I joined the University of Stirling in 2006, having completed a PhD in French at the University of Glasgow, and am currently Senior Lecturer in French within the Division of Literature and Languages.
There are two overlapping strands to my research. I am interested in contemporary French cinema and, in particular, ‘minority cinemas', ie cinematic representations of minority groupings. Within this area, I have specific interests and expertise in questions of gender and sexuality and have published widely on these topics, including a monograph on French Minority Cinema (2010), two edited volumes on 'Hypervisibility' (published in 2011, in collaboration with Florian Grandena at the University of Ottawa) and a chapter on ‘The Cultural Geographies of Persepolis' (2015). My research has also led into work on representations of urban France and I am currently working on the films of Céline Sciamma.
I also work on aspects of contemporary French social politics. More specifically, I examine the vexed question of sexual citizenship, the impact of same-sex partnership legislation and the heated debates surrounding it on the legal, political and social structures of France. My publications in this area have included an article on the PaCS debates in French Cultural Studies (2012) and a comparative examination of Bertrand Delanoë and Klaus Wowereit in Contemporary French Civilization (2012).
I would be very interested in supervising motivated doctoral students interested in any of the above areas.
I am a member of the University of Stirling's Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies and am regularly invited to act as a reviewer for Sexualities, Modern and Contemporary France, Intellect Publishing, Contemporary French Civilization and French Studies. I am one of the Associate Editors of Intellect's Journal of European Popular Culture.
From 2011 until Summer 2016, I was French Programme Director and Deputy Head of Division for Literature and Languages. I continue to be Programme Director for our Integrated Masters programmes in International Management and Intercultural Studies (run in partnership with the University of Passau and the Ecole de Management in Strasbourg) and our International Management with European Languages and Society UG programme.
As well as having taught in recent years on our postgraduate courses in Translation, I have also delivered seminars on our Film Studies MLitt and, since 2014-15, I have given seminars on Stirling's Gender Studies programme. I am involved in dissertation supervision on the Translation programmes, as part of the Film MLitt and on CMC's Media Management programme.
I teach across all years of our UG programme, lecturing on Year 1 and 2 modules on topics including May '68, La Bataille d'Alger and bande dessinée. In recent years, I have been module coordinator for our final year Core Language modules and I run my own Honours options on French and Francophone Detective Fiction and Screening the City. I contribute lectures across Years 1 and 2 of our Global Cinema programme on films as varied as the recent French urban drama Girlhood, a Thai musical Western (Tears of the Black Tiger), the Czech New Wave classic Closely Observed Trains and the biopic Hannah Arendt.
I am also responsible for maintaining the French at Stirling blog.
Contemporary French cinema; Minority cinema in France; Gender and Sexuality in contemporary France; Contemporary French social politics
Johnston C (2015) Tehran, Vienna, Paris: The Cultural Geographies of Persepolis. In: Barta PI, Powrie P (ed.). Bicultural Literature and Film in French and English. Routledge Studies in Comparative Literature, 1, New York and London: Routledge, pp. 105-118.
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.
Johnston C (2010) Intergenerational Verbal Conflicts, Plurilingualism and Banlieue Cinema. In: Berger Verena, Komori Miya (ed.). Polyglot Cinema: Migration and Transcultural Narration in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, Münster: Lit-Verlag, pp. 89-98.
Johnston C (2010) "Those Frenchies Seek Him Everywhere": David Niven in Franco-British Cinematic Relations. In: Mazdon Lucy, Wheatley Catherine (ed.). Je t’aime … moi non plus: Franco-British Cinematic Relations, Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 197-210.