School of Arts

Dr Jane Mummery

Position: Senior Lecturer
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus, H Building, Room 127
Phone: 5327 9627


Doctor of Philosophy - Murdoch University - 2001

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Murdoch University - 1992



  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


  • Applied Ethics in Contemporary Societies (BAXDC2004)
  • Foundations of Knowledge (FEAFN1101)
  • Knowledge & Reality (BAPHL2002/3002)


Jane is a philosopher and cultural theorist working in the School of Arts. Jane joined Federation University Australia in 2005 (when it was the University of Ballarat). Previous to this, Jane worked at Edith Cowan University, and also lectured at Curtin University and Murdoch University. She also taught for several years for Open Universities Australia. At these institutions she has taught a mix of philosophy, cultural studies, media studies and sustainability. She is on the Advisory Board of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres, and co-chairs their national initiative and network, Humanities in the Regions. In these roles she has co-convened multiple conferences and workshops across Australia. Jane has previously been general editor of the journal Borderlands, and has edited multiple issues for this journal and for Ctrl-Z New Media Philosophy.

Areas of expertise

Jane is both a philosopher and cultural theorist mainly working in the borderlands between ethico-political philosophy, social theory and cultural studies, and with particular interests in examining the ethical and political dimensions of everyday life across its multiple domains. While Jane writes, publishes and supervises research projects across a variety of areas, working both as a solo and collaborative researcher, her research interests can be slotted into three main categories.

Identity, Being-in-the-world and Social Change

Informed by her expertise in modern and post-foundational ethico-political philosophy, Jane’s research into questions of identity, being-in-the-world and social change examines human understandings of and attitudes towards who and how one should be in the context of complex dynamic societies and wicked socio-cultural problems. How people understand their engagements in communities and also with the more-than-human world is important here.

Post-Foundational Philosophy and Theory

Although much of Jane’s work in the past years has been focused on bringing post-foundational philosophy and theory into application and practice, she still carries out research in conceptual and theory development. She is particularly interested in ethical-political concept development and in developing the post-foundational commitments of qualitative research methodologies.

Pedagogies for Complex Societies and Wicked Problems

Given her strong commitments to examining her own practices and responsibilities as a higher education teacher in complex societies facing wicked socio-cultural problems, Jane is also a researcher in educational pedagogy. In this field she examines issues around the development of students’ critical and ethical capacities and skills, and their gaining, through their higher education studies, such attributes as leadership and citizenship.

Research interests

  • Ethical and political dimensions of contemporary everyday life (identity and practice)
  • Social change theory and practice; social justice; activism
  • Modern and post-foundational moral and political philosophies and applied ethics
  • Feminist philosophies
  • Teaching theory and practice for complex societies


Current doctoral students

Eileen Clements (FedUni) – “In the Name of the Mother and the Daughter… Rethinking Feminist Values and Feminist Subjectivity through the Re-mything and Re(dis)covery of Love” – Principal Supervisor

Dominic Williams (FedUni) – “Immanent Reading in Speculation: Deleuzian Expressionism and the Problems of Reading” – Principal Supervisor

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

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

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

Adrian Marshall (FedUni) – “Examination of Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology and its Impact on the Human Experience of 'Being'” – Principal Supervisor

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

Completed doctoral students

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

Erika Gaudlitz – “Schizoanalytic Literary Pragmatics” – Principal Supervisor

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

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

Cassie Pedersen – “The Immanence of Traumatic Rupture: From the Extra/Ordinary to the Originary” – Principal Supervisor



Rodan, D & Mummery, J (2018), Digital Culture and Activism in Australia, London: Rowman & Littlefield.

Mummery, J (2017), Radicalizing Democracy for the 21st Century, London: Routledge.

Bowden, P & Mummery, J (2014 reprint; 2009), Understanding Feminism, London: Routledge.

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

Book chapters

Mummery, JC & Mummery, J (2018), ‘Imperatives for climate governance for states in the Anthropocene – an agenda for transformation’, in B Edmondson & S Levy (eds), Transformative and Accountable Climate Governance, Palgrave. Forthcoming.

Rodan, D & Mummery, J (2018), ‘Digital media platforms: How animal activist campaigns gain visibility and virality’, in G Villanueva (ed.), Animal Activism: Perspectives from Australia and New Zealand, Sydney University Press. Forthcoming.

Mummery, J & Rodan, D (2018), ‘Digitising kids with chooks to supercharge one online activism campaign’, in L Green, D Holloway, K. Stevenson & K Jaunzems (eds.), Digitising Childhood, Cambridge Scholars Press. Forthcoming.

Mummery, J (2017), ‘Being not-at-home: A conceptual discussion’, in K Stierstorfer & J Wilson (eds.), The Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader, Routledge.

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

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

Mummery, J (2013), ‘Women in Philosophy’, in M. Z Stange, C. K Oyster & G. J Golson (eds.),The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, SAGE Reference.

Mummery, J & Rodan, D (2011), ‘Chewing the communal cud: Community deliberation in broadsheet letters and political blogs’, in J Yearwood & A Stranieri (eds.), Technologies for Supporting Reasoning Communities and Collaborative Decision Making: Cooperative Approaches, pp. 296-318, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

Mummery, J (2010), ‘Philosophy at the University of Ballarat’, in G Oppy, N Trakakis, L Burns, S Gardner & F Leigh (eds.), A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne: Monash ePress.

Mummery, J (2008), ‘The interpretation of Da-sein as a transformative, poetic and ethical being’, in V Karalis (ed.), Heidegger and the Aesthetics of Living, pp. 95-11, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Mummery, J (2005), ‘Being not-at-home: A conceptual discussion’, in C vanden Driesen & R Crane (eds.), Diaspora: The Australasian Experience, pp. 27-44, New Delhi: Prestige: 27-44.

Refereed journal articles

Patil, T & Mummery, J (2018), ‘Reflecting critically on the critical disposition within Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC): The developmental journey of a curriculum design team’. Higher Education Research & Development. Forthcoming.

Peck, B & Mummery, J (2018), ‘Hermeneutic Constructivism: An ontology for Qualitative Research’. Qualitative Health Research, vol.38, no.3, pp. 389-407.

Vamplew, P, Dazeley, R, Foale, C, Firmin, S & Mummery, J (2017), ‘Human-aligned artificial intelligence is a multiobjective problem’. Ethics and Information Technology,vol.20, no.1, pp. 27-40.

Mummery, J & Rodan, D (2017), ‘Mediation for affect: Coming to care about factory farmed animals’. Media International Australia,vol.165, no.1, pp.37-50.

Mummery, J & Nolton, M (2017), ‘Facilitating the development of integrity and ethical practice in the higher education classroom’. International HETL Review, vol.7. Available

Mummery, J, Rodan, D & Nolton, M (2016), ‘Making change: Digital activism and public pressure on livestock welfare’, Ctrl-Z New Media Philosophy, vol.6. Available at

Rodan, D & Mummery, J (2016), ‘Doing animal welfare activism everyday: Questions of identity’, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies,vol.30, no.4, pp. 381-396.

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

Cole, C, Wellard, S & Mummery, J (2014), ‘Problematising autonomy and advocacy in nursing’, Nursing Ethics, vol.21, no.5, pp. 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,vol.26, no.4, pp. 1, 4-8.

Mummery, J & Rodan, D (2013), ‘The role of blogging in public deliberation and democracy’, Discourse, Context and Media,vol.2, no.1, pp. 22-39.

Mummery, J (2012), ‘Protecting the global commons: Comparing three ethico-political foundations for response to climate change’. Borderlands e-journal, vol.11, no.3. Available at

Mummery, J (2012), ‘Proper responses: On spectrality’, Ctrl-Z New Media Philosophy, vol.2. Available at

Mummery, J & Rodan, D (2007), ‘Discursive Australia: Refugees, Australianness, and the Australian public sphere’, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol.21, no.3, pp. 347-360.

Mummery, J (2007), ‘Rorty, Derrida, and the role of faith in democracy to come’, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, vol.11, no.1, pp. 33-51.

Mummery, J (2006), ‘Deconstructing the rational respondent: Derrida, Kant, and the duty of response’, Philosophy Today, vol.50, no.5, pp. 450-462.

Mummery, J (2005), ‘Rethinking the democratic project: Rorty, Mouffe, Derrida and democracy to come’, Borderlands e-journal, vol.4, no.1. Available at

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, vol.17, no.4, pp. 433-443.

Mummery, J (2002), ‘Re-reading interpretation: The way forward for an ethico-political engagement’, Philosophy Today, vol.46, no.3, pp. 313-322.

Mummery, J (2002), ‘Jewgreek justice and the ethical possibilities of the “Post”’, Contretemps: An Online Journal of Philosophy, vol.3, pp. 122-132. Available at

Mummery, J (2000) ‘Re-orienting literary criticism: Philosophy and literary theory’, Social Semiotics, vol.10, no.3, pp. 355-358.

Refereed conference proceedings

Mummery, J & Rodan, D 2018, ‘Becoming activist: The mediation of consumers in Animals Australia’s Make it Possible campaign’, Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2018. Forthcoming.

Rodan, D & Mummery, J 2018, ‘The challenges of vegan stereotyping and boundary shifting in the activism of Animals Australia’, Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2018. Forthcoming.

Rodan, D, Mummery, J & Henkel, C 2017, ‘The charity model is broken: Crowdfunding as a way to democratise, diversify and grow funding for social change?’, in F Martin (ed.), Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2017 - Communication Worlds: Access, Voice, Diversity, Engagement. ISSN 1448-4331.

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.

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.

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, pp. 306-313. Refereed Proceedings of the 2009 Annual International Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

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.

Mummery, J 2002, ‘Facilitating critical thinking in an online environment’, in A Goody, J Herrington & M Northcote (eds), Research and Development in Higher Education Volume 25: Quality Conversations, pp. 465-471. Refereed Proceedings of the 2002 Annual International Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.


  • Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) Advisory Board 2013 - Present
  • Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) Co-Chair of Humanities in the Regions 2014 - Present
  • Society for the History of Emotions
  • Australasian Animal Studies Association
  • Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy
  • Society for Women in Philosophy
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia