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
Useful links 

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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Engaging Society: Reassessing Anglican Social Ethics (6-8 Sept, 2010)

An international conference open to all at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire WF14 OBW, 6th-8th September 2010, and sponsored by the Christian journal of social ethics, Crucible.

The recent publication of The Children Society’s report A Good Childhood has provided a contemporary example of an older approach to social issues in which faith communities interact with specialists in different field and arrive at policy recommendations which are general enough to receive widespread support while specific enough to make an impact on government and churches, who must work out the detail of how to put them into practice (in the past these policy recommendations have been called ‘middle axioms’). This was the approach brought to prominence by William Temple in his highly influential Christianity and Social Order of 1942.  It also found expression in Faith in the City, the influential report of 1985.  The publication of A Good Childhood suggests that this approach still has mileage.  Is this the case?

Main speakers: Richard Harries; Frank Field MP; Anna Rowlands; Stephen Platten; Robin Lovin; John Atherton; Chris Stuart; Malcolm Brown

Short papers are invited.  Please submit proposals to Stephen Spencer at

The conference will start at 4pm on Monday 6th September, and will run to lunchtime on Wednesday 8th.  The cost will be £120 for the full conference; to attend lectures and lunch and dinner will cost £60; to attend lectures only will cost £30. More information from Stephen Spencer at


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