Caroline Verdier


  • United Kingdom

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PhD projects

I welcome postgraduate applications in the field of Belgian literature and culture, contemporary women's writing in French and Francophone identities.

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Personal profile

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


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

I currently supervise the following students and projects:


- Francesca Masciullo - AHRC-funded MRes: 'Denied and Disowned Motherhood in the works of Dacia Maraini and Annie Ernaux'


- Hanane Benchama – PhD: Examination between Victimhood and Resistance: Algerian Women in the Literature and Film of The Black Decade


- Emma Flynn - PhD: Comparative analysis of the representation of sexual violence and primarily, its relationship to survival and death in French and English women's literature









Teaching Interests

I am the class co-ordinator for the Honours Written and Spoken Language classes (R1509 & R1510), for the 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:

R1215 French Culture and History 2 

R1315 French Culture and History 3

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.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, A Study of the Novels of Elisa Brune, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Award Date: 1 Jan 2012

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 → …


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


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  • Les entre-deux d'Elisa Brune

    Translated title of the contribution: The in-between of Elisa BruneVerdier, C., 5 Dec 2019, Écritures de femmes en Belgique francophone après 1945. Quaghebeur, M. (ed.). Switzerland, p. 233-248 15 p. (Documents pour l’Histoire des Francophonies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

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  • 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 journalArticlepeer-review

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