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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Messianism - Jewish and Christian Perspectives

Applications are currently being accepted (deadline 15 February) for a summer course on "Messianism - Jewish and Christian Perspectives" which will take place at the Central European University in Budapest, July 5-16, 2010. A number of renowned experts will give lectures and teach intensive seminars, but also the course participants will be invited to present their own research. Detailed information about contents, teachers, application procedures, and funding opportunities can be found by clicking here. We especially invite applications from advanced graduate students and young faculty. If you have any questions, please contact Matthias Riedl at

The course is a co-operation between the Center for Jewish Studies at the CEU, and Duke University's The Gerst Program for Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies and Center for International Studies. The course is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Here's an excerpt from the course website:

This course will explore the ancient messianic idea, its spatial expansion, and its ideational development up to the present. The topic will be approached from a wide variety of disciplines (Political Science, History, Philosophy, Anthropology), sharing a common focus on the messiah as a central and enduring symbol of Jewish and Christian societies and their interconnected eschatological expectations.

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