Mediating Emotion, Making Trauma: Doctors, Patients and the Construction of Shell-Shock in First World War Britain

Verdier, C. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

Description

As part of the ‘Uncovering civilian war trauma among female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War’ workshop series, the CSHHH at the University of Strathclyde will welcome Dr Tracey Loughran (University of Essex), who will give a talk entitled: 'Mediating Emotion, Making Trauma: Doctors, Patients and the Construction of "Shell-Shock" in First World War Britain'

This exciting collaborative venture funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh intends to stimulate research on the timely subject of civilian war trauma via a case study of female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the years 1914 to 1918. Preliminary research shows that among Scotland’s c. 20,000 wartime Belgian refugees were dozens who applied for poor law assistance. Early analysis of these cases indicated 40% of female and 25% of male Belgian refugee applicants were diagnosed as suffering ‘insanity’, yet they presented with symptoms of trauma. The four organised events further examine these findings and offer attendees an insight into a range of topics including the settlement and treatment of Belgian refugees in Scotland and the notion of ‘shell-shock’ in First World War Britain.

Two events have already been held at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and at the University of Stirling earlier this year, with the next two events scheduled respectively at the University of Strathclyde, under the aegis of the CSHHH, on 13 October 2017 and at the University of Edinburgh on 22 November 2017.

More on the project can be found at the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies.
Period13 Oct 2017
Event typeSeminar
LocationGlasgow , United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational

Keywords

  • trauma
  • WW1
  • shell shock