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Following the success of The Inaugural John Mansfield Lecture in 2017 the School of Law will host the second in this annual lecture series. The John Mansfield Lecture was established to recognise the significant contributions to law and justice in Australia by the Honourable John Mansfield AM QC, expert in Native Title jurisprudence, Competition Law and former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia.

Professor Peter Sutton is one of Australia’s foremost applied anthropologists and linguists with a career that is as remarkable as it is unconventional. Beginning as a classic academic in 1969 documenting languages and cultures of far north Queensland, Peter soon transitioned into applied work. Since 1979 he has worked on more than 50 land claims across the country including the Wik claim which ushered in the era of the substantial anthropological contribution to native title claims.

Applied anthropologists have received their fair share of criticism from their purely academic colleagues and while seeking to bridge this divide through his work in both arenas (his current positions at both Adelaide University and the SA Museum reflect this drive), Peter has not shied away from controversy. His discursive ruminations on the state of remote Aboriginal communities and the impact of government policies on Aboriginal lives in The Politics of Suffering (2010) caused a remarkable backlash from many in the academy, generating a level of hostility unusual even for the contentious space of Aboriginal Affairs.

Meanwhile his technical volume Native Title Anthropology (2003) was recently described as “essential reading for anthropologists seeking to model systems of tenure for claims” (Morton 2017). Peter has authored dozens of articles and authored / edited / co-authored numerous books on Aboriginal languages, art, and territorial organisation.

Whether it is his forensic reports in the various land rights jurisdictions, descriptive linguistics, museum anthropology, academic articles or public policy contributions, Peter’s remarkable depth of experience allows him to enrich any argument and his meticulous attention to detail ensures his information is always well presented. So even if some may not always agree with everything he has to say, Peter’s contributions are always worth paying attention to.

For more information visit https://unisabusinessschool.edu.au/connect/news-and-events/2018/johnmansfieldlecture/

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