LF, Out in the Valley: Hunter Gay and Lesbian Histories, Newcastle Region Library (History Monograph Series), Newcastle (2000) [A3]

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Wafer JW, 'Placenames as a guide to language distribution in the Upper Hunter, and the landnám problem in Australian toponomastics', Indigenous and Minority Placenames: Australian and International Perspectives, ANU E Press, Canberra 57-81 (2014) [B1]
2010 Wafer 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]
2000 Wafer 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Wafer 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
2004 Ostenfeld SA, Wafer JW, Woodgate KB, 'Queer Studies: Where but Here?', Inter-Cultural Studies, 4 9-18 (2004) [C1]

Creative Work (2 outputs)

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

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $16,947

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20021 grants / $3,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Dr Shane Ostenfeld, Doctor James Wafer, Dr Kenneth Woodgate
Scheme Conference Establishment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182152
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $4,947

Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales$4,947

Funding body: Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies

Funding body Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies
Project Team Doctor James Wafer
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181593
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19961 grants / $4,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Wafer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0175702
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19951 grants / $5,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Wafer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0174946
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr James Wafer

Position

Conjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Sociology and Anthropology

Contact Details

Email james.wafer@newcastle.edu.au
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Office

Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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