Dr James Wafer
|Position||Conjoint Senior Lecturer|
School of Humanities and Social Science
The University of Newcastle, Australia
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.
- 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
- Australian Indigenous Languages
Australian Indigenous languages, with a focus on those of NSW in general and of the Hunter River-Lake Macquarie region in particular.
I am a member of the Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application group at the University of Newcastle.
Fields of Research
|2012||Murray Chapman Award|
Geographical Names Board of NSW (Australia)
Aboriginal placename research in NSW
|1992||Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing|
Society for Humanistic Anthropology (United States)
Awarded for a published ethnography.
|1990||Esther L. Kinsley Prize|
Indiana University (United States)
Prize for best doctoral dissertation