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Research interests

My interests are in Media and Popular Music in France and Britain (1960s-) with particular focus on representations and narratives of generation and ageing, gender and sexuality, celebrity, nostalgia, charity and health. Current projects include a book on popular music, nostalgia and the media in contemporary France (for Liverpool University Press, Studies in Modern & Contemporary France series) and on language, sexuality and the media - coverage of pop musicians’ coming out stories and Pride events.

Recent projects include a BA/Leverhulme-funded study (2013-15) of 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 recently 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 have 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).  

PhD Supervision

I have supervised PhD projects across a range of topics covering media, music, cinema and translation/ interpreting, and would be particularly interested in nostalgia- or charity-related proposals in French/Francophone and other contexts. 

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. 

Roles & Responsibilities

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.



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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nostalgia Social Sciences
coverage Social Sciences
concert Social Sciences
France Social Sciences
music Social Sciences
VIP Social Sciences
magazine Social Sciences
masculinity Social Sciences

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Selected Research Output 1998 2019

Cultural Influences

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

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

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

Media and music in France.

Dauncey, H. & Tinker, C., 2011, In : Contemporary French Civilization. 36, 1/2, p. 1 - 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Popular music

'One state, one television, one public': The variety show in 1960s France

Tinker, C., 1 Aug 2008, In : Media History. 14, 2, p. 223-237

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2014 2018

French Medico-Textual Cultures

Christopher George Tinker (Speaker)
10 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

ASMCF Annual Conference 2018

Christopher George Tinker (Speaker)
13 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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