Dr Chris Jones
University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Chris Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Canterbury. After obtaining his doctorate from the University of Durham (UK) he worked with the London-based private equity industry, before undertaking postdoctoral research at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto. He joined the University of Canterbury in 2006 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2008. He obtained his postdoctoral Licence in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute in 2010 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from the University of Canterbury in 2011.
Chris focuses on exploring concepts of identity in France in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. He is especially interested in the thought of medieval chroniclers and legal scholars, and in the way in which ideas were transmitted and received in the Middle Ages. His research examines, in particular, the process by which material was translated from Latin into French and what this can reveal about the history of medieval political thought and the development of concepts of the ‘nation-state’. He edited a collection of essays on the thought of the Dominican theologian John Quidort of Paris for Brepols in 2015, and is currently engaged in writing a series of articles that explore the thought of the late thirteenth-century Benedictine chronicler Geoffroi de Courlon of Sens. He is also interested in the history of the book, where he is keen to explore what nineteenth and early-twentieth century interest in medieval and early modern European materials can tell us about the development of colonial and post-colonial societies, particularly New Zealand. In connection with the latter, he edited a collection of essays entitled Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library (Canterbury University Press) in 2011 and is guest editor for a special issue of the ANZAMEMS journal Parergon devoted to items in New Zealand collections