Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

In memory of Professor Christopher Johnson

Professor Christopher Johnson (1958–2017) was a brilliant thinker, writer and researcher across the disciplines of French, philosophy and anthropology and a very important and respected figure in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at The University of Nottingham. He was loved not only for that analytical intelligence which made conversations with him on any topic endlessly interesting and enlightening, but also for his humour and generous heart.

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Chris Johnson


Remembering his work

Paragraph commemorates Christopher Johnson

Chris had a long and close association with the journal Paragraph, serving as an editor from 1987 to 2010 and as an advisory editor from 2011. In July 2018 the journal, which is now available online, carries a homage to Chris written by Marian Hobson, one of Paragraph's founding editors. The text is freely available to non-subscribers via the following link:

In addition, a Virtual Issue collecting all the articles Chris wrote for Paragraph has been made freely available via the journal website:

On Saturday 26 January 2019, the journal hosted an academic commemoration at King’s College London

  • Mediating Thought: A Conference in Honour of Christopher Johnson

The proceedings of this confernce will in turn form the basis of a special number to be edited by Nicholas Harrison and Diana Knight and published in March 2020.  

French Studies

Three of Chris's articles are freely available on the French Studies website:

Nottingham French Studies

Nottingham French Studies will be publishing a special issue called Science, Technology and Culture in Modern & Contemporary France. 

The contributors are Chris Johnson, John Marks, Ian James, Henry Dicks, Brigitte Nerlich, Yves Gilonne, Jonathan Hale, Madeleine Chalmers. 

Other memorial events

From the prehuman to the post human – remembering the thought of Chris Johnson




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