Dr Cristina Johnston

Senior Lecturer

French Stirling

Dr Cristina Johnston

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About me

I joined the University of Stirling in 2006 and am a currently Senior Lecturer in French and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

My research focuses on two overlapping strands: contemporary French cinema and ‘minority’ cinemas, on the one hand, and questions of gender and sexualities in contemporary French social politics, on the other. Most recently, I have been working on the films of Céline Sciamma and I published an article on the “queer circulation of objects” in her films in French Screen Studies (2022). I have published widely across my areas of research expertise, including a monograph on French Minority Cinema (2010), co-edited volumes on ‘Hypervisibility’ (working with Florian Grandena, University of Ottawa) and chapters and articles on the PaCS partnership legislation, sexual citizenship, banlieue cinema, Franco-Iranian cinema and transatlantic stardom. In 2021, working with Aedín ní Loingsigh (University of Stirling) and David Murphy (University of Strathclyde), I co-translated Lilian Thuram’s La Pensée blanche (published in English as White Thinking: Behind the Mask of Racial Identity, Hero Press). I am one of the Associate Editors of Intellect’s Journal for European Popular Culture and am regularly invited to act as a reviewer for journals and publishers across the fields of French film, French cultural studies and gender and sexualities.

I was Programme Director for French from 2011-16 and again from 2017-19, and I have been Programme Director for our BA Hons in International Management with European Languages and Society for the past decade. I have taught across all levels of our undergraduate programmes in French and I run option modules in French and Francophone Detective Fiction and Screening the City. I regularly contribute to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities' TPG programmes in Gender Studies and Creative Writing.

I also founded and maintain the French at Stirling blog.


Contemporary French cinema; Minority cinema in France; Gender and Sexuality in contemporary France; Contemporary French social politics

Outputs (19)


Book Chapter

Johnston C (2015) Tehran, Vienna, Paris: The Cultural Geographies of Persepolis. In: Barta P & Powrie P (eds.) Bicultural Literature and Film in French and English. Routledge Studies in Comparative Literature, 1. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 105-118. https://www.routledge.com/Bicultural-Literature-and-Film-in-French-and-English/I-Barta-Powrie/p/book/9781138832862


Barclay F (Editor) & Johnston C (Editor) (2014) 'Qu’est-ce qu’une génération?' Special issue. Modern and Contemporary France, 22 (2), pp. 133-275. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cmcf20/22/2

Book Chapter

Johnston C (2011) Reshaping Identities: Marseille and the Mediterranean Onscreen. In: Riccobono R (ed.) The Poetics of the Margins: Mapping Europe from the Interstices. Cultural Identity Studies, Volume 23. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 119-132. http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=54515&cid=5

Authored Book

Johnston C (2010) French Minority Cinema. Contemporary Cinema, 6. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. http://www.brill.com/products/book/french-minority-cinema

Book Review

Johnston C (2008) The Cinema of France. Review of:
Phil Powrie, Columbia University Press, 2006, 288 pp. 978-1904764465. European Legacy, 13 (6), pp. 777-778.

Book Chapter

Johnston C (2007) Deneuve in the 1990s. In: Downing L & Harris S (eds.) The Stardom of Catherine Deneuve: From Perversion to Purity. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, pp. 129-143. http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719073380




ARTP03: Portfolio of Translations

CTTP01: Cultural Translation and Transfer I

CTTP02: Cultural Translation and Transfer II

CTTPD1: Dissertation

CTTPD2: Dissertation

EUC9AA: Global Cinema

EUC9BB: Postwar European Cinema

EUC9CC: Classic European Cinema

EUC9DD: Transnational Identities

FRE9A1: Introduction to Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures

FRE9A3: Twentieth Century France: War, Empire, Memory

FRE9A4: Contemporary French Language and Cultures

FRE9D1: Dissertation (2 semesters)

FRE9D2: Dissertation (single-weighted)

FRE9D3: Dissertation (double-weighted)

FRE9L5: Honours/General Language

FRE9L7: Honours Language

FRE9L8: Honours Language

FRE9PO: Popular Culture: French and Francophone Detective Film and Fiction

FRE9SC: Screening the City

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