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 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.
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.
- 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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