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