The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
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Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 275 3064



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?

Events and Outputs
> 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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LTI Newsletter Spring 2010

Welcome to the Spring 2010 issue of the Institute’s newsletter. Much has happened at the Institute since the last newsletter was published in summer 2009. As I write, advanced preparations are underway to host the second, international, colloquium of the Belonging & Heimat project at the University of Manchester in May and a rough cut of the LTI climate change film, ‘Beyond the Tipping Point?” is being produced. There is more information on both these developments, and the recent Divinity after Empire meeting in Bangalore, elsewhere in this newsletter. A number of publications by members of the Institute have also appeared; please see inside for more details.I hope the activities presented here catch your interest. Click here to read more...


LTI Newsletter Summer 2009

From the Director, Peter M. Scott: Welcome to the Summer 2009 issue of the Institute’s newsletter, with its reports on LTI’s activities over the last year. It has been another frenetic year at the Institute, with some projects coming to a conclusion and new projects beginning. Elsewhere in this newsletter, you will find reports on the three LTI projects that are currently underway: the first phase of the Future Ethics has been completed and the second phase is now beginning. A new project, Belonging & Heimat, led by the Institute’s new honorary research fellow John Rodwell, has begun. And the head of steam in the third project, Divinity after Empire, continues to build as the project attracts additional partners. A number of publications by members of the Institute have also appeared; please click here to download the rest of the newsletter.

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LTI Newsletter Summer 2008

Welcome to the Summer 2008 issue of the Institute’s newsletter, with its reports on LTI’s activities during this springtime. Elsewhere in this newsletter, you will find a report on our May conference “Church, Identity/ies and Postcolonialism”, which was a great success, and was widely reported in the church media. Plans to take this work forward are emerging, and already a decision has been taken to stage a further conference, in partnership with the United Theological College, Bangalore, in January 2010.

Furthermore, the first in LTI’s series of workshops, Future Ethics, was held in June. There is a report on the project in this newsletter and there is much more information on the Institute’s website. Suffice it to say that this was an extraordinary event, bringing together people who do not usually engage in a common conversation. You can access video clips from the day and much more besides from the Institute’s website, too... click here to read more.

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LTI Newslettter Winter 2008

Welcome to the Winter 08 issue of the Institute’s newsletter, with its rather different look. This one-off change in the format of the newsletter is, I trust, some indication of the vitality of the Institute as it addresses the issues of religion, identity and the future.

Our May conference ‘Church, Identity/ies and Postcolonialism’ is, we believe, the first of its kind in Britain, and will take place shortly before the Lambeth conference 2008, thus responding to the challenge to make links between postcolonial theory, post- colonial theological scholarship and colonial Anglican history. We are also planning to host a conversation on postcolonial theology at the Lambeth conference itself.

The LTI’s latest research project ‘Future Ethics’, being taken forward most ably by its researcher Stefan Skrimshire, has attracted a great deal of attention in the academy and beyond. Clearly, it taps into an important contemporary concern and yet also clarifies and brings into better focus questions about crisis, change, hope and future. Click here to read more...


LTI Newsletter Summer 2007

There was a touch of the prophetic in the timing of this conference, Re-moralising Britain? 10 years of New Labour: Faith, Morals and Governance, held 17-18 May this year. Exactly one week before, Tony Blair announced his imminent departure, closing a chapter on one era of government and opening the doors of frantic speculation on the next. Was Blair and the New Labour project in general guided by a moral agenda? Was Brown? Even the BBC arrived early to glean some sound bites on the ‘Brown question’. The conference was, nevertheless, set up to cast a retrospective glance at the past ten years of New Labour. In spite of the intended emphasis on the question mark in the title, many speakers (including Anthony Giddens and Will Hutton) opted for a positive take on Blair’s legacy. Much was made of the personality politics that characterised Blair’s style... click here to read more.

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LTI Newsletter Winter 2007

LTI hosts international conference on women ordination. Nearly seventy researchers and clergy from around the world gathered at the University of Manchester’s Hulme Hall conference centre in July 2006 to discuss the position of ordained women across the Christian churches, sharing insights and experiences. Speakers from four continents discussed Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Lutheran and the Salvation Army perspectives (amongst others) and covered topics including: the professionalisation... click here to read more.


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