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?

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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.

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Spring 2009 Doctoral Seminar

This coming Wednesday, 27 May, we will be hosting our last doctoral seminar for this academic year. Please click here for a PDF with further details of time, location, the abstracts and short bios of the students involved. This time, we will address the question, "What constitutes otherness?" from the various philosophical, theological and socio-political perspectives being researched by doctoral students associated with the Centre for Religion and Political Culture. Paper topics include Dostoyevski's Demons, a critique of Milbank's recent discussion of Hegel in the Monstrocity of Christ, Bishop Ting's understanding of distinctive "Chinese Christianity," an analysis of Carl Schmitt and Mau Tse-tung's understanding of the friend enemy distinction, the concept of otherness in relation to effective action research, and myth-making as the boundary-defining mechanism in the formation of national identity and the politics of memory. Lastly, if you're interested in participating in future seminars, we will kick off the next academic year and welcome new students to the Centre in October 2009.

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