Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Members of staff


Please use the language section links below to find a specific member of staff in Modern Languages and Cultures.  



Image of John Marks

John Marks

Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies, Faculty of Arts



Dr John Marks obtained his B.A. in French from the University of Nottingham in 1987. He completed an M.A. in Critical Theory at Nottingham in 1988, and he subsequently completed a PhD on the work of the French philosopher Michel Foucault at Nottingham Trent University in 1993. He worked as a Lecturer in French Studies at Loughborough University from 1992 to 1998, and subsequently as a Reader in French Studies and then Critical Theory at Nottingham Trent University. He was appointed Associate Professor (Reader) in French Studies at the University of Nottingham in 2007.

Teaching Summary

Dr Marks' teaching interests are principally focused on cultural and sociological aspects of contemporary French society. This teaching is informed by research interests in areas such as the culture… read more

Research Summary

I am currently interested in the ethical, philosophical and cultural implications of molecular biology, biotechnology and genetics. I am a member of the Science Technology Culture Research Group.

Recent Publications

Dr Marks' teaching interests are principally focused on cultural and sociological aspects of contemporary French society. This teaching is informed by research interests in areas such as the culture and politics of food and sport in France, the sociology of work, and the general issue of French culture in the context of an increasingly globalised culture and economy.

Past Research

My previous work has focused primarily on the significance of contemporary French thought, particularly the work of MIchel Foucualt and Gilles Deleuze.

Future Research

In the future, I want to develop research in the area of the theorisation of the 'human' and the 'posthuman'.

  • MARKS, J., 2017. Lessons from Lysenko. In: WILLIAM DEJONG-LAMBERT and NIKOLAI KREMENTSOV, eds., The Lysenko Controversy As A Global Phenomenon - Volume 2: Genetics and Agriculture in the Soviet Union and Beyond Palgrave MacMillan. 185-206
  • 2017. Le roman d'entreprise: Breaking the silence French Cultural Studies. (In Press.)
  • MARKS, J., 2016. Complexity and Biology: Edgar Morin and Henri Atlan Natures, Sciences, Sociétés: Special Issue on Le Groupe des Dix. (In Press.)
  • MARKS, J., 2014. Public discourse and the conceptualization of football in France since 1998 Contemporary French Civilization. 39(1), 11-34
  • MARKS, J., 2012. UEFA, the EU and financial fair play Politique Européenne: L’espace européen du football. Dynamiques institutionnelles et constructions sociales. 36, 52-75
  • MARKS, J., 2012. Jacques Monod, François Jacob, and the Lysenko affair: boundary work L'Esprit Créateur: Genetics and French Culture. 52(2), 75-88
  • MARKS, J., 2012. UEFA, the EU and financial fair play: "on ne dépense pas plus d’argent que l’on n’en génère!". In: GASPARINI, W. and POLO, J.-F., eds., L'espace européen du football: dynamiques institutionnelles et constructions sociales L'Harmattan. 52-75
  • MARKS, J., 2008. Michel Foucault: Biopolitics and Biology. In: MORTON, S. and BYGRAVE, S., eds., Foucault in an Age of Terror: essays on biopolitics and the defence of society Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 88-105 (In Press.)
  • MARKS, J., 2007. The New Eugenics: Jacques Testart and French bioethics New Formations [Special issue: Eugenics Old and New]. 60(Winter 2006-7), 124-138
  • MARKS, J., ed., 2006. Deleuze and science [Special issue of Paragraph, 29(2)] Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • MARKS, J., 2006. Molecular Biology in the Work of Deleuze and Guattari. In: MARKS, J., ed., Deleuze and Science: (Special issue of Paragraph, vol. 29, no.2) Edinburgh University Press. 81-97
  • MARKS, J., 2006. Information and Resistance: Deleuze, the virtual and cyberneics. In: BUCHANAN, I. and PARR, A., eds., Deleuze and the Contemporary World Edinburgh University Press. 194-213 (In Press.)
  • MARKS, J., 2005. W.G. Sebald: invisible and intangible Forces New Formations. 55(Spring), 89-103
  • MARKS, J., 2003. Gilles Deleuze: Writing in Terror Parallax. 9(1), 114-124
  • MARKS, J., 2003. Food. In: DAUNCEY, H., ed., French Popular Culture: an introduction London: Arnold. (In Press.)
  • MARKS, J., 2001. 'Everything is Connected': Deleuze et DeLillo Théorie, Littérature, Enseignement. 66-83 (In Press.)
  • MARKS, J and MCCAFFREY, E., eds., 2001. French Cultural Debates Monash University/University of Delaware Press. (In Press.)
  • BUCHANAN, I and MARKS, J., eds., 2000. Deleuze and Literature Edinburgh University Press. (In Press.)

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Contact us