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.


LTI Newslettter Winter 2008

Welcome to the Winter 08 issue of the Institute’s newsletter, with its rather different look. This one-off change in the format of the newsletter is, I trust, some indication of the vitality of the Institute as it addresses the issues of religion, identity and the future.

Our May conference ‘Church, Identity/ies and Postcolonialism’ is, we believe, the first of its kind in Britain, and will take place shortly before the Lambeth conference 2008, thus responding to the challenge to make links between postcolonial theory, post- colonial theological scholarship and colonial Anglican history. We are also planning to host a conversation on postcolonial theology at the Lambeth conference itself.

The LTI’s latest research project ‘Future Ethics’, being taken forward most ably by its researcher Stefan Skrimshire, has attracted a great deal of attention in the academy and beyond. Clearly, it taps into an important contemporary concern and yet also clarifies and brings into better focus questions about crisis, change, hope and future. Click here to read more...


Religion and the Welfare State Lecture Series

Four Lectures under the auspices of the Centre for Jewish Studies, the Centre for Religion and Political Culture and the Manchester Reform Synagogue.

The basic question addressed in this series was whether, or to what extent, the secular state has rendered the traditional welfare activities of faith communities redundant, or whether the latter are all the more needed given the increasing (?) weaknesses of the welfare state.

Click here for a PDF poster. As well, the links below will download Mp3 files of the lectures.

Thursday 11 October 2007: Clive Lawton 

Wednesday 24 October 2007: Graham Ward

Thursday 8 November 2007: Imtiaz Husain 

Thursday 22 November 2007: Michael Hoelzl

All lectures commence at 6.00 p.m. in the Arts Lecture Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building, Oxford Road, and will be followed by discussion and a reception.


European Consortium for Political Research

Michael Hoelzl and Graham Ward will be talking at the European Consortium for Political Research, Pisa, Italy, 6-8th September, 2007


LTI Newsletter Summer 2007

There was a touch of the prophetic in the timing of this conference, Re-moralising Britain? 10 years of New Labour: Faith, Morals and Governance, held 17-18 May this year. Exactly one week before, Tony Blair announced his imminent departure, closing a chapter on one era of government and opening the doors of frantic speculation on the next. Was Blair and the New Labour project in general guided by a moral agenda? Was Brown? Even the BBC arrived early to glean some sound bites on the ‘Brown question’. The conference was, nevertheless, set up to cast a retrospective glance at the past ten years of New Labour. In spite of the intended emphasis on the question mark in the title, many speakers (including Anthony Giddens and Will Hutton) opted for a positive take on Blair’s legacy. Much was made of the personality politics that characterised Blair’s style... click here to read more.

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Secularism and Beyond

Michael Hoelzl ("Silete theologi: Two concepts of normative secularization in the work of Hans Kelsen and Carl Schmitt") and Graham Ward ("Postsecularity or the Changing Structures of Believing?") will be speaking at  Secularism and Beyond, Copenhagen University, May 29th to June 1st 2007. Here's a brief abstract from the conference website:

The relationship between religion and politics has attracted increased interest in public as well as academic discourse, especially within the humanities, legal studies and social sciences. The dominant way of conceiving this relationship in the Western world is through the lens of secularism. In that sense, the conception of secularism is the focal point for studying and analysing the relationship between religion, politics, law and public life and the separation of the public as a distinct sphere different from and independent of religion and a religious sphere.

LTI Newsletter Winter 2007

LTI hosts international conference on women ordination. Nearly seventy researchers and clergy from around the world gathered at the University of Manchester’s Hulme Hall conference centre in July 2006 to discuss the position of ordained women across the Christian churches, sharing insights and experiences. Speakers from four continents discussed Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Lutheran and the Salvation Army perspectives (amongst others) and covered topics including: the professionalisation... click here to read more.


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