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 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 digital culture for progressive social change; 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. She is the Director of the national network Humanities in the Regions, an initiative of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres.


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,
  • Digital cultures

Research interests

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


Present Doctoral Students

Eileen Clements – “The Ethical and Ontological Possibilities of a Feminine Ethic of Love” – Principal Supervisor

Clare Cole – “Unpacking Advocacy within Contemporary Nursing” – Principal Supervisor

Lauren Greenwood – “Mediating Hate Discursively” – Principal Supervisor

Ben Nunquam – “Excursions in the Dyadic: The Significance of Atomism for Thinking the Event and Technology” – Principal Supervisor

Cassie Pedersen – “Unspeakable Trauma and the Crisis of Representation” – Principal Supervisor

Karen Pruis – “The Lived Experience of Chinese Students Communicating in English with the Assistance of Native English Speakers in a Study Abroad Context” – Principal Supervisor

Dominic Williams – “Void: Ecology of Sense and Sensation” – Principal Supervisor

Karen Felstead – “Public and Personal Discourses: How 'Teenage Mothers' Construct their Parenting Practices with their Pre-Schoolers” – Principal Supervisor

Completed Doctoral Students

Terry Eyssens – “Without Rulers: A Politics for Politics’ Sake” – Principal Supervisor

Erika Gaudlitz – “Schizoanalytic Literary Pragmatics” – Principal Supervisor

Richard Hammond – “Misogynology and the Impossibility of Dwelling” – Principal Supervisor

Blake Peck – “A Hermeneutic Constructivist Approach to Understanding Personal Realities” – Principal Supervisor



Rodan, D. & Mummery, J. (2017) Digital Culture and Activism in Australia. Rowman & Littlefield. Forthcoming

Mummery, J. (2016) Radicalizing Democracy for the 21st Century. London & New York: Routledge.

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. (2017). ‘Being not-at-home: A conceptual discussion’, The Diaspora Studies Reader. Ed. Klaus Stierstorfer & Janet Wilson. Routledge. Forthcoming.

Mummery, J. & Nolton, M. (2016) ‘Ethics and the development of relationally motivated leadership’, Ethics and Leadership. Ed. Roksana Alavi. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt: 51-63.

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

Mummery, J. & Nolton, M. (2017). ‘Teaching the transferable skills of ethical development and integrity’. International HETL Review. Forthcoming.

Mummery, J., Rodan, D. & Nolton, M. (2016). ‘Making change: Digital activism and public pressure on livestock welfare’, Ctrl-Z New Media Philosophy 6. Available at http://www.ctrl-z.net.au/journal/

Rodan, D. & Mummery, J. (2016) ‘Doing animal welfare activism everyday: Questions of identity’, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 30(4): 381-396.

Rodan, D. & Mummery, J. (2014) 'The "Make it Possible" multi-media campaign: Generating a new 'everyday' in animal welfare', Media International Australia 153: 78-87.

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.pdf

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: protectionism 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/conferences/past-conferences/2014-conf/p2.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/conferences/past-conferences/2014-conf/p2.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

‘Living with Other Animals”. Invited presentation for the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Annual Meeting. 2015.

'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.


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