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?

Events and Outputs
> NEW! Robots vs Loneliness?
> NEW! 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.

Workshop 1 Expectations

  • Learn how to handle philosophical vocab
  • A sense of activism and research connections – interesting and hard questions
  • Different perspectives – dialogue – relationships – corrections
  • Big issues – risk of being overwhelmed – finding something to grab onto – do something?
  • Applying experience / knowledge to diverse communities
  • Critical perspectives on apocalyptic rhetoric
  • Conversations grounded in practice
  • Opinions about the gulf between rhetoric and action
  • To feel we’ve helped each other in our areas – to clarify problems
  • A space to think creatively – beyond standard academic discourse – bring to other conversations
  • ‘Political ethic’ – thinking through together
  • ‘Disclosure’ – clarity
  • Vision – for what the 2030 world needs to look like; different living