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Learning/Teaching and Research

After more than twenty years at Heriot-Watt, I have substantial teaching, supervision, assessment and curriculum-development experience across a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in French Area/Cultural Studies, French written and oral language skills, European Studies, and Translation and Interpreting Studies.

I have supervised PhD projects across a range of areas in Cultural Studies (media, cinema and music) and Translation and Interpreting Studies, and would be particularly interested in PhD proposals in French/Francophone and other national and transnational contexts.

I am currently Languages & Intercultural Studies Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator. Other responsibilities at Heriot-Watt University (2000-) have included Head of Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies, Convenor of the Studies in European and International Cultures and Societies (SEICS) Research Group, School Director of Undergraduate Programmes, and Departmental Director of Undergraduate Teaching Programmes. I am a member of the Intercultural Research Centre at Heriot-Watt.


Research interests

My interests are in media and popular music in France and Britain (1960s-), including representations, discourses and narratives of generation and ageing, gender and sexuality, celebrity, nostalgia, and charitable and community causes. Current work focuses on

(1) media coverage of nostalgia and popular music in contemporary France (forthcoming book with Liverpool University Press; 2019 Inaugural Lecture);

(2) consensus and division in media representations of posthumous celebrities in France (the singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg; the popular music star Johnny Hallyday; and the actor and humanitarian Coluche); and

(3) media representations of popular music artists and same-sex desire. 

Recent projects include a BA/Leverhulme-funded study on the ways in which television, popular music and charity have combined in France over the last thirty years to produce the hugely successful annual benefit concerts Les Enfoirés in aid of the Restos du Coeur charity, drawing on archive research carried out at the French broadcasting archives (Inathèque, Paris).

I have co-organised French Media Research Group conferences (FMRG 22, 23 & 24) on Video Games (with Hugh Dauncey and Jonathan Ervine) and on Media, Memory & Nostalgia (with Hugh Dauncey) and co-edited special issues of Contemporary French Civilization  on Video Games,  Modern and Contemporary France on Media, Memory & Nostalgia and Volume! La revue des musiques populaires- The journal of popular music studies on Popular Music & Nostalgia.

I am currently President of the Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France

I have served as a member of the French Studies Bulletin Editorial Committee (2014-17) and the Modern and Contemporary France Editorial Board (2011-16).  

Selected Publications 


TINKER C. ‘Popular Music Nostalgia in Contemporary French Media Discourse’, in Demossier, M, Lees, D, Mondon, A and Parish, N, Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture. 

TINKER, C. ‘Contention and Consensus: Posthumous Press Coverage of Serge Gainsbourg in the UK’. In Bourderionnet, O and Julien, O. ‘Serge G.: An international Perspective on Serge Gainsbourg’


(2010) Mixed Messages: Youth Magazine Discourse and Sociocultural Shifts in Salut les copains (1962-76), Peter Lang, 193 pp.

(2005) Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel: Personal and Social Narratives in Postwar Chanson, Liverpool University Press, 240 pp.

Recent Journal Articles

(2019) DAUNCEY H., ERVINE, J and TINKER C. ‘The Valency of the 10e Art: the Place of Videogames in French and Francophone Studies’, Contemporary French Civilization, 44/1:1-19.

(2019) TINKER, C. ‘Coluche and Posthumous Celebrity: Competing and Consensual Media Discourses’, Modern and Contemporary France.

(2015) TINKER C. ‘Genre, Gender and the Republic: Televising the Annual Charity Concert Les Enfoirés’, French Cultural Studies, 26/3, 343-353.

(2015) TINKER C. ‘The RFM Party 80 and Here and Now Tours: 1980s Pop Nostalgia in the French and British Press’, Modern & Contemporary France, 23/2, May 2015, 163-177.

(2015) TINKER C. and DAUNCEY H.  ‘Media, Memory and Nostalgia in Contemporary France: between Commemoration, Memorialisation, Reflection and Restoration’, Modern & Contemporary France, 23/2 135-145.

(2014) TINKER C. and DAUNCEY H.  ‘Popular Music Nostalgia’, Volume!: La Revue des musiques populaires/The French Journal of Popular Music Studies, 11/1, 8‐17.

(2014) TINKER C. ‘Mixed Masculinities in 1960s British and French Youth Magazines’, Journal of Popular Culture 7/1, 84-108.


Recent Chapters in Edited Books

(2018) TINKER C. ‘“Young and Headstrong”: Nostalgia, Ageing and Later Life in French Press Coverage of Age tendre et têtes de bois’, in Lheureux, G & Cassel-Piccot, M, The Seventh Age of Man: Issues, Challenges, and Paradoxes, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 103-114.

(2017) TINKER C. ‘Charity engagements: Television Coverage of Les Restos du Coeur and Les Enfoirés’ in Chadderton, H. and Kimyongür, A. Engagement in 21st Century French and Francophone Culture: Countering Crises, University of Wales Press, 67-84. 


I joined Heriot Watt in 2000 following undergraduate and doctoral studies in French at the University of Birmingham and university teaching posts in Lyon, France.

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Research Output

  • Age tendre et tetes de bois: Nostalgia, television and popular music in contemporary France

    Tinker, C., 1 Aug 2012, In : French Cultural Studies. 23, 3, p. 239-255

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    7 Citations (Scopus)

    Shaping 1960s youth in Britain and France: Fabulous and Salut les copains

    Tinker, C., 1 Nov 2011, In : International Journal of Cultural Studies. 14, 6, p. 641-657

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    In search of Varietes: Discorama (1959-75).

    Tinker, C., 2011, In : Contemporary French Civilization. 36, 1/2, p. 49 - 64

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    ASMCF Annual Conference 2018

    Christopher George Tinker (Speaker)

    13 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    French Medico-Textual Cultures

    Christopher George Tinker (Speaker)

    10 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Serge G: An International Conference on Serge Gainsbourg

    Christopher George Tinker (Invited speaker)

    10 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Nostalgia, Popular Music and the Media

    Christopher George Tinker (Invited speaker)

    28 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture

    Nostalgia, Popular Music and the Media

    Christopher George Tinker (Invited speaker)

    20 Apr 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture