Marcia Langton

Marcia Langton


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Professor Langton AM is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art. Her role in the Empowered Communities project under contract to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians are evidence of her academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, alongside her role as a prominent public intellectual.

In 1993 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights.

Marcia’s 2012 Boyer lecture series titled The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom is one of her contributions to public debate and added to her influence and reputation in government and private sector circles.

In 2016 she was honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. In further recognition as one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous academics, in 2017 she was appointed as the first associate provost at the University of Melbourne.

 Her 2018 book Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia is a curated guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. In its pages, she offers fascinating insights into Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors.