Therese Davis

Assoc Professor

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Therese Davis is Director of the Bachelor of Media Communication at Monash University. She has more than 20 years experience teaching screen and cultural studies at universities in Australia. Her research is primarily in the areas of Australian cinema and television, Australian Indigenous media, and women’s filmmaking. She is the co-author of the widely referenced Australian Cinema After Mabo (CUP, 2004) and author of The Face on the Screen: Death, Recognition and Spectatorship (Intellect, 2004). She is a recipient of two Australian Research Council Discovery grants: Working together: Indigenous and Non-indigenous Collaboration in Australian Film and Literature, with Prof Nancy Wright and Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing, University of Newcastle; and Australian Indigenous Film and Television: New Frames of Understanding, with A/Prof Chris Healy (University of Melbourne) and Dr Romaine Moreton (Monash). Therese and Romaine Moreton also received a Screen Australian Research and Publications Award.

Her collaborative research in Indigenous screen media has produced insights into Australian Indigenous film and television in its historical, social and institutional contexts. Her work has been published in national and international journals and, with Moreton and Healy, she produced a unique knowledge sharing online platform on Australian Film and Television: The website provides open access to the team’s extensive database of information on 200 films, a searchable bibliography of more than 800 scholarly works and reviews, and almost 100 annotated key policy documents from the 1970s to the present.

Therese’s research is primarily located in film and screen studies, but it also draws on and establishes new dialogues with debates in cultural theory, history, and Indigenous studies as evidenced in her publications. Throughout her career, she has maintained a strong interest in the relationship between theory and media practice in both her teaching and research. She is Chair of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival Board.

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Projects 2006 2021

Research Output 1998 2018

Rethinking Documentary and the Environment: A Multi-Scalar Approach to Time

Davis, T. V. & Smaill, B. M., 19 Nov 2018, In : Transformations. 32, p. 19-37 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Women, film and independence in the 21st century: A public forum’

Brookes, J., Davis, T. V. & Perkins, C. E., 2018, In : Fusion. 14, p. 91-106 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Australian Indigenous Screen in the 2000s: Crossing into the Mainstream

Davis, T. V., 21 Dec 2017, Australian Screen in the 2000s. Ryan, M. D. (ed.). Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 231-259 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Teaching Film Studies in the Age of Media Studies

Davis, T. V., 2017, In : Screening the Past. 42

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOther

Open Access


Academic Women’s Fellowship

Therese Davis (Recipient), Jun 1998

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Bicentennial Fellowship

Therese Davis (Recipient), Mar 2006

Prize: Competitive Fellowships