My inaugural guest for Blacademia, Season 1, Episode 1 is the phenomenal PROFESSOR MARCIA LANGTON AM.
In this episode I yarn up with Professor Langton about:
- The value of attaining formal education and training, and how this can then be utilised to practically support our communities.
- Aboriginal deaths in custody
- Problems with terms like ‘ally’ and ‘allyship’
- Professor Langton’s favourite part of being a blacademic
Prof. Marcia Langton is the granddaughter of an Iman man, Fred Waddy, and her Bidjara grandmother, Ruby Waddy. She was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and attended several rural and urban schools in southern Queensland, before entering the University of Queensland in 1969. In 1984, she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours at the Australia National University and in 2005, a Phd at Macquarie University. She holds the Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne, and was appointed Distinguished Redmond Barry Chair. She is an anthropologist and geographer and is widely-published on topics in Australian Indigenous Studies, including Aboriginal land tenure, Aboriginal art and Indigenous agreement-making. Professor Langton was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1993 for services to anthropology and advocacy of Aboriginal rights. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2017, Professor Langton was appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Langton is widely published, and active on social media, including Twitter.
You can see/read/learn more about Professor Langton’s work via the below links:
- University of Melbourne Profile
- The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership In Twentieth Century Australia: Professor Marcia Langton
- Q and A here
- Some of Professor Langton’s books are available to purchase, and can be found here
If you are looking for a starting point, I highly recommend beginning with the following:
– Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia
– Welcome to Country: An Introduction to our First Peoples for Young Australians