Dr Chris Jones, FRHistS, is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. After obtaining his doctorate from the University of Durham he undertook 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 Canterbury in 2011.
Chris's research 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’. His first monograph, Eclipse of Empire?: Perceptions of the Western Empire and Its Rulers in Late-Medieval France (Brepols, 2007), was a study of French perceptions of the medieval Empire and concepts of political organisation in the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, and he continues to publish regularly in this area. He edited a collection of essays on the thought of the Dominican theologian John Quidort of Paris for Brepols in 2015 (John of Paris: Beyond Royal & Papal Power), 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 this area he co-edited the award-winning Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library with Bronwyn Matthews in 2011 and is working on a project connected with the library of the first Roman Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Joseph Grimes.
Chris is presently editing a special issue of the journal Parergon concerned with medieval and Early Modern material in New Zealand collections and a collection of essays on the concept of imperium for the Medieval History Journal with Christoph Mauntel and Klaus Oschema at the University of Heidelberg.