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Christianity and Identity

The Koinonia Forum is the annual PhD student conference at Princeton Theological Seminary. We invite you to attend this upcoming conference on the theme of “Christianity and Identity,” which will be held on March 1-2, 2024 at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey.

How does Christianity in all its various forms speak to who we are as individuals and members of communities in the world? Or to put it differently, how do the lives we live and the intersectional identities we inhabit affect the way one can perceive and conceive of the Church (broadly construed)?

The Koinonia Forum welcome papers from various disciplines that try to constructively answer these questions for our overarching topic, including but not limited to: 

Decolonial/Postcolonial Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics, Economics, History, Literature, Practical Theology, Theology, Biblical Studies, Music, Art History, Sociology, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Area Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The presentation of each papers will be about 20 minutes
Each panel will end with 15 minutes of Q&A session.

Please submit your proposal (150-200 words) to
Deadline for Abstract Submission: December 15, 2023 (Updated: January 8, 2024)
Notification: January 8, 2024  (Updated: January 15, 2024)

The conference will kick off with a Keynote presentation on the evening of March 1, followed by a wine reception; and paper presentations will take place on March 2.

If you have any questions please email any or all coordinators: Reese Grosfeld,  Jess WinderweedleWing Yin Li, or Marah Sarji.


Keynote Speaker
Dr. Yii-Jan Lin
Yale University
Dr. Keri Day
Princeton Theological Seminary


Schedule for The Koinonia Forum

Download the schedule in pdf by clicking Koinonia Forum 2024 Schedule.

Friday, March 1, 2024


4:00 p.m. 

Check-in available for Erdman Center guests (Erdman Center Lobby) 


5:00 p.m.

Koinonia Forum Registration Opens (Wright Library Lobby) 

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Yii-Jan Lin & Response by Dr. Keri Day (Theron Room, Wright Library)

8:00 p.m.

Wine Reception (Wright Library Lobby)

*Sponsored by the Office of President Jonathan L. Walton, Princeton Theological Seminary


Saturday, March 2, 2024 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast available for all registered participants (Erdman Center Lobby

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Panel 1: Identity and Doctrinal Explorations (Theron Room, Wright Library)
Moderator: Emily Pruszinski, Princeton Theological Seminary

    • Ed Watson, Yale University
      “Ideas Incarnate: Deleuze, Carter, and Transcendental Differentiation”
    • Katarina von Kühn, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “Image(s) of God: The Imago Dei Each According to its Kind”
    • Michael Yorke, Yale University
      “Captive Body Sanctified: A Spilerian Intervention”

Panel 2: Identity (Re)/Formation [Part I] (Room 1010, Wright Library)
Moderator: Elizabeth Steel, Princeton Theological Seminary

    • Brian Ballard, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “‘Sin Reaps Its Reward’: How Christianity Today’s Coverage of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Shaped the Faith Identities of Its Readers”
    •  Wendy Cranston, University of Toronto
      “Communal and Individual Religion: Deconstructing Religious Binaries Considering Marianne Moyaert’s ‘New Program for Interfaith Learning’”
    • Alex Vishio, Southern Methodist University
      “The Constitutive Norm of Christian Identity and the Church’s Proper Service in a Culturally Diversified World: A Theological Proposal” 

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Panel 3: Identity and Decolonial/Postcolonial Christianities (Theron Room, Wright Library)
Moderator: Binu Varghese, Princeton Theological Seminary

    • Yanan Melo, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “The Poetry Outside? A Decolonial, or, Antiracial Poetics of ‘Asian American’”
    • Nathan Samayo, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “si Yu’as? saina? i aniti? Ma’åse'”
    • Ariel Siagan, University of Toronto
      “Christian Decolonial Violence”
    • Hye Lim Yoon, University of Toronto
      “A Need for a Renewed Asian North American Homiletic: Deconstructing and Reconstructing from a Postcolonial Perspective”

Panel 4: Identity (Re)/Formation [Part II] (Room 1010, Wright Library)
Moderator: Yudai Chiba, Princeton Theological Seminary

    • Emma CW Ceruti, University of Toronto
      “The Power of Naming: Reclaiming Identity-First Language in Disability Theology” 
    • Ben Menghini, University of Toronto
      “Receptive Generosity and the Co-Constitution of Agency”
    • Steven Rizzo, Harvard University
      “Between Alienation and Solidarity: Kenosis, Marxism, and Liberation Theology” 

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch/Break (Brick Cafe, Wright Library)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Panel 5: Evangelicalism, Nationalism, and Identity (Theron Room, Wright Library)
Moderator: Casey Smith, Princeton Theological Seminary

    • Shelly Penton, University of Virginia
      [Title TBD] 
    • Jalen Baker, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “‘Steal Away to Jesus’: The Cultural and Theological Production of Black Evangelicalism in America”
    • David Morrison, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “American Christian Nationalism: When Identity Tempts Idolatry” 
    • Stephen DiTrolio, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “In the Gaze of the Other: Dayuma and the Waorani People in the Cold War American Evangelical Milieu” 

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Panel 6: Queer(ing) Identity and Theologies (Theron Room, Wright Library)
Moderator: Patrick Haley, Princeton theological Seminary

    • Robbie Bendelius and Shannon Katz-Dean, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “Romerbrief Under the Sheets: KRISIS Dialectic in Bondage and BDSM Theology” 
    • Ben Immanuel, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “Queer Explorations of the Three Persons of the Trinity: (Un)Learning Identity and
    • Angel Nalubega, Princeton Theological Seminary
      “Pauli Murray, Trans Embodiment, and the Church” 
    • Timothy Perron, Fordham University
      “Mixed Identities: Strands of Queer and Feminist Theology in the Anthropology of Pope John Paul II” 

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Announcements (Theron Room, Wright Library)
Koinonia Forum Coordination Team
    Reese Grosfeld
    Wing Yin Li
    Marah Sarji
    Jess Winderweedle

4:30 p.m.




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