The University of Manchester
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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?

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> 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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Priest, Scientist Bags National Award

An acclaimed ecologist from The University of Manchester is to receive a prestigious award by one of the discipline's leading bodies.

Anglican Priest Professor John Rodwell will be presented with the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management's President's Medal for his services to ecology and conservation this week (25 June).

He follows in the footsteps of Sir David Attenborough who won the award for his contribution to the public understanding of ecology in 2006 and Professor Tony Bradshaw, for his lifelong work on land restoration in 2007.

The presentation will be made by Helen Phillips, Chief Executive of Natural England, at a reception at the Institute of Directors in London.

Professor Rodwell said: "I am most honoured to think that I have made such a difference to the quality of environmental work and to the way we treasure the diversity and beauty of the natural world.”

Professor Rodwell coordinated the 16-year National Vegetation Classification programme for the UK Government and edited the five-volume classic British Plant Communities, published by Cambridge University Press.

He works now for environment agencies, both here and overseas, providing research and expert advice.

An Anglican Priest for over 30 years - and Honorary Canon of Blackburn Cathedral - he is also known for his research on how religious belief affects our care of nature.

He added: “Religious people sometimes have a reputation for not being very interested in the physical world.

“But the world and all that lives in it is of great interest to me and is one of the reasons I became a scientist.

'Being a priest also prompts me to look at aspects of nature that are not so easily measured and provides another language to describe how much our fellow creatures matter.”

Now an Honorary Research Fellow at Manchester University's Lincoln Theological Institute, he directs a project in the UK and Germany on how people and nature can belong together in places much threatened by change.

Notes for editors

The ‘Belonging and Heimat’ project at the Lincoln Theological Institute will involve academics in theology and ecology, practitioners in regeneration and landscape architecture and Christians in Germany and the UK. A book will be published on its completion. It is supported by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Manchester.

The Heimat & Belonging Project has developed from research on a theological critique of sustainability carried out by Professor Rodwell for the M.B. Reckitt Trust , a charitable foundation that funds work challenging social and economic assumptions and releasing energy for change.

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