CMS Alumni Lecture 2012: Lucy Pick (University of Chicago)

The Centre is starting a new annual lecture series, which will draw on our impressive group of alumni. The inaugural speaker will be Dr. Lucy Pick from the University of Chicago, who will speak to us on Thurday, October 25, at 4pm. Her talk is entitled “The Politics of Virginity in the Kingdom of León”.

Dr. Lucy Pick (PhD 1995) is a historian of medieval religious thought and practice. Her current research and teaching interests include the relationships between gender and religion, connections between historical writing and theology, the development of monastic thought and practice, reading and writing as spiritual exercises, and the ways in which religion shapes lives through ritual. Her book, Conflict and Coexistence: Archbishop Rodrigo and the Muslims and Jews of Thirteenth-Century Spain, discusses Jewish, Christian, and Muslim relations in thirteenth-century Toledo by making connections between the political theology, historical and polemical writings, scholarly patronage, and politics of Archbishop Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada (1209-1247) and shows how majority groups define themselves by framing and reframing discourses about minority theological competitors. Dr. Pick is currently working on a monograph studying the intersection of gender, politics, and religion in the Middle Ages by examining the careers of royal women in early medieval Spain, especially their role as consecrated virgins, to discover in what their power consisted, from where it was derived, and how it was represented.

Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

Hot from the press: Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy! The papers in this volume emerged from a workshop on ‘Emotion and Cognition in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy’ held at Simon Fraser University in May 2008. To quote from the cover: “This volume offers a much needed shift of focus in the study of emotion in the history of philosophy. Discussion has tended to focus on the moral relevance of emotions, and (except in ancient philosophy) the role of emotions in cognitive life has received little attention. Thirteen new essays investigate the continuities between medieval and early modern thinking about the emotions, and open up a contemporary debate on the relationship between emotions, cognition, and reason, and the way emotions figure in our own cognitive lives. A team of leading philosophers of the medieval, renaissance, and early modern periods explore these ideas from the point of view of four key themes: the situation of emotions within the human mind; the intentionality of emotions and their role in cognition; emotions and action; the role of emotion in self-understanding and the social situation of individuals.”

Financial support for reproductions of documents and Classical Text Editor

The Centre for Medieval Studies has established a modest budget for the purpose of assisting students in acquiring reproduction (microfilms etc.) of documents necessary for thesis research. Students may apply to the Centre for this purpose. The request must include a realistic estimate of cost.  If the assistance is approved, the students must purchase the reproduction and submit the original receipt to the Centre for reimbursement up to the approved amount. We ask that the students donate the reproduction to the PIMS Library after it is no longer needed for the research.
Please apply in writing to Prof. Alexander Andrée (, Director of the Collaborative Program in Editing Medieval Texts. The deadline for application is 9 November 2012.

The Centre has also purchased an institutional site license for the Classical Text Editor. It is installed on one of the CMS computers in the basement computer room and is available to all CMS students. The Centre will fund a limited number of individual site licenses for students who can demonstrate that the Classical Text Editor is essential for their thesis work.  Information about the Classical Text Editor may be found at:
Please send your requests to Prof. Andree by Friday, 9 November 2012.