Dr Caroline Verdier



Personal statement

I joined the Department of Modern Languages at Strathclyde in 2001 after graduating in from the Université de Picardie Jules Verne where I gained a Masters in English language, literature and culture. I hold a PhD in French Studies (University of Strathclyde 2012) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Academic Studies (University of Strathclyde 2014).

I am the Subject Leader for French

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Centres et périphéries : mouvements géographiques et identitaires dans Antéchrista d’Amélie Nothomb
Verdier Caroline
Identité, Mémoire, Lieux (2018) (2018)
Delphine de Vigan's pathographies : writing as a response to trauma and illness
Verdier Caroline
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies Vol 2, pp. 87-109 (2018)
Narrating gender and trauma : an introduction
Caballero Rodriguez Beatriz, Verdier Caroline
Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies Vol 5, pp. 1-5 (2016)
Toutes ensemble? Femmes et société : intégration et marginalisation
Hugueny-Léger Elise , Verdier Caroline
Modern and Contemporary France Vol 23, pp. 431-433 (2015)
Solitaires, Solidaires : Conflict and Confluence in Women's Writings in French
Hugueny-Léger Elise , Verdier Caroline
Introduction : Women, solidarity and solitude
Hugueny-Léger Elise , Verdier Caroline
Solitaires, Solidaires (2015) (2015)

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I am the French Subject Leader, the class co-ordinator for the Honours option 'Writing the Body in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature' (R1411) and for the French Dissertation (R1498).

I currently teach the following Language and Cultural classes at undergraduate level:

R1305/6 French Language 3a/3b

R1215 French Culture and History 2 

R1315 French Culture and History 3

R1401 Images of Women

R1411 Writing the Body in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature

R1498 French Dissertation

R1509 French Honours Spoken Language

R1510 French Honours Written Language

I supervise undergraduate dissertations on a variety of topics linked to my research and teaching interests.

I have been nominated for Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards every year since 2011; I was shortlisted for the 'Most Supportive Teacher' Award in 2017 and for 'Best in HaSS', 'Most Innovative' and 'Best Overall Teacher' Awards in 2018.


Research interests


My main research interest is in the field of Belgian and Francophone literature and culture with a particular focus on contemporary women’s writing. I am also interested in issues surrounding cultural identities in Francophone countries and currently works on contemporary Francophone illness narratives in relation to trauma and gender.


 I have recently been looking into the lives of Belgian refugees in the West of Scotland during World War 1 and, in particular, into women’s health during their time in exile from Belgium. Throughout 2017 and 2018, in collaboration with Dr Jacqueline Jenkinson (University of Stirling), I am co-organising a series of workshops and events arising from a Royal Society of Edinburgh collaborative workshops award on the subject: Uncovering civilian war trauma among female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War. More on the project and the series of events can be found at https://stirlingcentrescottishstudies.wordpress.com.


In March 2016, at the University of Strathclyde, I co-organised an international conference entitled Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust.


I am a member of the Literature, Culture and Place and The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) research groups at the University of Strathclyde, and I am also an Honorary Fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh where she contributes to the activities of the Centre de Recherches Francophones Belges. I am a member of the Association Européenne d’Etudes Francophones and of the Women in French in Scotland and Women in French networks.

Professional activities

Women and Power in French and Francophone Cultures and Societies
Corps, silence et pouvoir chez Nicole Malinconi
Tracing First World War Belgian Refugees in Scotland
Donner corps au texte : Ecriture et corps chez trois écrivaines francophones belges
Imagining the Body in France and the Francophone World
Nottingham French Studies (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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Uncovering civilian war trauma among female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War
Verdier, Caroline (Co-investigator)
This series of workshops and events arises from a Royal Society of Edinburgh collaborative workshops award of £8,261. This project intends to stimulate research on the timely subject of civilian war trauma via a case study of female Belgian refugees in Scotland 1914-18. ‘Shell shock’ during that conflict is overwhelmingly associated with male frontline soldiers. Few academic studies consider the impact of warfare on female well-being (Poynter, 2008, McEwen, 2006) particularly on the health of female civilians (Grayzel, 2014). Among Scotland’s c. 20,000 wartime Belgian refugees were dozens who applied for poor law assistance, a preliminary analysis of these by the PI indicated 40% of female and 25% of male Belgian refugee applicants were diagnosed as suffering ‘insanity’, yet they presented with symptoms of trauma. Project outcomes will be a co-authored article, and outlining plans for a digital research resource of Belgian refugee medical case histories combining a diffuse range of primary sources.
Period 01-Feb-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature
Caballero Rodriguez, Beatriz (Academic) Verdier, Caroline (Academic)
Period 01-Nov-2013 - 01-Sep-2016

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