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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?

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.

How do intersex and faith identity interact for people in Britain who identify as intersex and Christian? How might healthcare chaplains help to provide improved pastoral and spiritual care for intersex people and the parents of children with intersex conditions/DSDs? What are the implications of intersex/DSD for church policy makers, theologians, and people of faith?

> Project Blog
> Intersex and Faith Identity
> Healthcare Chaplains
> Briefing Papers
> Conference
> Resources
> Press coverage


Intersex, Identity and Disability:
Issues for Public Policy, Healthcare and the Church

Researcher: Dr Susannah Cornwall

Susannah Cornwall has now left the University of Manchester and may be contacted at

Intersex conditions, those where someone is born with a physical “ambiguity” of sex (such as atypical genitalia, or a disjunction between their chromosomes and their physical appearance), remain understudied by Christian theologians. In 2004, Susannah Cornwall undertook a PhD project at the University of Exeter to examine intersex in theological and ethical perspective. This thesis, entitled “No Longer Male and Female? The Challenge of Intersex Conditions for Theology”, drew on work from theologies of transgender, disability and queer theology. It was published in 2010 with Equinox Press as Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: Intersex Conditions and Christian Theology.

In her new postdoctoral project with the Lincoln Theological Institute (2011-13), Susannah Cornwall is undertaking further theological analysis of the links between intersex and other types of “unusual” embodiment such as disability. She is conducting empirical work, through questionnaires and one-to-one interviews, about the faith community affiliations (if any) of people in Britain who identify as intersex and Christian. This work will be used to help communicate with groups such as hospital chaplains and social responsibility officers from the Christian denominations in Britain about the pastoral and spiritual needs of intersex people and their families.

Other project events include an international conference drawing together members of intersex support groups, scholars working on theology and sexuality, and those working in policy on gender and sexuality from the Christian denominations. The papers from this conference will be published by Palgrave Macmillan as Intersex, Theology and the Bible: Troubling Bodies in Church, Text and Society.

Please see the links to the right of this screen for further information on the project, including open-access resources, information for healthcare chaplains, press coverage, and latest news on the project blog.