Dr Allison Craven is a lecturer in film, cinema and screen studies, and children's literature, and coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts core unit, Time, Truth and the Human Condition.  Allison has over 20 years of experience in academic practice.  She joined JCU in 2004, and before that worked in universities in Australia and South-East Asia (see 'Experience'  below). 

Allison’s research interests are centred in the gender and cultural politics of fairy tale and gothic narrative, and Disney media.  She is the author of Fairy Tale Interrupted: Feminism, Masculinity, Wonder cinema (Peter Lang 2017). Her work contributes to the understanding  and analysis of the connections between gender, feminism and popular culture, and to critical histories of mass-mediated fairy tale.

Allison's research on Australian cinema is attentive to regional histories of Australian film production, especially films set and made in Queensland; and the poetics and uses of landscapes and locations; and the performativities of settler and Indigenous identities. Her book, Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema: Poetics and Screen Geographies (Anthem Press 2016)  argues for greater attention to regional identity in the transnational economies of contemporary film production.  Allison is also interested in Australian films made in Asia. 


EL3122 The Gothic: Narratives of the Uncanny, the Surreal and the Fantastic

CN2205 Australia and Asia in the Cinema (offered in JCU Singapore)

EL2047 Children's Literature

CN2204 Screening Gender

BA1001 Time, Truth and the Human Condition

Arts Core Teaching:  Allison is Subject Coordinator for BA1001 Time Truth, and the Human Condition, a collaborative first-year core subject in the Bachelor of Arts.  Allison’s involvement in Arts curriculum stems from 5 years as the inaugural Bachelor of Arts Course Coordinator (2010-2015), in which she was deeply involved in the university-wide Curriculum Refresh (from 2010), and leadership of a program of renewal for the BA that saw the introduction of core and capstone curriculum, the establishment of a Course Advisory Group (with industry and community stakeholders), course mapping of the BA and its core subjects, and establishment of Course Learning Outcomes for the BA.  From 2012 to 2015, Allison established and delivered the core capstone, BA3000 Arts Edge, a national achievement in Arts curriculum in Australia.  BA core curriculum supports students’ transition into university in first year, and enhancement of graduate employability and transition to graduate futures.  It is conceived in support of JCU’s strategic intent to make a brighter future for the people of the tropics.

  • BA1001: Time, Truth and the Human Condition (Level 1; TSV)
  • NM2230: Photography Criticism (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Treasurer, Screen Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand Aoteoroa, 2016 to 2018.
  • Bachelor of Arts Course Coordinator (2010-2015)
  • Convenor, BA Course Advisory Group (2010-2014)
  • Teaching and Learning Committee (School Arts & Social Sciences; Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences) (2010-2014)
  • JCU Academic Board (2007-2009)
  • Faculty and School Boards of Studies (2011-2014)
  • JCU Diploma Working Group (2013-2014)
  • Elected (Academic Staff) Member of the 17th Council, James Cook University (2018-2022)
  • The gender and cultural politics of fairy tale and gothic narrative, (especially Beauty and the Beast and related stories), Disney media, intermediality of film and theatre; geographies and production histories of animated and live-action cinema.
  • Contemporary feminism; second-wave feminisms; constructions of masculinities in feminist theory; histories of sexual harassment
  • Film and cinema in Australia, esp. films set and made in Queensland; regional histories of Australian film production; the poetics and uses of landscapes and locations; the performativities of settler and Indigenous identities; the influences of Mabo Native Title; economies of transnational film production in Queensland and Australia.
  • Place and location in film; Asia and Australia in cinema
  • Palmer, B. and Craven, A. ‘Native Voices in Charles Chauvel’s Uncivilised,’ Film in the Colony: New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, 1890s to 1940s Conference, 13-14 July 2017, Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago and Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Craven, A. ‘The Two Asias: Horizons and Ambivalence in Portrayals of Asia in Hollywood Cinema,’ Poetics of Asian Cinemas Conference, 10-12 July, 2017, Lancaster University, UK.
  • Craven, A. ‘Our Lady of The Shallows: A Heroine of the Terraform Tropics in Queensland’s Genre Cinema,’ Sea Change: Conference of the Screen Studies of Australia and Aetearoa New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, November 2016.
  • BLiP (Blended Learning in Practice) (Member 2015- )
  • 2001 to 2004 - Arts/Communication Coordinator and Lecturer, Monash University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (Media and Film Studies)
  • 2001 - Lecturer, Monash University, Berwick and Frankston Campuses (Communication and Media Studies)
  • 2000 - Tutor, VUT (Gender Studies)
  • 2000 - Lecturer, Monash University (Sex, Gender and Knowledge)
  • 2000 - Tutor, Monash University Berwick and Frankston campuses (Communication Studies)
  • 1999 to 2000 - Tutor, RMIT University (Media in Asia)
  • 1995 to 1999 - PhD research, Monash University (Constructions of Masculinity in Feminist theory)
  • 1996 to 1997 - TEFL Teacher, Monash University English Language Centre (Enlish as a Foreign Language (Intermediate; EAP))
  • 1995 to 1996 - Tutor, Monash University, Clayton campus (Introduction to Cultural Studies)
  • 1993 - Sub-Editor, ACP Limited (Magazine sub-editor, Melbourne)
  • 1991 to 1993 - MA by Research, University of Queensland (Sexual Harassment in the Workplace)
  • 1991 to 1992 - Tutor, University of Queensland (Writing and Style; Rhetoric and Communication)
  • 1991 - Tutor, Australian Catholic University (Introduction to Tertiary Studies)
  • 1989 to 1990 - Honours research (Hons 1), University of Queensland (19thC Pantomime and popular culture)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2011 - Inclusive Practice Award, Disabilities Resources Centre
  • 2008 - Inclusive Practice Award, Disabilities Resources Centre
  • 2016 - Australian Teachers of Media
  • 2015 - Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
  • 2012 - Australian Collaboration Education Network
  • 2005 - English Teachers' Association of Queensland
  • 2012 - Visiting Scholar, Department of Humanities, University of Sohar, Oman
  • 2012 - Border Crossings: staff exchange, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Allison Craven from 2002 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Topographical Texts: Connections Between Landscape, Movement, Materiality and Text in the Fiction of Patrick White, Gerald Murnane and Murray Bail (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Stillbirth: How Can You Explore the Connections Between Creativity, Spirituality and Transformative Growth After Stillbirth Grief Using a Story Writing Approach? (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Lack and Superfluity: A creative speculation on the psychosocial and gender exigencies of long-term space travel (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Longing, Loss and Love in Queer Vampire Fiction: A Creative and Critical Approach to Writing Desire (Masters , Primary Advisor)

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