THURS eve lecture.. come early & get in the zone:
February 11, 2010 Rapture: Religious Ecstatics and "Deep Listeners"A public lecture by Judith Becker, professor emeritus of ethnomusicology, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Franklin Patterson Hall Main Lecture Hall at 5:30 p.m.
In her book Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion and Trancing (2004), Judith Becker proposed that there may be a physiological relationship between religious ecstatics and secular "deep listeners." She defines "deep listeners" as those people who may feel chills or goosebumps, or who may cry when listening to music they find moving. She proposes that both religious ecstatics and "deep listeners" experience strong, deep brain emotional responses when listening to music they find deeply moving. Her talk is about a scientific experiment that she conducted to test the hypothesis concerning a physiological relationship between religious ecstatics and deep listeners.
An authority on Indonesian music, JUDITH BECKER was director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and co-founder and director of the Center for World Performance Studies at the University of Michigan. Becker is the author of numerous articles and three books, including Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion, and Trancing (2004) for which she received the Alan Merriam award from the Society for Ethnomusicology for the best book in ethnomusicology published in 2004. She is also author of the three-volume set of translations entitled Karawitan: Source Readings in Javanese Gamelan and Vocal Music (1984, 1986, 1987). Through exploring the common ground between the humanistic/cultural/anthropological and the scientific/cognitive/psychological, Becker’s research focuses on the relationships between music, emotion, and ecstasy in institutionalized religious contexts and in secular contexts.