Launch of exciting new collaborative network!

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

We are pleased to announce the launch of a series of workshops, run as part of a new project ‘Uncovering civilian war trauma among female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War’. An exciting collaborative venture funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the project 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. Four events, held throughout the year at locations in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh, will 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.

The first of these four workshops, ‘Finding Belgian Refugees through the digital archive: developing and using First World War digital collections’, includes a lecture from Professor Lorna Hughes, Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow, and will take place on Wednesday 22 March 2017, 2-5pm, at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. Lunch is provided from 1pm. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to view a range of resources on Belgian refugees held at Glasgow City archives.

This event is free but we would be grateful if you could indicate your intention to attend by emailing l.c.robinson@stir.ac.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to our inaugural event!

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