• Menzies Centre Lecture - Professor Marcia Langton

    Menzies Centre Lecture – Professor Marcia Langton

    15th June 2017
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Is Art the Canary in the Coal Mine for Indigenous people?

    The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies has joined with the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery to invite Professor Marcia Langton to deliver this lecture in which she will discuss the signs of cultural resilience that are important to Indigenous peoples in Australia as they seek to maintain ways of life in the midst of rapid change and an absence of agreement in the national polity about their right to exist.

    Prof. Langton is Foundation Chair in Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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    The lecture will be followed by a short question and answer session and then a reception. Note that registration will open at 6pm and the lecture will be in the Anatomy Theatre..

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    Professor Langton’s visit to London will coincide with an exhibition at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery of new photography by leading contemporary indigenous Australian artist Dr Christian Thompson. Dr Thompson represented Australia at the 2016 Shanghai Biennale and has work in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia. The exhibition will feature self-portraits and sound and video installations which re-imagine Dr Thompson’s traditional Bidjara language.

     

    One of Australia’s most respected academics, Professor Langton is a descendant of the Iman people of Queensland and an anthropologist and geographer. Recently appointed Associate Provost of the University of Melbourne, her work has centred on the areas of political and legal anthropology, putting her at the forefront of the Indigenous agenda for land rights and native title from the 1970s to the 1990s. Throughout her career, she has written and spoken about the many forms and styles of Australian Aboriginal art and preservation of the living and performative styles of Aboriginal cultural expression.

    The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery has been championing Australian Aboriginal artists and their work since 1988. It was the first art gallery in Europe to exhibit Australian Aboriginal painting, and it continues to promote such work through its regular Songlines seasons.

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    As part of the Menzies Centre’s programme of public activities, the annual Menzies Seminar series helps to produce a comprehensive and balanced perception of Australia’s past, present and future across a variety of topics. Learn more about our series and download the full program of events from the Menzies Centre’s website.

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