Therese Davis is Director of the Bachelor of Media Communication at Monash University. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a teacher. Her research is primarily in the areas of Australian cinema and television, theories of collaboration and cross-cultural exchange in film, Australian Indigenous media, and women’s filmmaking. She is the co-author of the widely referenced Australian Cinema After Mabo (CUP, 2004). She is also the author of The Face on the Screen: Death, Recognition and Spectatorship (Intellect, 2004). She is a recipient of two Australian Research Council Discovery grants.
Therese’s career has taken a unique cross-disciplinary path. She has an undergraduate degree in Communications and an MA in Cultural Studies, both from the University of Technology, Sydney. She later completed her PhD at the University of Western Sydney. Her dissertation on the face, death and spectatorship in the media age was published as The Face on the Screen: Death, Recognition and Spectatorship (Intellect, 2004). This project formed the platform for several interrelated projects on spectatorship and cross-cultural recognition in the Australian cinema: 1) the widely referenced co-authored book with Felicity Collins, Australian Cinema After Mabo (CUP, 2004), and two collaborative Australian Research Council Discovery projects: Collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Filmmakers in Australia (with Prof Nancy Wright and Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing (2006-2010) and Australian Indigenous Film and Television: new Frames of Understanding (with A/Prof Chris Healy and Dr Romaine Moreton).
Therese’s research is primarily located in Film Studies, but it also draws on and establishes new dialogues with debates in Cultural Theory, History, and Indigenous media. Throughout her career, she has maintained a strong interest in the relationship between theory and media practice in both her teaching and research.