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Research Biography

A/Prof. Julia Erhart is an internationally recognised feminist film scholar and expert in the fields of feminist and LGBTQ-themed media. Articles by her on these subjects have appeared in top-ranked journals that include Screen, Camera Obscura, Screening the Past, and Studies in Australasian Cinema. She is author of three sole-authored books, Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2018), Gillian Armstrong: Popular, Sensual & Ethical Cinema (Visionaries, Edinburgh, 2020), and The Children’s Hour (Queer Film Classics, McGill-Queen's UP, 2024).

A/Prof. Erhart has a track record of data-driven research examining gender equity and the Australian screen industry. Her research has appeared in Studies in Australasian Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, and in edited collections such as Women, Ageing and the Screen Industries (Palgrave, 2023).

A/Prof. Erhart has an established reputation for research on women’s media authorship and output. Her book, Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films (2018) examines innovations by women filmmakers in contemporary biopics, war films, documentaries, and movies about the “war on terror”. Her monograph Gillian Armstrong: popular, sensual & ethical cinema (2020) combines analyses of prominent themes in Armstrong’s work, such as her reworking of popular Australian genres, with an analysis of her practical filmmaking approach. Further filmmakers Julia has produced research about include Australian director Jane Campion and French director Agnes Varda.

A/Prof. Erhart has produced substantial research on LGBTQ audiences and commercial media. 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, Continuum, a/b: Auto/Biography, Screening the Past, Screen, and Camera Obscura. Her newest book explores the production and reception circumstances surrounding The Children’s Hour, the first commercial American film to feature a lesbian character in a leading role.

A/Prof. 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). She is a committed, passionate, and nationally recognised teacher. In addition the OLT Citation, she has received both the Vice-Chancellor's award and the Faculty award for Excellence in Teaching (both in 2012, and, as a co-recipient, in 2023) and 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.

Research Interests

A/Prof. Julia Erhart is an internationally recognised feminist film scholar and expert in the fields of feminist and LGBTQ-themed media. She is author of three books, Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2018), Gillian Armstrong: Popular, Sensual & Ethical Cinema (Visionaries, Edinburgh, 2020), and The Children’s Hour (Queer Film Classics, McGill-Queens UP, 2024).

Julia has a track record of data-driven research examining gender equity and the Australian screen industry and an established reputation for research on women’s media authorship and output. 

Julia has produced substantial research on LGBTQ-themed films and television. Her newest book examines The Children’s Hour (1961), the first commercial American film to feature a lesbian character in a lead role.

Supervised Students Successes

  • 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

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions

2024 Social, economic and cultural benefit of reopening cinemas in Saudi Arabia

2024 Deadly Earnest and the Australian Television Horror Host, 1959-1978

2023 Gender and comedy in post-Bridesmaids Hollywood cinema: the rise and fall of the Womance Comedy

2023 Precarity, public value and power economies: the effects of industrial change on small screen content creators - a view from behind the lens

2020 Memorable and ambiguous: the dramaturgy of violence in complex television serial drama

2013 After Romance: portrayals of the body in films by Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis, and Marina de Van; a creative exploration

2008 Behold His mighty hand! A critical examination of the Biblical cinema of Cecil b. DeMille: a film studies offering to religious education

1999 The Book, the print, the artist and the digital era: the history and developments of book production and artists' use of the print medium

 

Associate supervisions

2020 A history of educational computing and software development for Australian schools 1970 - 1990

2016 Beyond Bharatanatyam: Re-visions, Ruptures and Resistance in the Feminist Choreographies of Anita Ratnam and Mallika Sarabhai

2015 Contemporary Spanish Women Cineastes: Constructing a feminine memory of the Spanish Civil War, Francoism and the Transition period through twenty-first century fiction films and documentaries

2014 Big Stories, Small Towns: a participatory and web-based documentary and exegesis

2006 Explosions in the narrative action films with Lacan

2006 Everyday matters: my body of work in experimental video

 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Master of Arts, New York University

Bachelor of Arts, Brown University

External positions

Secretary, Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

1 Nov 2023 → …

Peer Reviewer, Australian Research Council

31 Jan 2020 → …

Editorial Board, Frames Cinema Journal

1 Jan 2019 → …

Editorial Board, Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture

31 Jan 2016 → …

Peer Reviewer, Routledge

31 Jan 2015 → …

Peer Reviewer, Palgrave

31 Jan 2006 → …

Supervision

  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Screen and media

Supervisory Interests

  • First person film
  • Women film directors
  • Gender and cinema
  • Documentary
  • Feminist and queer theories of screen media
  • Gender equity

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