Associate Professor Julia Erhart

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (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.


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
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
First person film
Gender and cinema
Women film directors
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Women's film genres in contemporary Hollywood (1), Lesbianism in International Art Cinemas (1), Australian and International Screen Education (creative) (1), Australian Documentary (creative) (1), Environmental Documentary (creative) (1)
Associate supervisor: Television Horror (1), Cinematography (creative) (1), VR and durational cinema (creative) (1), Motion Capture and acting (1), Australian Gothic Drama (1), Contemporary Television Aesthetics (1)
Principal supervisor: Television Studies (1), Printmaking (creative) (1), French Women Directors (creative PHD) (1), Cinema and Religion (1)
Associate supervisor: Spanish Women Directors (1), Gender and Bharata Natyam dance (1), Participatory Documentary (creative) (1), Feminist Experimental Video (creative) (1), Action film (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 -

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

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