Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Jane Mummery

Position:Senior Lecturer
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus, H Building, Room 127
Phone: 5327 9627
Email: j.mummery@ballarat.edu.au


Doctor of Philosophy - Murdoch University - 2001
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Murdoch University - 1992



  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Masters of Teaching


  • Education and Curriculum Studies 1: Ethics in Context  (EDMAS6101)
  • Advanced Research Skills (BAHRS4022)
  • Critical Theory 1: Modernity and the Everyday (HRSTH4021)
  • Advanced Studies in Philosophy (BAHRS4105)
  • Practical Ethics (PHILO1004)
  • Asian Philosophies (PHIGL2203)
  • Classical Philosophy (PHILO2205)
  • Ethics and the Age of Enlightenment (PHILO2208/3208)
  • Modern European Philosophy (PHILO2209/3209)
  • Special Topics in Philosophy (PHILO2211/3211)


Jane completed her PhD in philosophy at Murdoch University, where she wrote a thesis exploring the ethical and political dimensions of post-Heideggerian post-metaphysical thought. Her current research encompasses three fields: a) the examination and development of more-than-human ethics, with a particular focus on the development of advocacy for the more-than-human world; b) the examination of the trajectories and possibilities of radical democracy; and c) the examination of pedagogical issues involved in teaching philosophy. She has published with or has articles forthcoming with Borderlands,Ctrl-Z New Media Philosophy, Continuum, Contretemps, Discourse Context and Media, Media International Australia, Nursing Ethics, Philosophy Today, and Symposium. She has taught in philosophy, cultural studies, media studies and sustainability across multiple institutions: Federation University Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Open University Australia.


Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2009. Australian Postgraduate Award.

Areas of expertise

Modern and contemporary European philosophy, ethical and political philosophies, feminist philosophies

Research interests

  • Post-Kantian philosophies
  • Ethical and political philosophies
  • Applied ethics / more-than-human ethics
  • Phenomenology
  • Feminist and radical philosophies
  • Foucaultian Discourse Analysis
  • Pedagogical issues in teaching philosophy



Eileen Clements (PhD, Principal Supervisor): The Ethical and Ontological Possibilities of a Feminine Ethic of Love.

Clare Cole (PhD, Principal Supervisor): Unpacking Advocacy within Contemporary Nursing.

Richard Hammond (PhD, Principal Supervisor): The Dao of Dwelling: An Ethics of Authenticity.

Ben Nunquam (PhD, Principal Supervisor): Contingency Plans: The Threat of 'Correlationism' to Artificial Intelligence.

Cassie Pedersen (PhD, Principal Supervisor): Unspeakable Trauma and the Crisis of Representation.

Dominic Williams (PhD, Principal Supervisor): Void: Ecology of Sense and Sensation.

Karen Felstead (PhD, Associate Supervisor): Public and Personal Discourses: How 'Teenage Mothers' Construct their Parenting Practices.

Dianne McGlasson (PhD, Associate Supervisor): Analysing the Abject in Charles Keeping.

Karen Turner (PhD, Associate Supervision): Young Children: Culture, Identity and Belonging.

Jennifer Kirsteur (Honours): Radicalising Identities.

Successful completions

Blake Peck (PhD 2012, Principal Supervisor): A Hermeneutic Constructivist Approach to Understanding Personal Realities.

Erika Gaudlitz (PhD 2011, Principal Supervisor): Schizoanalytic Literary Pragmatics.

Terry Eyssens (PhD 2011, Principal Supervisor): Without Rulers: A Politics for Politics' Sake.

Alison Keith (Honours 2013): Human Rights and Human Capacities: Applications and Analysis.

Dominic Williams (Honours 2013): Interstitial: Flight Path of a Deleuzean Voidcraft.

Hayden Browning (Honours 2012): An Ethical Appraisal of Research in Hallucinogenics.

Lauren Greenwood (Honours 2012): Mediating the Face to Face: Levinas with Baudrillard.

Richard Hammond (Honours 2012): Non-Humanist Political Thinking and the Potentiality of Being.

Ben Nunquam (Honours 2012): A Wittgensteinian Reading of AI.

Cassie Pederson (Honours 2012): Languaged Subjectivities in Judith Butler and Michel Foucault.

Amelia Rowe (2008): Virtue Ethics as Virtual Ethics: Ethics in Second Life.

Beau Lepp (Honours 2007): Dare to be Wise: An Analysis of Happiness and Duty in Contemporary Australian Life.

Kate Martin (Honours 2005): Knowledge and Learning through the Fictional World and Characters of Terry Pratchett.

Helga Saunders (Honours 2005): Fertile Spaces in Concrete: Imagination for Kant.



Mummery, J. Radical Democracy in the 21st Century. Under contract for Taylor and Francis.

Bowden, P. & Mummery, J. (2009) Understanding Feminism. Stocksfield, UK: Acumen / Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Mummery, J. (2005) The Post to Come: An Outline of a Post-Metaphysical Ethics. Bern: Peter Lang.

Book chapters

Mummery, J. (2013) 'Students' beliefs regarding philosophical study and their development as critical thinkers', Pedagogies for the Future: Quality Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Ed. Robyn Brandenburg & Jacqueline Z. Wilson. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers: 99-109.

Mummery, J. (2013) 'Women in Philosophy', The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. Ed. Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster & Geoffrey J. Golson. SAGE Reference.

Mummery, J. & Rodan, D. (2011) 'Chewing the communal cud: community deliberation in broadsheet letters and political blogs', Technologies for Supporting Reasoning Communities and Collaborative Decision Making: Cooperative Approaches. Ed. John Yearwood & Andrew Stranieri. IGI Global: 296-318.

Mummery, J. (2010) 'Philosophy at the University of Ballarat', A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. Ed. Graham Oppy, Nick Trakakis, Lynda Burns, Steve Gardner and Fiona Leigh. Melbourne: Monash ePress.

Mummery, J. (2008) 'The interpretation of Da-sein as a transformative, poetic and ethical being', Heidegger and the Aesthetics of Living. Ed. Vrasidas Karalis. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press: 95-111.

Mummery, J. (2005) 'Being not-at-home: a conceptual discussion', Diaspora: The Australasian Experience. Ed. Cynthia vanden Driesen and Ralph Crane. New Delhi: Prestige: 27-44.

Refereed journal articles

Rodan, D. & Mummery, J. (2015) 'The "Make it Possible" multi-media campaign: Generating a new 'everyday' in animal welfare', Media International Australia, forthcoming.

Cole, C., Wellard, S. & Mummery, J. (2014) 'Problematising autonomy and advocacy in nursing', Nursing Ethics 21(5): 576-582.

Mills, A. & Mummery, J. (2013) 'Reading the world as book, the book as world: Funke and Grossman's book-world fantasies', The New York Review of Science Fiction 26(4): 1, 4-8.

Mummery, J. & Rodan, D. (2013) 'The role of blogging in public deliberation and democracy', Discourse, Context and Media 2(1): 22-39.

Mummery, J. (2012) 'Protecting the global commons: comparing three ethico-political foundations for response to climate change'. Borderlands e-journal 11(3). Available at http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol11no3_2012/mummery_commons.

Mummery, J. (2012) 'Proper responses: on spectrality', Ctrl-Z New Media Philosophy 2. Available at http://www.ctrl-z.net.au/articles/issue-2/mummery-proper-responses/.

Mummery, J. & Rodan, D. (2007) 'Discursive Australia: refugees, Australianness, and the Australian public sphere', Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 21(3): 347-360.

Mummery, J. (2007) 'Rorty, Derrida, and the role of faith in democracy to come', Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 11(1): 33-51.

Mummery, J. (2006) 'Deconstructing the rational respondent: Derrida, Kant, and the duty of response', Philosophy Today 50(5): 450-462.

Mummery, J. (2005) 'Rethinking the democratic project: Rorty, Mouffe, Derrida and democracy to come', Borderlands e-journal 4(1). Available at http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol4no1_2005/mummery_rethinking.htm.

Mummery, J. & Rodan, D. (2003) 'Discourses of democracy in the aftermath of 9/11 and other events: protectivism versus humanitarianism', Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 17(4): 433-443.

Mummery, J. (2002) 'Re-reading interpretation: the way forward for an ethico-political engagement', Philosophy Today 46(3): 313-322.

Mummery, J. (2002) 'Jewgreek justice and the ethical possibilities of the "Post"', Contretemps: an online journal of philosophy 3: 122-132. Available at http://www.usyd.edu.au/contretemps/.

Mummery, J. (2000) 'Re-orienting literary criticism: philosophy and literary theory', Social Semiotics 10(3): 355-358.

Refereed conference proceedings

Mummery, J., Rodan, D., Ironside, K. & Nolton, M. (2014) 'Mediating legal reform: Animal law, livestock welfare and public pressure',Refereed Proceedings of the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: The Digital and the Social: Communication for inclusion and exchange. Available at http://www.anzca.net/documents/2014-conf-papers/773-anzca14-mummery-rodan-ironside-noltan/file.html.

Rodan, D. & Mummery, J. (2014) 'Platforms and activism: Sharing "My Make it Possible Story" narratives', Refereed Proceedings of the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: The Digital and the Social: Communication for inclusion and exchange. Available at http://www.anzca.net/documents/2014-conf-papers/776-anzca14-rodan-mummery.html.

Mummery, J. & Morton-Allen, E. (2009) 'The development of critical thinkers: do our efforts coincide with students' beliefs?', Research and Development in Higher Education Volume 32. Refereed Proceedings of the 2009 Annual International Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia: 306-313.

Rodan, D. & Mummery, J. (2005) 'Discursive Australia: public discussion of refugees in the early twenty-first century.' Mobile Boundaries Rigid Worlds: Refereed Conference Proceedings, 27-28 September 2004, Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Sydney. Available at http://www.crsi.mq.edu.au/mobileboundaries.htm.

Mummery, J. (2002) 'Facilitating critical thinking in an online environment', Research and Development in Higher Education Volume 25: Quality Conversations. Ed. Allan Goody, Jan Herrington & Maria Northcote. Refereed Proceedings of the 2002 Annual International Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia: 465-471.

Invited talks/keynotes

'The role of compassion in society'. Public presentation for the Ballarat Interfaith Public Forum. 2014.

'Regional universities and the Humanities'. Invited presentation for the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres Annual Meeting: "Spaces and Networks for the Humanities": Building Research Environments. 2013.

'Women and democracy - Political visibility and participation'. Invited presentation for JERA (Justice Equality Rights Access) International. 2012.

'Philosophy in the ancient world'. Six invited public lectures for the University of the Third Age, Hepburn Region. 2010.

'A just war or just another war?'. Public lecture for the Humanist Society of Western Australia. 2003.

Grants and commissioned research projects

Animal activism and the new architecture of social media (with Debbie Rodan). $3,500. Edith Cowan University Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG) Scheme. 2014.

Sentience, sentiment and one mainstream campaign: Animal Australia's "Make It Possible" (2012) campaign (with Debbie Rodan, Katrina Ironside). $2,484. School of Education and Arts Small Research Grants, University of Ballarat. 2013.

The communicative acts of a mainstream campaign: A discursive analysis of Animals Australia's "Make it Possible" (2012) campaign (with Debbie Rodan). $3,109. Edith Cowan University Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG) Scheme. 2013.

Developing sustainability (with Jessica Reeves, Craig Hurley). $60,000. Greener Government Buildings Learning, Teaching and Research Grants. 2013.

Community deliberation in political blogs (with Debbie Rodan). $4,278. Edith Cowan University Faculty Small Grant Scheme 2010. Community deliberation in political blogs. 2010.

Mapping graduate attributes in a generalist degree: The Bachelor of Arts . $5,000. University of Ballarat Institute of Professional and Organisational Learning. 2010.

Supporting Humanities and Social Science monographs (with John McDonald et al). $35,000. University of Ballarat Research Infrastructure Block Grant Scheme. 2010.

Supporting Humanities and Social Science monographs (with John McDonald et al). $42,000. University of Ballarat Research Infrastructure Block Grant Scheme. 2008.

Students' engagement with learning processes through teaching generic skills. $10,000. University of Ballarat Learning & Teaching Conference Incentive Grant. 2006.

Evaluation of critical thinking skills acquisition in university students: A pre- and post-evaluation of a specific unit of study (with John Song). $1,169. School of Behavioural, Social Sciences & Humanities Internal Research Grant Scheme. 2006.

Discursive Australia: Petro Georgiou on inclusivity, Australianness and refugees (with Debbie Rodan, Mark Balnaves). $10,000. University of Ballarat Early Career Researcher Grant. 2005.


  • Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres
  • Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
  • Society for Women in Philosophy