Prof Alan Rumsey

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Chief Investigator, Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, School of Culture, History & Language

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Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus
Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus
19992023

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Biography

I am currently leading a major collaborative research project on multimodal aspects of children's language socialization in cross-cultural perspective. Other recent projects have included an interdisciplinary comparative one on verbal art which resulted in the volume Sung Tales from the Papua New Guinea Highlands. (For further details including a CV and most of my publications in downloadable form, search me on academia.edu)

Career highlights

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney, 1978-1995; Research Fellow (1996-2001) , Senior Research Fellow (2001-2010), Professor (2010-2019), and Professor Emeritus (2019-present), College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University; Co-editor; review editor and editorial board member, Oceania 1985-; Advisory Editor, Current Anthropology 2000-2002; Editorial board member, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 1999-2015, The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA), 2008-, American Ethnologist, 2016-2019; Anthropological Consultant to Northern Land Council, 1980-1993, and to the Kimberley, Kamali and Yamatji Land Councils, 1998-2002, 2010; elected to Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2004; Vice President of Australian Anthropology Society, 2007-9, President 2010-11; ARC DORA Professor, 2013-2016; Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, 2014-2022.

Qualifications

BA, MA, PhD (Chicago)

Research interests

Melanesia; Aboriginal Australia; linguistic anthropology; intersubjectivity, child language socialization, sign languages, multimodal communication, comparative poetics

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, The University of Chicago, Chicago

Award Date: 1 Sept 1978

External Scholarly Memberships and Affiliations

Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities

1 Jun 2004 → …

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