Chantal Bourgault Du Coudray

Chantal Bourgault Du Coudray

Dr, BA PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Chantal Bourgault du Coudray teaches gender and cultural history, and is also the Academic Coordinator of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship. Recent publications canvas feminist care ethics, relationality and communication across difference. She has received a number of teaching fellowships and grants for her work developing experiential learning, with a focus on fostering diversity and inclusion through respectful dialogue, ‘eloquent listening’, and relational work. Other publications explore fairy tales, genre fiction, and popular culture, most notably her book The Curse of the Werewolf: Fantasy, Horror and the Beast Within (IB Tauris, 2006). She has also written and produced a number of films, notably the feature drama The Sculptor’s Ritual (2009).

Roles and responsibilities

Convenor of Gender Studies, and Experiential Education Coordinator for FABLE.

Funding overview

"Locating loss from climate change in everyday places", ARC Discovery Project 2017

"Cross-Faculty Wheatbelt Service Learning Project", UWA Alumni Fund, 2014

"Social Memory and Feminist Cultural Histories", UWA Research Collaboration Award, 2013

"Blogging from Stuttgart: Improving and Evaluating Cultural Competence through Student Exchange", UWA Improving Student Learning Grant, 2012

"The Wishbone Bag", Screenwest Project Development Funding, 2011

"What’s Your Vocation? A Student-Centred Approach to Employability", UWA Teaching Fellowship, 2007

"The Sickness", Screenwest Development Investment Grant, 2005.

Previous positions

Lecturer in Media Studies at Curtin University of Technology (2001-2002)
Lecturer in History and Cultural Studies at Murdoch University (1998)

Current projects

The value of Gestalt psychotherapy theory and practice for education

Facilitative research as a paradigm for transdisciplinary education

Industrial relevance

From 2000-2013, I worked as a film producer and screenwriter, working on short films, television, experimental media and a feature film, The Sculptor's Ritual (2009). I received funding from the Australian Film Commission, Screenwest, and the Film and Television Institute of Western Australia, and completed projects which screened at a variety of national and international festivals.

Teaching overview

My teaching draws on combinations of my expertise in the following fields:
~ Feminist Theory and Practice
~ Masculinity Studies
~ Gestalt Psychotherapy
~ Critical Theory
~ Experiential Learning
~ Popular Culture
~ Genre Fiction (especially horror, fantasy, science fiction and romance)
~ Screen Culture
~ Film-making and Screenwriting
~ Creative Writing
~ Digital Story Production


Cultural history / Cultural studies
Feminist theory
History and theory of emotion/affect
History and theory of subjectivity
Genre fiction and film (especially fantasy and Gothic horror)



Research expertise keywords

  • Gender Studies
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Relationality
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Cultural studies (gender in popular culture)
  • Film studies (genre; policy; praxis)
  • Screenwriting
  • Human communication (interpersonal; intercultural; communication skills development)


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