Associate Professor Julia Erhart

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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

Associate Professor Julia Erhart is the recipient of a grant from the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2016), a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching (2014), and a fellowship from Fulbright (2000).

Julia's current research is primarily in the area of women screen practitioners. Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films (IB Tauris, 2018) examines the innovations of women filmmakers in film forms including biopics and movies about the 'war on terror'. Forthcoming research includes The Cinema of Gillian Armstrong (Edinburgh 2019).

Julia is an internationally recognised researcher in LGBTQ identities and commercial media. Articles by her 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), and Queer Love in Film and Television (Palgrave, 2013), and in journals which include Continuum, Continuum, a/b: Auto/Biography, Screening the Past.

Julia is a committed, passionate, and nationally recognised teacher. In addition to receiving the OLT Citation, her accomplishments were acknowledged in 2012 when she received both the Vice-Chancellor's award and the Faculty award for Excellence in Teaching. At Flinders she has been the recipient of two competitive teaching grants, 'Embedding Transition Pedagogy Principles in First Year' and, with a colleague, a 'Teaching and Learning Innovation' grant.

Institutions Julia has taught at include the University of California (Santa Cruz), San Francisco State University, New York University, Brown University, and Technische Universität in Chemnitz. Born and raised in New York City, Julia worked for New Line Cinema, Paperjacks (a division of Pocket Books), 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

WOMEN FILM DIRECTORS - GILLIAN ARMSTRONG

Julia is the sole author of a monograph about Australian film director Gillian Armstrong (currently under construction; to be published by Edinburgh 2019).

GENDERING HISTORY ON SCREEN

Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films (IB Tauris 2018) asserts that women directors bring innovative and reflexive approaches to films about the past, including biographical films, first-person documentaries, Holocaust films, and movies about the 'war on terror'. In addition to Gendering History, Julia is the author of numerous articles on the subject which have appeared in The Queer Screen Reader (Routledge 2007), Screening the Past, Camera Obscura, and Screen. A Fulbright Fellowship was awarded in support of this project.

With colleagues in English, Screen and Media, Drama, and Archeology, Julia co-led the 2016 cross-disciplinary Humanities and Creative Arts research theme Technologies of Memory and Affect. The theme explored the impact of digital technologies on forms of public histories and popular memories.

NEW QUEER IDENTITIES

LGBTQ themes and identities (queer dads; donor conception; gay 'heroism') are the focus of this multi-platform research. Publications have appeared in Queer Love in Film and Television (Palgrave 2013), Queer TV in the Twenty-First Century (McFarland 2016), a/b: auto/biography studies, and in Invented Lives, Imagined Communities: Biopics and American National Identity (SUNY 2016).

TELEVISION COMEDY

This research explores issues of paratext and reception in both network and publicly-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation comedies. Essays consider Chris Lilley's satirical 'cringe' comedy (via separate essays published in Continuum 2014 and Continuum 2013).

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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