Uncovering civilian war trauma among female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War

Project: Knowledge Exchange (Conference / Seminar Hosting)

Project Details

Description

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.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/02/1731/01/18

Keywords

  • Belgian
  • Trauma
  • Refugees
  • WW1
  • women

Research Output

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

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Activities

  • 3 Organiser of special symposia

Tracing First World War Belgian Refugees in Scotland

Caroline Verdier (Organiser) & Jacqueline Jenkinson (Organiser)

3 Sep 2018

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

Settlement, treatment and employment of French-speaking Belgian refugees in France, the Netherlands, England and Scotland

Caroline Verdier (Organiser)

22 Nov 2017

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

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

Caroline Verdier (Organiser)

13 Oct 2017

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