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Dr. L.W. (Lidewij) van Gils

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Griekse en Latijnse talen en culturen

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    Lidewij van Gils is Assistant Professor of Latin, previously employed at the Vrije Universiteit, and since 2020 at the University of Amsterdam. She develops and teaches courses on the Latin Language and Culture and actively participates in interdisciplinary education in the bachelor and master programmes of the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). You can contact her for supervision of theses at bachelor, master and PhD level on literary, linguistic or didactic topics. She is also leading a national programme in the Didactics of Classics (Meesterschap) and as such initiates and supports research and outreach activities in this field (see also OIKOS Platform Classics & Education.

    After her studies of Classics at the Vrije Universiteit she obtained her PhD at the same university in 2009 with a dissertation on the narrationes in Cicero’s forensic speeches. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004 and she has combined her studies as a graduate student and as a PhD student with teaching (Latin and Greek in secondary education, Latin Literature and Linguistics at various Dutch universities and Italian at the Società Dante Alighieri). Together with other Ciceronian scholars she publishes regularly on Cicero´s life, rhetoric and speeches for a wide audience. Her academic research is mainly focused on communicative strategies in classical Latin prose authors, for which she makes use of pragmatics, politeness theories and cognitive linguistics. As an expert in linguistic approaches to classical languages, she is involved in the award winning research programme Anchoring Innovation. In 2017 she was elected Teacher of the Year at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where she has been assistant professor from 2010 to 2020.


    In her research, Van Gils focuses on (1) the use of the Latin language in classical prose and (2) effective teaching of Classical languages and cultures.

    The first focus places her work in the field of rhetoric and discourse-pragmatic approaches to language combined with insights from adjacent fields like narratology, cognitive linguistics and sociolinguistics. The University of Amsterdam has a strong tradition on precisely these interconnected fields which is why she has initiated together with Irene de Jong and Caroline Kroon a Research Lab of Greek and Latin scholars with frequent online meetings, currently organized by Merlijn Breunesse and Luuk Huitink. A PhD-project on Late Antique citizenship discourses by Merel de Bruin is supervised by Lidewij van Gils together with Els Rose (promotor). The combined narratological and discourse-pragmatic approach to ancient Greek and Latin prose has recently led to a volume on Textual Strategies in Greek and Latin war narrative (2018, edited by Van Gils, De Jong & Kroon).

    For the project Anchoring Innovation Van Gils studies common ground management in Cicero’s epistolary corpus. The concept of common ground has brought together a number of Latin linguists in an international workshop on Communicative Anchoring in Latin, organized by Chiara Fedriani, Lidewij van Gils, Federica Iurescia, Caroline Kroon and Luis Unceta during the International Colloquium of Latin Linguistics (2019 in Las Palmas) of which the Proceedings are due in 2021. Together with Chiara Fedriani Lidewij van Gils investigates dialogical elements in Cicero’s letters as part of the project Conversation Analysis and Classics led by Rodrigo Verano.

    The second research focus is on Didactics of Classical Languages and Cultures. Research topics include inclusivity of the curriculum (Conference Shared Antiquity), active Latin and Greek, translating in the classroom (postgraduate education), interdisciplinary didactics and transferable skills in humanities. The complex didactics of interdisciplinary education at secondary school is the topic of a PhD-project by Sandra Karten, supervised by Lidewij van Gils and Casper de Jonge.

  • Publicaties


    • van Gils, L., & Kroon, C. (2022). Common Ground and the Presentation of Emotions: Fright and Horror in Livy’s Historiography. In M. de Bakker, B. van den Berg, & J. Klooster (Eds.), Emotions and Narrative in Ancient Literature and Beyond: Studies on Honour of Irene de Jong (pp. 523-539). (Mnemosyne. Supplements; Vol. 451). Brill.


    • van Gils, L. W. (2021). LIFE WRITING IN CICERO AND AUGUSTUS (Review): (L.) Diegel Life writing zwischen Republik und Prinzipat. Cicero und Augustus. (Schweizerische Beiträge zur Altertumswissenschaft 53.) Pp. 379. Basel: Schwabe, 2021. Cased, CHF68. ISBN: 978-3-7965-4229-9. Classical Review. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X21003231
    • van Gils, L. W. (Accepted/In press). Communicative anchoring in Cicero's letters. In Linguisticae Dissertationes: Current Perspectives on Latin Grammar, Lexicon and Pragmatics Ediciones Clasicas.
    • van Gils, L. W., & Pieper, C. (2021). Creating an online commentary. Manuscript in preparation. In Cicero Digitalis: Cicero and Roman Thought in the Age of Digital Humanities


    • Kroon, C. H. M., & van Gils, L. W. (2020). Engaging the audience: An intersubjectivity approach to the historic present tense in Latin. In L. van Gils, C. Kroon, & R. Risselada (Eds.), Lemmata Linguistica Latina. - Volume 2: Clause and Discourse (pp. 352-373). De Gruyter.
    • van Gils, L. W., & Nijk, A. (2020). Narrative Tenses. Manuscript submitted for publication. In Linguistics in Classical Narrative


    • van Gils, L. W. (2019). Livy's Use of Spatial References in the Cannae Episode: from Structure to Strategy. In L. van Gils, I. de Jong, & C. Kroon (Eds.), Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond (pp. 253-272). Brill.
    • van Gils, L., & Kroon, C. (2019). Discourse-Linguistic Strategies in Livy’s Account of the Battle at Cannae. In L. van Gils, I. de Jong, & C. Kroon (Eds.), Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and beyond (pp. 191-233). (Amsterdam studies in classical philology; Vol. 29). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004383340_009 [details]
    • van Gils, L., Kroon, C., & Risselada, R. (Eds.) (2019). Lemmata Linguistica Latina: Volume II: Clause and Discourse. De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110678222 [details]
    • van Gils, L., de Jong, I., & Kroon, C. (2019). Introduction. In L. van Gils, I. de Jong, & C. Kroon (Eds.), Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond (pp. 1-16). (Amsterdam studies in classical philology; Vol. 29). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004383340_002 [details]
    • van Gils, L., de Jong, I., & Kroon, C. (Eds.) (2019). Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and beyond. (Amsterdam studies in classical philology; Vol. 29). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004383340 [details]


    • Risselada, R., & van Gils, L. W. (2018). Qui honoris causa nominatur: Form and function of third-party politeness in Cicero. Manuscript submitted for publication. In Greek and Latin Im/Politeness (working title) Cambridge University Press.




    • van Gils, L. W. (Author), pieper, C. (Author), Soerink, J. (Author), van der Wal, R. (Author), & Tellegen-Couperus, O. (Author). (2020). www.cicerogaatverder.nl: online commentaar op Cicero's Verdedigingsrede van Sextus Roscius. Digital or Visual Products http://www.cicerogaatverder.nl
    • van Gils, L. W., & Soerink, J. (2020). Vadermoord online. Prora, 25(4), 22-23.
    • van Gils, L. W., & Soerink, J. (2020). Vadermoord online. VCN Bulletin, 45(178), 16.


    • Adema, S., & van Gils, L. W. (2016). Wetenschap in de klas via Quamlibet.nl. Lampas, 49(2), 185-190. [details]


    • Adema, S. M., & van Gils, L. W. (2015). Epistularum genera multa: Een talige benadering van teksttypen in brieven van Cicero en Plinius. Lampas, 48(1), 18-38.


    • Risselada, R., & van Gils, L. W. (2018). Roekeloos roddelen en strategisch slijmen: Cicero's (on)beleefdheid tegenover derden.


    • Kroon, C. H. M., & van Gils, L. W. (2016). A cognitive-linguistic approach to the Historic Present in Livy and Tacitus. Paper presented at International Conference Classics and Cognitive Theory, New York, United States.
    • Kroon, C. H. M., & van Gils, L. W. (2016). The Historic Present Tense in Latin Historiography: A cognitive and discourse-pragmatic approach. Paper presented at International Conference Societas Linguistica Europea, Naples, September 2016, Naples, Italy.




    • Kroon, C. (editor) & van Gils, L. (editor) (2021-). Ediciones Clásicas (Publisher).


    • van Gils, L. (speaker) & Mulders, L. (speaker) (30-10-2021). De rol van gepromoveerde docenten in het VO, Opera Netwerk Amsterdam.
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) & Fedriani, C. (speaker) (28-10-2021). Reported conversation in Cicero’s letters: placement, function and internal structure. https://caclassics.wordpress.com/conferences/
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) & Henzel, R. (speaker) (1-10-2021). Spolia starting a culinary revolution?. https://www.rug.nl/research/research-let/onderzoekscholen/oikos/calendar/2021/0122-workshop-ai-spolia?lang=en
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) (17-9-2021). Arria en andere vrouwbeelden in de Romeinse literatuur, VCN Nazomerconferentie 2021. https://vcnonline.nl/2021/05/21/nazomerconferentie-2021/
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) & Vis, J. (speaker) (27-8-2021). Shared Antiquity in the Netherlands. https://www.euroclassica.eu/portale/euroclassica/activities/detail/ec-congress-splitmostar-2021.html
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) & Soerink, J. (speaker) (20-4-2021). Oog op het einde: de Aeneis van Vergilius, Week van de Klassieken.
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) & Breunesse, M. (speaker) (15-4-2021). Cicero and political agency in Late-Republican Rome, Agents of Change.
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) (8-2-2021). Cicero, ad Familiares 10.6, Titubanti Testi.
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) & pieper, c. (speaker) (2-2021). Creating an online commentary, Cicero Digitalis.
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) (9-2020). Large-scale behavioral change anchored in authority and identity. A comparison of lockdown speeches Rutte (Netherlands) vs. Conte (Italy), Plague and Corona Speeches from Pericles and Oedipus to Rutte and Macron.
    • van Gils, L. (speaker) & pieper, c. (speaker) (30-6-2020). Reading the Scholia Gronoviana While Writing a Beginner’s Commentary of Cicero’s Pro Sexto Roscio Amerino, The ancient scholia on Cicero's speeches.
    • Kroon, C. (speaker) & van Gils, L. (speaker) (5-6-2020). Intersubjectivity in three cognitive contexts: the present tense in Latin narrative texts, International workshop on subjectivity and intersubjectivity. , Vercelli.
    • Kroon, C. (speaker) & van Gils, L. W. (speaker) (28-9-2017). Involving the audience: textual strategies in Livy’s account of the battle of Cannae, Leiden University, Forum Antiquum.
    • Risselada, R. (speaker) & van Gils, L. (speaker) (26-6-2017). Honoris causa nominatus: form and functions of third party politeness, approaches Greek and Latin im/politeneness, Madrid.
    • Kroon, C. (speaker) & van Gils, L. W. (speaker) (25-4-2017). Two types of ‘nearness’? A cognitive approach to the historic present tense in Livy and Tacitus., 19th International Colloquium on Latin Linguistics, Munich. http://www.icll2017.badw.de/en/home.html
    • Kroon, C. (speaker) & van Gils, L. W. (speaker) (2-3-2017). Pinkster ed il presente: coinvolgere l’altro e creare un finale aperto, University of Madrid (Autonoma).


    • van Gils, L. (participant) (6-4-2021). Klassieken in het basisonderwijs (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Gils, L. (examiner) (24-3-2021). Latin tense and aspect in 3D: a corpus-based, Systemic Functional description of the narrative tenses in the language of Livy and Gregory of Tours (examination).
    • van Gils, L. (participant) (15-3-2021). Gepromoveerde docenten in het VO en OIKOS (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Gils, L. (other) & Luger, S. (other) (3-2021). Vertaalvaardigheid leerlingen vergroten (other).
    • van Gils, L. (organiser), Wakker, G. (organiser) & flohr, m. (organiser) (2-2021). Shared Antiquity (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Gils, L. (examiner) (17-7-2020). Effare aperte: pragmatica dei dialoghi nella tragedia romana (examination).
    • Kroon, C. (organiser) & van Gils, L. (participant) (4-10-2019). Research Lab Work Package 1 Anchoring Innovation, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Kroon, C. (organiser) & van Gils, L. W. (organiser) (18-6-2019). International Workshop Communicative Anchoring in Latin, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Organisation of workshop (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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