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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 a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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 co-organised 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 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 I contribute 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.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Contemporary French and Francophone Literature
  • Belgian literature and culture
  • Contemporary Women's Writing
  • Writing Illness and the Body
  • Gender and Cultural Identity
  • Feminism in France and Belgium

I welcome postgraduate applications in any of these areas

Teaching Interests

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.

 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

External positions

External Peer Reviewer, Edinburgh Napier University

15 Aug 2015 → …

Honorary Fellow - Centre de recherches francophones belges - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, The University of Edinburgh

1 Mar 2013 → …

Keywords

  • Belgian literature
  • Feminism
  • Identity
  • Francophone Literature
  • Women's Writing
  • Belgian History
  • Trauma
  • Exile
  • refugees
  • Body image

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Caroline Verdier is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Belgian Social Sciences
joke Social Sciences
First World War Social Sciences
refugee Social Sciences
trauma Social Sciences
Writer Arts & Humanities
Novel Arts & Humanities
mentality Social Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2013 2021

Feminism
Women Writers
Writer
Feminist Movement
Specificity

Research Output 2010 2019

War trauma among Belgian refugee women in Scotland in the First World War

Jenkinson, J. & Verdier, C., 8 Nov 2019, In : Women's History Review. 28, 7, p. 1057-1077 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Belgian
First World War
refugee
trauma
poor law

Centres et périphéries: mouvements géographiques et identitaires dans Antéchrista d’Amélie Nothomb

Verdier, C., 1 Aug 2018, Identité, Mémoire, Lieux : Le passé, le présent et l’avenir d’Amélie Nothomb . Lee, M. & de Medeiros, A. (eds.). Paris, p. 97-108 11 p. (Recontres; vol. 353).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Posture
Writer
Paradox
World Literature
Belgium

Activities 2006 2019

Giving a voice to female bodies: Narratives of illness in French

Caroline Verdier (Speaker)
20 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Women and Power in French and Francophone Cultures and Societies

Caroline Verdier (Speaker)
17 May 201919 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference