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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Creating Desire?

What is the link between mythology and sexbots? In a collaborative project that brings together Classics, Biblical Studies, Theological Anthropology, and Cultural Critique, Drs Kate Cook (Leeds), Scott Midson (Manchester, LTI), and Holly Morse (Manchester) explore how technological designs for our future are strongly tied to mythological ideas from our past (and present). The project focuses on the figures of Pandora, Eve, and Roxxxy (the world's first sexbot) to explore how notions of creation and desire intertwine in our understandings of artificiality and gender. 

Work from this project has been presented at the University of Manchester Religions & Theology seminar on the 6th December 2018 (below), and will be presented at the University of Leeds Classics seminar on the 7th February 2019. 

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