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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.

SCOTT A. MIDSON

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Lincoln Theological Institute (2016-18). Dr Midson is the lead researcher on ‘Living with and Loving Machines’. This project brings together questions about how we understand humans and technologies in their relationships, and seeks to encourage an alternative way of reflecting on these using the theological notion of ‘love’.

 

Location: WLG11, Samuel Alexander building

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 6021

Email: scott.midson@manchester.ac.uk

 

The following is a description of his research to date:

My research interests lie at the intersection of posthumanism and theology, where posthumanism is a broad set of attitudes that look at the critical de/construction of the human in the context of ecology, enhancement, and social ethics. Technology features heavily in these conversations, and to that end my recent doctoral thesis, ‘The Cyborg and the Human: Origins, Creatureliness, and Hybridity in Theological Anthropology’, critically explored how the technological figure of the cyborg poses a challenge to conventional notions of what it is to be human and to be made in the image of God in a paradisiacal garden. A book based on this research is under contract with I.B.Tauris under the title of Cyborg Theology: Humans, Technology, and God. I have also explored technologies in other contexts, including pedagogy and andragogy, utopia and dystopia, and work and leisure. My present research project at the LTI takes up these conversations, using the notion of ‘love’ to critically explore our interactions with and assumptions about technologies. I also have research interests in the interaction between theology and secular/popular culture, and I have previously taught at the University of Chester on this topic, and am currently an Assistant Editor for the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network blog.

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Academia.edu: www.academia.edu/ScottMidson