The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG16
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 275 3064



The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG8
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 306 1663


What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

Events and Outputs
> Robots vs Loneliness?
> Focus Groups
> Conference: Care and Machines
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Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.


Creating Desire?

What is the link between mythology and sexbots? In a collaborative project that brings together Classics, Biblical Studies, Theological Anthropology, and Cultural Critique, Drs Kate Cook (Leeds), Scott Midson (Manchester, LTI), and Holly Morse (Manchester) explore how technological designs for our future are strongly tied to mythological ideas from our past (and present). The project focuses on the figures of Pandora, Eve, and Roxxxy (the world's first sexbot) to explore how notions of creation and desire intertwine in our understandings of artificiality and gender. 

Work from this project has been presented at the University of Manchester Religions & Theology seminar on the 6th December 2018 (below), and will be presented at the University of Leeds Classics seminar on the 7th February 2019. 


EFSRE VI: Religion, Materialism and Ecology

European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment
in association with the Lincoln Theological Institute 
is pleased to announce its sixth international conference 
to be held at The University of Manchester, UK 
Religion, Materialism and Ecology
Friday 15 May to Sunday 17 May 2020
Confirmed speakers include:
- Rachel Armstrong (Newcastle University, UK)
- Whitney Bauman (Florida International University, and Berlin)
- Bruno Latour (Sciences Po, Paris)
- Linn Tonstad (Yale) 
A Call for Short Papers and further information will be published in 2019

AI and the Common Good?

On Monday 16th October, at St Chad's Church (Ladybarn), Dr Scott Midson, together with colleagues at the University of Manchester from Computer Science (including Prof Angelo Cangelosi and Dr David Rydeheard) and their robotic companion Pepper, presented and discussed how theological reflections on the common good can inform debate about the ethics of AI. (The talk has also been given at Sacred Trinity church in Salford.) The event was part of St Chad's successful 'Science and Religion' series, organised by Rev. Albert Radcliffe. A summary of the event is below. 


One-day event, 'At the Heart on the Edge'

Prof Peter Scott of the LTI will be speaking at an event as part of the HeartEdge network. The one-day event, to be held at St Peter's House, Oxford Road (Wednesday 31st October), will facilitate reflection on congregation, commerce, compassion, and culture. 

For booking and more details, click here


Special issue, 'The New Visibility of Religion and its Impact'

The journal Religions has announced a special issue to address the theme of the 'new visibility of religion'. The issue will be edited by Dr Michael Hoelzl, who originally coined the phrase with Prof Graham Ward in 2008.

The issue will consider what implications the new visibility of religion, as a challenge to conventional secularisation theory, has had for the political, technological, and cultural spheres. Dr Hoelzl, who is based at the University of Manchester and is an affiliate of the LTI, will work with Dr Scott Midson (LTI, University of Manchester) and Dr Andrew Crome (Manchester Metropolitan University) in developing the special issue.

Further details can be found on the Religions website. The deadline for submissions is 21 March 2020.


Public Event, 'Robots vs Loneliness?'


Can robots tackle loneliness? Or do they risk making us lonelier than ever? 

At this public event, a panel of experts will share their views about our social futures (and presents) with robots, and you are invited to join the discussion and share your questions and views. 

Tuesday 6th November, 7pm, Manchester Cathedral

Limited free tickets available through Eventbrite

This event is organised as part of ESRC Festival of Social Science 2018, and is part of the LTI project 'Living with and Loving Machines'.