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Marcia Langton AM

b. 1951

Marcia Langton AM (b. 1951) is a descendant of the Yiman nation of central Queensland. She is the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne and is widely published on topics in Aboriginal studies, including land tenure, art and agreement-making. Her doctoral fieldwork was conducted in eastern Cape York Peninsula during the 1990s, and her experience of the statutory land claim and native title system in this region was informed by a decade of administration and fieldwork pertaining to Aboriginal land rights in the Northern Territory. Langton was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University in 2005. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and Chair of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership. She also contributes to film and art criticism. Langton was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1993 for services to anthropology and advocacy of Aboriginal rights.

Updated 2017