Dr Chris Jones
University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Chris Jones, PhD, LMS, FRHistS is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Canterbury. After obtaining his doctorate from the University of Durham (UK) he undertook postdoctoral research at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto before joining the University of Canterbury in 2006. He obtained his postdoctoral Licence in Mediaeval Studies in 2010. He joined the ANZAMEMS Committee in 2012 and was elected President in 2015.
Chris’s primary research focus is on exploring concepts of identity in France in the 13th and 14th centuries. He is especially interested in the thought of medieval chroniclers, 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 has recently completed work (with Klaus Oschema and Christoph Mauntel) on the edited collection ‘A World of Empires. Claiming and Assigning Imperial Authority in the High and Late Middle Ages’, which is due to appear as a special issue of The Medieval History Journal in October 2017. Among his other interests are the Dominican theologian John Quidort of Paris, on whom he edited a book for Brepols in 2015, and the late 13th-century Benedictine chronicler Geoffroi de Courlon of Sens, concerning whose thought he recently completed a series of articles published in The Medieval Chronicle and Viator.
Chris is also interested in the history of the book, where he is keen to explore what 19th and early-20th 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 Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library (Canterbury University Press) in 2011 and guest edited a special issue of the ANZAMEMS journal Parergon devoted to items in New Zealand collections in 2015. In 2017 he is editing (with Stephen Winter) Magna Carta and New Zealand – History, Law and Politics in Aotearoa for Palgrave Macmillan.