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Research Biography

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 2020).

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 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.

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).

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, and Jane Campion.

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”.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Award Date: 31 Dec 1996

Master of Arts, New York University

Award Date: 31 May 1989

Bachelor of Arts, Brown University

Award Date: 31 Dec 1986

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Research Output

  • Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films

    Erhart, J., 2018, London, United Kingdom: I. B. Tauris. 240 p. (Gender and Popular Culture)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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    Gay Fathers in Modern Family and The New Normal: class, consumption, sexuality, and parenting.

    Erhart, J., 2016, Queer TV in the 21st Century: Essays on Broadcasting from Taboo to Acceptance. McFarland, p. 128-141 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Toward a New LGBT Biopic: Politics and Reflexivity in Gus Van Sant’s Milk (2008)

    Erhart, J., 2016, (Accepted/In press) Invented Lives, Imagined Communities : The Biopic and American National Identity. State University of New York Press, p. 261-280 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)