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EDMC en religie
Transcript of EDMC en religie
'obtrusive (opdringerige), sorehead (doorzeurende), stultifying (afstompende), nihilistic non-music' (Fons Dellen, 1987)
'hedonistic escape in a hyperreal non-existence' (Melechi, 1993)
'rave as empty joy of disappearance' (Hutson, 1993)
'a mindless form of crass hedonism' (Malbon, 1999)
'raving is a highly meaningful practice for many ravers' (Graham St. John)
electronic / beat
'shared repertoires of
the 'meaning' of EDM
ritual and liminality (Turner)
'dance parties have transmuted the role that organised religion once had to lift us onto the sacramental and supramental plane' (Ray Castle)
'second summer of love'
'mantra of rave culture: P.L.U.R.'
'escape' vs. 'new order'
'rave is believed to be the foundation for a culture democratic, empathogenic, cyborgian and sublime' (Graham St. John)
'the remedy for alienation caused by an atomised society' (Reynolds)
'fragmentation of the self' / 'loss of self'
'connectedness', 'unity', 'shared', 'human bond'
'it's the feeling that you can trust everyone around you, that everyone is sharing in one experience that somehow touches them deep in their soul and that you all understand each other'
'collective effervescence' (Durkheim), 'communitas' Turner), 'neo-tribes' (Maffesoli)
'collective', 'emotional', 'communal'
'ephemeral', 'temporary', 'spontaneous' vs. 'normative'
identity beyond traditional identity markers
experiences of transcendence, meaning, redemption, ecstasy, healing', 'personal transformation'
'The all night dance ritual is a memory that runs deep within us all; a memory that takes us back to a time when people had respect for our great mother earth and each other. Dancing was our rite of passage, our shamanic journey into altered states of reality where we embodied the Great Spirit and the magic of life... At Return to the Source, it is our vision to bring back the dance ritual. A ritual is a sacred act with focused intention. We aim to create a modern day positive space, created with love where we can join as one tribe to journey deep into trance, just as our ancestors did.' (Chris Dekker, Return to the Source, Earthdance)
case study II: EDMC I - 12 November 2014
You are able to apply a religious studies approach to EDMC.
You can describe and define EDMC as (para-)religious phenomenon.
You understand the notion of 'theologically loaded' and can start a theological conversation with EDMC.
backgrounds of EDMC
discussion of the assignments
preparing next assignment
Analyse these video’s extensively from a religious studies perspective; make a list of the religious/spiritual elements that you find in these video’s. Read Sylvan’s 4th chapter of Traces of the Spirit and Olaveson’s chapter on connectedness. Both chapters aim to describe dance as a religious phenomenon. Are there any similarities between their accounts and yours? And do they discuss elements that you missed in your analysis of Sensation? (<500 words)
As discussed previously, electronic dance music cultures can be seen as ‘theologically loaded’. Choose one theologically relevant theme (e.g. transcendence, connectedness/community, hope) that is relevant to electronic dance music cultures as well, and select (together with your teachers) one or two theological book chapters/articles (50-60 pages). Bring the literature in conversation with the phenomenon of electronic dance music, by applying two of the five functions of theology mentioned previously.
preparation: interview questions