Conference 2012: Details

The conference will be held November 1-3, 2012, on Dordt College'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)

2. Engagement of Culture  (Academic Complex room 1144)

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

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)

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

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)

2.  Young Adult Literature  (Academic Complex room 1144)

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

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)

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

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