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The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG8
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Email: michael.hoelzl@manchester.ac.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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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.

New Visibility of Religion

 

FUTURE RESEARCH

The Network is seeking British and EU funding to include more central European countries. With discussions underway concerning the inclusion of Turkey in the EU it becomes increasingly important to:

  • understand something of the different histories of the role religion has played in the civil societies of different members states,
  • assess the changes presently occurring, and
  • critically assess the challenges posed for European unity and identity.

To foster this work, the Network is establishing contacts with other key disciplines with important research bases in European universities in law, economics, cultural studies, sociology and history. Concurrently, the Network is seeking to encourage more doctoral and post-doctoral research by scholars interested in this field and facilitate, for these researchers, intercontinental exchanges / visits. Eventually, it hopes to extend the work being done into the American context.