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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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Ferguson Lecture 2018 - 1st March - Prof. John Milbank

LTI is pleased to announce details of the 2018 Ferguson Lecture, to be given by Prof. John Milbank (University of Nottingham). 

The title of the lecture is Theology and the Idea of a University. Below is a short blurb:

Today the place of theology in the university is in crisis, but so is the very idea of a university. We need to think these twin crises together and revive Newman's claim that the including of theology within a university is central to its very definition and purpose. Without theology, universities have degenerated from arts to research based institutions and are now further degenerating into merely instrumental wings of government and financial power. In order to reverse this, theology must recover its place, but first reform itself so that it is no longer watered-down through an internal dominance by supposedly neutral, 'critical' disciplines. Above all, the doubtful duality between theology and philosophy, which so many students now intuitively refuse, must be rejected. 

The lecture will take place on Thursday 1 March at 4pm in the Ellen Wilkinson Building, Graduate School Conference Room, C1.18 at the University of Manchester. (The Ellen Wilkinson building is no. 77 on the campus map. The campus map can be accessed here.) The lecture will be followed by a wine reception at 5.30pm.

Earlier the same day there will be a Ferguson presentation at Manchester Cathedral at which Prof. Milbank will speak to the topic, What is a Politics of Virtue? This presentation will take place from noon to 1pm, followed by lunch.

The Ferguson lecture and the Cathedral presentation are free and open to the public; a ticket is not required.

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