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1 minute with...Karen O'Donnell

Karen O'Donnell will be one of our speakers for this year's Premier Digital Conference, in 60 seconds she tells us about her session and why she'll be uncovering the subtleties in how we think about all things digital, what she's looking forward to at this year's event and why she's knitting socks for Christmas presents.

Tell us an interesting fact about you
I’ve recently learnt how to knit socks and am now aiming to give them to people I love for Christmas presents!

 
Why are you passionate about digital?
I’m passionate about the digital because I think we have barely begun to consider the digital in a theological way and yet it’s a huge part of our daily lives. It’s cutting edge theology on a fairly blank canvas!

 

Name a hero of yours and why
A hero of mine is Bruce Springsteen. I’ve seen him live a few times and his music and performance never fail to move me. His music has accompanied me from my earliest memories through all the ups and downs of life. I admire his ability to write music that speaks to the heart of both deep feelings and huge political issues.

 

What can people expect from your session?
In my session I’m going to unpack some of the implicit and subtle theological assumptions that are wrapped up in the way we think about the digital. I will also consider the relationship between faith and reality in an era of so-called ‘fake news’. Expect it to be theologically challenging, provocative and good fun!

 

What most excites you about #PremDAC17 (other than your own session!)?

The thing that most excites me about #PremDAC17 is meeting so many people who are excited about digital things! 

 

Booking info

Saturday 4th November
10am until 5:20pm
The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London

Ticket: £39
Multiple booking discounts available

Awards & Conference: £109

 

Karen O'Donnell joined CODEC in May 2016 as the research fellow in Digital Pedagogy. She is working in collaboration with the Common Awards team in researching the intersections and relationships between the digital world and theological learning

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