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Professor Therese Davis

Adjunct Professor


Therese has more than 25 years of experience teaching film and media studies at universities in Australia. Her collaborative research has shaped new understandings of Australian cinema and Indigenous Australian screen media. She is co-author of Australian Cinema After Mabo (2004), author of The Face on the Screen: Death, Recognition and Spectatorship (2004), and co-producer of Australian Indigenous Film and Television Knowledge Sharing platform ( (2018). She is a co-recipient of three Australian Research Council Discovery grants. Over many years, she has demonstrated commitment to principles of equity and diversity in universities through inclusive education approaches, cross-cultural collaborative research, and engagement with community and cultural organisations. She is Chair of Melbourne Women and Film Festival (MWFF) Board.

Research Grants:
2019-2021: ARC DP190101178 ‘Remaking the Australian Environment Through Documentary Film and Television’, B Smaill, C Healy & T Davis.

2014-18: ARC DP140102789 ‘Contemporary Indigenous film and television: new frames of understanding’ C Healy & T Davis, with R Moreton. 

2009-2011: Screen Australia Research and Publication Partnership grant ‘Beyond the ‘Remote/Urban’ Divide: Re-Mapping Australian Indigenous Screen Content and its Audiences’. T Davis and R Moreton. 

Research interests

Digital Media, Film and Television

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Screen And Digital Media - 360500
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Cultural History - 450103
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Culture - 450104
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Ways Of Knowing, Being And Doing - 450117

Teaching areas

Digital Media, Film and Television

Professional memberships

  • 2018 - 2021: Chair, Melbourne Women in Film Festival , Australia


Also published as: Davis, Therese; Davis, T.; Davis, T. V.; Davis, Therese V.; Davis, Therese Verdun
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Remaking the Australian Environment Through Documentary Film and Television *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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