The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG16
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
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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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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.

Over the last 30 years, a body of literature has been published on the theme of a critical theory of space. Indeed, Prof Soja is one of the leading contributors to this development. While much attention has been paid to 'the historical and 'the social' in critical theory, the matter of 'the spatial' was, it was claimed, under-theorised. This effort to promote space as a crucial category of critical theory has many sources: the multi-layered crises shaking the world's largest cities, a postmodern turn that sought to explore issues synchronically as well as diachronically, and environmental concerns regarding the use and abuse of spaces. From the perspective of the western religions, space has also been an important theme: the 'Holy Land' of Israel and pilgrimages are two obvious examples. As the religions have turned their attention to consideration of cities (where most religious adherents in the West now live) and ecological spaces, religious theorists - including theologians - have addressed the theme of space and have begun to draw on the critical theory of space.



Prof Edward Soja, Dept. of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), author ofPostmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions (2000).

Prof Sigurd Bergmann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, author of  Creation Set Free: The Spirit as the Liberator of Nature (2005).

Prof Timothy Gorringe, University of Exeter, UK, author of A Theology of the Built Environment (2003).



The venue for the conference is the University of Manchester, Humanities Lime Grove building (no. 67 on the campus map), lecture theatre A101, 10am - 4pm. To view the Campus map, please click here. To see directions to the University, please click here.



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