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
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
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2015 -
School of Humanities and Creative Arts Award for Part-time Teaching 2013 -
Pinnacle Foundation supporting LGBTIQ youth, Mentor, 2014 -
Let's Get Equal, Law Reform Lobby Group for Same-Sex Couples in SA, 2006 -
Pink Parents, SA Lesbian, Gay and Queer Parents Lobby/Community Group, 2001 -
Society for Cinema Studies, 1992 -
WIFT (Women in Film and Television)Australia, 1997 -
Opening Address, Cups and Coupling, Premiere Art Gallery, Adelaide, October 2005
Opening Address, MEG Wilderness School Video Launch, Adelaide, 2004
State Selector, Women on Women International Film Festival, Sydney, 2001
Address to Senior Scholars, Fulbright Orientation, Berlin, Sept 2000
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