Conference Details

Conference 2012: Details

The conference will be held November 1-3, 2012, on Dordt's campus.

Tentative Conference Schedule

Thursday, November 1

7 - 9 p.m.: Welcome - Dr. Hoekstra and Dr. John Kok
Opening Plenary Presentation - Peter Rollins (Science and Technology Center room 101)

9:30 p.m.: Art Show / Reception

Friday, November 2

8 - 9:45 a.m.: Breakout Session # 1

1. Medium or Message? (Academic Complex room 1143)

  • "In, Of, and Deforming: Christianity and the Music Industry" by Jonathan Russell
  • "Finding the Sacred in the Profane: Reformed Soteriology in the Religious Imagination of Nick Hornby" by Mitchell Kinsinger
  • "The Deconstruction and Reimagination of Religious Belief in Broadway's The Book of Mormon" by Scot Miller

2. Engagement of Culture (Academic Complex room 1144)

  • "In the Culture but Not of the World" by Ryan Newson
  • "Who Do We Say Jesus Is?" by Robert Taylor and Mark Volkers
  • "Anatomy of Confession: Dexter Morgan and Father Logan" by Erin Naler

3. Art, Architecture, and Education (Academic Complex room 1148)

  • "Architecture and the Means of Grace as Theological Graffiti" by Dorothy Probst
  • "Artwork and Popular Culture" by Patrick Luber
  • "Graphic Novels" by Mitch Alfson

10 - 11:30 a.m.: Plenary (Science and Technology Center room 101)

Elaine Storkey "A Crucial Calling: Creative Christianity in Popular Culture"

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch

12:45 - 2:30 p.m.: Breakout session #2

1. Evaluating the Culture of Sport in America (Academic Complex room 1144)

  • "Is There a Christian Perspective on Athletics?" by Ethan Brue and Charles Adams
  • "A Critique of AAU Volleyball" by Chad Hanson, etc.
  • "Pounding Pavement, Bloody Nipples, and Bearing the Fruit: At the Intersection of Faith and the Culture of Running" by Jonathan Rova

2. The Cultures and Ethics of Food and Place (Academic Complex room 1148)

  • "A Redemptive Farming System" by John Wesselius
  • "Appetites, Desires, and Sweet 'Ums: Rooting Christian Dietary Ethics in the Liturgical Year" by Blaine Crawford
  • "Place Matters: Ethics, Consumption, and Participation in the Social Landscape" by Ryan Stander

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Plenary (Science and Technology Center room 101)

Jason Lief "Some Kind of Monstrosity: The Perverse Christian Core of Heavy Metal"

3:45 - 5:30 p.m.: Breakout # 3

1. Fashion and Culture (Academic Complex room 1143)

  • "Christian Fashion" by Kelly Youngblood
  • "Life after Mad Men: Herman Dooyeweerd and the Future of Christian Fashion Theory" by Robert Covolo
  • Winnicott/Jung Paper by Karin Craven

2. Young Adult Literature (Academic Complex room 1144)

  • "The Body(ies) and the Blood: Religion in Teen Paranormal Romance Novels" by Janine Darragh and Amy Rice
  • "The Hunger Games as an 'Apocalyptic' Fiction" by Gregory Veltman
  • "Gender, Young Adult Literature, and Imaginative Normativity" by Tricia Groenewold Van Dyk

3. Sub-Cultures of Media (Academic Complex room 1148)

  • "Popular Christianity in Sports Media: Tim Tebow as Self-Made Caricature of a Prophet" by Kevin Snyder and Timothy Snyder
  • "Fantasy Sports" by Paul Fessler
  • "What Michael Polanyi, David Dark, and Seth MacFarlane Can Teach Us about Critically Engaging Christianity in Pop Culture" by David James Stewart

5:30 - 7 p.m.: Dinner

7:30 - 9 p.m.: Keynote (Science and Technology Center room 101)

Tony Jones "Culture: I Don't Think that Word Means What You Think It Means"

9:30 p.m.: Kindlewood concert - 55th Ave.Café, Kuyper Apartments

Saturday, November 3

8 - 9:45 a.m.: Breakout #4

1. Music/Musicians (Academic Complex room 1144)

  • "Bob Dylan and Antithetical Engagement with Culture" by Jeff Taylor
  • "Gospel Rap: The Irony of the Message" by Tatiana McKinney
  • "Lady Gaga and Christian Faith: A one-way conversation" by Kory Plockmeyer

2. Philosophy, Mythology, and History in Culture (Academic Complex room 1148)

  • "Embracing Popular Culture's Fascination with Mythology" by Jeremy Larson
  • "A Theology of Exodus: A Youth Ministry of Freedom" by Adrian de Lange
  • "The Myth of Redemptive Violence" by Elain Storkey

10 - 11:15 a.m.: Plenary (Science and Technology Center room 101)

Conversation with Kindlewood and cino

11:30 - Noon: Closing Remarks - "This Conference was not a Conference" by Mark Tazelaar

Lunch to follow at the Fruited Plain for all who can make it.


Conference Speakers


Peter Rollins

Peter Rollins is a writer, lecturer, storyteller, and public speaker. He founded ikon, a faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theatre, ritual, and reflection to create what they call "transformance art." Holding a Ph.D. in Post-Structural Thought from Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, Rollins is now a research associate with the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He is also the author of How (Not) to Speak of God and of Insurrection. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.



Tony Jones

Tony Jones is a theologian and a writer. He is an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and at Andover Newton Theological School. He is the author of many books on Christian ministry, including The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement, The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier, and The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life. He speaks regularly on the emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. He is also the co-owner of a social media consulting and event-planning company. He lives in Edina, Minnesota, with his wife.




Elaine Storkey

Elaine Storkey, known for her lecturing and writing, is a sociologist and feminist evangelical. She has held several academic positions, including serving as a senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall of Oxford University and at King's College London. She has given lectures around the world, including in Haiti, India, Ethopia, and North America. Most recently, she and her husband became founder members of Restored, an organization that advocates against violence to women. She is the president of Tearfund, and she is the vice president of the University of Gloucestershire.

Andreas Center