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).
I am the Subject Leader for French and the class co-ordinator for the Third year French Language course (R1305/R1306), 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
R1210 Dealing with Difference in France and the Francophone World
R1411 Writing the Body in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature
R1498 French Dissertation
R1505 French Honours Translation
R1502/3 French Honours Communicatif
R1506 French Studies 4 (Core Class)
I was nominated for a Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 by my students.
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, 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.
- Imagining the Body in France and the Francophone World
- Donner corps au texte : Ecriture et corps chez trois écrivaines francophones belges
- Settlement, treatment and employment of French-speaking Belgian refugees in France, the Netherlands, England and Scotland
- Mediating Emotion, Making Trauma: Doctors, Patients and the Construction of Shell-Shock in First World War Britain
- Nottingham French Studies (Journal)
- Peer reviewer
- ‘Overstepping the Boundaries / Transgresser les limites:21st‐Century Women’s Writing in French’
more professional activities
- 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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