In 2017, at the invitation of the University of Bonn, Joop van Waarden reflected on the SAxxi project and the Bonn Contingency project. Now out, in de proceedings of that day: ‘Das Sidonius- und das Kontingenz-Projekt im Spiegel der Theorie’, in: Matthias Becher and Hendrik Hess (eds), Kontingenzerfahrungen und ihre Bewältigung zwischen imperium und regna. Beispiele aus Gallien und angrenzenden Gebieten vom 5. bis zum 8. Jahrhundert, Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2021, 29-49.
The book’s blurb: In Gaul and neighbouring areas Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages were times of political upheaval, change and unpredictable dynamics. As alternative to historical metanarratives such as ‘fall/decline’, ‘continuity’ or ‘transformation’ the papers of this volume analyse the narrative modes of (coping with) contingency – understood as the space which makes coincidence possible and intelligible (following Luhmann, Rüsen and others) – in contemporary sources.
Joop van Waarden is to give a lecture at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa on performance aspects of the Panegyric of Anthemius.
Title: ‘A Ceremony Embodied: Experiencing Anthemius’ Panegyric’
Date and time: Thursday 15 April, 16:00-18:00 CEST
Mode: distance. Everybody is welcome. In order to participate, send an email requesting to be included in the Teams group to Fabrizio Oppedisano: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joop van Waarden got a contract with Cambridge University Press for writing a Sidonius Apollinaris: Selected Letters commentary in the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series (‘Green and Yellow’), to be ready by September 2024.
The provisional table of contents is:
LETTER – SUBJECT MATTER
1.1 Correspondence: structure and style
1.5 Rome: journey, literary landscape
1.7 Rome: Arvandus, treason or adjustment
1.9 Rome: court, panegyric
1.10 Rome: city prefect
2.2 Villa: invitation, Avitacum, architecture, Pliny
2.8 Women: death of Philomathia, epitaph
2.10 Church: building, ekphrasis, poem
3.9 Correspondence: recommendation, Riothamus
3.12 Family: grandfather, epitaph
4.19 Correspondence: shortest letter
4.20 Barbarians: marriage Sigismer
5.5 Barbarians and Roman culture: Syagrius mastering Burgundian
5.16 Family: career prospectives (to his wife)
7.1 War and church: to Mamertus
7.7 War and politics: demise of Clermont
7.17 Asceticism: political powerplay, abbot Abraham, Lérins
7.18 Correspondence: structure
8.1 Correspondence: structure
8.3 Apollonius of Tyana, court, exile
8.15 Correspondence: refusal to write history, promise of hagiography
9.16 Correspondence: structure, poetry
Joop van Waarden has published an article with a cognitive take on the Rogations ritual (see Ep. 7.1) titled ‘The Emergence of the Gallic Rogations in a Cognitive Perspective’, in Nienke M. Vos and Albert C. Geljon (eds), Rituals in Early Christianity: New Perspectives on Tradition and Transformation.
Further to this here
Joop van Waarden has contributed ‘Sidonius Apollinaris’ to the Oxford Classical Dictionary, 5th edn online, as an expansion of Jill Harries’ existing article to reflect contemporary scholarship.
The Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris and all of its 850 odd pages are out and there for everybody to enjoy. Don’t miss the 30% off discount voucher on this website.
The 2018 instalment of Invigilata Lucernis is now available. It features articles, among others, derived from the international ‘Prospettive sidoniane’ seminar (Bari 2017) by Sara Fascione, Marisa Squillante, Annick Stoehr-Monjou, Joop van Waarden, and Étienne Wolff.
Joop van Waarden has contributed the article Gaul to the new Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online as well as the following lemmata:
Apollinaris of Valence
Auspicius of Toul
Eucherius of Lyon
Paulinus of Pella