Department of Sociology

Associate Professor Amanda Wise

Amanda WiseAssociate Professor 
Office: W6A/833 
Phone: (02) 9850 8835

Amanda's research interests include global cities and diversity; materialities, civilities, and 'sensibilities' of urban life; multiculturalism and 'lived diversity' (especially 'everyday multiculturalism') in Australia and Singapore; race and interethnic relations; cultural attachments to and formations of place, especially in relation to multicultural cities; national and cultural identities; diasporic, transnational and migrant communities; labour mobility in and from Asia; and experiences of low wage migrant labourers in Australia and Asia. 

She has held a number of large Australian Research Council Grants and has extensive experience in advising and undertaking commissioned research for government on issues of diversity and strategies to tackle racism. Amanda has supervised numerous PhD projects on topics surrounding everyday multiculturalism, transnational and diasporic communities, global cities, and migrant settlement

Current and recent ARC projects:

Everyday Multiculturalism at Work: Australia and Singapore Compared (2012-2015)
Transnational Affect among Temporary 457 Visa workers from India (2006-8)



Inhabiting Multiculturalism. Manuscript in progress.
2009 (eds.) with Selvaraj Velayutham. Everyday Multiculturalism. Houndsmills, England: Palgrave Macmillan.
2006 Exile & Return Among the East Timorese. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Book Chapters
Wise, Amanda (forthcoming) 'Mobilising Sentiment for Multiplicity', in Wilson H & Darling, J. (eds) Encountering the City: Urban Encounters From Accra To New York. London: Ashgate.
2014 Wise, A & Velayutham S "Dancing with Ga(y)nesh: Rethinking cultural appropriation in multicultural Australia", in 'Religion, Sexuality and Spirituality' edited by Carole Cusack and Jason Prior. London: Routledge.
2014 Wise, A. 'Everyday Multiculturalism', in COMPAS Anthology of Migration. Oxford University. Oxford, UK.
2012 Wise, Amanda. 'Landscapes of Inter-Ethnic Living'. Emotions and Human Mobility: Ethnographies of Movement, 53- London: Routledge.
2012 Velayutham, Selvaraj & Wise, Amanda. 'Moral Economies of a Translocal Village: Obligation & Shame among South Indian Transnational Migrants'. In Sahoo, Baas & Faist (eds) Indian Diaspora and Transnationalism. New Dehli: Rawat.
2011 '"You wouldn't know what's in there would you?": Homeliness & 'Foreign' signs in a translocal suburb', in Brickell, Katherine and Datta, Ayona, eds. (2011) Translocal geographies: spaces, places, connections. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK.
2010 "Everyday Multiculturalism : Transversal Crossings and Working Class Cosmopolitans", in Wise, A & Velayutham S (eds). Everyday Multiculturalism. Houndsmills, England: Palgrave Macmillan.
2009 '"It's Just an Attitude That You Feel": Inter-ethnic habitus before the Cronulla riots', in G. Noble (ed.) Lines in the Sand: The Cronulla Riots and the Limits of Australian Multiculturalism. Institute of Criminology Press.
2005 'East Timor', in P. Poddar and D. Johnson (eds.) A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in English, University of Edinburgh Press.
2003 'Embodying Exile: Trauma, Protest & Identity and the formation East Timorese identities in Exile', in M. Leach and F. Mansouri (eds.) Critical Perspectives in Refugee Policy in Australia, Deakin University Press.
2003 'On youth, hybridity and the politics of representing the East Timorese community', in M. Butcher and M. Thomas (eds.) Ingenious: emerging youth cultures in urban Australia. Sydney: Pluto Press.

Journal Articles
(forthcoming) 'Joking Relationships at Work: The ambivalence of humour in multi-ethnic workplaces'. Submitted to Journal of Intercultural Studies.
(forthcoming)  'Becoming Cosmopolitan: Encountering difference in a city of mobile labour'. Submitted to Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
2013 Wise, A. & Velayutham.S. 'Convivialities in Everyday Multiculturalism: Australia and Singapore Compared'. In European Journal of Cultural Studies.  17(4) 406-430.
2013 Wise, A. 'Pyramid subcontracting and moral detachment: Down-sourcing risk and responsibility in the management of transnational labour in Asia'. The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 24(3), 433-455.
2013 Wise, A. Hope in a Land of strangers.  In Identities, 20(1), 37-45.
2011 'Foreign' Signs & Multicultural Belongings on a Diverse Shopping Street', in Journal of Built Environment, 37 (2), 139-154.
2011 'Moving Food: Gustatory Commensality And Disjuncture In Everyday Multiculturalism', in New Formations: journal of culture/theory/politics, 74 (1), 82-107.
2010 'Sensuous Multiculturalism: Emotional Landscapes of Interethnic Living in Australian Suburbia', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
2008 with Selvaraj Velayutham. 'Second Generation Tamils & a Cross Cultural Marriage: Managing the Translocal Village in a Moment of Cultural Rupture', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 34(1) 113-131.
2005 'Hope and Belonging in a Multicultural Suburb', Journal of Intercultural Studies, 26(1/2): 171-186.
2005 with Selvaraj Velayutham. 'Moral Economies of a Translocal Village: Obligations and Shame Among South Indian Transnational Migrants'. Global Networks 5(1): 27-47.
2004 'Nation, Transnation, Diaspora: The Transnational Dimensions to East Timorese Political & National Identities', Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 19(3).
2004 'Embodying Exile: Protest, Performance, Trauma and Affect in the Formation of East Timorese Refugee Identities', Social Analysis: The International Journal of Cultural & Social Practice, 48(3).

2010 (with Maddox et al), 'Political Participation of Muslims in Australia'. Canberra: Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
2008 (with Kylie Sait) Getting to Know the Locals: Researching the Impact of the Mentor Program for Tibetan Refugees.
2008 StepOne: Community Cohesion & Anti-Racism Toolkit.
2008 MUSLIM-AUSTRALIANS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Grassroots strategies to improve relations between Muslim and non-Muslim-Australians. (300 pages) Report to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.
2006 'Building Neighbourhood Harmony: Strategies for Local Government'. Report prepared for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.