skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

Social Sciences

Reading group in the social sciences for postgraduate theologians

We shall meet fortnightly on Tuesdays during full term: on 15 and 29 October, 12 and 26 November, 2013, from 4:15 – 6:00 in the Faculty of Divinity.

This term we shall read four science fiction novels from different periods over the last one hundred years. These books combine contemporary technological innovations with a moral world-view, both critical of the present and proposing some future horizon of redemption. In these respects they resemble many contemporary religious movements, which is why they can serve as material for a sociological study of religion. In these particular cases, the combination of scientific and human self-perfection is balanced against a pessimistic account of crisis and judgement.

The four texts are:

  • H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898), 
  • Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men (1930), 
  • William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984), and 
  • Charles Stross, Accelerando (2005).

Please come to the first session having read the H.G. Wells.

This reading group is intended primarily for postgraduates who wish to explore the possibility of using social science methods in their research or who have a broad interest in the topic. The group is also open to any interested post-doctoral researcher or senior member of the Faculty. Members of other Faculties are welcome, but should contact me first.

Timothy Jenkins (Reader in Anthropology and Religion).

 

RSS Feed Latest news

Open Afternoon for potential applicants

Feb 20, 2017

The next Open Afternoon for our undergraduate course is on Monday 24th April. Bookings now open!

Decani Scholarship applications invited

Feb 16, 2017

Clare College is inviting applications for the Decani Scholarship.

Dr Beth Singler Discusses 'The Rise of the Robots' on BBC Radio 4

Feb 13, 2017

Dr Beth Singler, Former PhD student and research associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, recently discussed the role of robots in science and culture on the BBC's Today programme.

Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion Masterclass at Corpus Christi College, 29 March

Feb 01, 2017

This event is aimed at inquisitive students in Year 12 (or equivalent) at UK schools only, and features a series of challenging and inspiring taster lectures.

2017 Henry Martyn Lectures

Feb 01, 2017

“Who Are My People: Christianity, Violence, and Belonging in Post-Colonial Africa.” The series takes place on 20, 21, and 22 February at 5.30pm in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity.

View all news