Associate Professor Jane Stadler

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 53136


Associate Professor Jane Stadler teaches and researches in Film and Media Studies at the University of Queensland. She joined the School of Communication and Arts in 2006 and previously worked at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Murdoch University in Western Australia. Research interests include film and philosophy, media and identity, cult media, ethics, phenomenological film theory and analysis, cognitive theories of narrative and spectatorship, location and landscape (particularly in Australian cinema), and digital cartography.

Research Interests

  • cinema studies
  • media studies

Research Impacts

In collaboration with Dr Peta Mitchell and Dr Stephen Carleton, Associate Professor Stadler leads a cultural heritage project, The Cultural Atlas of Australia, which is funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (2011-2013) and housed at The University of Queensland. The Cultural Atlas of Australia is an interactive digital map that explores Australian places and locations used as settings in films, novels, and plays. Representing the first national survey of Australian narrative space across these three mediums, the Cultural Atlas of Australia enables people to map the country's cultural landscape. People can apply the map to their own research projects, plan cultural tours and site visits, or simply get to know part of the country better through identifying the fiction that has represented it. Associate Professor Stadler also leads a science engagement project, "Mapping Ecological Themes in Australian Film and Literature," which is sponsored by Inspiring Australia and which maps ecological concerns and locates scientific issues in the landscapes of Australian narratives that foreground ecocultural themes or are set in sensitive areas. Together these research projects and engagement initiatives aim to transfer knowledge between universities, the creative industries, and the community.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University
  • PhD, Murdoch University


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Book Chapter

  • Stadler, Jane (2017). Empathy in film. In Heidi Maibom (Ed.), Routledge handbook of philosophy of empathy (pp. 317-326) New York: Routledge.

  • Rassell, Andrea, Robinson, Jenny, Verhagen, Darrin, Pink, Sarah, Redmond, Sean and Stadler, Jane (2016). Seeing, sensing sound eye-tracking soundscapes in Saving Private Ryan and Monsters, Inc.. In CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson (Ed.), Making sense of cinema: empirical studies into film spectators and spectatorship (pp. 139-164) New York, United States: Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Stadler, Jane (2015). Australian film locations. In Ben Goldsmith, Mark Ryan and Geoff Lealand (Ed.), Directory of world cinema: Australian and New Zealand 2 2nd ed. (pp. 23-25) Bristol, United Kingdom: Intellect Books.

  • Stadler, Jane (2014). Affect, film and. In Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland (Ed.), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (pp. 1-6) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Stadler, Jane (2014). Emotion, film and. In Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland (Ed.), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (pp. 151-156) Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

  • Stadler, Jane (2013). Cinema's compassionate gaze: empathy, affect, and aesthetics in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly". In Jinhee Choi and Mattias Frey (Ed.), Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship (pp. 27-42) New York, NY, USA: Routledge.

  • Stadler, Jane (2012). Cultural value and viscerality in Sukiyaki Western Django: Towards a phenomenology of bad film. In Julia Vassilieva and Constantine Verevis (Ed.), After taste: Cultural value and the moving image (pp. 37-48) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Stadler, Jane (2012). Screen media violence and the socialisation of young viewers. In Catherine L. Ward, Amelia van der Werwe and Andrew Dawes (Ed.), Youth violence: sources and solutions in South Africa (pp. 319-345) Cape Town, South Africa: University of Cape Town Press.

  • Atkinson, Adam, Hopton, Tricia, Stadler, Jane and Mitchell, Peta (2011). Introduction. Evolving the field: Adaptation studies in transition. In Tricia Hopton, Adam Atkinson, Jane Stadler and Peta Mitchell (Ed.), Pockets of change: Adaptation and cultural transition (pp. xv-xxii) Lanham, MD, U.S.A.: Lexington Books.

  • Mitchell, Peta and Stadler, Jane (2011). Redrawing the map: An interdisciplinary geocritical approach to Australian cultural narratives. In Robert T. Tally (Ed.), Geocritical explorations: Space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies (pp. 47-62) New York, NY, U.S.A.: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9780230337930

  • Deacon, Andrew, Morrison, Andrew and Stadler, Jane (2010). Multimodal production and semiotic resources for learning about film narrative. In Andrew Morrison (Ed.), Inside multimodal composition (pp. 221-248) Cresskill, NJ, United States: Hampton Press.

  • Stadler, Jane (2009). Stigma and stardom: Nelson Mandela, celebrity identification and social activism. In Robert Clarke (Ed.), Celebrity colonialism: Fame, power and representation in colonial and postcolonial cultures (pp. 309-325) Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Stadler, Jane (2008). The role of the media in education and poverty reduction. In Simeon Maile (Ed.), Education and Poverty Reduction Strategies: Issues of Policy Coherence (pp. 231-252) Cape Town, South Africa: HSRC Press.

  • Stadler, Jane (2008). Tsotsis, coconuts and wiggers: Black masculinity and contemporary South African media. In Hadland, Adrian, Louw, Eric, Sesanti, Simphiwe and Wasserman, Herman (Ed.), Power, Politics and Identity in South African Media (pp. 343-363) Cape Town, South Africa: HSRC Press.

  • Stadler, Jane (2006). Media and disability. In B. Watermeyer, L. Swartz, T. Lorenzo, M. Schneider and M. Priestley (Ed.), Disability and Social Change: A South African Agenda (pp. 373-386) South Africa: Human Sciences Research Council Press.

  • Stadler, Jane (2006). Miranda Green: find your talent and follow your dream. In M. Green (Ed.), A milliner's tale : images of beauty and integrity (pp. 96-96) Western Australia: Lionheart Publishing.

  • Stadler, Jane (2004). Risks and rewards: media, globalisation, and citizens of a democracy. In Communication for the citizens towards a contemporary society (pp. 181-202) Portugal: Municipality of Oeiras Europress.

  • Stadler, Jane (2002). Losing the Plot: Narrative Form and Ethical Identity in Lost Highway. In Stoehr, Kevin L. (Ed.), Film and Knowledge: Essays on the Integration of Images and Ideas 1 ed. (pp. 17-36) Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Morrison, Andrew, Deacon, Andrew and Stadler, Jane (2005). Designs for learning about film spectatorship. In: Conference Proceedings: Nordic Design Research Conference: In the Making. Nordic Design Research Conference: In the Making, Copenhagen, Denmark, (1-10). 29–31 May 2005.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision