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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.


The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG16
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Email: peter.scott@manchester.ac.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
Email: michael.hoelzl@manchester.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)161 306 1663

Monday
May192014

POSTLIBERALISM, INDIVIDUALISM AND SOCIETY (Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July 2014) 

     

Registration for this conference is now open via the online booking page

If you wish to attend the conference, first contact our conference administrator Hannah Mansell on +44 (0) 161 275 3319 or email hannah.mansell@manchester.ac.uk Please include the following information: Full name and institution (as you would like printed on your badge); and any dietary or access requirements.

 

Call for Papers

In both Britain and the United States, political, legal and economic culture has been shaped in significant ways by individualistic accounts of the human being. This fact raises significant issues for political theology. How should political theologians respond to the highly individualistic orientation of both politics and society? Are liberal societies doomed to selfish insularity or are their positive legacies to be gleaned from liberal theory and practice? This conference explores these issues through the lens of postliberal politics. Comprising a rich array of Burkean, socialist and Communitarian strands, the postliberal turn offers a provocative alternative to the prevailing political language of public neutrality, individual rights and procedural pluralism. In Britain such alternatives have made significant in-roads into political discourse in the form of Red Toryism on the Right and Blue Labour on the Left.

Participants are invited to submit paper proposals on the following areas:

• Autonomy in the Christian tradition

• Individualism and Culture

• Individualism and Liberal Theology

• Self and Ego in theology and politics

• Christian encounters with political liberalism

• Christian approaches to Capitalism and global trade

• Radical Orthodoxy and Christian anthropology

• Christianity and consumerism

• Keynesianism and Political Theology

• Christian responses to Thatcherism

• Christian responses to notions of limited-government.

 

Deadline for Paper Submissions: July 2

Please send paper abstracts of 300 words to benjamin.wood-3@manchester.ac.uk

 

Discussion Panels

Should Schools Teach Children to be Individuals? (Dr. Esther McIntosh, York St John University, Revd. Gary Hall, The Queens Foundation, Birmingham, Grace Robinson, University of Leeds, Founder of Thinking Space, John Pugh MP

Is Individualism Bad for Christian Engagement in Politics? (Dr Dave Landrum, Director of advocacy, Evangelical Alliance, Dr Russell Remanning, Lord Stewart Wood, Shadow Minister without Porfolio, Derek McAuley, Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches)

 

Thursday
Apr032014

Systematic Theology & Climate Change

The volume, Systematic Theology & Climate Change, is announced, with publication by Routledge in June 2014. You can pre-order it here.

This collection of essays is the outcome of the LTI project, 'Systematic Theology for a Changing Climate'. You can read more about the project by clicking on the PROJECTS tab above.

Thursday
Apr032014

Christian Faith and the Earth

LTI Director Peter Scott contributes an essay on theological anthropology to this volume, purchasable now.

Thursday
Mar202014

‘Mary Stuart’, Sunday 22nd March 2014 

Dr. Michael Hoelzl is discussing with Christian von Treskow who is the director of a contemporary interpretation of Friedrich Schiller’s play ‘Mary Stuart’ on Sunday 22nd March 2014 at the Opernhaus Wuppertaler Bühnen in Germany. The theme of this public discussion (Matinée) is the constellation of Faith, Power and Politics as it is exemplified by the struggle between Queen Elizabeth I. and Mary Queen of Scots. Faith, Power and Politics circumscribe the very important political and legal  issue of the concept sovereignty today. The subtitle of Schiller’s play seem to anticipate of what came shortly after the execution of Queen Mary in 1587 , the writing of the play by Schiller in 1800 and its rediscovery by Stefan Zweig in the 20th century (1935): A tragedy.

Tuesday
Nov052013

New books by Network member, Michael Hoelzl

Two new books are published this month. 

Please click the links to check these out:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dictatorship-Carl-Schmitt/dp/0745646484

 Jahrbuch Politische Theologie:

http://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-643-50431-9

 

Friday
Oct112013

New LTI Post Doc

It is with great pleasure that LTI announces that Dr Ben Wood (PhD Theology, Leeds) will be the Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Lincoln Theological Institute, 2013-15. 

For more information regarding Dr Wood, please see his entry under the Staff tab. For information about his project, please consult the Individualism and Public Theology page under the Projects tab.