Dr Chris Jones
University of Canterbury, Christchurch


Chris Jones, PhD, LMS, FSA, FRHistS, FHEA is an Associate Professor in History at the University of Canterbury. After obtaining his doctorate from the University of Durham (UK) Chris undertook postdoctoral research at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, where he obtained his postdoctoral Licence in Mediaeval Studies. He joined the ANZAMEMS Committee in 2012 and was elected President in 2015. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Bloomsbury Medieval Studies and the Editorial Advisory Board of Foundations an imprint of ARC-Humanities Press that focuses on the publication of new editions and translations. In 2019 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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’. 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.

Chris is also interested in the history of the book, editing Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library (Canterbury University Press) in 2011 and guest editing a special issue of the ANZAMEMS journal Parergon devoted to items in New Zealand collections in 2015. He is Director of the Canterbury Roll Project, an innovative and ongoing student-led digital venture that in 2017 produced a new edition and translation of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant medieval manuscript ( A wider interest in the legacies of the medieval and Early Modern world in Aotearoa led him to edit (with Stephen Winter) Magna Carta and New Zealand – History, Law and Politics in Aotearoa for Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

His current projects include the Routledge History of Monarchy, for which he is a section editor, and an essay collection, Making the Medieval Relevant, which he is editing for De Gruyter with Conor Costick and Klaus Oschema.

For Chris’s current research:

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