Marcia Langton


Professor Marcia Langton was appointed Foundation Professor of Australian Indigenous Studies at University of Melbourne in 2000. She has many years experience working as an anthropologist in Indigenous affairs with land councils, the Queensland government, commissions and universities.

She is one of Australia’s leading thinkers on contemporary social issues such as child sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities and judicial leniency when sentencing Aboriginal murders and rapists.

She is known for her work in several academic fields, linked by a concern for indigenous rights, justice, and artistic expression. Langton conducts anthropological work to support land claims by Aboriginal peoples, and their negotiations with mining companies and the state.


For her, we must

EssayI LISTENED TO the radio broadcast of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Closing the Gap address in parliament on 12 February 2018 and, gritting my teeth, expected the worst. I was surprised to hear him mention, if only briefly, violence...

Mining the Mabo legacy

Some ProvocationsAFTER WORLD WAR II, geologists and others (such as Lang Hancock) discovered a series of gargantuan ore bodies.[1] These discoveries – iron ore in the Pilbara, bauxite in Cape York and Arnhem Land, for instance – heralded two developments...

Trapped in the Aboriginal reality show

EssaySelected for The Best Australian Political Writing 2008; Winner, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2008, The Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate JEAN BAUDRILLARD GENERATED international controversy when he described in his essay ‘War Porn' the way images from...

The end of ‘big men’ politics

EssayShortlisted, 2009 John Button Prize, Essay Advancing DebateEARLY THIS YEAR I was approached by many young women, mothers, grandmothers, and those who work with them. At first I was nervous about what they may say: I knew I had...

The resource curse

EssayShortlisted, 2010 Australian Human Rights Commission Awards, Print Media Category; Longlisted, 2010 John Button Prize, Articles and Essays; Shortlisted, 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, Literary or Media Work Advancing Public DebateKARRATHA AND ROEBURNE are neighbouring settlements, one a port and mining...

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