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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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> 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.

Upcoming events/outputs


29/8/17-1/9/17 - '12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium' - University of Manchester

Presentation of paper, 'Self-Help for Cyborgs' as part of a symposium on cyborg theories and practices. The paper highlights the significance of theological reflection for the notion of cyborgs, and sketches out a way to explore selfhood in a context of advanced technologies, which is related to flux, hybridity, and hyperacceleration. 

 

20/10/17-21/10/17 - 'Care and Machines: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Caring Relationships with Technologies' - University of Manchester

The first conference to be hosted by the Living with and Loving Machines LTI project, this event will bring together academics and industries working with technologies to explore how issues of 'care' are involved with our designs and uses of various machines. More details are available on the conference website. 

 

Past events/outputs

 

15/9/16-17/9/16 - 'Relation, Vulnerability, Love' - KU University, Leuven

Presentation of paper entitled 'Self-Help for Cyborgs: What are the Merits and Challenges of Hybridity as a Model for 21st-Century Theological Anthropology?' The paper explored what it means to say that we are hybrid beings as a result of deep technological and ontological fusions, and how this might help us to rethink our other taxonomical categorisations.

 

27/10/16 - 'Are you a cyborg?' - Manchester Cathedral

Interactive session to coincide with Manchester Science Festival 2016, and Manchester as European City of Science 2016. Discussion of sci-fi cyborgs and how we might reflect on them, including a personality-style quiz to facilitate interrogation of how technologies are used and perceived in our own everyday lives. Reference to the significance of theology in these discussions, as part of research that developed from doctoral study.

 

16/11/16-18/11/16 - 'Technology and Knowledge, Mediation, and Transcendence' - University of Twente

Presentation of paper exploring hybridity and what it means to think about ourselves and the concept of 'humanness' in terms of an inseparability from technologies.

 

23/7/17-29/7/17 - 'International Congress of History of Science and Technology' - Rio de Janeiro

Presentation of paper exploring how love was figured, particularly as liberation, in the context of thinking machines and the multiverse in an exhibition at HOME, Manchester by Al and Al about Alan Turing's real and imagined legacy. The paper was titled 'Incidents of God(s) in the Multiverse: Religion, Science, and Posthuman(ist) Love in Al and Al's Multimedia Exhibitions'.