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Prof Marcia Langton + Dr Sandra Phillips

The Edge, State Library of Queensland


Culture/Social Equity / Environment / Feminism / Politics



#About the event


Prof Marcia Langton

Prof Marcia Langton

Professor Marcia 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 Professor Langton's academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, alongside her role as a prominent public intellectual.

Her 2012 Boyer lectures titled: The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom is one of her recent contributions to public debate, and have added to her influence and reputation in government and private sector circles.

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. Professor Marcia Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at The University of Queensland. In 2016 Professor Langton is honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. As further recognition as one of Australia's most respected Indigenous Academics, in 2017 Professor Marcia Langton is appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.  

Dr Sandra Phillips

Dr Sandra Phillips

Associate Professor Sandra Phillips is an engaged academic with research interests in Indigenous story and voice in a range of creative and media forms. Descended from the First Nations of Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng (QLD), Sandra co-ordinates university-wide Indigenous higher degree by research at UTS through the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research. Before a full-time career in the academy Sandra worked in publishing and freelanced in writing, editing, research, evaluation, speaking, and facilitation. Sandra has three adult sons and one granddaughter.

#Special Guest

Stephen Mam

Stephen Mam

Stephen Mam was born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland. He is of Torres Strait Islander descent and is heavily influenced by his multicultural knowledge and experiences.

Throughout the years, Stephen has extended his knowledge of culture and multiculturalism through travel, having travelled extensively through Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

He explored these interests, studying Social Science, majoring in Development and minoring in Environment and Society at the University of Queensland.

He has been employed in a range of industries, including culture, community, health, information communications technology (ICT) and economics, among others.

From 2000 to 2003, Stephen worked as the Coordinator of Wagga Torres Strait Islanders Dance Company Pty. Ltd. and Brisbane Metro South CDEP. He also spent three years as an economic analyst for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in Canberra.

Stephen is the Executive Director / Founder of SIBW.

Stephen is currently a member of the national Statement from the Heart Working Group, Deputy Chair of Taringa Headspace Consortium, Community Engagement Coordinator & a former Committee Member of Reconciliation Queensland, Member of the Queensland Chief Magistrate’s Cultural Advisory Group, Member of BlakDance Indigenous contemporary dance peak body, as well as member of several other community organisations and projects.


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