Sunday, July 10, 2016
Marcia Lynne Langton
Marcia Lynne Langton AM (1951) is one of Australia's leading Aboriginal scholars. She holds the Foundation Chair in Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne in the Faculty of Medicine.
An exceptional school student, she enrolled at the University of Queensland, becoming an articulate activist for indigenous rights. Disillusioned with the conservative mainstream political reaction to these issues she then left Australia to travel, live and work in several countries including Papua New Guinea, Japan and North America. She returned to Australia and graduated in anthropology at the Australian National University in the 1980s.
In 1995 she moved full-time into university research and teaching. She spent five years as Ranger Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies at Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University) in Darwin, Northern Territory, before moving to Melbourne.
She is a frequent media commentator, and serves on various high-level committees on indigenous issues.