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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> 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.



Colonial powers bring their religion with them and often this religion becomes an instrument of rule. When empires fall, the residue of imperial suspicion lingers. When colonial powers beat a retreat, older religious resentments and new tensions may emerge. We hear daily news reports in cities around the world about violent clashes between Christians and Muslims, Buddhists and Muslims, Shia and Sunnis, Catholics and Protestants and more. Why have we not as frequently heard of postcolonial cities where people of multiple faiths peacefully coexist?  How do people of goodwill organize for cities based on multiplicity of identities, languages, religions, and shared public space? What role do theologians and theorists have in fostering collaborative spaces for faith communities to coexist in ways that work for justice for all people? How are the misuses of religion addressed? How do our religions and theologies need to change to foster people of multiple faiths living side by side after empire?

Call for papers available at



POSTLIBERALISM, INDIVIDUALISM AND SOCIETY (Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July 2014) 


Registration for this conference is now open via the online booking page

If you wish to attend the conference, first contact our conference administrator Hannah Mansell on +44 (0) 161 275 3319 or email Please include the following information: Full name and institution (as you would like printed on your badge); and any dietary or access requirements.


Call for Papers

In both Britain and the United States, political, legal and economic culture has been shaped in significant ways by individualistic accounts of the human being. This fact raises significant issues for political theology. How should political theologians respond to the highly individualistic orientation of both politics and society? Are liberal societies doomed to selfish insularity or are their positive legacies to be gleaned from liberal theory and practice? This conference explores these issues through the lens of postliberal politics. Comprising a rich array of Burkean, socialist and Communitarian strands, the postliberal turn offers a provocative alternative to the prevailing political language of public neutrality, individual rights and procedural pluralism. In Britain such alternatives have made significant in-roads into political discourse in the form of Red Toryism on the Right and Blue Labour on the Left.

Participants are invited to submit paper proposals on the following areas:

• Autonomy in the Christian tradition

• Individualism and Culture

• Individualism and Liberal Theology

• Self and Ego in theology and politics

• Christian encounters with political liberalism

• Christian approaches to Capitalism and global trade

• Radical Orthodoxy and Christian anthropology

• Christianity and consumerism

• Keynesianism and Political Theology

• Christian responses to Thatcherism

• Christian responses to notions of limited-government.


Deadline for Paper Submissions: July 2

Please send paper abstracts of 300 words to


Discussion Panels

Should Schools Teach Children to be Individuals? (Dr. Esther McIntosh, York St John University, Revd. Gary Hall, The Queens Foundation, Birmingham, Grace Robinson, University of Leeds, Founder of Thinking Space, John Pugh MP

Is Individualism Bad for Christian Engagement in Politics? (Dr Dave Landrum, Director of advocacy, Evangelical Alliance, Dr Russell Remanning, Lord Stewart Wood, Shadow Minister without Porfolio, Derek McAuley, Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches)



Systematic Theology & Climate Change

The volume, Systematic Theology & Climate Change, is announced, with publication by Routledge in June 2014. You can pre-order it here.

This collection of essays is the outcome of the LTI project, 'Systematic Theology for a Changing Climate'. You can read more about the project by clicking on the PROJECTS tab above.


Christian Faith and the Earth

LTI Director Peter Scott contributes an essay on theological anthropology to this volume, purchasable now.


‘Mary Stuart’, Sunday 22nd March 2014 

Dr. Michael Hoelzl is discussing with Christian von Treskow who is the director of a contemporary interpretation of Friedrich Schiller’s play ‘Mary Stuart’ on Sunday 22nd March 2014 at the Opernhaus Wuppertaler Bühnen in Germany. The theme of this public discussion (Matinée) is the constellation of Faith, Power and Politics as it is exemplified by the struggle between Queen Elizabeth I. and Mary Queen of Scots. Faith, Power and Politics circumscribe the very important political and legal  issue of the concept sovereignty today. The subtitle of Schiller’s play seem to anticipate of what came shortly after the execution of Queen Mary in 1587 , the writing of the play by Schiller in 1800 and its rediscovery by Stefan Zweig in the 20th century (1935): A tragedy.


New books by Network member, Michael Hoelzl

Two new books are published this month. 

Please click the links to check these out:

 Jahrbuch Politische Theologie:


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