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.

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Big Society--Bigger Nature?

Preliminary announcement of a conference to be hosted by the Lincoln Theological Institute. Further details, including SPEAKERS and a CALL FOR PAPERS, will be posted shortly.

[O]ur aim with the Big Society is to build a culture where we don’t just look to government to solve all our big problems. Where people are empowered and feel encouraged to take control of their local communities and neighbourhoods. And where we foster a new culture of social responsibility – not by legislation but by example and collaboration.[1]                                                                               Baroness Warsi

The “big society” opposes the “big state” and stresses voluntarism and localism. It is the big idea that supports self-help, mutuality and local accountability. It takes heart from the voluntary activities already being undertakes by a range of faith groups.

 So far, the question of the relationship between the “Big Society” and a wider Nature has not been raised. This day conference addresses this lack though the consideration of critical questions such as:

  • How does the Big Society acknowledge its dependence on a wider Nature?
  • How does the Big Society encourage resistance to the anti-ecological practices of the modern state?
  •  Are we free, as humans, to volunteer Nature as a participant in the Big Society?
  • What is the relationship between the Big Society, civil society and economic markets?
  • Does Citizenship trump participation in the Big Society?
  • Is the Big Society a Good Society?

[1]  [accessed 14 October 2010]

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