Associate Professor Julia Erhart

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities Building (230)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Julia Erhart is a feminist film scholar and internationally recognised researcher on women’s screen practice, including women’s interventions into the industries of independent and commercial feature filmmaking. Julia is the author of two books, Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury 2018), about innovations by women filmmakers in biopics, war films, and other genres, and Gillian Armstrong: popular, sensual & ethical cinema (Edinburgh 2020).

A second prong of Julia’s research investigates the relationship between Australian cultural identities and screen production, particularly how Australasian media-makers shift the needle on conversations about gender, race, sexuality, and belonging. Publications and forthcoming research examines media-makers Chris Lilley, Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, Kate McCartney/Kate McLennan and the night-time soap Number 96 (1972-1977).

Julia has produced substantial research on the engagement with commercial media by LGBTIQ audiences. Articles have appeared in anthologies including Queer TV in the Twenty-First Century (2016), Invented Lives, Imagined Communities: Biopics and American National Identity (2016), Queer Love in Film and Television (2013), and in journals Continuum, Continuum, a/b: Auto/Biography, Screening the Past, Screen, and Camera Obscura.

Julia is a nationally recognised teacher. She is the recipient of a citation from the Office of Teaching and Learning (2014), the Vice-Chancellor's award and the Faculty award for Excellence in Teaching (both in 2012).

Julia is the recipient of a grant from the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a fellowship from Fulbright.

Institutions Julia has taught at include the University of California (Santa Cruz), San Francisco State University, NYU, Brown, and Technische Universität (Chemnitz). Born and raised in New York City, Julia worked for New Line Cinema, Paperjacks, and as a freelance film editor before becoming an academic. She currently lives in the Adelaide Hills.

Qualifications

PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
MA, New York University
BA, Brown University

Honours, awards and grants
  • 2016 Australian Academy of the Humanities grant
  • 2016 Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities annual research theme, co-leader
  • 2014 Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2013 Flinders Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant (co-recipient)
  • 2013 Flinders Embedding Transition Pedagogy Principles Grant
  • 2012 Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2012 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2012 and 2015 Flinders Medium Grant, Faculty Education, Humanities, Law
  • 2000 Senior Scholars Fellowship, American-German Fulbright Commission
Key responsibilities
Research expertise
Creative Arts
Film, television and digital media
Gender Studies
Other studies in creative arts and writing
Sexuality Studies
Research interests

Julia Erhart is a feminist film scholar and internationally recognised researcher on women’s screen practice, including women’s interventions into the industries of independent and commercial feature filmmaking. Julia’s sole-authored book, Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury 2018), examines innovations by women filmmakers in contemporary biopics, war films, documentaries, and movies about the “war on terror”. Julia’s most recent book is Gillian Armstrong: popular, sensual & ethical cinema (Edinburgh University Press 2020). She is currently completing research on how women negotiate the film industry after the age of 60.

A second prong of Julia’s research investigates the relationship between Australian cultural identities and screen production, particularly how Australasian media-makers shift the needle on conversations involving gender, race, sexuality, and belonging. Publications and developing research on this subject examine popular media-makers Chris Lilley, Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, Kate McCartney, Kate McLennan and the ground-breaking night-time soap Number 96 (1972-1977).

Julia has produced substantial research on the engagement with commercial media by LGBTIQ audiences. Articles by her on these subjects have appeared in numerous anthologies including Queer TV in the Twenty-First Century (McFarland, 2016), Invented Lives, Imagined Communities: Biopics and American National Identity (SUNY, 2016), Queer Love in Film and Television (Palgrave, 2013), and in journals which include Continuum, a/b: Auto/Biography, Screening the Past, Screen, and Camera Obscura.

Julia is the recipient of a grant from the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a fellowship from Fulbright. In 2016 Julia was co-leader of the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities annual research theme, “Technologies of Memory and Affect”.

Teaching interests

Non-fiction media (documentary, biographical film, historical film); women's media practice; gender and LGBTQ studies in film and television; cultural studies of media; contemporary pedagogies

Topic coordinator
SCME2102 Media, Gender, and Technology
SCME2003 Non-Fiction Form and Ethics
SCME2104 Popular Genres
SCME3000 Cross-Cultural Media
SCME8009 Non-fiction Form and Ethics
SCME3013 Researching and Curating Australian Screen Media
SCME3008 Media at the Margins
SCME1001 Media and Society
Supervisory interests
Documentary
First person film
Gender and cinema
Women film directors
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Television Studies (1), Australian documentary (2), Women's film genres in contemporary Hollywood (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: History of the book (1), Cinema and Religion (1), French Women Directors (1)
Associate supervisor: Psychoanalysis and Film (1), Participatory Documentary (1), Experimental Video (1), Spanish Women Directors (1), Gender and representation in Bharata Natyam dance (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Martin Potter

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2015 -

Kath Dooley

School of Humanities and Creative Arts Award for Part-time Teaching 2013 -

Publications
Expert for media contact
Comedy
Film
Gender studies
Media
Women
Australian Television Comedy (contemporary)
Film Documentary (20th century)
Film Documentary (contemporary)
LGBTQ Images in Media
Women Film Directors
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Comedy
  • Film
  • Gender studies
  • Media
  • Women
Interests
  • Australian Television Comedy (contemporary)
  • Film Documentary (20th century)
  • Film Documentary (contemporary)
  • LGBTQ Images in Media
  • Women Film Directors

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